Do I have your full attention now? I deeply respect CE and you should too. Why? Let me ask you; have you ever e-mailed Delta again and again and got nowhere “FAST”? If not Delta, some other company and been so frustrated, because you know you are right, that you could almost feel your head start to explode. Chris, when he does go to bat for you, can turn lead into gold with most companies because they fear what he may write about them.
Now, on to THIS article he wrote that “we” should all cut up and dispose of our frequent flyer cards. As I said from the opening, I agree with him. Before you stop reading Delta Points for the rest of your days please allow me to explain and ask you a few questions.
First, have you ever told uncle Billy about how you collect points to fly 1st class to wherever. Have you told your mom and dad about how you get free suite upgrades at hotels and it makes a difference. Have you told your best friend how you apply for 10 credit card this year and he/she looked at you like you are the most irresponsible person on the planet? Does any of this sound familiar?
Any of the people who I just talked about should read CE’s article and follow it to the letter. Why? They just don’t get it (1st class travel). They are the type who pay too much for the middle coach class seat. I doubt they even know what a hotel suite looks like or what a club level lounge can offer you. They always pay 14-29.99% interest on credit cards because they did not have the time to pay off the $299 for the food processor they got at Wal-Mart that is still in the box. They are the ones we see holding us up on the moving sidewalk by standing on the left side. Do you think they will ever travel the way we do? They need to cut up their FF cards as it is costing them.
There is a reason 84% of the seats (looking at a Delta 777) on a long range jet are coach. Now for some money is no object and they will pay retail for first class seats; good for them and for Delta. So let’s say 2/3 of those premium seats are gone. Thus maybe 14 of the 273 seats are open to points seats. You, who are reading this, get the fact that you can get these 1st class seats. You can be at the top of the “pyramid”, but don’t have to pay for it. You are one of the few who attends events like the Chicago Seminars because you learn a lifetime of tips to get one of those 14 seats. All I can say is well done and please say “HI” to me as I will be sitting next to you with Lisa!
What else should you take from this? I totally get the frustration of not being able to make those we care about to understand. I am not defeatist, but sometime we just need to give up; there are many situations where people have to hit rock bottom (like sitting middle seat for 8 hrs+ in coach) before they will come to understand why we do what we do. I say let them; let them listen to CE and follow his advice. The, maybe one day, maybe, they will open their ears and also be in the top 5% with you and me! – René