As we draw ever closer to starting the launch of DeltaMileageRun.com (right now just redirecting back to DeltaPoints.com) I am working on just what to cover and how to split the blog info.
I received a bunch of very good ideas from readers in the first post announcing the new blog. I love them and am trying to think about how to incorporate most of them. My basic idea is to keep the new blog ONLY for deals. No posts about “how to” instructions or the like. I may have a few tabs at the top with some info but NO posts other than deals in the heart of the blog. After all, I can put those kinds of posts up on DeltaPoints.
As you can see from the above two live and working very good MR deals, they can be somewhat hard to get to pop up on Delta.com. Some you can do multi-leg search on Delta.com but others, like the latter, it is simpler to use KAYAK.com multi-leg page and it will plug it in to Delta.com much faster and correctly.
Anyway, those kind of posts will I think just clutter up DeltaMileageRun.com. I could do a Q&A tab but the downside is I think most will ignore it and I would want reader input as there is just not time to keep that up as well as deals and DeltaPoints.com. Still working on this one in my head. I can see the value of some tabs at the top with ONE post for say how to find the RDMs you will get as a FO, or GM etc. by using CWSI.net tools.
Other ideas I do like and plan to implement with each post are:
- Shoot for less that 5CPM deals
- Consider HUB runs slightly higher
- Look at good price business CPM runs
- Advise if weekend or week day run
- Look at same date turns and overnights
- Long legs with NO 1st class seats
Other things. Some of the deals are popping up with JFK-LAX/SEA/SFO in them. Clearly as of 1MARCH medallions cannot upgrade. I want to avoid these personally, but sometimes the prices are really good with these segments include. I plan to still post them but have a BIG RED WARNING included for these routes so you know you will be stuck in coach (is that ok?)!
What I don’t have time for or want to do is get into positioning cost/runs/questions. If a deal is good enough, consider Arrival, Chase UR or FlexPerks to get to the start city; that is why I have those cards for myself. To me, spending these to get me to a MR I pay for is a great deal to get the MQMs I really want in the end.
This is what has been rumbling around in my head all day and what I have in mind. I want both blogs to be for you so please let me know if you have more ideas I should consider – René