It is somewhat fitting that today I am starting a 5 day mileage run. After all, so much has changed and is continuing to change going forward. And yet some things are staying the same as I have just the other day booked my first two mileage runs under Skymiles2015!
I mean when I was a “young lad” flying NWA and thrilled to get a free ride now and then I had no idea what was to come. I clearly remember the ridiculous thrill of getting a bump in CVG and getting $800 each and sitting in a hotel room just giddy with joy and watching Lisa smile when I said “we just got $1600 and dinner and a hotel to go the next day“! I was ecstatic. Then, the next day, it got better. They were over sold again. I almost had an accident I was so happy. But then it all went south. A connecting flight did not make it and the plane was almost empty. Sadness. But then, I asked for an upgrade after being so willing to help. Granted. I stayed up all night long and enjoyed my first adult business class ride to Europe. I was hooked.
Then my life REALLY changed. I found Rick Ingersol. Yeah, I know he has changed a great many lives. Oh my. I then ran a few hundred thousand in mint coins (Hey, many ran millions! I was small time)! I got on two Delta Reserve cards 60k MQMs in a few months (EZ when you are buying $29,000 in coins per order). Oh those were the days. Then the flood of travel cards of every flavor. I was applying for more cards than I could have dreamed of and they were all approved. Points were pouring in faster than I could spend. This had to end – then it didn’t!
Then I stumbled onto the Skymall deal. For you who missed that, ah hem, they HAD to get rid of millions upon millions of miles because Delta told them to (ask me some time if you want to know even more). The result was me being the point portal for the promotion only a few weeks into my blogging life. I helped Skymall to unload HUNDREDS of millions of Delta points in about 6 hours and my blog exploded and has not slowed down since.
It has been really fun to be a part of Boarding Area. I wish you readers could know how amazing these folks are. I mean Randy is just a force on his own but those who work for him are some of the best folks I have ever worked with – EVER. Then there are my fellow bloggers like MJ, Michael, PM&M, Jen, Adam, Greg, Gary, Ben, Stefan, Summer, BG Glenn & the rest of the gang of many. Others who are new but I’ve known for years like Kathy, Jamie and Chris. So many outstanding people and stunningly good bloggers with so much knowledge it makes my head spin. I wish you could all know them like I do. I hope you go to a DO or an FTU and meet them. Then many of the folks at Delta – you folks know who you are and a treasure knowing you all.
Back to history. I remember the shock at 1000 e-mail subscribers. Then 2k. Then breaking 50k in pageviews for a month. Then hitting 1 million pageveiws for the year. Now, between the two blogs (oh yeah starting another big blog), soon hitting ¼ million pageviews each month boggles the mind. Numbers get crazy but it is so fun to have so many along for the entire ride and so many new folks just finding the blog and enjoying sharing all things Delta good and bad (gosh I hope we get more good than bad next year)!
Lastly we have my ride with Delta. Delta, as a traveler, treats me VERY well. I would not have stayed this loyal to Delta had the program been a challenge to get value out of if the airline had not been just THAT GOOD! I, since I do take the time it takes, have always seen value. I think for me, and for readers, 2015 will be amazing. We can with many tricks and efforts, collect insane amounts of points and Delta will at the same time reward us with more open low level seats than ever before. If I did not believe this I would not have banked nearly 1 million Skymiles by this point in the year! I think I have made the right call and will really enjoy spending all those SkyGOLD points very soon.
I really could make this a book. I am so happy that today I am starting a full week of flying my Delta. I will be in ATL, CVG, DTW, DFW, DEN, SFO & SBN. I hope if you see me along the way you will stop and say HI. I love what I do and thank you all for taking the time to read the blog each day! – René
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