Hello! My name is René (yeah, I know, everyone knows that already). It is time for a change for me and the blog. It is time for Delta Points to become Renés Points – for better travel. I am sure you have a ton of questions of why I am making this change so let me try to knock them out one by one.
The first one is really simple – it is time. Since the beginning of this year, as I clearly published, the blog has taken a big change in direction. Rather than just being an uber and unapologetic Delta Air Lines “fan boy” I shifted to be an ardent proponent for my readers and for myself as a frequent flyer. Delta promised a bunch of things last year and just did not deliver on them with the SkyMiles 2015 program. Rather, they all but decimated the program and kept doing so month after month. But the blog, since the beginning, has always been about maximizing your points in both earning and burning and for YOU to enjoy your travel experience. I pledge to continue this focus and help you combat any despicable travel devaluations!
Beyond all of this the blog is just expanding at crazy levels. Readership, month over month vs. previous year, is up over 65% this year alone. That is truly amazing to me. Plus, since I started blogging over 1 million absolute unique viewers have visited the blog almost 5 million times! I am humbled and so appreciative of my readers. Clearly, folks are appreciating the blog and my independent coverage of what Delta is doing both good (product and service) and bad (SkyMiles). I love being the voice of reason and the source to turn to when it comes to coverage of Delta Air Lines elite and frequent flyer travel!
Does this name change mean I am done flying Delta? Not for now. After all, I have to burn my HUGE stash of $kyRubles at Level 1 prices. I already have a bunch of flights booked on Delta both this year and well into 2016. I will be a Diamond for the next two years with my rollover MQMs. Also, as I have posted, I will not give up on flying Delta at least until I have crossed the 1 million mile mark and have “lifetime” or, as Delta calls it, “annually” Silver Medallion status. Sure, that elite level is not what it once was, but ANY elite status is clearly better than nothing when flying Delta and I am so close to crossing that mark.
I know many questions will come up about American Airlines and Alaska Air. Yes, my intention is, at this point, to fly AA and AS more next year. If it works out I plan to cover and post what it is like as a Delta top Diamond Medallion trying this and if you should consider moving over to that alliance. Also, just how hard is it to do so and is it really better or worse than sticking with Delta. It will be an interesting experiment and I need my complete blog “name” independence to do this.
Many will ask what Delta thinks about all of this. Let me tell you, Delta has been really great to me this year both as a flyer and at different media events. However, I am a full time blogger. I do this for a living. I do not work for Delta CORP. Delta does put up with many fan sites, but again I run my blog as a business and I am not on the Delta payroll (nor do I ever want to be). Plus, my goals are not exactly in line with what Delta, the company, wants. I want my readers to get the best value possible from points and elite status and that is not always necessarily the best thing for the airline. Sure I want Delta to do “well”, just not “that” well if you know what I mean! So this change is good.
So what really changes as of today? Well, I have to order some new shirts and business cards with RenesPoints on them. Yeah, that’s about it plus some weekend tech tweaks from the support staff at “House of Miles” as I am still here at BoardingArea. I also still plan to continue to call out every bad move the SkyMiles team dumps on us as well as praise Delta when they do something #KeepClimbing worthy! Also I am still going to blog about SPG, Hertz and all the hundreds of other topics I always cover. So, really, as soon as I post my next piece we are back to the status quo here on the blog.
Bottom line – Welcome to RenesPoints.com – René
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