As a frequent flyer the term “time flies” has an extra special meaning, and time has indeed flown by, real fast. Just this past week the blog you are reading now known as RenésPoints celebrated it’s 4th year of blogging. Congrats, René and well done!
While the site may have gotten a new name, the idea remains the same, getting the most benefits for your money on your travels using all available tools, tips and best practices out there. I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt as an avid reader of Rene’s Points the last 3 years, my traveling adventures became that much more exiting, enjoyable and fun!
I have been very fortunate to have my share of time in the premium cabin on Delta, KLM, Air France, and Virgin Atlantic. I have enjoyed some really good delta food along the way; I even enjoyed my bread served on a plate so much I sang about it on a couple of Delta flights!
Whether it was harvesting good value at the Westin Palace in Madrid Spain from the great Delta Crossover partner that is soon to be changed forever the Starwood Preferred Guest program (#SPGlifeRIP) enjoying a Full English Breakfast at the Virgin Atlantic Revivals Lounge in London, or being greeted by the great Delta folks at JFK with dozens and dozens of free DoubleTree Cookies, just for tweeting @DeltaAssist, I have had a lot of fun reading Rene’s Points and having my own fun trying out some of the methods I have learned.
With all these years learning all the tools, I must make a bit of a confession. Even though I’ve gone Plane Crazy and pulled planes at Delta Tech Ops in Atlanta, and relived the golden age of Travel at the remarkable Pan-Am Experience in Los Angeles in November.
In November I was happy to cross off my bucket list, running in the New York City Marathon. It was a once in a lifetime fantastic experience and I was happy to be a part of this amazing event. I am usually #TeamBoardLast waiting at the gate till all the First class seats are boarded full, to possibly grab one of the seats that sometimes goes out empty. With post marathon in mind, I wasn’t going to tempt fate, and after running in the largest and the most famous marathon, with 50k other runners, I wanted to guarantee my well-deserved breakfast burrito and Bloody Mary so I did the unthinkable and spent points to buy-up to first class!!! I wasn’t disappointed nor upset in the least! (Don’t hate me René!).
2015 has been a fun year for me personally, visiting New York and California several times along with Atlanta, Louisiana, The Cayman Islands, London, France, Amsterdam, Spain, and all worth it in my opinion to maintain Delta Platinum Medallion Status as a leisure traveler. After hitting three 10k MQM miles boost bonuses between my Delta American Express Platinum Personal and Delta American Express Platinum Business cards, I’m about to hit my 4th and final on my business card and re-qualify for the 3rd consecutive year as a Platinum Medallion.
The big question lies in this decision, will this be the final year I maintain my Platinum medallion membership? I love Delta very much, but the death by 1000 cuts have hurt, including the recent Delta Comfort Plus devaluation, and I’m starting to lose a little bit of faith with the value of my status. That said, right now between the big three, for me there is no other airline I would rather be flying on, even in coach, than Delta. The people, the on time percentage and overall quality far exceeds United, every time, and American Airlines most times, so I’ll have to see about 2017, but for 2016 I’m still very much still involved in this “crazy hobby”!
So cheers to you René! Congrats on four years, here’s to four more, hope to see you soon, whether it be at an Amex Centurion lounge, or maybe we should plan to have some of that Texas BBQ you always seem to have a few times a year! – Noah Mark
PS – So what have you learned from René & his blog during the past 4 years?
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