$500 in Visa gift cards GIVEAWAY to mark my 5 year Blogiverary – THANK YOU readers!

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Today is a very special day for me as it is the 5 year “blogiversary” of RenésPoints blog. Can you believe that I have been sharing Delta and other travel bits every day for that long now? I am humbled and truly in awe and as I look back over the past 5 years there are some interesting insider highlights that I thought I would share with you.


8AM Day 1 visitors to the blog.

Day one of the blog was thrilling and terrifying for someone like me with dyslexia. I have to admit to feeling a gripping fear over those first few days that I would ever post anything slightly wrong or maybe inverting some number – it did keep me up some nights! Oh that and being the official launch site for Skymall when they “had” to unload millions of SkyMiles by the end of the year!


The first full month of blogging 2011

December, my first full month of blogging, was truly a whirlwind and I was tickled that so many came to visit a brand new travel blog. It felt like being shot out of a cannon!


It has been a good year!

I was also somewhat concerned this past year over my blog re-branding but I need not have worried one bit as RenésPoints readership has continued to keep climbing since then and strongly so this past year with October 2016 being my biggest month ever in reader visits.



And that number above just blows my mind that nearly 7.5 millions views have landed since my first day of posting 5 years ago.


10K is up next!

I was also hoping that I could break 10,000 followers on Twitter but I ended up just a tiny bit short. It’s OK – give it a few more weeks and that milestone will be met as well.

That is a lot of numbers. The reality behind all these numbers is what makes me so happy. Over the years I have loved helping so many readers with all things Delta. From earning elite status to finding the lowest priced awards with their SkyMiles. Few things make my day more than a reader sending me a quick note of thanks because something worked better from the advice here on the blog.

I also have really enjoyed holding Delta to account for all the positive, and negative, changes to the award and elite program. Their PR department does the best they can to sugarcoat nasty “enhancements” and often do not go far enough when it comes to real improvements of how we can best take advantage of them all. That is fun and I love maxing out every program perk we can.

Looking forward I have no idea what’s next. Despite SkyMiles collection being dead to me there can still be great values if you cherry pick award sales and the like and being able to instantly transfer Membership Rewards to Delta keeps me in the game. That and the fact that the elite program still is one of the best if not the best for my travels in the USA. Let’s hope during the next 5 years Delta continues their slow but steady program improvements.

Now it is time for me to give back to you. I am giving 5 of you a shot to each win a $100 Visa* gift card. But there are rules or T&C and please follow them.

1) You must be a resident of the USA to enter. 2) You must use a valid email address in the comment section below on the blog. 3) You may enter once per day for the drawing that ends on the November 30th, 2016. 4) I will use Random.org to pick the 5 winners and am not responsible for entries that end up in spam or otherwise are not posted to the blog. 5) Any comment on this post is considered a valid entry. 6) Once the winners are selected comments will be closed. 7) You have 7 days to respond via email when the winners are chosen. 8) You are only eligible to win once even if Random.org selects you more than once.

Phew. That is a lot of wording but necessary so there you are. So please take the time to stop by THIS POST each day and leave a comment until the 30th when I pick the winners.


Photo ©2016 by Brian Cohen – TheGate

And again, I cannot find enough words to tell you thank you for reading and  supporting the blog  each day for the past 5 years. Happy Blogiverary to me! – René


UPDATE: No more comments we have our 5 winners HERE!


*NOTE: VISA is not in any way sponsoring or in any way affiliated with this giveaway. I have punched the Visa gift cards personally and want to give them away rather than sending $100 cash in the mail to the  5  winners!


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  1. Congrats, on your anniversary. Your growth is wonderful & motivates me to try my own venture. Continued success!

  2. Congratulations on your anniversary! I thoroughly enjoy reading your blogs. Keep up the great work!

  3. Happy Blogiversary!!! I love your info and how I’ve learned to search for mileage runs and read your mileage run posts… You’ve helped me ‘level up’… Thank you!!

  4. Congratulations René! Your site has been a great help as I try to keep my Diamond status from year-to-year as my business travel with ESPN continues to shrink. Keep up the great work!

  5. Congratulations On the anniversary it’s not a easy feat to blog a year let alone 5! I tried. It’s a full time job. Kudos to a job well done

  6. I really enjoy your blog. It’s like watching a Rockie Movie. Delta keeps hitting you hard and knocking you to the mat but you just get up and keep fighting back. You did a great job on the name change. Congrats on 5 years.

  7. Congratulations! There is rarely a day I don’t learn something from reading your blog…and those days were when I didn’t get a chance to read it 🙂

  8. Congrats, you have helped me allot with your great advice and insights for me out of ATL and stuck with Delta through the good, bad and ugly

  9. Congratulations and thanks for all the Delta help. I’m just sorry I only found you few months ago.

  10. Congrats, Rene, and thank you for everything!! On a separate note, I know someone who has dyslexia and your blogging has inspired them to start their own blog.

  11. Congratulations – been reading you since you started! Appreciate the info you post as Delta is my primary choice for flights out of my local airport.

  12. I don’t know how you still manage to reply individually to everyone who writes to you with questions, but I appreciate it.

  13. Congratulations–and many thanks for all the useful information throughout the five years!!!

  14. “Life is good” thank you for making travel easier to navigate with your tips and insights.

  15. Thanks for driving me to get the VGC’s in ORD, I finally found a willing Krogy CSR for a MO, wish I had gotten more (as you suggested)!

  16. Congratulations on attaining so many milestones! Blogging isn’t nearly as easy as viewers may think.

  17. Congratulations. It is very hard to believe it’s been five years. I remember when you were excited about going from platinum to diamond!

  18. Happy Blogiversary!! Congrats on 5 years and I really appreciate the information and humor along the way!!

  19. In a media-blasted world we live in, only those with relevant content survive. You not only survive.. you thrive!

    Congratulations on your continued success! (emphasis on ‘continued’, as we will ‘continue’ to need your expertise moving forward).

  20. Happy Anniversary René! Thanks for the great info you have provided this community.

  21. Well Done Rene! Thank you for providing such amazing information and suggestions over the years to help us all have a better flight experience!

  22. Great job….all the best in the future……will continue looking forward reading you everyday…..

  23. Congrats on 5 great years! I have learned many helpful things from you and all of your other readers.

  24. Congratulations Rene! I’ve been following since day one…hard to believe it’s been five years!

  25. Congratulations Rene. Thanks for you’re help; I’ve learned a lot from your blog. Keep up the good work!

  26. happy anniversary, btw have you been to the new skclub at SEA? A significant addition to the old skyclub in terminal S

  27. Thank you for blogging. Thank you for all the insider information, tips and tricks. Great meeting you at FTU!

    I joined on or around 8/29/12 (That was the earliest Delta Points email I found in my archive!) where it said “Join the 1000+ Delta Points daily e-mail subscribers” towards the bottom of the email

  29. You candid comments, honest, and integrity are the reasons you are successful!
    Thank you from the thousands of us who have benefited from your advice and guidance

  30. I’ve been a faithful reader since close to the beginning. I have learned so much useful information about Delta from your blog. Thank you!

  31. Congratulations on your milestone and thank you for all of your helpful and entertaining posts!

  32. Congratulations on a very successful five years! May your success continue for many more. We appreciate your efforts. Thanks!

  33. Rene,

    Awesome! I guess I was a reader from your early days!

    I also can’t believe I have not run into you yet? 8 Delta legs this week…

    But hopefully we’ll gold together next summer in MI!



  34. I have to say that this newbie travler here has learned a lot from this blog! Looks like I’ll be able to snag Diamond this year with travel and spending on the cards!

  35. Can’t remember when I started reading, but it was quite close to the start. End of 2011 or early 2012. Been with you from then on. I don’t always agree, but still love to read your D/Rpoints.

  36. Rene, You make it look so easy and yet somehow say it in such a friendly way to your many loyal readers. I wish you much continued success as long as it makes YOU happy to keep us informed and I would bet Delta learns a lot from you!

  37. Congratulations! Happy 5th Blogiversary! I tell everyone who comments about my being a DM/MM about your blog. I’ve benefited from your insight for over four years and I can’t thank you enough. I love the MRs you post, too. Even though I no longer needed the MQMs to make DM for 2017, I still did the LAX>MSP>ANC MR last weekend. Please continue to keep letting Delta know how they are doing. Thank you, René!

  38. Congratulations!
    Also, Rene I emailed you a couple of weeks ago about my amazing app for frequent flyers. Would love your feedback on that one!



  39. I appreciate your continued insights and help as we journey towards free travel!! Congratulations again Rene!

  40. Thanks for all the great content over the years. Love sharing your blog with my fellow travelers as well.

  41. I love to read your blog. Congrats again on 5 years!
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  42. I’d love to see an article on making the transition from being an AA EP for many years to Delta Medallion…strategies for easing the pain and dealing creatively with the exit barriers.

  43. René, thanks again for the great blog! Congratulations on keeping the site fun and informative.

  44. Happy Anniversary! You were the first travel blog I found in this hobby and I’ve appreciated all your advice!

  45. Congrates Rene. I was Diamond this year thanks to your advice and a very long mr to South Africa!

  46. Hi Rene,

    Thanks so much for your blog! I have learned so much, and gained miles to stash away for a special trip.

    Thank You, and Happy Anniversary!

  47. Wonder what this blog will be called 5 years from now? Delta may be a very different airline then!

  48. To Rene -the BEST blogger around and my Best AV geek friend-congratulations ✈️
    You have taught me so much !
    Thank you

  49. Thanks for all of the great advice. Just found you this year and the information is priceless!

  50. Renee. Thank you, without you I would have never started making diamond. Wow you have made my road warrior days so much better. Do wish delta would stop taking perks though.

  51. Thank you. I find your posts on delta changes very helpful. I have mostly given up on delta loyalty – instead working on United premier 1K this year. But I do have plenty to sky miles to redeem. Couldn’t take advantage of the 99k business fare slash sales this week but hopefully something like that end of next year. I will keep on following your blog

  52. Big congrats! I could never stick with it for five years, trying to sniff out all the info that you do! Thanks for the tips and looking forward to many more years!

  53. Congrats!! Delta should add one more Flying Colonel to their ranks for the work you do on both the positives and negatives.

  54. Just found your blog,,looking forward to learning. I am new at this stuff, but do have a bunch of delta miles to use up.

  55. Feel like I’ve been reading this blog for 6-7 years now! Thank you for everything you have offered me personally, advised publicly and privately, your generosity, and internet friendship. Always great to meet you in person too! Great blog because great blogger. Oh and thanks for all the swag Saturday wins over the years!

    Wish you had planned a SBN meet-up for the 5yr. Not too late……

  56. Became Silver this year due to this blog. Decided to roll over MQMs after reading your blog and push for gold or higher next year. Thanks.

  57. I anxiously look for all of your blog posts and tweets. Thanks for providing such a terrific public service!

  58. Congratulations René. I very much enjoy reading your blog, always fresh and relevant information. 🙂

  59. Happy Blogiversary. I totally understand why you look for the First Class mileage runs now. Without the class bonus, spending 2 weeks per year in the air (not including airport or destination time) is grueling!

  60. Would love to be picked so I could use the gift card to buy two (2) Hatchimals for our granddaughters!

  61. Rene, keep on flying and maybe we will meet someday soon. In the mean time when you next talk with senior Delta staff, ask them how much they spend repairing scooters and power chairs they break in the cargo hold. While I still have 1 more trip to Tokyo to go, by the time 2016 ends, Delta will have spent over $50k repairing or replacing my power chairs!

  62. Five years already? Been reading it for the past four, and appreciate the work you put into keeping everyone informed on “enhancements” the mothership confusingly does far too often.

  63. Hope you had plenty of pie and/or whatever else your heart desired!

    Since you are a SBN traveler, I have a near disaster story to share. ANd if anyone else out there is new to SBN, listen up!

    I found good skyMiles award seats out of SBN to AMS a couple of years ago. Way better deal than I could get out of IND or any larger cities.

    Got there very early – at least 3 hrs. early I think. Sat out near the ticket counters, shopping, using phone etc. as we found decent chairs there and I thought that maybe once we cleared security there wouldn’t be much there in a small airport.

    So maybe 45 min. before the flight, I told my auntie we should go ahead and get closer to the gate. ((I always go to the gate early in general to see my place on wait list for First etc., but since that was not an option on award seats, that’s another reason I goofed at SBN and stayed away from security and thus the gate for at least 2 hours.)

    Once we got to the gate, they were announcing – Last call for passengers * AND OUR NAMES!!! They said we want to leave early and everyone else was onboard long ago. “We have been calling your names over and over.”

    OOPS -we did not know that the gate announcements were not coming over the P A system we had been hearing on the other side of security. So we would have missed our connection in ATL to AMS and had a heckuva mess to deal with on my auntie’s first trip abroad.

    And of course you know, there are lots of seats etc. past security at SBN and my assumptions about a small airport vs. the tiny Liliput type facility I’d expected were all wrong.

    Morals of story – SBN is a real airport with seating at the gates, etc.. Never assume anything. Follow your regular routine that has worked for a gazillion other flights and go through security to be near your gate ASAP in case something significant changes. I felt like such a newbie and fool after nearly missing our big trip that day!

    Congrats on your big blogiversary! Keep up the good work!

  64. Blogging is hard work! How do you come up with something new (and interesting!) to write every day (and sometimes multiple times/day)?

  65. The only way I can see for you to get the CIP card is to become a Chase Private Client; that has worked for me.

  66. Maybe 6 years ago, I wrote to FTG and asked if he knew of any Delta-centric bloggers. (Everybody wrote about United Mileage Plus then.) He didn’t, but you must have been eavesdropping since your blog started a while later. Thanks for helping all of us navigate the mother ship. Happy anniversary!

  67. Agree with Christine (post 867), and add a hearty congratulations for having such a following of your blog.

  68. Five years?!?! Whatever your secret is, you have one heckova great blog, please keep it up. 🙂

  69. Thank you and Congratulations. I came for the mileage runs, stayed for the shared knowledge! 🙂

  70. This blog is so helpful, and your responses on twitter are great, too! Here’s to another 5 years and beyond!

  71. One day to go. Guess we’ll hit 1000 responses easily — congratulations for all that response!

  72. Congrats on your wonderful anniversary! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!
    erinloves2run at gmail dot com

  73. Congratulations, René! Your tips have quite definitely changed the way I travel! Thank you for sharing what you know with the world.

  74. Anytime I need Delta info I turn to your blog. Congrats on the first 5 years and I’m looking forward to the next 5 years.

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