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$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 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 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!


Rene’s Points For Better Travel, a division of Chatterbox Entertainment, Inc. has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Rene’s Points For Better Travel and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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René de Lambert is a contributing writer and the founder of RenesPoints. He is an avid Delta and SkyTeam flyer who has held Delta’s top Diamond Medallion status for many years and flown millions of miles.


  1. Good job Rene. I have been in it a long time and even I learn something from you.

  2. Justin Casanova-Davis Reply

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

  3. Cathy Krasnianski Reply

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

  4. Congrats! I’ve benefited from some great MRs you have posted.

  5. 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!!

  6. Congrats!! A behinner and you have made it so easy to learn! THANK YOU!!!

  7. 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!

  8. Anita Francis Reply

    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

  9. 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.

  10. The info you provide has been very helpful to someone like me flying from a major delta hub.

  11. Your 5th anniversary and my birthday. I think it is time to celebrate!! Congratulations 🙂

  12. 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 🙂

  13. 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

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

  15. Rene, You really keep me up to date on the gyrations of Delta! Thanks.

  16. Erin Ellis Reply

    How fantastic! Happy Anniversary!! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. fififliles Reply

    Never a dull moment in 5 years. Congratulations, keep up the good work.

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

  21. William Hutchings Reply

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

  22. Congrats Rene!! You have been so helpful in my mid-level playing of this game! Cheers Mate! Tom

  23. Thanks for all the help. We live near MSP and like non-stop Delta flights.

  24. Jarrod Cruz Reply

    Congratulations on 5 amazing years! Looking forward to many more years to come!

  25. Edna Petersen Reply

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

  26. 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)!

  27. Howard Hilton Reply

    Only travel occasionally, but have learned much from this site!

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

  29. Happy Blogiversary! And thanks for the great help you’ve provided me the past few years, both in the blog as well as other contacts.

  30. Thanks for all you do.
    Met a few fellow mileage runners on the FNT-ATL-LAX run Tuesday!

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

  32. Happy anniversary René. Can you say time flies when you are having fun?

  33. Scott Revo Reply

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

  34. John Leonard Reply

    Congratulations! I have been reading since 2013, and have enjoyed the ride with you!!

  35. As a Delta hub-captive frequent flyer, I have enjoyed reading your blog through the years!

  36. Sean Whalen Reply

    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).

  37. Kevin Chen Reply

    Thanks for all the helpful information from this new Delta flyer!

  38. Congratulations on 5 years. I hope site continues for the foreseeable future.

  39. I contribute to your page views everyday! Thanks for all the help and advice!

  40. Great job Rene! Keep up the wonderful and informative blogging! 🙂

  41. Mario Tarver Reply

    Congratulations Rene, you helped me when I was learning the Sky Miles/ Sky Pesos.

  42. Congratulations Rene! Hope you’re around for many more. You provide fantastic information.

  43. Allan Escher Reply

    Happy 5th and here’s to many more!
    Cheers from the Premium Cabin #;’)

  44. Michael H.(oldfox) Reply

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

  45. Aaron Little Reply

    Glad I met you on a flight. Your travel help is greatly appreciated.

  46. Congrats. Keep walking the line between loving and hating Delta. I sure do!

  47. Bradhattan Reply

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

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

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

  50. Barbara S Morgan Reply

    I love your blog. I follow you on all social media sites. Thank you very much.

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

  52. Tami Faurote Reply

    Congratulations! You’ve helped educate a lot of readers over the years!

  53. Rene your are the Delta “Guru” to us keep up the good fight

  54. amanda whitley Reply

    congrats on 5 years! thanks so much for this wonderful chance

  55. Adam Wenger Reply

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

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

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

  58. You have saved me a lot of money and made me a lot of money. Thanks Rene!

  59. Rachel Swarts Reply

    I look forward to the information i read on your blog daily.
    Thank you

  60. Andrew Blaner Reply

    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

  61. Brad Baker Reply

    Great info. As a Delta Diamond you’re my insurance policy on my points

  62. 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

  63. 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!

  64. Congratulations Rene! Thank you for sharing your tips and tricks with all of us!

  65. Todd Peterson Reply

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

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

  67. Congratulations! Thanks for this blog. The info is great and extremely useful.

  68. Denise Harja Reply

    Many congrats! I have learned a lot from your blog over the years. Thanks.

  69. Great job, Rene. You will feel much better about yourself if you give me a gift card!

  70. Entry #1 for meeeee.

    I’ve been a reader for about a year and a half now.

  71. 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!



  72. Congratulations for the last five years and the next many many years of this blog

  73. 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!

  74. Happy Aniversary! I still remember my first luggage tag I won…so sad when it broke

  75. 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.

  76. 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!

  77. 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!

  78. Uri Hadelsberg Reply

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



  79. I have learned that SBN needs some real planes to some great destinations!

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

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

  82. Erin Ellis Reply

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

  83. 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.

  84. Michael H.(oldfox) Reply

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

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

  86. Holly Rylee Reply

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

  87. Amy Dunlea Reply

    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!

  88. Marcy Julvezan Reply

    Happy Blogaversery! You provide a pearl with every blog!

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

  90. Congratulations on the 5 year mark. I read this blog each and every day.

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

  92. Lost you for a while during your changeover, but glad to hear how well you’re doing.

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

  94. Greg Heninger Reply

    Keep blogging & thank you so much for the your section on mileage runs!

  95. Five years is quite the accomplishment. You should be proud! Congratulations.

  96. 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.

  97. 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

  98. Congrats! Your blog is an invaluable resource. Here’s to the next 5 years!