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My Most Amazing Events After Almost 8 Years of Blogging – What a ride!

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Yeah, blogging is cool!

Later this year will mark 8 years since the creation of RenesPoints for Better Travel. It has been a crazy wild ride. As a blogger I have had the privilege of meeting some simply fantastic and honorable folks in the world that I would never have met had it not been for RenesPoints. I count myself truly humbled. But beyond this I have also had some experiences that have blown my mind. Some of these I have shared on the blog, some I have not. Today I thought I would expand on some of the most amazing ones that happened to me or I was told due to my career in blogging.

Uh, wow!

This one is truly the one that I think about almost every day I fly. Having an airport manager email me (while on Gogo) and telling me he values my Diamond status and reads the blog and that not only will my connecting flight be held until I can make it, but also that my upgrade has cleared, and that the gate has been MOVED for me right across from my arrival gate! Oh and a gift bag with treats since I will have no time during my connection to visit the Sky Club. Just crazy right?

Hello Delta CEO

I really enjoyed the invite to the stunning Atlanta B Sky Club private opening. All the Delta big wigs were there including Delta’s current CEO, Ed Bastian. It was great to get a chance to see this club day one and to share one of my biggest gripes most medallions still to this day gripe about. Sad to say the issue I raised with Mr. Bastian is still a mega problem for elites.

Cool jet. Nice Premium seats!

One of Delta’s favorite jets is the 737-900er (not that everyone else loves it that much…). But the 737-900er inaugural flight was basically done with zero fan fare unlike the A350 that was a mega event. Both of these flights I paid for on my own. I always pride myself on the fact that I never have accepted “free” flights or comps from Delta Corp (unlike so many in the media who do).

Co-Captain says: I want that shot too!

You only cross 1 million miles with an airline once in your lifetime. Yes, you may cross many more million mile thresholds, but the first one is something to treasure. Mine was on a 747 and I had the stunning privilege of popping out of the escape hatch and having the copilot take my photo from the jet bridge (he climbed up on top of the bridge to get the shot). #BestMomentEver. Oh there was more, but some things I just can not share on the blog (thanks Dave – you are one of a kind)!

What a fun trip / run!

One of the most fun things about being a blogger is organizing AVgeek or fun run events. Perhaps the most memorable was the run to Maho Beach in St. Martin. But a very close second was the “fun run” to the boneyard in Arizona. Then again there was the Texas BBQ meat-up. Oh and a visit to Boeing in Seattle and my last Delta 747 flight (paid for 2 seats in coach). There have been a bunch more that have been so much fun! Gosh this has been great adventure.

I love Grand Cayman

This one may not really be a byproduct of being a blogger (as anyone can learn most of this) but I doubt I would have pushed all of this and learned so much had I not been blogging. As a Skyteam focused blogger I love love loved flying Lufthansa 747-8 1st class cheap on points (until United trashed their award program). Many stunning trips to Grand Cayman and diving plus a visit to the Concord museum in Barbados. There have been many more but these were some of my favorites.

Thank you Capt Hank!

Have you ever flown a real airline simulator (you can do that at the Delta museum btw – another reader event)? OK next question… have you ever flown a real life Delta 747 sim in ATL? Yeah, this is one of the moments in my life I will never, EVER, forget as long as I live. Just mind blowing coolness.


One of the best ever Delta people, who sadly no longer works for Delta, gave me a personal tour of the OCC in ATL. It was an amazing experience I will never forget. This place is the machine that keeps Delta running and never canceling a flight (just about ever).

…oh back in the day…

Very few readers know that becoming the official launch site for the final push to unload millions upon millions of soon to be worthless SkyMiles from Skymall was one of the things that exploded RenesPoints from a new blog to “THE blog” for Delta flyers. Some readers just crushed this one and that was back in the day when SkyMiles had real value!

This guy! So cool!

My last, maybe most amazing and impactful part of my blogging life, is the unique privilege of knowing and meeting Randy Petersen. This man is THE guru of the travel world. He is a legend. I am humbled that I can call him, not only boss, but a friend. Few on this big blue planet can say that.

Overall, these past 8 years have been an amazing ride. Thank you loyal readers from the bottom of my heart! Oh and I will still be around and posting now and then here on the blog and vlogging as well. I hope to see you in a Delta Sky Club or up in the air on a Delta jet or even on a mileage fun run to who knows where!  – René


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. Thanks to the knowledge we’ve gained from reading your blog we readers have also had many memorable experiences. You have forever ignited the wanderlust in all of us. Oh the places we’ll go!
    Thanks a million!

  2. Michael Giardina Reply

    Oh the angst we feel from seeing the notification pop up in our feed they you posted something great regarding travel! Thanks for all you do!

  3. Been following your blog since the start, really enjoy it, and learned a lot over these years! Also great meeting you at the Chicago Seminars events in past years as well. Thanks for all the great posts and useful info! Flying out of DTW today, maybe I’ll catch ‘ya in the Skyclub

  4. Thanks Rene, you have been a extremely generous and very helpful over the years. I cannot wait to run into you randomly in a Sky Club or on mileage run sometime!

  5. Congrats Rene! Well done and thanks for blogging all these years for us. We appreciate all that you have taught us and kept us informed. Even the bad stuff has been better via the blog,

  6. Incredibly great advice for helping navigate the Medallion ladder. Thank you!

  7. Steve Austvold Reply

    Thanks Rene on a great run on the blog. I read most of them and they have been very helpful. We met on a flight years ago in First class.

  8. Poor Old Cranky Bob Reply

    as I start to leave the Skyclubs I always think of the times Rene would appear out of the shadows calling my name … and wondering if I would miss my flight as we discussed the wonders of the flying universe!

    I always admire how you are positive in your thoughts even when you point out the negative retro changes happening to loyal DL flyers. Everything you say/said is/was always true.

    Best of all you shared original content and did not “borrow” topics from others as well as not fabricating posts just for “clicks”. AND I do not recall that you blogged anything that ruined a good “deal”

    The many times I wanted to eviscerate the sad individuals who spewed vitriol and H8speak you took the high road and would not allow it. I will say this if they knew Rene none of their comments would exist.

    By the way I think you are supposed to host a huge retirement party and buy everyone BBQ …

  9. thanks for your post. keep on keeping on and i’ll keep on reading.

  10. Sad for us Rene we will miss you.. but happy for you!! Hope there is a meet-up somewhere out there again!!

  11. Thanks for the post Rene. I took some time to look back at some of those fantastic “fun” runs like Maho Beach, the Boneyard, the epic meat-up and the Boeing visit. Great examples of making a run that may or may not earn some great miles and status points and turning it in to a wonderful opportunity to just have fun with like minded people. Searching for what set your blog apart from others? Those runs with readers and friends.

    Have I learned about Delta and some of the obscure perks and opportunities we are afforded by reading your blog? Sure did. Did I also meet up with other flyers and turn that into some great friendships? You betcha. In the end the friendships have meant more to me that the tips about Delta. It’s at least a close second to some good Austin BBQ.

    Not getting sentimental but thank you brother from the bottom of my heart.

    Chris you’re going to do great – but don’t neglect the dark corner of the blog. We like group runs. Take all the time you need but I really need to book something mid to end next week. 🙂

    • @Graydon: Thank you for the kind words! I haven’t booked a mileage run in at least a couple weeks, so I’m getting the itch…

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