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Surprises, Rumors, Outrage, and a UFO: Our Top 10 Most-Read Posts of 2020!

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We always have fun sharing with you the top 10 most-read posts of the year!

Even We Were Surprised By Some of the Results!

There are times we’ll write a post and think, Wow, lots of people will like this, it’ll get shared a jillion times across all the major social media platforms, people will email and text the article to their friends and it’ll be yuuuuge! 

But curveballs sometimes get thrown our way and we’re like Clark Griswold and his Christmas lights in this clip:

Erm, yeah.

Other times, we’ll write a post something we find fun and interesting and think you might, as well. We know the post may go viral — or maybe only our wives will read it. But we enjoy the process so whatever happens, it’s worthwhile. Suddenly, our phones are buzzing and chiming like crazy.

So if you’re an aspiring blogger (or content creator of any nature, really), be prepared for plenty of What the heck?! moments both disappointing and very pleasantly surprising.

Let’s channel our inner Casey Kasem — and start the countdown!

Delta Suspends Flights

Here’s an interesting bookend to the list. Our number 1 and 10 spots belong to posts about Delta suspending flights because of low travel demand.

Soon after Delta was granted over $5 billion in government aid, it asked the feds if it could suspend flights at nine US airports. That was our most-read post of 2020.

A month later, Delta filed to suspend flights at more airports in our number 10 post.

Los Angeles, CA/USA: Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-302 (registration N826NW) shown departing from the Los Angeles International Airport, LAX. (©iStock.com/Angel Di Bilio)
(©iStock.com/Angel Di Bilio)

Both René and I know people who were — and still are — affected by these changes. Maybe your hometown airport or a favorite destination is still dealing with these cutbacks.

What we found darkly amusing is that several people were upset with us because we criticized Delta for taking government money contingent upon not suspending routes and then cutting those flights. (Many of those commenters had IP addresses near JFK and ATL. Weird, right? 😉 )

Dress For Success — or Not?

Posts about clothes were popular this year!

We’ve all seen articles about “dress up and you might get a free upgrade to first class!” So I asked reader Sandy — a former Delta and United gate agent Reader Sandy — for her take. Here’s what she said in a post, which was the 8th most popular this year.

A businessman dressed in a suit relaxes on an airplane
(©iStock.com/SeventyFour)

Meanwhile, our number nine most-read post detailed a Southwest Airlines passenger who claimed she was denied boarding because of her outfit.

A Post About Special Delta One Planes Ranks Number Two

Our second most-read post dealt with a tip we received that Delta was considering converting some aircraft to all Delta One seating.

Our source is very knowledgeable and has excellent connections within Delta.

The airline officially told us, “We have not made an announcement about a conversion.” While that wasn’t a firm confirmation, it also was pretty far from dismissing the report.

This was another post that triggered a bunch of people on message boards and social media. They thought we made it up! (Spare me. We’d only do something like on April Fool’s Day. And even that’s a cliche.) We simply posted a report — with a quote from a Delta spokesperson — that the retrofits were being considered. Lots of things in life and business get considered. Not all of them pan out or even enter the development stage.

Will Delta convert some planes to an all Delta One configuration? Who knows. I doubt it. But stranger things have happened, I guess.

The airline did make some minor modifications to some aircraft, though. That’s our fourth most popular post of 2020:

Delta Enhances (in a Good Way!) the A321s

The mothership improved some seating options while creating more workspace for the cabin crew on the A321 planes. As we reported, the changes were kept pretty under-the-radar; even SeatGuru and Delta.com didn’t update the airline’s fleet maps!

“Don’t You Dare Disrespect Me!”

Yikes. A Delta flight attendant allegedly flipped out at a couple of passengers seated in the exit row. This post came in at number three.

And the hits keep on comin’!

A UFO Over Heathrow?!

Our weekly roundup from just a few days ago skyrocketed into the top 10 and perched itself at number five for the entire year. I won’t lie: that surprised the you-know-what out of me.

UFO alien ship seen from airliner
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This post was shared across several platforms and took off — just like the alleged UFO over Heathrow.

Going Wide

Coming in at lucky number seven was a post about Delta up-gauging aircraft on several domestic routes — from narrowbodies to double-aisle planes.

The Main Cabin coach section of a Delta Air Lines 767-300 aircraft, seen prior to an LAX to New York JFK flight.

A Toast to Number 8

Our eighth most-read post this year addressed something that worried many passengers after cabin service was greatly reduced: is it legal to bring your own alcohol on flights — and consume it?

Final Approach

Was there a post you remember from this past year — and are surprised it didn’t make the list? Is one of the posts above a favorite of yours from 2020 — or something you didn’t particularly care for? Please tell us in the below Comments section!

Whether you read only one of our posts this year or every single word we wrote, thank you so much for being part of this blog! We genuinely appreciate it.

 

Featured image: (©iStock.com/fizkes)

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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