Gayle King, Delta “Angels” and “Life Savers,” Heathrow’s “Forgotten People” and Smells Like Spirit

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What a week!

I hope you’re enjoying the long, holiday weekend. It was a big, busy week for us at Rene’s Points!

René waxed nostalgic about his eight years of blogging, William Shatner tweeted us, Delta is planning to “Wow” Main Cabin customers. Oh, and a passenger tried to breach a Delta cockpit and make “San Juan…disappear.”

All in a week’s work, I guess.

In case you missed anything or want to read a post again, here’s the week that was!

Even though it was a short week for many, the travel news world was still in full force.

There were plenty of Delta happenings this week: (more) new routes added, earnings reports, cargo news, and a few other stories:

Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200, tail number N535US, parked at Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport - LAX - California.

Here are some more pieces that caught my eye and I thought would interest you, too:

And, finally, with *ahem* All Apologies to Nirvana, something smells like Spirit…

What are your plans this holiday weekend? Traveling anywhere? What have been your experiences at airports, hotels, and on the road? Please tell us in the Comment section below.

And if there’s a big travel news story I missed, please add it below with a link to the story.

— Chris

William Shatner Tweets About René’s Points!

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Actor William Shatner, who tweeted about René's Points travel blog!

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What a great way to start the week!

Actor-author-director-producer-songwriter-vocal artist-spokesman-entrepreneur-horseman-philanthropist William Shatner tweeted about René’s Points today!

Quick Backstory

I was Mr. Shatner’s assistant for almost seven years. I arranged his schedule, travel (with some help from Priceline, of course!), meetings and all the other assistant-y duties.

He also taught me a lot about the entertainment industry, the creative process, and life in general.

I also co-produced two documentaries with him: Gonzo Ballet and The Captains. I produced his charity’s annual event, the Hollywood Charity Horse Show (which is a great charity).

We’ve spoken a few times since I left to pursue my own endeavors and ran into each other at a mutual friend’s birthday party a couple of years back.

I wanted to let him know I’m now writing for René’s Points — but had no idea where he’d be today. (He is the busiest man in the universe, I swear to gosh.)

So I sent him a Tweet.


Within a few minutes, he responded:

After exchanging pleasantries about our families (and dogs!), he added:

It’s always nice when a former boss shows support. I’m lucky to know Bill and to have learned so much from him.

So all that came on top of big posts about the HUGE — but soon expiring — Welcome Bonuses on Delta American Express cards as well as why today is the best day to start a Delta status match. And the news that more A220 routes are coming soon!

Not a bad Monday at all. I hope you had a good one, too.

I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings! 🙂 — Chris