$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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René de Lambert is a contributing writer for EyeoftheFlyer.com - 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.

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  1. Jeremy says:

    Happy anniversary

  2. Bill says:

    Congrats René!

  3. Richard Hood says:

    Congrats! Good job on your blog!

  4. Eve says:

    Happy Anniversary

  5. Nick says:

    Congrats, Rene!

  6. Steven says:

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

  7. Larry says:

    Congratulations in 5 years!

  8. Flynn says:

    You’re Delta master, Rene!

  9. Gina blades says:


  10. Mark says:


  11. Pradeep Kumar says:

    Happy 5th Blogiversary 🙂

  12. Joey says:

    Congratulations on the anniversary!

  13. Kaji says:

    Congrats Rene

  14. Ron says:


  15. WR says:


  16. Jonathan says:

    Congratulations on the anniversary!

  17. JP Picar says:


  18. Greg says:

    Congrats! I’ve loved reading your blog over the years.

  19. Lisa T says:


  20. Gib Thrash says:

    Wooo! Love reading your blog!

  21. Justin Casanova-Davis says:

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

  22. Teresa P says:


  23. edward says:


  24. Cathy Krasnianski says:

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

  25. Lisa says:


  26. Kay says:


  27. Harlan says:

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

  28. Naif says:

    Congrats !!!

  29. Gaurav says:

    Congratulations Rene!

  30. Jeffrey says:

    Congratulations on your milestones!

  31. Larry says:

    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!!

  32. Johnny says:


  33. James Houston says:

    Congrats. I really enjoy your blog.

  34. Stefanie says:

    Keep up the good work!!!

  35. Jerry r says:

    Congrats on 5 years!

  36. Frank says:

    Thank you for giving us such great information!!

  37. Claudiu says:

    Congratulations on your journey!

  38. Shen W says:

    Congrats! Happy Anniversary!

  39. harsha k says:

    Congrats !!

  40. Tani says:

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

  41. Jack says:

    Congrats Rene!

  42. Vicente says:

    Thanks for the DeltaPoints luggage tag!

  43. Wayne says:

    You come a long way. And you’ve led us a long way as well!

  44. Mel says:

    Congratulations Rene!

  45. Nathan says:

    Keep up the great work!!

  46. Johnny says:


  47. Isaac M says:


  48. Kim says:


  49. Steve H says:

    Happy Blogiversary

  50. Leo says:

    Cheers… And many many more!

  51. Mongkorn says:


  52. Carol says:


  53. Carol Hammonds says:

    Love your blog Rene! Keep up the good work!

  54. Ben Pyle says:

    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!

  55. Waylo says:

    Congrats Rene

  56. Ted''s Dad says:

    Ted”s Dad loves Renespoints

  57. Leah says:


  58. Sue says:


  59. Anita Francis says:

    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

  60. Rob says:

    Congrats!!! Love it!

  61. Tim Grable says:

    Happy anniversary

  62. ajm says:

    All the best to the next 5 years!!!

  63. Stacy says:

    Congrats Rene! Thanks for 5 yrs of information 🙂

  64. Stephen says:


  65. Jo says:


  66. Jamie says:

    Congrats on 5 years!

  67. Paul says:


  68. Maria says:

    Congrats Rene,definitely learned something. Thank you

  69. Ed says:

    Congrats on a great blog

  70. Jared Mucha says:

    Congrats! Here’s to another 5!

  71. Dennis says:

    congrats Rene! you’re a true Delta guru

  72. Cristy says:

    ¡Feliz Aniversario!

  73. Piotr W says:


  74. Lorena says:

    Yay! Congratulations

  75. Chris says:


  76. Dan says:


  77. Ed C says:

    Congrats! Wishing you many more years of blogging!

  78. Michael says:

    Great job. Congrats.

  79. Nicholas Exarcheas says:


  80. Whynaomiflys says:


  81. DaninMCI says:

    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.

  82. Alvin says:

    Congrats!! 🙂

  83. Chad says:


  84. Joe S says:

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

  85. Tracy Zeppi says:

    Thank you for all the helpful information!! Congrats!

  86. jared weeks says:


  87. SF says:


  88. Vicki says:


  89. Chris says:

    Congrats and thanks for the good info you provide.

  90. Nancy says:

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

  91. Mark says:

    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 🙂

  92. David says:

    Wish you another 5 years!

  93. Scott says:

    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

  94. Randy says:


  95. Matt E. says:

    Congrats on 5 years!

  96. Denise L says:

    Congratulations and thanks for the great blog.

  97. Flip says:


  98. J. says:

    five more years.

  99. Scott K says:

    Congrats this is quite a milestone!

  100. Jeremy says:

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

  101. Arthur H says:

    Congrats, keep the posts coming!

  102. Patrick C says:

    Woo congrats!

  103. Shaun says:

    Big congrats Rene. Thanks for all the Delta advice.

  104. Laura m says:

    Wow! Congrats!

  105. Aleks says:

    Happy anniversary!

  106. Sarah C says:

    Congratulations on your blogging milestone!

  107. Clare N says:

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

  108. Ryan M says:


  109. Congrats on the big milestone! I love reading your blog 🙂

  110. Kingrat says:


  111. Christopher says:

    Congrats! Thanks for the chance to win.

  112. Fred S says:

    Keep up the good work!

  113. Christopher Kovitya says:

    Congrats on the five years!

  114. Ben says:


  115. Diane says:


  116. Tobie says:

    Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for the chance to win!

  117. Joseph says:

    Your blog rockd

  118. Mike Reiners says:

    Congrats, Rene!

  119. Andrew L says:


  120. AT in ATL says:

    Happy Anniversary from a new blog reader!

  121. Siobhan says:


  122. Erin Ellis says:

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

  123. Lise says:


  124. Amanda says:

    Way to go! Love the blog!!!

  125. Roma says:

    Congrats on this huge milestone!

  126. mami2jcn says:

    Happy blogiversary!

  127. ana says:

    Happy Anniversary

  128. Nick Carloni says:


  129. Rick says:

    Great job over the years…I read your blog every morning.

  130. Gautier Coiffard says:

    May it last 5 more!

  131. Rick says:

    Thank you…I read your blog every morning.

  132. Lisa Brown says:

    Congrats 🙂

  133. Paul says:

    Happy anniversary!

  134. Chris C says:

    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.

  135. Becca W says:


  136. Faye says:


  137. Melissa T. says:

    Happy blogerversary!

  138. Mike says:


  139. Elijah says:

    Kudos! I was a pleasure to meet you in ATL a few years ago.

  140. TimB says:


  141. RD says:

    Congrats Rene!!! Thank you

  142. Melissa H says:

    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.

  143. Sharon says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  144. Felicia says:

    Congrats on your Blogiversary!

  145. Tom Mx says:

    Congrats !!! U make Delta better.

  146. PCB says:

    I remember the beginning! Fantastic journey.

  147. fififliles says:

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

  148. Rick says:

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

  149. Steve says:

    You have done a great job, thanks!

  150. Dan K says:


  151. Jer says:

    Happy Blogiverary!!!

  152. opposite says:


  153. craig says:


    Thanks for all you do and the effort required.

  154. William Hutchings says:

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

  155. Anthony Skoda says:

    Well done.

  156. Lee W says:

    Congrats, Rene!

  157. Travis D. says:

    Happy Anniversary!! Congratulations!

  158. Tom says:

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

  159. Benji says:


  160. John P says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  161. Liz says:

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

  162. claire cates says:

    thanks for all the useful information over the years!!!!

  163. Russ says:

    Congrats Rene, well done!

  164. Jarrod Cruz says:

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

  165. Edna Petersen says:

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

  166. suechibana says:

    Happy Anniversary! Great job.

  167. Mike T says:

    Congrats, and thank you for some great posts!

  168. Sam says:

    Five years….it seem like only yesterday!

  169. Brian P says:

    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)!

  170. Jim Levin says:

    Congrats and many more to come!

  171. MR. H says:

    This is gonna be a long thread!!

  172. Dan says:

    Congratulations! Well done!

  173. Howard Hilton says:

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

  174. Kira says:

    Well done! You made it to the BIG 5 years. Keep it up.

  175. Greg says:

    Congrats, Rene!

  176. Joe says:


  177. Jim F. says:

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

  178. Barry Morris says:

    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.

  179. Glenn says:

    Blog on!

  180. Carol says:

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

  181. Tony says:

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

  182. Ginny says:

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

  183. Mike Taylor says:

    If you ever fly into Hobby, try Killens

  184. skdelta says:

    Congrats Rene! Keep Climbing 🙂

  185. Scott Revo says:

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

  186. scott says:

    Congrats Rene! Love the blog!

  187. Kelly s says:

    Happy anniversary! Thank you for all you share!

  188. Jo says:


  189. Pietro says:

    Congrats! Keep up the great work!

  190. Rich says:

    Dude !!!!
    Congratulations !!!!

  191. John Leonard says:

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

  192. Alan Levine says:

    Congratulations, Rene

  193. Mary Beth says:

    Congratulations! Lovery your blog!

  194. Diego says:

    Huge milestone! Congrats and keep up the great blog!

  195. Phil R says:

    Congrats on your milestone!

  196. Rachel says:

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

  197. Sean Whalen says:

    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).

  198. Kevin Chen says:

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

  199. Brian Inman says:

    Congrats on 5 great years and building a movement.

  200. Leo says:


  201. Amy L says:

    Huzzah, congrats!

  202. Horace Bomar says:

    Great site and congratulations on 5 years

  203. Patricia Chylinski says:

    Congrats. Keep up the good work

  204. Ken says:

    One of the nicer blogs on BoardingArea. Congratz!

  205. M says:


  206. Ryan Williams says:

    Conrats Rene! this is great

  207. John Yung says:

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

  208. Mark R. says:


  209. Michael says:


  210. joshua says:

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

  211. Mike says:

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

  212. Mario Tarver says:

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

  213. Dave W. says:

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

  214. Kristen says:

    Happy anniversary!! I love reading.

  215. Louis C says:

    Great blog……..Happy 5th!

  216. Carlos Romero says:

    I greatly appreciate your insights. Thanks.

  217. Liz says:

    Congrats on your anniversary!

  218. Allan Escher says:

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

  219. Michael H.(oldfox) says:

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

  220. Angie says:

    Congrats on your anniversary!!

  221. Ben says:

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for all the great blog posts

  222. uclalum says:

    Thanks for the help, René!

  223. Brian says:


  224. Steve says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary!

  225. Aaron Little says:

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

  226. Joshua Huang says:

    Wonderful! Congratulations! Love Delta.

  227. Ramsey says:

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

  228. Andrew G says:

    The blog has been very helpful.

  229. Bruce says:

    I have appreciated all your ideas. Great job Rene.

  230. Emily e says:

    Congrats, Rene!

  231. Rob Arias says:


  232. Leo says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  233. todd s. says:

    Congrats, Rene!

  234. Steve says:

    Congratulations Rene

  235. Christina says:

    Happy Anniversary

  236. Mandy S says:

    Well done !

  237. Janet says:

    Well done, Rene!

  238. Marlene says:

    I love the blog! Keep up the great work!

  239. Luke US says:

    Congratulations Rene! 🙂

  240. B says:

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!!

  241. Bradhattan says:

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

  242. Mark Goodman says:


  243. Shannon says:

    Congrats on the milestone

  244. Jerry says:

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

  245. SK says:

    Congratulations, and here’s to the next five years!

  246. Emily says:

    Happy Blogiversary!

  247. Ron says:

    Congratulations on five great years!

  248. stan says:


  249. Lisa (not your wife) says:

    Mazel tov!

  250. Chris says:

    Congrats Rene!

  251. Ed C. says:

    Happy Anniversary

  252. goheerow says:


  253. Eric says:


  254. Irene says:


  255. Harry K says:

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

  256. Craig S. says:

    Coongratulations! I appreciate your efforts!

  257. Barbara S Morgan says:

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

  258. Susan Miller says:

    Great info! Keep it up.

  259. Vicente says:

    Keep being awesome!

  260. Henry Desai says:

    Congratulations! Love your blog.

  261. Wes says:

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

  262. Jonathan King says:

    Congrats! Love the blog.

  263. BarbaraMae says:

    What an awesome achievement. Congratulations!

  264. Tami Faurote says:

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

  265. Aaron Thompson says:

    Great job Rene! Love you blog.

  266. Jason C says:


  267. Tim Nelson says:

    Great Work !!!

  268. Patrick Mc says:

    Congrats and thanks for the giveaway!

  269. Aanna says:

    Congrats and thanks for all the great posts!

  270. Jorge M says:

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

  271. Logan says:

    Congrats!!! You’re an inspiration.

  272. Bernard says:


  273. Russ says:

    Great job!

  274. William says:

    Thanks for all the work you put into a great blog!

  275. jkealing says:

    Congrats Rene. Keep on keepin’ on.

  276. Tad Dunlap says:

    You are amazing. Please keep up the good work. Congrats!

  277. amanda whitley says:

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

  278. Adam Wenger says:

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

  279. Christine says:

    Congratulations! I’ve learned so much from you.

  280. Kelly W says:

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

  281. Sharon says:

    Congratulations on your success!

  282. Peter says:


  283. Skylash says:

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

  284. P T says:

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

  285. BM says:


  286. Randi Cook says:

    stopping by to say Congratulations!

  287. Rachel Swarts says:

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

  288. Joe Palke says:

    Congrats on 5 years its a great blog

  289. CVG-flier says:

    Congratulations and great job!

  290. Andrew Blaner says:

    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

  291. Jeremy says:


  292. Ash Pat says:


  293. Brad Baker says:

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

  294. J P Davis says:

    Congratulations. What a great website and blog.

  295. marc says:

    Congrats on the 5 years!

  296. Steve Weber says:

    Congrats!! Here is to 5 more years!!

  297. Katrina says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  298. manish says:

    Thank You and Congratulations on your anniversary.

  299. Flynn says:


  300. Dustin says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  301. Fran says:

    May you continue to blog!

  302. Olu says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  303. Jerry says:

    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

  304. Will G says:


  305. Judy S says:

    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!

  306. CarolK says:

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

  307. Todd Peterson says:

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

  308. John Schanilec says:

    Congrats on your 5 year Blogiversary!!!

  309. Steve G says:

    Thanks! I have enjoyed the travel tips over the years.

  310. JRG says:

    Good luck to you in the future, too!

  311. Rohan says:

    Happy Anniversary! Keep rocking 🙂

  312. Sonali says:

    Happy anniversary Rene 🙂

  313. Chris says:

    Great job. Thanks.

  314. John says:

    Great Job!

  315. Allan says:

    Happy Anny!

  316. Buvan says:

    Good.. Keep it up 🙂

  317. Phil in ATL says:

    Thnx Rene for all that you do!

  318. Mark Harrington says:

    Thank you

  319. Jay says:

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

  320. Insiya says:

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

  321. Sarah says:

    Thank you for all you do!

  322. Denise Harja says:

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

  323. Bob L. says:

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

  324. elizabeth says:


  325. Kevin says:

    Congrats, long time reader!

  326. Harvey says:

    Congrats to my fellow Delta MM!

  327. tom says:

    Entry #1 for meeeee.

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

  328. Victor says:

    Happy anniversary!

  329. Michael says:


    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!



  330. Nancy Bowers says:

    Happy 5th Blogaversary!!

  331. r hirsch says:

    love the blog buddy!

  332. Joseph May says:

    Happy 5th to you and many more!

  333. dotti cahill says:

    WOW amazing stats!!congrats

  334. Richard says:


  335. JG says:

    Happy FIVE Years!

  336. Joe says:

    Thanks Rene for all the great tips!

  337. Cory says:

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

  338. Jeff says:

    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!

  339. Diane says:

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

  340. Riley Steinmetz says:

    Congrats on 5 years!!

  341. Bill G says:

    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.

  342. Ramona says:

    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!

  343. Zack says:

    Congratulations Rene keep it up for another 5 years. !

  344. Jorge M says:

    Rene: 5 more years Congrats

  345. Nathan says:

    The blog is a great resource

  346. J. says:


  347. Mark B says:

    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!

  348. Mandrake says:

    Congrats on the 5-year anniversary!!

  349. Vicente says:

    West Coast loves Rene!

  350. Marvin says:

    Read almost every day!

  351. Nick says:


  352. Nick says:

    Best blog for Delta flyers!

  353. Sus says:


  354. Will G says:


  355. tim Grable says:

    Congrats René!

  356. JRG says:

    Great job for all these years; keep it up!

  357. Lisa Brown says:

    Happy Blogiversary

  358. Marc says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  359. Christine says:

    Here’s to 5 x 5 more years!

  360. Dan says:


  361. Uri Hadelsberg says:

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



  362. PCB says:

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

  363. Denise L says:

    Congrats! Great job.

  364. Wes says:

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

  365. Flynn says:

    Congrats Rene!

  366. Carol says:

    Happy Anniversary.

  367. Joe C. says:


  368. Marcos says:

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

  369. claudiu says:

    Great work so far

  370. CarolK says:


  371. Richard Stack says:

    Congratulations René. Keep up the good work.

  372. Shannon says:

    Thank you for keeping up a great blog

  373. Erin Ellis says:

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

  374. Pierre says:


  375. Terry McAfee says:


  376. Rick says:

    This is an excellent blog…thank you.

  377. Erick says:


  378. Ryan Williams says:


  379. Jim F. says:

    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.

  380. Shawn M says:


  381. Melissa T. says:

    Happy anniversary!

  382. Phil R says:

    Happy anniversary ! Keep up the nice work.

  383. Scott Cassett says:

    Congrats on 5 great years

  384. Matt Borzello says:


  385. Randi Cook says:

    It’s a new day. Just stopping by to say “Hello”!

  386. John Franklin says:

    Stort grattis, Rene!

  387. Rick says:

    Thanks for the daily updates, Rene!

  388. Layla says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  389. Nick P says:

    Congrats on five years!

  390. MR. H says:


  391. LEER says:


  392. Brad Baker says:


  393. Lauren says:

    Happiest of Blog birthdays to you!

  394. Congrats and thanks for all of your help.

  395. john says:

    Great job with the blog.

  396. Andy Schaaf says:

    Congrats Rene! Here’s to many more years!

  397. Sharon says:

    Have a wonderful day!

  398. Matt says:

    Happy blogiversary Rene!

  399. Sam says:


  400. Mark R. says:

    Congrats, please pick me!

  401. GLobus1 says:

    Congratulations on the anniversary.

  402. Tad Dunlap says:

    Felicitations! I look forward to many more years!

  403. Nancy Bowers says:

    Congratulations for rising to the challenge!

  404. stan says:


  405. jo says:


  406. Michael H.(oldfox) says:

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

  407. Steve G says:


  408. Dale R says:

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

  409. CVG-flier says:

    Congrats! This is a great blog!

  410. Alan Levine says:

    Congrats! Always interesting to read your blog

  411. Holly Rylee says:

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

  412. Susan Miller says:

    Great reading!

  413. DC Pummill says:


  414. Kelly Tupick says:

    Congrats, great job!!

  415. Katrina says:


  416. Tiffany says:

    Bravo! Here’s to another fantastic five years.

  417. Diego says:

    Congrats Rene!

  418. Leo says:


  419. Amy Dunlea says:

    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!

  420. Kevin says:


  421. Stephen says:


  422. David R. says:

    Happy 5th anniversary!

  423. Steve Weber says:

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  424. Marcy Julvezan says:

    Happy Blogaversery! You provide a pearl with every blog!

  425. Bri says:

    Get it, gurl!!!

  426. Rachel says:

    Happy 5th blogiversary! That’s really exciting!

  427. Travis D. says:


  428. Skylash says:

    I guess I have to be posting on this blog entry! 🙂

  429. Adam Star says:

    Congratulations on five years!

  430. Doug says:


  431. Luke US says:

    Congratulations, Rene! 🙂

  432. Brandon Stone says:

    Very happy for you René!

  433. Brandon Stone says:

    Just made diamond status! Thanks to you!

  434. Dan Dykstra says:

    Congratulations for your 5 years! And 5 MORE!

  435. Jeremy says:

    Thanks again Rene

  436. Liz says:


  437. Nino Benvenuti says:

    Congratulations and thank you!

  438. bill G says:

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

  439. Eric says:


  440. Jorge M says:

    Congrats “The Yoda “on Everything Delta

  441. Gaurav says:

    Thanks for keeping Delta on its toes!

  442. Chris says:

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

  443. dotti cahill says:

    congrats again

  444. Richard says:

    Great Job Son


  445. Hibiki says:

    Congratulations! And thank you for the great blog!

  446. Erin C says:

    Always worth the read! Congrats!

  447. Vicente says:

    Keep it up!

  448. Sue says:


  449. Cristy says:


  450. Will G says:

    Thank you!

  451. Lisa Brown says:

    thanks for the chance 🙂

  452. Pierre says:

    Congrats again!

  453. Christine says:

    Happy anniversary!

  454. Sarah C says:


  455. JRG says:

    Congrats and great blog.

  456. Diana says:

    Congrats Rene!

  457. Alan Levine says:

    5 years? Already?

  458. Denise L says:

    Congrats Rene!

  459. Nina says:

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

  460. Jeremy says:


  461. Carol says:

    Trying again

  462. Diane says:

    Happy anniversary.!

  463. Keep up the great work!!

  464. LeeR says:

    Many more years of help us travel

  465. Erin Ellis says:

    Congrats Rene! Have a fabulous day!

  466. Rick says:

    Here’s to you, Rene!

  467. J. says:

    Rene rules.

  468. Marc says:

    Congrats Rene!

  469. Claudiu says:


  470. greg g says:


  471. Marj Woolever says:

    Congrats on your 5 years.

  472. Flynn says:

    Congrats !

  473. john says:

    Entering again even though I never win stuff like this.

  474. Judy says:

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

  475. Nancy Bowers says:

    Keep up the good work!

  476. J Rowland says:

    Best to come

  477. Robin Montague says:

    I learn so much from you!

  478. Holly Rylee says:

    You are the best!

  479. Michael says:

    Congrats again.

  480. Tim Vaudt says:

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

  481. stan says:

    Congrats, Rene!

  482. Kevin says:

    Congrats again

  483. Mary Beth says:

    Love reading your blog!

  484. Jorge M says:


  485. Greg Heninger says:

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

  486. Steve Weber says:

    Renee for President! happy Saturday to you!

  487. Wes says:

    Daily congratulations to Rene!

  488. Luke US says:

    Congratulations Rene , and thank you!

  489. Andrew says:

    Congrats on the milestone

  490. Brandon B says:

    Lets hope I win this!

  491. Mimi says:

    Happy Blogiversary Rene!

  492. Rachel says:

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  493. GLoubus1 says:

    Congratulations on the five year “blogversary.”

  494. Michael says:

    Congrats René!

  495. rizrizriz says:

    Congrats Rene

  496. Bob Kitty says:

    I learn everyday from your blog!

  497. Sharon says:

    Perfect timing for Christmas!

  498. Sam says:

    Good write up on the Skyclubs today Rene

  499. Kyle B says:

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

  500. J.L. says:

    Congrats and THANK YOU!

  501. LAMusing says:

    Congratulations! and thanks for the chance.

  502. Katrina says:

    Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary!

  503. Andrew P says:

    Happy blogiversary!

  504. Joe says:

    Keep up the good work!

  505. Mark says:

    Way to go! Here’s to the next five years, and beyond. 🙂

  506. Erin B says:


  507. Candace says:

    Love your blog! Congrats!

  508. Karl P says:

    Congrats! Great blog!

  509. dtw_flyer says:

    Yeahhhhhh boyeeeeee!

  510. CVG-Flier says:

    Awesome blog! Congrats!

  511. Susan Christy says:

    Congratulations on your 5 year “blogiversary”

  512. Eric says:

    Entry #3.

  513. vicente says:

    Rene for President!

  514. Lynn says:

    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.

  515. Suet says:

    Congrats and thank you.

  516. Rick says:

    Congrats, Rene!

  517. Will G says:

    Thanks much!

  518. Candace says:

    Wishing you continued success!

  519. J. says:

    Rene: thanks.

  520. JRG says:

    Keep up the great work!

  521. Christina A. says:

    Congrats on your Blogiversary!!

  522. Brandon B says:


  523. Wes says:

    Happy Sunday Rene!

  524. Jeremy says:

    Congrats always

  525. Joe S says:

    Cheers to another 5 years!

  526. Pierre Boudet says:

    Congrats! To another 5 great years!

  527. Holly Rylee says:

    And thanks for the overnights at the Anchorage airport!

  528. Phil R says:

    Congrat on the milestone!

  529. Amit says:

    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

  530. Kevin says:

    Congrats and thanks for all you do for your fellow DL’ers

  531. ashley says:

    Thanks for the opportunity and I enjoy the blog

  532. Jeremy Estrada says:

    Keep up the great work!

  533. Christina Z says:

    Congrats on your first 5 years!

  534. Randi Cook says:

    Another new day. Stopping by to say “Hello”

  535. john says:

    I hope no one elected to be notified of new comments.

  536. NJoy17 says:

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

  537. kevin says:

    and congrats again!

  538. Tony says:

    Congrats Rene

  539. Chaz says:

    Thanks for all you do!

  540. Keith Molzahn says:


  541. Colin says:


  542. Diane says:

    Heading into my second year as a Diamond …MANY thanks to you…!

  543. Richard Stack says:

    Congratulations. Good article on SkyClub rate hike yesterday.

  544. Justin says:

    Congrats! and thank you for your well-informed perspective

  545. Lois Ambrose says:

    Bern following since the beginning. Congratulations Renée

    Lois in Ca

  546. Kelly Tupick says:


  547. Lisa says:

    Celebrate EVERY day like it’s an anniversary, René! All the best!

  548. CarolK says:

    Thank you for all you share.

  549. PCB says:

    Keep giving us your great knowledge!!

  550. ana says:

    Great work!

  551. Lisa Brown says:

    hope you had a fun sunday

  552. Christine says:


  553. Steve Weber says:

    Yay! Renee! Happy Sunday to you!

  554. Joe says:

    Way to go!!

  555. Susan Christy says:

    [I tweeted you]

  556. Gaurav says:

    Looking forward to the next five!

  557. Rachel says:

    Congrats! Wishing you many more!

  558. KingRat says:

    Congrat Again

  559. Karl says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  560. Christie Locascio says:

    I LOVE this blog! 🙂

  561. Debra Linkner says:

    Happy 5th, congrats and thank you!

  562. CVG-flier says:

    well done Rene!

  563. Rachel Travis says:

    Congrats on your success!!

  564. Andrew P says:

    Happy 5th!

  565. Vicente says:

    Keep ’em flying!

  566. Judy Jones says:

    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!

  567. Eric says:

    4th entry.

  568. Will G says:

    Happy Monday!

  569. JRG says:

    Keep up the good work!

  570. Pierre says:


  571. DaveATL says:

    Congratulations Rene! Looking forward to 5 more!!

  572. J. says:

    Thank you for the kind giveaway.

  573. Sarah C says:

    Congrats on the milestone!

  574. Dan says:

    Congrats Rene!

  575. Steve Sapontzis says:


  576. Wes says:

    Happy new week Rene!

  577. Richard Stack says:

    Happy 5th. Congratultions!

  578. Eric Michielli says:

    Thanks for all of your updates!

  579. Justin says:

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

  580. Jeremy says:

    Congrats and looking forward to your blog this week.

  581. Congrat Again

  582. Erin Ellis says:

    Happy Anniversary! Have a fabulous day!

  583. Bill G says:

    Another day, another blog post (or two) by René. Thanks!

  584. Mark R. says:

    Me, me, me!

  585. Lisa Brown says:

    So amazing all the traffic too your site

  586. Rob says:

    Great job

  587. phil gold says:

    happy anniversary!
    thanks for all the hard work.!

  588. Ken says:

    +1 One of the nicer blogs on BoardingArea. Congratz!

  589. Carolyn rehn says:

    thanks for all the good tips

  590. Veronica says:

    Thank you for sharing with us all that you know. Happy Anniversary

  591. Rick says:

    Happy blogiversary!

  592. Janet says:

    Bravo, Rene!

  593. Chris says:

    Congrats. Thanks for the great info.

  594. Dave says:


  595. Narayan says:

    Have been following your blog for a long time now…Good job as always

  596. Nancy says:

    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.

  597. Jim F. says:

    Thanks for thinking of your readers!

  598. Howard Blevins says:

    Here’s to another 5 years Rene!

  599. Kat says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  600. Stephen says:

    Congrats on the 5 year mark. Here is to another 5.

  601. Joe S says:


  602. Shannon says:

    Thanks for the chance to win

  603. Kyle says:

    Way to go. 5 Years is impressive!

  604. CVG-Flier says:

    good job!

  605. BarbaraMae says:

    Woohoo! Happy to celebrate together. Thanks for the giveaway.

  606. mike murphy says:

    keep up the interesting blog

  607. Steve Weber says:

    Happy Monday to you Rene!!!

  608. Nancy Bowers says:

    Words…communicating…how can something so simple be so complex? Glad you made it!

  609. Kelly Tupick says:

    Way to go!!!

  610. Johnny says:

    Hope I win!

  611. Carol says:

    Oh happy day.

  612. Brent S says:

    Good work!

  613. Rachel says:

    Stopping in to say hello! Hope you’re having a great day!

  614. CarolK says:

    How about another 5 years or so? 🙂

  615. Doug says:

    Congrats and keep it coming

  616. Paul says:

    Happy 5 years!

  617. Jeremy says:

    Congrats! All your hard work paid off!

  618. Katrina says:

    Awesome job!

  619. Kurt says:

    Congrats Rene. Love the blog

  620. Andrew P says:


  621. Tad Dunlap says:

    I have learned so much from you. THANKS!

    and Felicitations on the Five Year Mark!

  622. Sue says:


  623. Young_Tho®ough says:

    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……

  624. Liz says:


  625. Flynn says:

    Congrats and cheers !

  626. Will G says:

    Happy Tuesday!

  627. JRG says:


  628. Lisa Brown says:

    7.5 millions visitors since your fist day is great 🙂

  629. J. says:

    Many more years.

  630. Dan says:

    Congratulations! Thank you!

  631. Robert P says:

    5 years is impressive!

  632. Rob says:

    Keep up the great work!

  633. Jenny says:

    Well done!

  634. Sean Whalen says:

    Keep up the great work!

  635. DeeDee says:

    Congratulations! Even a rookie like me learns from your blog. Thank you

  636. Michael says:

    Good show!

  637. Keep up the great work!

  638. Jeremy says:

    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.

  639. Pierre Boudet says:


  640. Wes says:

    Happy MR Craziness day!!

  641. Liz says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  642. Erin Ellis says:

    Happy Anniversary! What a fabulous prize!

  643. Jeff says:

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

  644. Susan Christy says:

    [I tweeted you again]

  645. Richard Stack says:


  646. Mary Beth says:

    Congratulations, Rene!

  647. Steve Austvold says:

    Congrats. You have given great advice these 5 years.

  648. Janet says:

    Yay for Rene!

  649. Shannon says:

    Congratulations again

  650. Sonya says:

    Happy Blogiversary! Thank you for all the great tips and tricks

  651. Cristy says:


  652. Doug says:

    I have learned a lot from your posts. Keep it up!

  653. Christina A. says:

    Congrats to you!! 🙂

  654. Jeremy says:

    Wonderful blog! Thank you!

  655. scott says:

    Great job Rene!

  656. Rick says:

    Happy anniversary!

  657. Nancy Bowers says:

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  658. Barry says:

    Thanks for watching out for us by being a great source for info.

  659. Steve Weber says:

    Happy Tuesday before Thanksgiving to you Rene!

  660. Christine says:

    love learning new things from the blog!

  661. Dale says:

    Getting better with time

  662. Kelly Tupick says:

    Congrats to you!!!!

  663. CVG-Flier says:

    Awesome blog! Congratulations!

  664. Paul says:

    Congrats and many more!

  665. Rachel says:

    Keep up the good work!

  666. Keith Molzahn says:

    More Congrats

  667. kevin says:

    moar congrats

  668. Andrew P says:


  669. Mark says:

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

  670. JRG says:

    Congrats and good luck to you in the future!

  671. J. says:

    Thank you.

  672. Lisa Brown says:

    A big congrats to you 🙂

  673. Pierre Boudet says:

    Congrats again!!

  674. Dan says:

    Well done!

  675. Erin Ellis says:

    Super big congrats to you!

  676. Candace says:

    Continued best wishes for the future!

  677. Dan A. says:

    Congrates! Love the blog!

  678. Jonathan Russell says:

    Happy Anniversary! Thank you for all you do!

  679. Katrina says:

    We really enjoy following your blog! Thank you and congrats!

  680. Kevin Cooper says:

    Congratulations! Best of luck for the next 5 years.

  681. Sarah C says:

    Congrats on your blogiversary!

  682. PCB says:

    Way to go!!!

  683. Shaun says:

    Thanks again Rene for providing Delta flyers with such a great resource!