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WOW! It is hard to believe today marks one full year for the blog and, hopefully, the 1st of many anniversary dates for the blog. I am humbled and stunned by how many readers each day enjoy what I have to say. I hope over the year, I have been able to share some Delta tips and tricks to make your travel with “our beloved airline” a bit better!
I thought today, in addition to giving away some very kool stuff, I would take the time to review the year and say some thanks to those who have helped me so much! Let’s start there.
- Rick – I think you know how much I and everyone in this community appreciate all you do, but if it were not for THE Frugal Travel Guy, I would not be writing the blog. You are the MAN Rick!
- Randy – First Flyer Talk, then Boarding Area, what an amazing mind and my thanks for giving me a shot at writing a blog. We all know your brilliance regarding everything travel, but helping others become what they can be is remarkable to me. You were the first person ever to comment on the blog (you are a man of 1st’s after all). My HUGE thanks!
- My fellow bloggers – So many of my colleagues at BA I reach out to all the time. I hope readers know what an amazing group these people are. Andrew, Gary, Greg, Summer, MJ & Ben – you all ROCK and all give so freely. I don’t have words to say what you all mean to me.
- Naturally my readers! What would be the point without you. I could keep all the bits I know in my head about Delta, but like so many in the frequent flyer community, it is so much more fun to share what I know as others have with me. I want you, the reader, to know, when you send me an e-mail or say kind words on the blog, you make my day/week/month/year! You ALL have, not just my thanks, but my warm appreciation and respect!
What about some facts and such. Being a part of BoardingArea.com from day one was great for me. Delta Points has the distinction of being the fastest blog ever to go from “new blogger” to featured blogger at BoardingArea! The blog has been viewed almost 3/4 of a million times since this date last year. Subscribers to the e-mail blast are growing fast and I would not be surprised to see 2000 daily readers by year end as well as 1000 Twitter followers. I have enjoyed posting each day and have only had a few “best of” days due to my real job getting in the way of my fun (there are never enough hours in a day)! The growth of the blog has been explosive and exciting and I hope to continue to produce value to make it worth your time to read the blog each day next year!
How can I say thank you to you all? How about the way I have all year long with some fun giveaways. Here is what you have a chance to WIN today!
Delta Silver Medallion status until FEB2014
$50 Marriott Gift card
$50 AMEX Gift cards (one of two)
$25 AMEX Gift cards (one of four)
$25 Restaurant.com gift cards ($400 total to giveaway)
Each winner gets a DeltaPoints luggage tag too!
I want to thank Restaurant.com so much for being a part of this big day for me! I have blogged about them a TON and regular readers know how much I love them and use their products as much as I can.
So what are the T&C, that is terms and conditions, to win one of the above. The rules are these: To qualify you must comment on the blog by midnight MST 17NOV2012 and the date stamp of your comment will count. You must answer two questions to qualify. You must state what month you started reading Delta Points and where you found Delta Points (for example DEC2011 and BoardingArea or like May2012 and Google search). You MUST use your real first name and last initial (you may also include your “handle” but without your name you do not qualify). Lastly, you must use a valid email address and only ONCE per person, but if more in the family that is fine if different emails.
I will then use Random.org to pick winners for all the smaller prizes and publish that list in order. Then, Sunday afternoon on the 18th, I will pick from that list the winner of the Delta Air Lines Silver Medallion status winner. There are restrictions for this status. If you have status now, any Delta Status, you can not use this. If your status ends in March, I can wait to award it to you in March. Or, if you want, you can name anyone you want to have the status. As long as they have a Skymiles number they can have it.
Once again my HUGE thanks for reading the blog each day. Tomorrow, as a sorta a part two of the celebration, I will be commenting on my favorite posts during the past year – René
EDIT: Contest is closed now – stay tuned for winners soon!