Earlier this week, I took my last fight of 2014 (Thank goodness it is for fun and not work!). As that trip comes closer, a few thoughts come to mind:
I travel a lot; Maybe not as much as everyone, but if I were to guess, more than 97% of the rest of America. Delta tells me that I have done about 100,000 in this year alone. As you read that last sentence, you will most likely fall into one of two groups: “Wow, look at all of the free trips you can take” or “Bummer, you missed Diamond”. For me, it just means I get to board first, sit closer to the front and will have overhead space for my carry ons.
In reality, there really are only two groups that are happy with that number above: Delta Airlines and Hilton Hotels (my family is not even close to being in the top 10 of “happy groups”). When I travel, I am as loyal as I can be. I certainly won’t do it to my detriment or if the price is way out of whack. But, like most people, I want to get points, earn status and have the opportunity to enjoy life (with my “upgrades”) and of course, with my family. Since the first frequent flyer program was put into place in 1972, it has been a huge success to not only the travel industry, but also to the traveler. Of course, Delta and Hilton want me to use their services 100% of the time, and by offering these inceptives it sure doesn’t hurt. So I will take what I can get when I travel.
But truth be told, for me after all of these years of traveling, I just want to get home. Yes, I like the perks, I love the upgrades, but I like sleeping in my own bed next to my wife and kissing my children goodnight more.
For a number of years, I used to fly into the Rochester NY airport fairly frequently. I always caught the last flight of the day out of Atlanta so I could start my day bright and early and try to get as much in as I could. …