I’ve written a lot about pondering loyalty of late. It would be easy to conclude that I’ve given up on mileage programs and moved on, but nothing could be further from the truth. I continue to value miles and points, I continue to accrue them, and I continue to enjoy them. It’s simply that my expectations and the things that I personally value have changed over time.
It never was about “the game” to me. I’ve never laid awake at night wondering what innovation I could create to pad my miles or points balance. Throughout, I’ve just been focused on picking up whatever I could to make trips more comfortable. I don’t blog about every trip I take or every mile I spend, but I do enjoy picking up a few extra miles every now and then, but that’s not really the point.
There are enough people that blog about credit cards, gift cards, and reloadable cards, and I’ve learned something from all of them. Someone in the travel business put something in words a few days ago that I’ve been thinking for a long time, but have never quite been able to say. No one ever blogs about the journey. I’m not sure that’s 200 percent correct as I read a lot of trip reports and lounge reviews, and I think those are all part of the journey. But it surely is a valid point…and one that really resonated with me.
After nearly 8 years of MJ on Travel, I’m neither disgruntled, disappointed or ready to do something else. What I am is ready to blog about the journey. Coming soon, an administrative blog post, a Disney cruise finale (believe me, that was a journey), and a word on the journey ahead.
-MJ, May 6, 2014