FlyerTalk to Celebrate 15 Years in 2013

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  1. Canarsie
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    Randy Petersen has a lot of which to be proud.

    His creation known as FlyerTalk will celebrate its 15th year of existence in its current iteration in May of 2013.

    Randy Petersen has positively affected the lives of millions of people over the years — including mine — with his vision of providing a venue where frequent fliers can discuss the earning and redeeming of miles and points. Yes, I say millions, if you include all of the incredible coverage that frequent fliers have enjoyed over the years in the media as a result of our hobby — or, perhaps more accurately, our obsession — with earning and using frequent traveler loyalty program miles and points.

    Let us also not forget about spouses, family, friends and colleagues of the greater than 500,000 members — that is half of a million people — of both FlyerTalk and milepoint.com combined who have been affected by frequent travel but are not registered on either Internet web site. Those people could probably easily quadruple that number to two million people alone — and that does not include those who work for airlines, lodging companies, rental car facilities, and other people in the industry who have also been affected by the vision of Randy Petersen.

    The landscape of frequent travel has changed significantly over the years as a result.

    I want to take this opportunity to be the first to congratulate Randy Petersen on this momentous occasion. Additionally, if I am not mistaken, 2016 will be 30 years since he decided to leave the retail business and launch a career based on frequent traveler loyalty program miles and points — starting with a simple newsletter whose content was literally cut and pasted.

    Congratulations, Randy Petersen — and, as always — thank you!
     
  2. rwoman
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    Randy has definitely made a lasting impact on many of my friends, family, and colleagues who are not FT or MP followers. The collective knowledge base is immense and very helpful.

    Thanks and congratulations, Randy!!

    :)
     
  3. PhotoJim

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    FT is where I started... and it's where I became aware of MP so some definite kudos are in order! I happily use and enjoy both.
     
  4. Flying Machine

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    I have had the pleasure to meet Randy on a few occasions. He may not know me well, but I am sure he does by face. The one truly remarkable trait that I was quick to notice, is his philanthropic side. The guy is just wired to be generous! I am so happy for the aquaintance. Randy has made a big impact on the personal and mileage/points side of my life. Happy Anniversary Randy!!
     
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    I was in elementary school when flyertalk started! Woohoo!
     
  6. jbcarioca
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    Thanks, Canarsie, for reminding us. Randy, Flyer Talk and Milepoint have indeed changed my life. I would be far worse without the friends and knowledge I have gained through Randy and his progeny.

    Thanks Randy!
     
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    And another hockey puck of thanks from me to The Boss! :)
     
  8. stephenbgarvan

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    Randy has been very helpful with information and advice several times... And Inside Flyer and Flyer talk continue to give valuable information. THANKS BIG TIME
     
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    It's an amazing story.
     
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    As was I, though I'm proud to say that a few of my FF accounts (America West FlightFund, Lufthansa Miles&More, and American AAdvantage) pre-date even FT!
     
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    Great achievement indeed. I wish I had learned about FT and met Randy sooner than I did, which summarizes how I feel.
     
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    Big ups to Randy P!
     
  13. marcwint55

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    Congratulations on the 15th anniversary and thanks for the joy and help you have given to so many.
     
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    Thanks for everything, Randy!! :)


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    FT has rocked my world many times over. Many, many thanks, Randy!
     
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    FT has taught me the ropes of frequent flying.
    Thanks Randy.
    And thanks for Milepoint. :)
     
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