Greetings, Just wanted to introduce myself... I've been a FlyerTalk lurker for a quite some time, and a commercial aviation enthusiast for decades. About a year and half ago, I founded a tech start-up with two business partners in LA, which has has really increased the time I spend on airplanes given that I'm in NYC. Unfortunately I wasn't too smart about frequent flier programs or mileage accrual until recently, and my shift in strategy is due to the great community of people and knowledge here and on FlyerTalk. I originally figured I'd try and focus on JetBlue, but wound up flying Delta more often than not due to cheaper fairs. I lacked knowledge of what it took to make elite status, and was cavalier about booking air travel to meet my goals. I split my flying time last year between JetBlue, Delta, and Continental, and didn't make status anywhere (although I came within 3,000 points of achieving FO on Delta.) Coming so close to making status on Delta led me to FlyerTalk, several blogs, and eventually here, and while bummed about my missed opportunity, I ramped up efforts to not make the same mistakes again. I took advantage of the Amex Platinum card 50,000 MR points deal and combined that with Delta's 50% transfer promo to claim what I was so close to achieving last year, and thus far I've found the card benefits to be of value given the travel I do (which has me thinking I'll hang on to it for years to come.) I also took advantage of my card's benefits to gain benefits at Starwood, National Rent-a-Car, and Hertz, and through researching travel benefits offered at my corporation (we're a boot-strapped startup... i.e. we all have day-jobs,) I was able to status-match Delta FO with AAdvantage Gold. Not too shabby for a month's work of mainly research Given my upcoming flying schedule, I expect to make GM on Delta (now my preferred airline, at least for domestic) by the summer, and may perhaps hit platinum by the end of the year. My first trip where I'll be able to put these statuses to use is next Monday (JFK to DEN via ATL, and then on to visit a friend in SEA via SLC four days later.) Hope all will go well. In any case, I just wanted to say hi and I look forward to being a part of this community. Hope to share insight with other JFK-based DL flyers, as well as tips for flying in and out of any of NYC's three airports.