FlyerTalk Forums - View Single Post - “Do You Know Who I Am?”: The Definitive Thread of DYKWIA Stories
Old Jun 30, 16, 10:15 am
Carl Johnson
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: SEA
Programs: Delta TDK(or care)WIA, Hilton Diamond
Posts: 1,833
Originally Posted by zeebanker View Post
If I ever hear someone say that, I'll ask "You're a diamond? How many carats are you? What cut? Princess cut?"
"I'm Kryptonium and today I'm wearing my pants over my underwear"
I'm a Platinum, was Diamond from late 2014 to the end of this January. I was FO in May 2012, became Gold in October 2012, Platinum in December 2012, and was Platinum all that time until now other than my Diamond year. All that means - ALL - is that I have flown on Delta a lot. It means I have flown on Delta when I would have preferred to be taking a train across Europe, it means I have flown on Delta when I would have preferred to be crossing the Atlantic by ship, it means I have flown on Delta when I would have preferred to be sitting at home watching TV. It means I have flown because I had to, whether I actually wanted to or not. That isn't true of everybody with status, but it's true of a lot of us. Why people think that makes them better than anybody else, I do not know.

What I try to do to show my "status" is, I show that I know how to get my stuff put away with minimal inconvenience to others by getting the stuff I want under the seat organized and getting my overhead bag put away and getting OUT of the aisle while I putter around with my other things (and taking a short puttering time too). When I'm in front and they block other people to let me out first (that vaguely annoys me when I'm in back but I HATE it when I'm in front), I show my Platinum status by getting my stuff and getting OUT so at least I won't be holding up other people.

I've flown a lot, so I know what I'm doing, and I'm able to behave in such a way as to minimize the inconvenience I create for others, and to help others. One time somebody who was on my flight missed her international connection and I showed her where the help desk and waited while she got a flight for the next morning, and then I showed her where Wingtips was so she could spend the night in some comfort.

Another time, I was talking to some lady about how to get to her next flight, and the FA overheard me and thought that was good information, so she got on the PA system with it.

Don't talk about your status, nobody cares. Use the experience that you got while accruing your status to do things that other people will value.
Carl Johnson is offline