If you spend your life traveling for your job, does a week of visiting airlines in the U.S. and Europe really sound like fun?
It does to a group of road warriors embarking Tuesday on a unique venture organized by FlyerTalk.com, an online community of expert travelers.
The Star Alliance MegaDO (as in a “really big ‘do”) starts with a briefing with United Airlines in Chicago then jets off to Newark, N.J., for a behind-the-scenes look at operations, including the in-flight meal kitchen, at Continental Airlines’ hub there. That night, the 88 participants, who collectively already hold 24 million frequent flyer miles, fly to Frankfurt and join more than 100 more airline junkies in Europe for meetings and briefings with Lufthansa executives.
The following day, a chartered Boeing 757-300 will take the group of 200 to Oslo, Norway, for breakfast with SAS, then Toulouse, France, for a tour of the Airbus A380 final assembly line. Then it’s back to Frankfurt for a stint at Lufthansa’s flight attendant training academy.
Airlines coddle these uber-travelers because they are among their best customers. With business travel in a deep slump, the Star Alliance airlines are bending over backwards for the event.
Stay tuned for updates on the group’s experience.
I can answer the first question: YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And, I am painfully jealous.
AznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3191 times:
I'm insanely jealous since I was almost ticketed to go, but had to cancel since job constraints. Would have been an awesome event! CO and DL have held similar events earlier this year. DeltAirlines and I had posted trip reports on those events. I'm pretty sure you could find better accounts of the real-time events on the FT page!
I should add kudos to the guys who spent hours trying to set up the event! It definitely didn't sound like an easy event to organize!
[Edited 2009-11-03 08:09:12]
The journey of life is not based on the accomplishments, but the experience.
MogandoCI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2566 times:
if my math serves me right, that only comes out to 272K miles per person.
A frequent flyer with gold status needs 50K miles to re-qualify, so one can accumulate that mount of miles just from 5.5 years of not redeeming anything
now, if those 88 people manage to rack up 24mil non-bonus miles in one year, that's rather impressive... that's nearly 40 (well, 39.5) JFK-LHR roundtrips !! .... if u cut out some holiday time here and there, that's 1 TATL roundtrip per business week....every single freaking week !!
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8945 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2424 times:
I really wish I could have had the time to go on this...I was tentatively scheduled to do it, but work got too busy. Continental and Delta DOs this year were amazing - would have loved to do Star DO.
Quoting MogandoCI (Reply 8): now, if those 88 people manage to rack up 24mil non-bonus miles in one year, that's rather impressive... that's nearly 40 (well, 39.5) JFK-LHR roundtrips !
272k miles/year is not that hard to earn. This year, I'll end up having netted somewhere in the ballpark of 600,000 redeemable miles. Not that bad of a haul (for a 24 year old that's a year out of college and travels entirely on my own dime)...was able to make Platinum on Delta, Premier Executive on United and Silver on US Airways this past year...