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User currently offlinePlaneAdmirer From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 563 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2995 times:

Saw this in today's WSJ: http://blogs.wsj.com/middleseat/2009...ime-with-airlines/?mod=rss_WSJBlog

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.

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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30914 posts, RR: 87
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2974 times:
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The problem with being such a road-warrior is I didn't have the spare time to attend the event. But it certainly sounded interesting as it was being developed.

User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3662 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2963 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]


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User currently offlinePlaneAdmirer From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 563 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2950 times:

Ok - So now I am jealous of you two specifically. I get the constraints, but that does sound very compelling.

User currently offlineMikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1397 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2829 times:



Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 2):
CO and DL have held similar events earlier this year

I made the CO DO in Houston in February, but this event has me jealous...probably more jealous than I was of the guys who decided to take the "mystery tour" at IAH.

-Mike



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User currently offlineMbm3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 840 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2726 times:
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For those interested in following this event, search for hashtag #starmegado on Twitter or click http://www.starmegado.com/


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User currently offline764 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2644 times:

Hmmm... 88 people with 24 million miles. That comes down to less than 275,000 miles per person. I have more than that. Why wasn't I invited? Grrr......

Well, I probably wouldn't have time for this trip anyway. Sounds like fun though!


User currently onlineSomeone83 From Norway, joined Sep 2006, 3370 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2362 times:

I'm joining the European part of this Big grin

User currently offlineMogandoCI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2338 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 !!  Embarrassment .... if u cut out some holiday time here and there, that's 1 TATL roundtrip per business week....every single freaking week !!


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8898 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2196 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...


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