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I love connecting with others in person at fun frequent flyer events, so in case you feel the same, here is some info on various events that are coming up soon!
Star MegaDo 5: I wrote about this event here, but basically it is a chartered Air Canada flight from Toronto to Tuscon to San Francisco. Along the way there will be plenty of social events, an AMARC inside tour, a Rimowa luggage factory tour, program with Air Canada, a hanger party, and more! You will earn 2,500 elite qualifying miles for coach, 7,500 for “Tommy Class” (empty middle seat), and 15,000 for first class. They are finalizing details, but hope to offer both Air Canada Aeroplan miles and United miles.
The dates are October 22nd-25th and tickets go on sale on Monday at Noon Central. I have no idea how quickly this event will sell out, but given the history of previous MegaDo sales I expect that it will sell out before too long. I plan to be on this trip as they are always a ton of fun. The hotel partner will be Marriott. The costs for the chartered flight start at $1199 for coach. That includes the flight, ground activities, social events, ground transportation, and more. It does not include getting yourself to/from the Do or the hotel costs.
If you want to go, I recommend being ready when tickets go on sale Monday!
Tampa Frequent Traveler University: If you prefer to keep your frequent flyer events a little more affordable and a little more focused on learning new tips, then Tampa FTU may be more up your ally. This event is selling well, but is not yet sold out, so there is still time to book your tickets. The event is September 27th – 29th at the Grand Hyatt Tampa. The tickets are $100 which includes all the sessions and lunch both days. There is also a negotiated group rate at the Grand Hyatt. I will be presenting at this event and hope to see you there!
Chicago Seminars: The Chicago Seminars are similar to FTU and will be held October 11th – 13th at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove about 20 minutes from O’Hare airport in Chicago. The cost is $85 which includes all sessions plus lunch both days. There are very low hotel rates available (though I think the host hotel has sold out). A couple of days ago I saw there were 149 tickets left for this (I think out of about 500). I will be presenting and hosting a “spouses” reception at this event.
All four of those events are large, very well organized, have sponsors, etc. I think that is great, but I also appreciate some of the smaller and less organized events, so I wanted to share a couple of those that are also coming up.
Brooklyn Reality Tour: This one has been going on for 14 years and is put on by DHammer (who posts comments here from time to time). The dates have never worked out for me to attend, but I hear nothing but good things from those who join him in Brooklyn for a day of eating and eating and eating. This year it will be held on June 1st and the costs are basically just to cover what you eat and the van. Head here for more info. Looks like a really fun group of folks going.
United MiniDo in NYC: Another small but fun event is the United MiniDo that will be in NYC on June 8th. This one is capped at 30 people and is $100 each (but includes a four course dinner and some drinks). United reps are likely to attend, and it is a good chance to bond with a smaller group of United flyers. I attended the last one in Houston and had a lot of fun.
Some people have been asking me to host another event in Houston as I did last year. Sadly my schedule and family responsibilities don’t permit me to host too many local events, but I do plan to host at least one thing this summer. It will likely be another pretty informal gathering at a local (family friendly) restaurant, and I’ll be sure to give plenty of notice. I hope many of you will be able to attend!
Pretty much all of these events listed benefit charities as well as provide a great platform for frequent flyers to get together. Whether you like large organized events on chartered planes or small tours through Brooklyn that involve delicious food, there is something for everyone. I hope some of you do take the time to attend an event at some point as there are great folks in the miles and points community.