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Update: Holy smokes, this event sold out within 23 minutes of opening for public booking! Congrats to those who are coming and fingers crossed for a good spot on the waiting list (once it gets rolling – keep watching megado.com and Milepoint for those updates!) for those who aren’t quite as lucky. 🙁
Everyone can now go and reserve their seat on the first OneWorld MegaDO! There is still some pretty good seat availability, but I don’t recommend delaying if you want to go on this awesome trip. As of when I wrote this post, there were approximately 1 First Class seat ($1699), 16 Tommy Class seats ($1199), and 60 Economy seats ($799) remaining on the flight. You will find Mommy Points in seat 25D – aisle seats are better for self-service drink selections. 🙂
The booking process for the flights and hotels took me less than 10-15 minutes from start to finish. You will need to go through the process for each traveler in your party separately. You do need to have your Hyatt Gold Passport number, AAdvantage number, and passport number ready as you will enter those while booking. I really enjoyed getting to select my own seat and see where everyone else is sitting! It was also nice to have all of the North American portion hotel links ready to book at the same time we book the flights. Both the Dallas and Seattle/Bellevue hotels were $149 plus tax and the LA hotel was $194 plus tax. Since my husband is driving me to Dallas and staying the first night, we used a Diamond suite upgrade at the Hyatt Regency DFW. Woohoo!
There hasn’t been any information announced that would indicate you have to stay at the host hotels or at the posted rates. I would recommend staying at the hotels since it is just much easier that way, but if you were looking to use points, or can get a different rate, I haven’t seen anything that would prohibit going that route. I am staying at the host hotels and the DO rates, but will be going to a different LAX hotel on Saturday night using points. I fly out super early Sunday morning and I gotta keep the costs down somewhere!
There are some very generous airline status matches and a Hyatt Diamond challenge that are offered as a part of the DO. There are challenges both for elites from other airlines as well as for American elites as well. You can read all of the terms and conditions regarding these challenges on the booking site. You can also read more about the airline status match/challenge over at View From the Wing. Since I fly on miles or points 80% of the time, I don’t have airline status with anyone so this doesn’t help me, but it is a very great offer if you do have status with an airline.
According to Megado.com, there have been some schedule adjustments already. Namely, there will no longer be a reception dinner at Boeing the night we arrive in Seattle, and we will now be flying into SEA instead of Boeing Field. Both of these changes were made when the organizers realized how tired everyone will likely be when we arrive into Seattle that day. That is especially true for those coming from the East Coast or just getting off the European portion. The never ending time zone shifting can really catch up with you! MegaDos are usually very long, action-filled days, and it was probably a good decision….though I am a little bummed about not landing at Boeing Field. 🙂 As I have said before, it is best to not get too wrapped up in the specific DO details as they do shift around. In the end, if you just go with the flow you will have a fantastic time and get to do some amazing things.
Now hurry up and book your seat if you want to come on this amazing trip.