I had the hardest time deciding what to post about tonight, because there are so many different things going on that I wanted to share, so I decided to just do some little updates on different topics instead of actually having to pick just one. Well, and I couldn’t find a five-sided coin to flip…
I know this has been un-affectionately dubbed “MegaDON’T” by some due to the extremely rapid sell-out and accompanying technical difficulties that occurred with booking this morning. The good news is that the organizers have been working all day to sort out the
double triple quadruple seat bookings. I would personally like to see four people sit in one seat, but I’m sure the FAA would think differently, so instead the organizers have mentioned some possible solutions they are looking into. They have mentioned a possible second aircraft or just one larger aircraft. There has also been talk of some in “Tommy Class” (middle seat open) volunteering to have someone sit in the middle seat in their row. In fact, here is what Randy Peterson himself had to say about possible solutions today on Milepoint.
Here’s where we are. Listen and listen closely. There seems to be a demand in just the first few hours of public opening for the OWMD for perhaps as many as 50-60 more seats and likely many more over the next few months before departure. You can imagine, a good problem to have. I’ve listened in on a few phone calls today and Tommy (got to love the guy…) is leading a discussion with American to go big(er)—lease a 777 to accommodate all that want to fly along. As well, on hold pending some other factors is another aircraft … that’s right, a second one decked out almost exclusively in Tommy Class. The challenge is whether Boeing can handle this many for the exclusive tours planned. SO, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves and let the big guy dream big and allow us all to have an experience with our fellow frequent flyers we will likely never forget. Cool?
Whatever solutions they come up with, I have no doubt that the organizers will do everything within their powers to ensure as many people as possible are able to join in on this trip. I also have no doubt that they will learn from the booking madness that happened today and do everything they can to be more prepared for the enormous, awesome demand that there now is for these sorts of trips.
US Airways Grand Slam:
As we approach the end of October, I highly recommend you not delay on getting any planned hits completed for the Grand Slam. Obviously there are some hits, like hotel stays, that you may still be waiting to complete (like me), but if there is anything that you can go ahead and complete now I highly recommend it. While you just have to have the activity date completed by 11/14 (as opposed to the post date), it is still better to be safe than sorry. There are also some hits, like the credit and debit cards, that it is probably already too late for if you haven’t already applied for those cards.
Thanks to all the comments encouraging me to go forward, I have also decided to go “all in” for 36 hits. I will post an update on how my hits are going early next week. I did contact Sharebuilder after their miles-posting process seemingly went manual (aka ridiculously slow), and they assured me that my husband’s hit will post now that he has completed a trade. It may take 4-6 weeks to post though. I keep reminding myself to be patient!
I will be heading to Chicago tomorrow to take part in the Chicago Seminars. I can’t wait to see old friends, make new friends, and hear miles and points tips from some of the best in the business! If you are going, please say “hi” if you see me. I’ll be the one dressed like a “points pirate” Saturday night! While some of the info shared at the Seminars is designated as “not for public distribution”, I will share as much as is allowable both during and after the event. Follow me on Twitter @Mommy_Points for some “live tweets” from the event. At the very least, I will be sure to share a few pictures of other miles and points junkies in their Halloween costumes.
Kimpton Hotels Four Day Sale:
I’ve been meaning to post about this one since the sale started, but I keep getting distracted (uh-hum OWMD!). I don’t talk very much about Kimpton Hotels – mostly because I haven’t stayed in one since I started MommyPoints, but I really do love that hotel chain. Their hotels are funky, sexy, and fun. I have stayed in a few different ones, and have always really enjoyed my stay. The toughest part about this chain is that their rates are sometimes higher than I am able to pay, however during this sale the rates are in the $99-$199 range. If you have a trip coming up between now and January 31st in a city with a Kimpton hotel, it is worth checking out the rates to see if you can score a good deal. Some cities with several Kimpton hotels include: Washington DC area, NYC, Seattle, San Fransisco, and Chicago. To book a room with this deal, use the booking code “ONE”. Be aware, the rates are pre-paid and non-refundable.
Check out Loyalty Traveler for even more details about this sale!
Get a Credit Card, Feed a Baby:
Okay, that title is a little over-dramatic, but in the interest of transparency (like I would be a good secret keeper anyway), I wanted to make you aware that from time to time I will now be including affiliate links of my own to certain credit card offers that I think are top-notch. I post fairly regularly about how miles and points credit cards help my family travel for free, and there is no doubt that credit card sign-up bonuses are the #1 way to rack up a lot of miles quickly. So, I decided that when I talk about a credit card deal that I love, if I happen to have an affiliate link for the best available offer, I will include that a link to that offer in the post. I will obviously not be including my own links if there are better offers out there because that would just be silly. No worries, this site will not be turning into Credit Cards R Us – in fact there really should be no noticeable difference to you at all (and if you feel there is, please let me know!), but I just wanted to be up front since I have said in the past that I don’t receive any form of compensation or referral credit for talking about various credit card offers. Going forward, that will still sometimes be the case, but sometimes I will get a referral credit if you decide to get a card by using one of my links. I know, the sky is clearly now falling.
Okay, I think that is it. I’d like to say I was now going to go and pack for the Chicago Seminars, but really I am just going to check out the last episode of Pan-Am that is burning a hole in my DVR player waiting for me to watch it! I’m sure I will be running around tomorrow morning like a crazy person trying to get ready as a result, but you gotta have priorities!