Yesterday I was able to join some other frequent flyers for a United Mini Do just north of Houston for some good food, good fun, and to raise some money for Frequent Flyer Giving to support United WeCare Employee Relief Fund. The event was held at Jasper’s (a yummy restaurant in The Woodlands) and included appetizers and a set three-course menu.
I’ve written about “Mega Dos” many times in the past, but not everyone has the ability to leave home for several days to travel around with 100+ other frequent flyers. However, many of us can leave home for a few hours on a Saturday afternoon to hang out with like-minded folks on a “Mini Do”. This Do (aka “meet up”) was almost literally in my backyard, and it was for my airline of choice, so there was no way I was going to miss it. The food was much better than anything I would normally eat on a Saturday afternoon!
But more importantly it was a really good time. Everyone in attendance got to put faces with online screen names, and meet folks from United who had flown in from Chicago to be at the event. There was lots of swapping of travel tips and ideas for shared destinations like Anchorage and San Juan (since both recently had very inexpensive fares from some cities via United). Not all of the attendees were local, but many were from cities in Texas, so you aren’t just meeting “random” online friends, but you are meeting people who may actually be on some of your flights in the future.
As is typical at these type of events, raffle tickets are often sold to benefit charity and unique “aviation geek” items are given away to the winners. At this particular event there were old Continental signs, United model airplanes, United passport covers, United and Continental glasses and mugs, drink certificates, and the grand prize was a boarding carpet. That probably sounds like garbage to some, but to some #avgeeks (term used lovingly) they are treasures!
I won a model airplane to add to my collection and a retro Continental coffee mug that will be put to good use.
It was announced at this event that future United MiniDos would be held at alternating cities around the country about 3-4 times per year. They will focus on getting around to some other United hub cities, so keep your eyes and ears open if this is something you would want to attend in the future. If you want to start getting together with others in the miles and points community in person then regularly check the Meet Up Forum on Milepoint and the CommunityBuzz section on Flyertalk (though this particular Mini Do was actually posted in the United forum on Milepoint).
I highly recommend joining in on some “in person” fun at a similar event in the future. Thanks again to everyone who helped put on this United Mini Do event, I know I will be watching for when it returns to the Houston area in the future.