One of the questions I get from time to time is, “What is a MegaDo?”.  It is a very strange word that gets thrown around in the miles and points world from time to time, and I agree the definition isn’t intuitive.  Essentially it is a big (mega) organized trip (do) that allows you to do and see travel related things you normally wouldn’t have access to.  These trips often involved a chartered flight, hotel and airline sponsors, swag, food, drinks, and friends.  I have been on four MegaDos including Star MegaDo 3, Star MegaDo 4, the first OneWorld MegaDo, and most recently Star MegaDo 5 (head to the official MegaDo blog for a very detailed report and great videos with the highlights of Star MegaDo 5).  The Star or OneWorld designations refer to the airline alliance that is involved with the trip.


Checking out an engine at the United maintenance facility at SFO

These trips are hardcore fun, and not for the faint of heart.  The schedules can be pretty brutal, the price is sometimes steep, and the pace is pretty hectic.  All of the trips have been different, and of course I have had personal preference toward some of the trips more than others, but they all involve some pretty cool things and some pretty great fun.  Obviously I’ve quite enjoyed them if I have already been on four!


Touring the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group “the boneyard” in Tucson

Instead trying to explain what a MegaDo is with more written words, here is a video with my explanations and some shots from the MegaDos I have been on!


Also, on these trips you usually score some swag from the sponsors.  This time I have some swag to share with you guys!  The swag includes:


Win my swag!

  • Gloves that will be worn by the Canadian Olympic Team in Sochi at the 2014 Olympics (courtesy of Marriott)
  • Air Canada model airplane (courtesy of Air Canada)
  • United Amenity Kit that includes noise cancelling ear bud headphones and iPad mini holder (courtesy of United)
  • $20 in Starbucks gift card courtesy of me as you really need some caffeine to survive the real MegaDo experience

Menu and amenity kit from the chartered United flight on SMD5

If you want all these pieces of Star MegaDo 5, then just leave a comment on this post by tomorrow (Sunday November 10th) at 11:59PM letting me know you are interested and I’ll pick a winner at random!  Good luck and I hope to see you on a future MegaDo!

Posted by Mommy Points | 121 Comments

121 Responses to “What is a MegaDo?”

  1. srinivasu says:

    Just curious to know how much mega do cost?

    • mommypoints says:

      srinivasu, this one was $999 for economy. That included pretty much all meals, ground transportation, miles, the charter flight, etc. It did not include hotels.

  2. Dave Golden says:

    Nice recap. I want STUFF!

  3. Tomt says:

    Gloves please. It’s getting cold in Houston now

  4. Rich says:

    I do want it ! I do !!

  5. Andrew says:

    Model airplane.

  6. Evan says:

    I want stuff! Nice post.

  7. mogon says:

    Would enjoy the kit or Starbucks card :)

  8. Sharon Jones says:

    Thanks for the post! I’ve always wondered about the “Do”. I’d love the amenity kit if at all possible.

  9. gordon says:

    thanks for the megado info. would love some swag…

  10. Jim F. says:

    Do you know what/when the next MegaDo will be? How far in advance are dates/schedules released? Is there a website to follow MegaDos?

  11. Sharon Jones says:

    On a different subject, I have a question. Can you tell me what are the minimum points required on Chase Sapphire Preferred to transfer to SW or UA. Thanks!

  12. Jonathan Burns says:

    United amenity kit!

  13. Sean says:

    I’d love some Star MegaDo swag!

  14. Mathew says:

    Would love some swag! i was able to attend SMD1 in Frankfurt a few years ago but have not been able to go on another yet.

  15. OG says:

    I would love the model of the AC plane!

  16. mommypoints says:

    Sorry if I wasn’t clear – you win all or none, so no need to list the specific item you want. ;)

    Sharon, it is in 1,000 point increments.

    Jim, is a great website to follow. They also often get the info on even before the MegaDo website. There are plenty of MegaDo rumors out there, but I don’t know which ones will actually materialize. I’m guessing there will be 1-2 MegaDos next year. One will likely be Star MegaDo 6 and the other could be anything. OneWorld 2 has been in the works for a while, but likely held until the merger is done.

  17. Elizabeth says:

    Count me among the interested. Thanks :)

  18. Jackie says:

    I’d love some swag – and I’d love to go on a MegaDo trip in the future! Thanks!

  19. Nick B. says:

    Love to add some more megado swag

  20. airshadow says:


  21. Chris says:

    Wasn’t able to make it, so I wanna win.

  22. Vivek Doshi says:

    Please please please choose me. I collect model airlines :)

  23. Sam says:

    This sounds like a lot of fun. Is it a one day trip or multi-day?

    I may just need to add this to my bucket list ;p
    I would love your Air Canada model airplane :)

  24. Brian H says:

    I’m in!

  25. winger says:

    Would love the United kit or Starbucks card. Thanks MP…your blog rocks.

  26. Mark says:

    Great mittens !

  27. Clare N says:

    Neat stuff. I’ve never been on a MegaDo.

  28. Frank says:

    Yes, I am interested. I like your blog even though I don’t have small children.

  29. Tiff says:

    Our kids’ Godmother is Canadian; the gloves would be awesome! =)

  30. Christina says:

    Great question, I always wonder what that term meant. Hopefully I win, love the Canadian gloves.

  31. Maya says:

    Great video! The Canadian in me misses winter & would love those cool gloves!

  32. Jamie says:

    Nice swag. Hope to win and get to go on a MegaDo one day.

  33. m2 (m-squared) says:

    Thanks for the info. Have considered the * MegaDo but never actually booked. Might need to give it a go. Plus the swag would be great!

  34. Susan says:

    I’d love to win and I’m looking forward to attending the next MegaDo!

  35. Kari C says:

    I would love to give these a new home, and I hope to at least take one MegaDo trip during my lifetime. Thanks for the post!

  36. Suneel says:

    Pick me

  37. Jenny says:

    Interested, thanks for the fun giveaway!

  38. Sachin says:

    I will be happy to go for Star Mega DO 5 if I can. Love your posts MP. I have a 4 years old daughter and your posts inspired me and encourage me to travel with her without any hassle. Thank you again.

  39. Itai Roth says:

    You learn something new every day!

  40. Mona C says:

    I want the ipad mini holder!! :-)

  41. Mark R. says:

    Nice piece, & I want SWAG. Also, nice seeing you in Chicago.

  42. vitaly says:

    Always wanted a model airplane

  43. Kevin says:

    Gloves and coffee!!

  44. Tom says:

    I love the air Canada plane. But my kids would and will like it even more

  45. Michael says:

    Love your blog

  46. Nguyen says:

    I would love to win the airplane model and some coffee. Thanks.

  47. Bayguy says:

    I would like to get Air Canada model airplane for my son who loves planes

  48. Shaun says:

    I won your first giveaway (megado t-shirt) couple of years ago and hope to win this time too!

  49. Greg says:

    Count me in as interesting. I’ve always wanted one of those fancy model airplanes!

  50. Jonny says:

    You are the best family travel blog

  51. Wendy M says:

    I would love the Canada gloves. I love Root’s winter wear. I can’t wait until it stays below freezing and freezes out my allergens.

  52. Linda W says:

    Gotta love the swag!

  53. Tim says:

    Need another model!

  54. bruce says:

    Gotta love the Swag…

  55. barbara says:

    Swag is good!!!

  56. Sarah says:

    Hey…i like free stuff

  57. Sam says:

    Swag me…..please

  58. Matt says:

    Very interested! Can’t wait to go on a megado someday!

  59. Clay says:

    Thank you for sharing your MegaDo experiences with us! It was on my wish list for this year. I am totally doing it next year.

  60. Victor says:

    I want that united amenity kit!

  61. Tonei says:

    I’d love to be in a position financially to participate in a MegaDo someday!

  62. John says:

    I will take any of the gifts!

  63. Laura T says:

    I would love to win this! I’m wondering whether people who go on Mega Dos have to be invited by the airlines or hotels, or can anyone go? Does one have to have elite status? How can I find about the next one? Thanks!

  64. Gary says:

    MegaDo 5 SWAG would be awesome….in anticipation of MegaDo 6!

  65. Brandon says:

    My goodness, my SO would never let me live down the Canada gloves. So of course I want ‘em! :D

  66. Mad says:

    Would love to take some of the swag to BOS for Christmas this year.

  67. DaninSTL says:

    I would love love love the airplane model but the other stuff would be good as well,

  68. Steven C says:

    The model airplane would be really cool!Thanks.

  69. Liz says:

    Can’t wait until my stars align and I can make a ‘DO’ myself! Love the gloves!!

  70. Amy says:

    I thought this was finally the time I’d be able to do the MegaDo, but unfortunately I just couldn’t swing it financially. Winning your swag would be the next best thing! Thanks for running the contest, and please pick me!!

  71. Ralph l says:

    I want the model airplane please!

  72. Margita says:

    Not planning on attending a megado in the near futrure, love the description and would love to share the swag!

  73. MatthewT says:

    Still waiting for a Star MegaDo that fits my schedule!

  74. avi says:

    free swag? count me in!

  75. Atif says:

    Those gloves/mittens look nice and warm! Would love “stuff”!

  76. anne says:

    cool swag!

  77. Kelly M says:

    Free Swag? Yes Please!

  78. Amber says:

    Looks like you had a fun time!

  79. A. S. says:

    It’s what MEGA crazy people DO in their free time.

  80. marc m says:

    That stuff looks awesome! I would love to have some and to go to a Megado

  81. Naina says:

    Definitely interested – those gloves look perfect to cradle a warm beverage from Starbucks!

  82. Jacob says:

    I’d appreciate winning! Especially the Starbucks card an united kit.

  83. BothofUs2 says:

    cool stuff thanks for the chance!

  84. Rcurry01 says:

    Nice Kit! I hope hat you had fun at the Megado

  85. Matt says:

    Nice – count me in

  86. Rob P says:

    DOs are cool! Thank you!

  87. Bill H says:

    I want, I want! Especially the Air Canada model!

  88. Sharon says:

    would love them!!:)

  89. Kyle B says:

    I’d love to win, I really wanted to be there

  90. Susan says:

    I’m totally interested in the mega-swag. Now I have to also go Google MegaDos!

  91. Krista says:

    This looks like so much fun!

  92. Joe S says:

    Interested, would love the Air Canada model

  93. Mark the Shark says:

    I’d love the stuff! I hope I win!

  94. Sherl says:

    Free swag my way please.:-)

  95. Zoe says:

    Cool Sochi mittens… They would match my Vancouver ones!

  96. Bostonwalker says:

    Airplane for my son please! That would be a surprise gift for his 5-year birthday on 11/18.

  97. mm says:

    I’m interested in winning any of these swag prizes, thanks!

  98. Kevin says:

    If I win I will get daddypoints for following mommypoints

  99. Barb says:

    I could really use those gloves especially if I were to go as Robin Scherbatsky for Halloween next year. Noise cancelling ear bugs would be nice for my next trip along with the other goodies.

  100. Mel says:

    I would love to win the items. The plane would look great on my desk.

  101. Jean says:

    I’m going to go to a megado in my lifetime!!

  102. Michelle says:

    Would love free swag!

  103. corinne thompson says:

    F R double E for me!

  104. Sarah C says:

    Would love to win! Hope to go on a MegaDo sometime in the next few years!

  105. Andrew says:

    would like the swag.

  106. Yana says:

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun! Kudos to you being able to manage the blog, the toddler and all the rest.

  107. OberBoberGrober says:

    Would love to get it.

  108. Poptarts says:

    Swag pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee for meeeeeee!!!!

  109. Fede says:

    If you wanna send it in Italy :-)…..

  110. Randy Martin says:

    Thank you for the swag!

  111. Joe says:

    I wish they would do a megado in the summer time where it is easier to take a vacation week for some.

  112. Joe says:

    Good recap… best of luck to all

  113. amanda s says:

    Those mittens are great!

  114. Bhanik Shah says:

    The model plane looks nice

  115. Alisa says:

    I’d like to win something…for once! I would love to do a Megado and hopefully I’ll be able to do it next year

  116. Rick says:

    Show me the swag! Interesting blog article. I’d never heard of a MegaDo until now.

  117. Kijo says:

    All looks great, especially the Canada gloves. They will come in handy in cold Colorado! Thanks.

  118. Ash says:

    I too would love some swag!

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