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Most of you probably got into the “miles and points” world just to save money on travel, so did I. However, as you may or may not know, there is a whole community of miles, points, and travel junkies that meets up and does things in “the real world”, too. You may have no time or interest in that, and I totally understand. However, if you are interested in taking your online hobby out for a spin with real people, here are a few events coming up that might be of interest to some of you.
I’ve already mention the only regular Frequent Traveler University this year in Dallas from April 17 – 19th, so you can head to this post to read more about that event. However, here are two new events I am excited to share!
Inaugural American Airlines 787 Dreamliner Flight Dallas – Chicago on May 7th, tickets on sale now:
“Normal” people probably could care less about the first revenue flight that a new plane type makes for a company, but some of us (like me), aren’t “normal”. I flew on the inaugural Dreamliner flight when United first started flying the plane a few years ago, and it was a ton of fun. There is a whole community of people that try to fly all the inaugural flights that they can, and some of them bring quite impressive souvenirs along with them.
On the United 787 inaugural, there was also a whole lot of hoopla from the airline including commemorative certificates, champagne, speeches, photo opps, and more. It was far from a normal flight – it was much better.
It looks like the first 787 flight American Airlines will operate for customers will be May 7th from Dallas – Chicago at 7:10AM, flight 2320. I have the flight on hold right now, and very much hope I can iron out plans to make it work. If you are interested in doing the same, note that the fare seems to be much lower if you book that segment as a portion of a larger ticket. For example, IAH-DFW-ORD is cheaper than just DFW-ORD. Flying DFW-ORD-IAH is also a better deal, so try to add other flights onto your ticket to keep the price down. You can head to Flyertalk to chat with others who are already booked on this inaugural flight!
You can also use miles for the flight, but it is currently only available at the “Anytime” level so it will run you 30,000 American miles. I do want to add that although this inaugural seems pretty set, I have seen these things be moving targets before, so fair warning…
Star Alliance MegaDo 6 Tickets on Sale Tomorrow:
A MegaDo is basically a big, organized trip created for aviation geeks and frequent flyer enthusiasts. I have a whole post and video on “What is a MegaDo” here if you are new to the concept. I have gone on the last three Star Alliance MegaDo flights, though likely will not be able to make this one. However, the program does look like a lot of fun, so I wanted to share it with you guys.
This particular MegaDo will be the 6th one for the Star Alliance group of airlines and it will heavily feature European destinations! Here are some details from the organizers…
Star MegaDo 6, The Rise of the Vikings, will run May 11th-13th and include the following events:
May 11th – Stockholm
The official program starts at 8AM on Monday May 11th in Stockholm where there will be a day spent with full day with SAS Scandinavian Airlines, with a reception to follow that evening.
The group will board their chartered 737 for a flight to Toulouse, France, where there will be a tour of the A350 assembly line. That evening the charter flight departs Toulouse for London. There will be a reception that evening hosted by Club Carlson. This day looks to be insanely fun, but very exhausting, rest up!
The group will spend the day with Star Alliance at the brand new London Heathrow Terminal 2, The Queen’s Terminal and enjoy behind the scenes tours and meet Mark Schwab, President and CEO of Star Alliance.
Those who attend and stay at the host hotels will be given top tier Club Carlson Concierge status
The full program is posted on www.megado.com, so take a peek.
Remember, bookings for SMD6 will open at 12PM CST, Monday, February 16th.