Attend Fleet Week and United Family Day in SFO

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One of the neat things about United Airlines is that they host an annual Family Day where not only are United Airlines employee family member’s invited, but some United “junkies” on Flyertalk and Milepoint can also attend.  This year Family Day will be on 10/7, which (as usual) is the same weekend that Fleet Week is also going on in San Francisco.  I’ve never been to a United Family Day myself, but everything I have read and seen about it makes me very interested.  Here are the details from the UA Insider posted on Milepoint:

United will be hosting its annual Family Day Open House for United Employees and their families this year on Sunday October 7th from 11am to 5pm at our SFO Maintenance center. As in years past, we expect a large turn-out at this event, but have secured a limited number of tickets for Milepoint members and a guest to attend.

This year’s setup is similar to lasts, in that we will have a large number of aircraft on display (from United aircraft to stunt planes and civilian models). In addition to the displays there will be tours of the maintenance facility that will allow you to get up close and personal with some of our jet engines and tour a United wide body aircraft.

To attend, please send an email to us at that includes your name, an email address, and your guest’s name (if applicable). Requests will be handed out on a first come, first serve basis and we’ll let you know by October 1st if we are able to confirm you. Once confirmed you’ll receive an email with all the specifics. We look forward to seeing you there.

The downside is that fares are already pretty expensive for that weekend given the close date (well, that, and Lord knows my schedule is pretty packed already), but it sure does sound like a neat opportunity; you never know when the door will close to “outsiders” at things like this.  Both Frequently Flying and Random Segments have posts about last year’s event that you can read to get a better idea of what the event might actually be like.  Based on what happened in previous years, it seems that the number of spots they have to give to “outsiders” is pretty small, so send an email sooner rather than later if you want to attend.  I think anything that gets kids closer to airplanes and aviation is a great thing.  Props to United, and hope some of you are able to attend!

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  1. Forget hotels. I’ve had a Hilton booked for months and even then it was just shy of $300 a night. Now a Motel 6 is running $200 or more a night the first week of October.

  2. it’s going to be an EPIC weekend in SF: 3 day free music festival Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the Blue Angels, Americas Cup sailing, Fleet Week, Niners are home, Giants could be in the playoffs, New Order in Oakland Friday night, Madonna in San Jose Saturday night, Castro Street Fair. 800,000 folks will attend Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and 150,000 expected for the Americas Cup racing. EPIC!

  3. @Eric, wow! That does sound amazing (and insanely busy)!
    @Explore, you are most welcome.
    @Ron Mexico, I’m not exactly following. Perks of what? Reading Milepoint and Flyertalk? This is open to anyone who can get on the list in time, so I am just sharing the news so others don’t miss out.

  4. I can vouch for the fact that hotel space is super tight that weekend (I’ll be in SFO for my first trip to Paris with my DD that Friday) and tight the following weekend too (when I stay a couple days when we get back).

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