Mega-Revamp of the Star MegaDo 5 – Cheaper and Better

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Tickets to Star MegaDo 5 went on sale a few weeks ago.  I bought one along with many others, but the event was pricier than previous events, and some folks thought the offerings weren’t quite as exciting as some previous MegaDos (MegaDo just means big organized frequent flyer event).  The good news is that the organizers listened and did some work to make Star MegaDo 5 cheaper and better.  There aren’t a ton of seats left, but there are some.  I hope that some of you are able to make the trip.  The events, perks, and charter flight all sound pretty great to me!  I’m lucky enough to have been on three previous MegaDos, so if you have any questions let me know and I’ll be happy to try and answer, or refer you to someone who can.

Here are the new and improved details as posted on Milepoint.


Coach: 999USD (new, lower price)
Economy Plus: 1299 (new offering, 12 seats available)
Tommy Class: (middle seat blocked) 1799 (was sold out, but equipment change opens up 4 seats)
Tommy Class Emergency Exit (middle seat blocked) 1999 (was sold out, but equipment change opens two seats)
First Class: 2799 (First Class is sold out)

Ticket includes:

7 hours on our own MegaDO charter, two flights
Upgraded catering and free on board service, everything included onboard
Bus transportation at all locations per the program
All meals, including 3 evening dinner receptions
Hotel and Airline points with a campaign attached.
A boatload of swag

Miles and status perks:

Miles will be awarded on both Air Canada and United, you have to pick where you want them ;)

Coach: 5000 PQM/RDM/Lifetime + applicable tier bonus
Tommy Class and Economy Plus: 7500 PQM/RDM/Lifetime + applicable tier bonus
First Class: 15.000 PQM/RDM/Lifetime + applicable tier bonus
Everyone participating will get Marriott Platinum status awarded valid until February 2015!

Marriott will have an awesome campaign that will launch July 20th and go on for 90 days. When I say awesome, I mean the best MegaDO hotel campaign EVER. (I´ll probably “stay” at a Marriott Rewards property for the next 3 months ;))

There will also be a very generous offer for your stays at the various properties we´re visiting.

Watch the announcement thread on that day. We will upgrade everyone´s accounts by that day so you can participate.



Tuesday October 22nd arrival Toronto, no program (optional, you can of course come in in Wednesday):

Registration open from 6-7PM at the host hotel (Ritz Carlton Toronto or Toronto Marriott Downtown)

Wednesday October 23rd:

Breakfast at the host hotel, registration opens at 8AM

0930 Buses to Rimowa’s factory. Tours and BBQ

1100 Buses from the airport to Rimowa’s factory for people arriving Wednesday morning.

Make a suitcase and have a super hands on experience at the Rimowa factory!

Return back to the hotel at 4PM

Welcome reception at the Ritz Carlton Toronto hosted by Marriott

Thursday October 24th


A Day with Air Canada.

0930 Buses to various destinations for a day with Air Canada.

Return to the hotel at 4-5PM

630 PM Reception hosted at the Marriott Eaton Center by Air Canada

Friday October 25th

0730 Buses to YYZ, charter departs at 0930. Arrival TUS at 1115AM. Buses to the AF base, return to TUS at 230, departure at 3PM, Arrival at SFO at 530PM

In Tucson, there will be one program for non US citizens and one for US citizens.

It will NOT be the standard tours for neither!!

For US citizens, you will have boots on the ground, you´ll get access to the adjacent base and meet the A10 crew.

For non US citizens, we´ll have an alternate tour lead by me (meaning Tommy777 who´s a non US citizen) which includes a non public tour at AMARC, Pima Air Museum and a boots on the ground visit to Ascent at Tucson airport.

Flight continues to San Francisco after 4 hours on the ground in Tucson

Hangar party hosted by United Airlines from 6-830PM, buses to designated hotel downtown San Francisco.

The charter: This year it will be operated on a United 737-900ER
A special one of a kind Rimowa carry on will be available for the participants to purchase. You will receive your suitcase before the event.

Hotel and hotel costs.
Toronto will have two hotels available. The Ritz Carlton rate is confirmed at 310 CAD per night. There will be an lower priced alternative available for around 140 CAD per night.

San Francisco will also have two hotels available, one around 140 USD per night in addition to the Ritz Carlton downtown with a rate TBD.

Hotel bookings will be opened at the same day as the campaign opens, July 20th

Instructions to the folks who´ve already purchased tickets.

If you’ve purchased a coach ticket at the old price, you will receive a refund for the difference automatically within the next few weeks.

All other ticket holders will just be transferred over and we´re trying to keep the exact same seats or comparable seats. You will receive an email with your new seat assignment.

If you want to upgrade, please contact Melinda at ftef dot net and she´ll get you squared away on a first come first served basis.

BOOKING WILL OPEN ON JULY 10th at noon mountain time

You can get more info from and I suspect that will also be where you will be able to purchase tickets starting on July 10th.

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  1. Viguera, copy and pasted all of that from Milepoint, so technically Tommy777 did. I tried to edit out a few typos before I posted the info from MP. Clearly I didn’t take the time to edit out all of them….but now that one is fixed. English is his second language I believe. 😉

  2. 5 hours in a luggage factory?


    Hard to get excited when I’m elite with AA and Hyatt. The other airlines and Marriott do nothing for me. Marriott has the worst hotel program so I’m interested to find out what they have on offer – especially in status matching Diamonds and Plats from Hyatt and SPG respectively.

  3. Interesting how they were able to do this on a “break even” event. But better to not ask questions, right?

    • Jay, I have no inside info, but I know the charter changed from Air Canada to United and I believe that was one thing that dropped the price. Maybe sponsors picked up more of the tab as well. Either way glad coach came in under 1k.

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