Join Upcoming Frequent Flyer Flights: Inaugural 787 Flights, MegaDos, and More!

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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:

StarMegaDo6May 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.

May 12th – Official Charter Flight to Toulouse and London
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!
May 13th – A Day with Star Alliance at London Heathrow
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.
If all that sounds fun to you, then know that tickets go on sale tomorrow, February 16th at 12:00PM CST.  Prices start at $999 for economy seats on the charter and access to all the above events and meals, and usually a bit more.  Note that the price does not include hotels or flights to/from Europe.  There will be negotiated hotel rates and an official flight from the US to Europe, though you are also free to use miles or secure your own positioning flights to the event.

Those who attend and stay at the host hotels will be given top tier Club Carlson Concierge status

The full program is posted on, so take a peek.

Remember, bookings for SMD6 will open at 12PM CST, Monday, February 16th.

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  1. Hi Summer. While on the topic of inaugural travel, I had the pleasure of staying at the JW Marriott Austin this weekend! Although it opened Friday and I didn’t get there until Saturday, my fiancé and I were the first to stay in our particular room. We were there for the Austin Marathon and the hotel was literally on the same street as the starting line, no need to wake up super early and drive to find parking!

    The hotel was amazing. It’s the largest JW in North America and second largest in the world and it’s a beautiful addition to the ATX skyline. The rooms were decorated nicely with unique austin based art. All rooms have windows/views! We stayed on the 26th floor and overlooked the West side of downtown and Lady Bird Lake and the JW pool/outdoor area below. My only complaint was that were we located adjacent to the floor’s ‘storage’ room, and likewise must have been below/adjacent to the 27th floor storage room as well. The storage rooms were rather loud consistently through the day/night. It sounded like non-stop laundry in the storage rooms, but the front desk staff confirmed there was no laundry service on the individual floors. We suspected it was plumbing as they were working out some kinks.

    All in all, it was an amazing experience, especially given the 10 foot walk to the marathon starting line. I stayed using 40,000 Marriott points (category 8, would have cost me $400 base price for this day otherwise) and I was able to get the $30 self-park fee waived due to the noise issue I mentioned. I definitely recommend that you stay here when you’re in Austin; I think you’ll be able to find revenue stays in the $200-250 range. I took plenty of pictures myself, but I’d definitely look forward to a review of the hotel by Mommy Points!

    Did I mention it has it’s own Starbucks?

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