[Mar 7, 2011] Star Mega DO III launch party! (New York, NY)

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Star Mega DO III launch party!
Start Date: Mar 7, 2011 07:00 PM
End Date: Mar 7, 2011 09:00 PM
Time Zone: America/New_York -05:00 EST

Location:
Andaz 5th Avenue
485 5th Avenue
New York, NY, 10017

Posted By: tommy777

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  1. dhammer53
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    Isn't it the thought that counts. [​IMG]
     
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    I know it's last minute but I'm not gonna be able to make it tonight. Under the weather and getting out with drink is not gonna help. Enjoy.
     
  3. Wandering Aramean
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    But the bar entrance is on 5th. ;)

    Great seeing everyone tonight!!
     
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    Good to see you to, and a pleasure to meet your bride finally!!
     
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    I recognized more than two people.
    (I'm a proud Brooklyn tour alumn.)
     
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  6. kiwi
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    Who is first to spill the beans on SMD3?
     
  7. secretsea18
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    Fun night at the launch party last night.
    I'll leave Tommy777 to make the official announcement about the DO details. [​IMG]
     
  8. From NYC
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    Good seeing folks again at the gathering last night.
     
  9. tommy777
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    Thank you all for coming out. I had a blast (as usual) That. 0750 flight from LGA was brutal, though.

    What's the plan?

    Optional program (European part)
    Lufthansa A380 from JFK to Frankfurt, then on to Munich. Program in Munich, including Lufthansa and also other Star carriers. Flight to Chicago the following day.

    The DO
    Program at United world HQ and at Hyatt (Park Hyatt Chicago).
    Flight from Chicago to the Embraer factory (pending customs etc) and then a hop to Sao Paulo.
    Party at the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo. Charter return to Denver, program in Denver.

    Aircraft: Working on getting a 767-300 from United, have a good price on a 767-200 from Continental. Hoping for the 767-300 so Capt Denny can fly us down.

    Dates are a little complicated, posting a survey about this in a separate post
     
  10. SS255
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    Thanks for the overview, Tommy. I have to attend a business conference the 2nd week of September, so I am hoping that I can squeeze in the *A Mega Do if you hold it the week of September 5.
     
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    Interesting to see how folks from the DO in Argentina that week will fit into this whole plan.Good plan though :)
     
  12. dhammer53
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    Make it home ok? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  13. scubaflyer
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    Great to meet you secretsea18. Thanks for humoring me with all of the diving info.

    I had a blast as well. The side trip to get burgers afterward really made it tough to get up for my 7am flight [​IMG].
     
  14. scubaflyer
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    It was great to finally meet a bunch of you at the party last night. It was great to see alot of familiar faces also. I look forward to hanging out with many of you again during SMD3.
     
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    Good time last night, maybe a little too good. It was a rough one today...

    It was a pleasure to meet a bunch of you all. I enjoy putting faces to the names/handles. Also a treat to meet Patrick! :D
     
  16. Lufthansa Flyer
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    Will it be possible to only do the optional part to Germany or do you need to be part of the main do in order to do the optional leg?

    And another stoopid question, do the DO flights earn miles if charters? I would assume we'd never get on a plane without them!
     
  17. yosithezet
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    In past years there have always been deals with some programs to earn miles for the various bits. I'm sure the organizers haven't lost sight of this benefit this year. :)
     
  18. IDGflygirl
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    The charter flt does get credited w/miles that are specially negotiated by the SMD team, and vary by participating program![​IMG]
    In the past, in order to participate in any of the other ' optional' aspects of SMD, the qualifying requirement is participation in the charter.
     
  19. Richard Chen
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    It was awesome meeting some new faces, reconnecting with old ones and I know SMD2011's going to be awesome with y'alls there. Totally psyched for the evolving details whose excitement already make this event palpatable.
     
  20. SS255
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    There is no guarantee that the charter flight will earn miles with any of the *A carriers. The Star Mega Do organizers have been able to negotiate special deals with certain *A mileage programs the past 2 years.
     
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    I have already 'heard' that these negotiations are underway, but agree that there is no 'guarantee'![​IMG]
     
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    Please have bd on the list of plans!
     
  23. IDGflygirl
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    For the past SMDs, all the 'major' *Alliance partners were contacted, & they each responded with their level of interest -- so YMMV, & it's totally up to the individual partners whether to/how many miles that will offer to participants! Remember this is an 'additional' bennie for charter participants, & so any decision to participate should not be 'solely' predicated on what miles may be offered by the airline partners!
     
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    Yes I did. [​IMG] Good to see you to!
    It was nice to meet you too, scubaflyer. Diving info.... well, I really like to dive! [​IMG]

    YOU went out for burgers afterwards???
     
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    Looks like I chose the wrong time to get sick. [​IMG]
     

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