Last Thursday I received a call from the Hotel Pulizer in Amsterdam to invite me for an SPG member event celebrating the new SPG program this Sunday. The event would include a flight in a 1944 Douglas DC3 Dakota and a get-together with SPG members and Starwood staff in the club lounge of the Sheraton Amsterdam Airport. This was a joint event by all of the Starwood hotels in the Netherlands (LC Hotel Pulizer, Sheraton Amsterdam Airport and the LC Hotel Des Indes). I did not have to think about this opportunity for a second, being the aviation geek that I am. The day started with a one hour drive to Amsterdam Airport through lovely weather. We truly could not have been more lucky with the weather: clear skies, no wind and a spring like 15c degrees. As an hobby photographer I could not have asked for more. We arrived at the Sheraton Amsterdam Airport on time and went straight up to the Club lounge where we were welcomed by several Starwood staff member, including our very own Flyertalk member GMamsterdam. He held a short talk about SPG and the occasion of this event and invited us to have a few drinks and eat some snacks in anticipation on the transfer to the new General Aviation terminal (yes that’s the VIP private aircraft terminal). During this time we had some time to mingle and talk about the new SPG benefits and other travel related stuff . After some time we made it downstairs to the lobby where several minivans were waiting to take us to the airport. GMamsterdam The General Aviation terminal is actually the oldest and original Airport of Amsterdam (Schiphol). We needed to check-in here with DDA Classic Airlines who would take care of our flight today. They are a airlines that only flies with vintage aircrafts. More info about them can be found here: http://www.dutchdakota.eu/home For most flights the general public can buy tickets as well. We were checked in without any hassle and then proceeded through to security, which we could bypass! Now that's a way of flying! ^ Apologies for the quality of the photos here as there was a huge sign saying, no photography, so I had to be discreet! We were briefed about our flight by this guy: He told us to go to the toilet before takeoff as the plane would not have a working lavatory on board. Also we should not carry and knifes or weapons on us, but we would not be checked. Oh and no smoking on board! Please note that all staff at DDA Airlines are volunteers, most of whom also work in the Aviation industry. Our captain today was for example a B747 freighter pilot for MartinAir, quite a contrast to today's DC3! They all seemed to be truly enjoying their job at DDA! We were had to get on a bus to reach to our Aircraft, located only 50 meters from the gate (Ryanair would have had you walk).