The moment you have all been waiting for is here: The launch of SMD4! For the fourth year in a row, the ULTIMATE travel junkie field trip is here! Where else can you time after time take part in once in a lifetime experiences not open to the public, charter your own plane, hobnob with the big shots, get generous gifts from the companies you love. And- of course - earn miles and points.. The team: Ed Pizzarello-- (Pizzaman) Texas oil billionaire, poker genius, awesome father of two, horrible driver will be taking care of websites, registration, payments and logistics Melinda Ferrell (Firefly) Awesome fiancee, love of my life and super slow driver will be taking care of executing logistics, queen of all lists and in charge of make sure we are all in the right place with the right credentials. Nathan Rau-- (MSY-MSP) Bill Gates' former lawyer, fellow Norwegian, improving golfer will be taking care of our legals stuff and help with logistics Gary Leff-- (Gleff) Super blogger, redemption king, TV star, will head up our team of bloggers Tommy Danielsen (tommy777) Mover,shaker, and SMD founder. Pug lover, horrible golfer, Hendricks drinker and Norwegian Thunder. The sponsors and partners this year: United Airlines Lufthansa Swiss International Air Lines Hyatt milepoint.com Rimowa Kula - The caring of giving Pointshound.com thepointsguy.com Million Mile Secrets Awardwallet.com There will be two portions of Starmegado4, you don't have to do both. To get access to the entire program, you need to be on the charter. The Star Alliance is celebrating 15 years this year, which of course we need to celebrate. Also, we are celebrating the 5th Mega DO! The theme this year will be: Giddy up -- Western style Here's the official program: Tuesday November 13th 7:30 PM Welcome reception at a Hyatt TBD in San Francisco sponsored and hosted by Hyatt Program by 3 Star partners after reception Wednesday November 14th 7AM-8AM Breakfast is served Morning program at SFO 1PM The FIRST Mega DO flight ever on a widebody goes SFO-IAH. The plane will be a 767-400 in the new config Layout and facts here: https://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/travel/inflight/aircraft/767/400ER/default.aspx 6PM Arrival in Houston. Barbecue party upon arrival Sponsored by United and Milepoint Thursday November 15th 530AM-615AM Breakfast at the Hyatt TBD in Houston 730AM Departure from Houston to Chicago 10AM Arriving in Chicago United hosts us in Chicago. Think the previous Continental DO's in Houston on steroids 7PM United hosts reception at a Hyatt TBD in Chicago Friday November 16th 7AM Breakfast at a Hyatt TBD in Chicago United program Official MegaDO program concludes at 430PM 7PM The Giddy Up Charity Affair at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg (optional) Saturday November 17th (OPTIONAL) 9AM Brunch at a Hyatt TBD in Chicago Official Cowboy day in Chicago! - Line dancing lessons given by the famous CountryPat http://www.chicagocountry.com/ - Riding lessons - We’ve rented a farm for the day – Learn how to milk a cow, feed chickens and be a part of the first SMD hoedown!http://www.wagnerfarm.org/ - Lunch catered by famous Hackney’s. http://www.hackneys.net/ - AND more - Sponsored by Hyatt Regency Schaumburg The Charter There will be 4 classes of Service Business First -- 39 seats. Price per seat is 1999 USD all in Tommy Class. No person next to you -- guaranteed. (1-2-1 config in Economy Plus) Price per seat is 1599USD all in Economy Plus 2-3-2 seating with 36" pitch - 1249USD all in Economy Class (30 blocked seats for airlines, sponsors and press.) Price per seat is 999USD all in. Miles miles miles The flights are 2650 miles United -- Economy -- 5000 PQM/RDM Tommy Class and Economy Plus -- 7500 PQM/RDM Business First -- 15000 PQM/RDM You will also be awarded Elite bonus if you have United status on top the base miles above. The miles will count as lifetime miles Hotels Partner (Hyatt) Info on hotel and promo to follow Hyatt wants YOU to submit an idea on what the promo should be. Please submit your thoughts to todd.tomlin at Hyatt dot com before June 15th EUROPEAN PROGRAM (OPTIONAL) Theme: Star Alliance is 15 years -- The strongest alliance welcomes the Future of flight. Sunday November 11th Late October Fest in at a lounge TBD at LAX before the first Mega Do flight on the brand, spanking new 747-8 featuring the new, fully flat Lufthansa Business Class. LAX-FRA, Monday November 12th Program in Frankfurt (get a your of the brand new wing at FRA by Lufthansa Execs.) On to ZRH, reception at the Park Hyatt ZRH. Tuesday November 13th Tuesday, Breakfast at 8AM, Swiss program in the AMs at ZRH airport, LX non stop to SFO. Prices available in the announcement thread. Waitlist only available http://milepoint.com/forums/threads/smd-2012-official-announcement-thread.39412/ Official booking will open July 9th at the latest. We are hoping to open booking earlier, if we do, we'll notify everyone who has signed up for alerts on megado.com a week in advance before opening public booking. If you have won a spot to book early, we'll be in touch with you when we are ready to take bookings So there you have it, folks!