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  1. tommy777
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    You can still book your ticket HERE.

    The event you've all been waiting for is FINALLY here!

    SMD5 -- North of the border to the desert to the sea

    The big 5 is here! Yes, it has been 5 years since I came up with this very very bad idea and with YOUR support, it has turned out to being the highlight of the year for many in the miles & points community. Past highlights:

    The FIRST group in the world to go inside the 787
    The FIRST group to charter the first north American 787
    The ONLY place you can powwow with the likes of Jeff Smisek, Doug Parker, Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Hoyt Harper, Jaan Albrecht, Mark Schwab and many many many more executives.

    Yes, it is the ultimate travel junkie fieldtrip!

    What? North of the border to the desert to the sea

    When? October 22nd-25th

    International portion? No, not this year as we’re doing the MD80 MegaDO in Scandinavia just a month before SMD5

    Partners:

    Air Canada
    Marriott
    Rimowa
    Star Alliance
    United


    Sponsors:

    Milepoint
    Pointshound.com
    The Points Guy
    Million Mile Secrets

    AwardWallet.com

    Highlights

    First ever charter on Air Canada
    New hotel partner, Marriott
    Longest MegaDO flight ever, over 1800 miles
    AMARC inside tour. That’s right we’re going here:

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    And not only that, we’re going to hang out with the guys who fly the A10s ;)

    A once in a lifetime opportunity for sure...

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    The program

    Tuesday October 22nd arrival Toronto, no program (optional, you can of course some 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

    1000 Buses to Rimowa's factory. Tours and BBQ

    1100 Buses from the airport to Rimowa's factory for people arriving Wednesday morning.
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    Return back to the hotel at 4PM

    Welcome reception hosted by Marriott

    Thursday October 24th

    Breakfast

    0930 Buses to YYZ for a day with Air Canada. Return to the hotel at 4-5PM

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    Reception hosted at hotel 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

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

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    Event ends Friday night.


    The charter: This year it will be operated on an Air Canada A321, the first ever MegaDo on an Airbus..

    http://seatexpert.com/seatmap/378/Air_Canada_Airbus_A321/



    Prices will be ready on Monday May 13th

    Miles miles miles… and hotel points..

    Same procedure as every year (2500 EQM for coach, 7500 EQM and 15K EQM for First, but we’re working on offering BOTH AC Aeroplan miles and United miles. Stay tuned to get all details confirmed.

    And of course our new partner Marriott Rewards will put on their charm to win the hearts of new customers and also thank their loyals ;) Exciting news on the hotel campaign to follow soon


    Prices which include:

    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

    Business 2799

    Tommy Class Emergency Exit 1999 (middle seat blocked)

    Tommy Class 1799 (middle seat blocked)

    Coach 1199


    Unfortunately, the prices this year are a little bit higher than usual. There are a few reasons for this: The flights are longer, the cost is 20% higher than last year, the taxes are also almost 30% higher than last year, costs for buses are up 150% and we don't have as many premium seats for sale, actually the lowest we've ever had.






    Membership

    So what’s up with this membership stuff you’re offering you ask? Well, we’ve been working with the DOT closely to make the charter a private affair, meaning we’ll save a bunch on money that needs to be set aside and a boatload of paper work.

    The system is a win win for everyone and United has been on us to get this done for operational purposes.

    We’re still working with the DOT and are hoping to implement the memberships, but to be on the safe side, we are filing this as a public charter, so no 10 dollar membership will be necessary to buy a ticket on this MegaDo.

    So there you have it! There are still a few seats left. You can book your ticket here: https://www.megado.com/event-booking/?ee=1



     
  2. wijomas
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    I'm in :p (and Mrs catjomas says she is too)
     
  3. theblakefish
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    WHOOP! I hope to attend this year!
     
  4. dealswelike

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    will that be the honeymoon?!
     
  5. capkor

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    I hope i can atend my first megado this year :)
     
  6. gleff
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    giiddy up!
     
  7. tommy777
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    That was last year
     
  8. jetsetr
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    Did you two forget to coordinate your messaging again? :p
     
  9. davef139

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    So I should probably start saving cash now....
     
  10. alfagirl

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    sounds like a great idea!!!
     
  11. bonnerbl
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    I'm in. Let me be the first to ask.....when will the miles post? :p :rolleyes:
     
  12. SS255
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    Gossip much? :D
     
  13. alfagirl

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    that is up to the random number generator - and then multiplying the number of randomly generated days by the number of randomly generated months.....golden;)
     
  14. wijomas
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    I've always wanted to go to <XYZ> airport for my honeymoon! :p
     
  15. Phly4Phun

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    Dates please! So I can clear my schedule.
     
  16. phuucnguyen

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    Clear off the whole second half of 2013 :)
     
  17. Phly4Phun

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    Too many places to go. Too little time!


    Looking forward to SMD5.
     
  18. wolfie787

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    How do you sign up for the MegaDo Basic membership?! Thanks!
     
  19. alfagirl

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    Select smd5 from the ribbon at the top, and instead of selecting this thread, select the thread above it - something referencing the FTEF. There is NOT a link to pay the fee and join.....
     
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  20. wijomas
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    I see information saying it costs $10 to join, but no actual registration link. Do you see something different?
     
  21. TAHKUCT
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    +1 There is no registration link
     
  22. alfagirl

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    Oops, you are both right. I joined via an email (with a link) last week. I guess that I was seeing things here....apologies....
     
  23. Seacarl
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    Where are we going?

    Actually all I need to know is ... When are we going?
     
  24. rggale
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    Hey SMD folks,
    Depending on the itin this year, I may be back on board! SMD3 was fun, I'm sure SMD5 will be...drunk. ;)
     
  25. Au4882

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    It's all about the timing for me. Have a busy fall. Hope to be able to join!
     
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