PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE POST BEFORE ASKING QUESTIONS. THANK YOU! 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. —The 737-900ER returns as our charter again this year 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 The return of the 737-900ER from SMD3 New hotel partner, Marriott, all participants will receive their top tier Platinum through 2/2015 Longest MegaDO flight ever, over 1800 miles Miles awarded on both Air Canada and United AMARC inside tour. That’s right we’re going here: 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... 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 0930 Buses to Rimowa's factory. Tours and BBQ 1100 Buses from the airport to Rimowa's factory for people arriving Wednesday morning. Make a suitcase and have a super hands on experience at the Rimowa factory! Return back to the hotel at 4PM Welcome reception at the Ritz Carlton Toronto hosted by Marriott Thursday October 24th Breakfast A Day with Air Canada. 0930 Buses to various destinations for a day with Air Canada. Return to the hotel at 4-5PM 630 PMReception hosted at the Marriott Eaton Center 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 In Tucson, there will be one program for non US citizens and one for US citizens. It will NOT be the standard tours for neither!! For US citizens, you will have boots on the ground, you´ll get access to the adjacent base and meet the A10 crew. For none US citizens, we´ll have an alternate tour lead by me of course (who´s a non US citizen) which includes a non public tour at AMARC, Pima Air Museum and a boots on the ground visit to Ascent at Tucson airport. Flight continues to San Francisco after 4 hours on the ground in Tucson Hangar party hosted by United Airlines from 6-830PM, buses to designated hotel downtown San Francisco. Event ends Friday night. The charter: This year it will be operated on a United 737-900ER http://seatexpert.com/seatmap/669/United_Airlines_Boeing_737-900_Version_1/ Prices All prices includes two flights YYZ-TUC-SFO all transfers, meals, receptions, give aways, miles, points and Platinum with Marriott Coach: 999USD (new, lower price) Economy Plus: 1299 (new offering, 12 seats available) Tommy Class: (middle seat blocked) 1799 (was sold out, but equipment change opens up 4 seats) Tommy Class Emergency Exit (middle seat blocked) 1999 (was sold out, but equipment change opens two seats) First Class: 2799 (First Class is sold out) 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 Miles miles miles… and hotel points.. Miles will be awarded on both Air Canada and United, you have to pick where you want them Coach: 5000 PQM/RDM/Lifetime + applicable tier bonus Tommy Class and Economy Plus: 7500 PQM/RDM/Lifetime + applicable tier bonus First Class: 15.000 PQM/RDM/Lifetime + applicable tier bonus Marriott Everyone participating will get Marriott Platinum status awarded valid to 2/2015! Marriott will have an awesome campaign that will launch August 15th and go on for 60 days. When I say awesome, I mean the best MegaDO hotel campaign EVER. (I´ll probably "stay" at a Marriott Rewards property for the next 2 months ) There will aslo be a very generous offer for your stays at the various properties we´re visiting. MARRIOTT: In addition to existing offers already public for members, Marriott Rewards will offer a 5,000 point bonus for every 2nd stay to anyone participating in SMD5 between August 15th and October 15th 2013. This is unlimited based upon your Marriott stays during the promotional period. AND the following promotional contests oGrand Prize: 7 Nights @ any participating Marriott Rewards hotel in the world, Platinum Premier status w/ Marriott Rewards and Platinum status with United MileagePlus. The Grand Prize will be awarded to the member that spends the most eligible revenue at participating Marriott Hotels worldwide between Aug 15th and Oct 15th. oMonthly Prize: Aug 15th to Sept 15th, Three free nights to the member that stays at the most number of unique Marriott Rewards brands. oMonthly Prize: Sept 15th to Oct 15th, Three free nights to the member that stays in the most number of unique Marriott Rewards hotels. Rimowa A special one of a kind Rimowa carry on will be available for the participants to purchase. You will receive your suitcase before the event. Hotel and hotel costs. BOOKING LINKS! Toronto Marriott ($216 per night) http://www.marriott.com/hotels/trav...omDate=10/22/13&toDate=10/25/13&stop_mobi=yes Toronto Ritz-Carlton ($310 per night) https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Toronto/Reservations/Default.htm and enter group code: SMDSMDA SFO Marriott ($139 per night, rate good until Oct 31) https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=10722696 Instructions to the folks who´ve already purchased tickets. If you´ve purchased a coach ticket at the old price, you will receive a refund for the difference automatically within the next few weeks. All other ticket holders will just be transfered over and we´re trying to keep the exact same seats or comparable seats. You will receive an email with your new seat assignment. If you want to upgrade, please contact Melinda at ftef dot net and she´ll get you squared away on a first come first served basis. So there you have it, folks. I hope the hard work to make the event more attractive is appreciated.