All, It's that time of year again. The SMD team are preparing for the 2012 shenanigans! As usual, we need your input on our ideas. The team: Firefly - Melinda. excel sheet master and logistics queen Pizzaman - Ed. Executor, right hand man gleff - Gary. Blogger, propaganda minister Randy Petersen. The Godfather - money collector/ seat assigner. tommy777 - Tommy. Mega DO founder and king. First of all, it will be in September. It's the best month to charter planes and also to get reasonably priced group tickets. What we already have decided is that it won't be a north American charter this year. We have also executed our own merchants account and I am THRILLED to say that we have kicked the worlds least favorite way to pay and get paid, Paypal to the curb. It was with GREAT pleasure I terminated our agreement with them! We are looking at three possible scenarios and would LOVE your input on what you think looks best The Nordic affair with a touch of Poland -- Participating airlines: SAS, Blue1, LOT and Lufthansa. Charter- FRA-ARN-HEL-WAW-FRA The Mediterranean medley -- Participating airlines: Turkish, Aegean, TAP and Lufthansa Charter- FRA-IST-ATH-LIS-FRA Asian Dawn -- Participating airlines: ANA, Asiana, Singapore OR Thai and United Charter- NRT-ICN-SIN/BKK Of course the Asian alternative will be a little more costly to get to. Please comment and submit your vote asap Let the fun begin! UPDATED INFO: NEW INFO: No, we are not announcing the itinerary yet. But, we have 3 things to report regarding registration. First, for those attending the launch party.... Each attendee of the launch party will receive one entry (and one entry only) into a drawing to be held at the launch party. Give me one ping, Vasily. One ping only, please! Winners of this drawing will have early access to booking SMD4. We will be selecting 25 winners as follows: 5 BizFirst winners 20 Coach winners Each winner will have 48 hours to book one ticket once pre-sales open for SMD4. No, you will not be able to book a ticket for a +1. No, your prize is not transferable. Second, for those who got shut out of the launch party and anyone else who wants to guarantee themselves a seat.... We will be auctioning off 15 pre-sale slots for SMD4. The auction will start tomorrow and run through next week, exact end time TBD based on when we get pre-sales open. 3 of the 15 slots will be for BF seats, 12 for Coach. You can bid on up to 4 slots. Upon full payment of your winning bid, you will have 48 hours to book a seat during pre-sales. After that, you will lose your slot. All proceeds of the auction will go to benefit LIVESTRONG. Third, for International participants.... In the past, some have commented that we should guarantee people who participate in the Intl portion of the MegaDO to have a seat on the domestic portion. This year, that is the case. We are holding 80 seats on the charter for people that purchase tickets on the Intl portion. We will hold 15 BF seats and 65 Coach seats.