With the first ever oneworld MegaDO just around the corner, which I’ll be blogging and am super thrilled about — an aviation-enthusiast’s dream of inside operations with American in Dallas, Boeing in Seattle, and other oneworld carriers in Los Angeles all connected by a chartered 757 party plane — it’s actually time to start the thinking, planning, and scheming for future trips.
Now, for those unfamiliar, a group of frequent flyers first got together and chartered a plane and set up tours and activities with some Star Alliance airlines, enthusiasts and loyal customers that the airlines decided to pay attention to. There were crazy moments like pillow fights gone viral on YouTube and sliding down an evacuation slide in Europe. The media quickly started paying attention, there was a feature article in Conde Nast and there’s been plenty of coverage of the events in the Wall Street Journal and other major media.
It’s a trip run at cost, for the pure thrill, with any leftover funds donated to charity — which makes what amount to once in a lifetime experiences affordable. The current oneworld event running in January is just $799 for a coach seat on the charter which includes all group meals, activities, and transportation during the days-long event. It sold out in less than 20 minutes.
There’s rumor of a first-ever Skyteam MegaDO in the offing, and there’s a planning discussion on Milepoint for the fourth annual Star MegaDO. You can go over there and express your thoughts and preferences among possible itineraries.
The event will be in September 2012, and will take place entirely outside the United States, but its up to you which trip to do:
- The Nordic affair with a touch of Poland. Participating airlines: SAS, Blue1, LOT Polish and Lufthansa. Charter flights would be Frankfurt – Stockholm – Helsinki – Warsaw – Frankfurt.
- The Mediterranean medley. Participating airlines: Turkish, Aegean, TAP and Lufthansa. Charter flights would be Frankfurt – Istanbul – Athens – Lisbon – Frankfurt.
- Asian Dawn. Participating airlines: All Nippon, Asiana, Singapore OR Thai and United. Charter flights would be Tokyo – Seoul – Singapore/Bangkok.
The Asian trip would be more costly for positioning flights (getting to the start/back from the end) for North Americans.
Head on over to the planning discussion on Milepoint and express any thoughts or preferences or just follow the action as this develops.