November’s Star MegaDO was the charter of United’s first 787. Frequent flyers got to experience it in a fantastic party atmosphere, and it was covered by the Economist, by the New York Times, by the Wall Street Journal and by… the Wall Street Journal.
This year’s Star MegaDO, scheduled for October 22-25, was supposed to go on sale in May. It did. Kind of. The booking engine didn’t work properly, folks that tried to get tickets were eventually processed (many manually), and the sales were suspended.
Most seats for the event were sold, but the process was broken. It’s ready to re-open for sales, though, on July 10 at Noon Mountain time.
The six weeks that have passed gave the organizers time for vacation (hah) but also to put together more details surrounding the trip than were previously available. And also to negotiate lower pricing for the charter flight.
- Coach: $999
- Economy Plus: $1299
- 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 (already sold out)
The cost includes charter flights, inflight catering, bus transportation between events (you get yourself to the start of the trip and back home from the end). This also includes three evening dinner receptions.
The aircraft is a United 737-900ER. Miles will be awarded on your choice of Air Canada and United.
Everyone participating will get Marriott Platinum status awarded valid until February 2015. Rimowa will be making a one-of-a-kind bag available for purchase (to be delivered prior to the event).
Here’s the current itinerary, in short:
- Wednesday October 23rd: Toronto, Rimowa factory tours (make a suitcase!) and barbecue, welcome reception at the Ritz Carlton Toronto hosted by Marriott
Thursday October 24th: A Day with Air Canada
Friday October 25th: Charter flight to Tucson for Air Force base stop. Charter flight to San Francisco. Hangar party hosted by United Airlines.
If you’re interested in participating, mark July 10 at Noon Mountain time on your calendar and hop online.
Here’s a TV bit from the last trip: