Flyertalkers have over 300 rooms reserved at host hotels. Many people are sharing rooms, of course. Still others are staying at properties of their own choosing. And many more are local. So it’ll be interesting to see (and Frugal Travel Guy, the organizer, would actually know) if we hit 500 actual attendees.
Regardless, this will be by far the largest in-person event in Flyertalk history. It’ll trounce the London DO and the first Star MegaDO even if anyone who reserved a room through the event itself was on their own, no one stayed off-site, and no local attendees had signed up.
The main Flyertalk thread for the event has over 1100 posts and has been viewed over 86,000 times. There are at least two other large threads for the event as well, one for RSVPing and another for event t-shirts and paraphernalia.
Saturday morning I’ll be giving a 1 hour 45 minute presentation on booking awards. I’ll be talking about what’s possible with points, the most valuable points and the best value awards (and how to extract maximum value out of less valuable points), finding award seats and preparing for your phone call, what routes have the best award availability, and even talking your way out of change fees.
Sunday morning I’ll be presenting on Star Alliance as part of the ‘Alliance Roundtable’ and Sunday afternoon I’ve been asked to participate on a session of “The Legends of Flyertalk” alongside actual legends like the Pudding Guy himself, a man who earned 2 million miles buying coins from the US mint, and another who actually hired Thai rice farmers to earn United’s top tier elite status. I’m humbled, to say the least, and will be the least interesting part of that session for sure!
From the volume of emails I’ve received about the event, I’ll be looking forward to meeting many of you next week in Chicago. Where I actually am as I write this, so ORD I’ll be back in just a few days!