Liveblogging the StarMegaDO and the Frequent Traveler Awards

Both the StarMegaDO and the Frequent Traveler Awards will be live-blogged here on Boarding Area.

Bookmark or subscribe to an RSS feed for .. because it’ll be interesting to follow for sure.

What’s the MegaDO all about? Well, last year’s

started in Chicago—gave the road warriors an education in how airlines work. At each stop, airline executives greeted them with singers and dancers, mechanics and pilots, ample food and drink and tours of engine shops, training facilities, airplanes and hangars.

Like kids on a school field trip, they filed through crew briefing rooms at UAL Corp.’s United Airlines in Chicago, quizzed maintenance experts at Continental’s engine shop in Newark, practiced flight-attendant skills at Lufthansa’s training center in Frankfurt and were photographed sitting in various aircraft cockpits opened for them at hangars.

They asked airline workers about snow plows at O’Hare, bird-strikes in engines, access to airport clubs and the environmental impact of deicing fluid. They learned how airlines cycle engines and airplanes through scheduled maintenance, how company workers assign gates and direct aircraft movement around terminals, how pilots prepare for long journeys and how Airbus puts together its giant double-deck plane.

And they’ll be sharing the blow-by-blow of that online.

Alright, great, I’m a miles and points junkie and not so much an airline operations aficionado, I’m not going on the MegaDO (though I’ll check in occasionally with the liveblogging). I will be in Houston while the MegaDO folks are there, though, for the Frequent Traveler Awards. And that will be live blogged, as well, while awards are given out you’ll be able to see who wins right away (c’mon, you know you can’t wait for the awards’ website to be updated with full results).

The awards are also expected to be streamed live online, I’m looking forward to sharing that link as well.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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