Have you ever wanted to go on a MegaDO? Now is your chance. BoardingArea is giving away two seats for free to the currently sold out Star MegaDO 4. On top of the free seat, which you will be sitting right next to Randy Peterson, the miles and points guru – he’ll get the middle seat and the two winners will be on either side of him, your hotels will be paid for and you will receive $250 for additional expenses (which trust me, there really aren’t much – taxi to/from your home airport, and that is about all). They only thing you’ll be responsible for are the positioning flights to/from MegaDO (starts in San Francisco on 11/13 and ends in Chicago on 11/16).
For starters, if you are wondering what the heck a “MegaDO” is, let me explain. It is a very cool experience for overly obsessed flyers (like myself), where you will get some behind-the-scenes travel opportunities. This particular MegaDO will be sponsored by United Airlines and Hyatt, where you will fly United planes to various hubs (SFO > HOU > ORD) and stay at selected Hyatt hotels. You will meet other obsessed travel junkies, tour some cool air crafts, and earn some points and miles along the way. This is essentially a party on a plane. If you are looking for a quite ride, this is probably not for you!
I am currently scheduled to go on the MegaDO, however, there is a high probability I need to cancel – stupid global work meeting! I am really bummed about this as I went on the past MegaDO in January (sponsored by American) and had a blast.
MegaDO Schedule – you can see the official complete itinerary here, but to summarize:
- Tuesday November 13, 2012: MegaDO starts at 8pm with a welcome reception at Hyatt Regency SFO.
- Wednesday November 14, 2012: Morning program at SFO then 1pm flight to Houston. BBQ in Houston and accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Houston.
- Thursday November 15, 2012: Morning flight to Chicago and spend the rest of the day with United. Reception at the Hyatt Schaumburg in Chicago.
- Friday November 16, 2012: United Program continues and eases in to the 15th anniversary Star Alliance reception hosted by Star Alliance. There is also an optional dinner this Friday night for an additional $99 and all proceeds will be donated to charity.
- Saturday November 17, 2012 (OPTIONAL): Cowboy day in Chicago. This event will be an additional $169 and again all proceeds will be donated to charity.
How to win: In the comments section of this blog post, tell me the best airline deal you’ve ever gotten on. One reader will be chosen at random, using random.org. This reader will then be sent along with the other winners from the other participating BoardingArea blogs. BoardingArea will then select two readers to receive the MegaDO seats.You are only able to enter once on my blog, but you have the opportunity to enter on all the BoardingArea blogs! Make sure to check out the other participating blogs to increase your chances! Make sure to include your email address when posting a comment. Enter by 11:59pm EST on October 7.
The full official rules can be found here. You must be at least 18 to enter.
Terms: The seat giveaway gift from Randy Petersen consists of one economy ticket on the 2012 StarMegaDo4, hotel accommodations at partner hotels, and $250 cash for personal expenses. Expenses not specified above, including, but not limited to ground transportation and incidentals, are winner’s responsibility.
Two (2) winners will be chosen in a random drawing on Monday, October 8, 2012 from all eligible entries received during the Giveaway Period, as posted in the comments section of participating BoardingArea.com partnering blogs. The random drawing will be conducted by Randy Petersen, whose decision is final and binding in all respects. The winner will be notified via email within two (2) days after the selection is made. Each winner will have five (5) business days to reply confirming his/her acceptance of the giveaway seat. Failure to reply in the indicated time frame will declare that the seat has been refused and forfeited for all time and the first alternative entry will be chosen in random drawings as outlined above and provided the opportunity to claim the seat giveaway.