I and many other BoardingArea bloggers are helping out in a contest to give away two free seats next to miles and points guru Randy Petersen on the upcoming Star Alliance MegaDO 4. You can enter ONE TIME with each blogger between now and October 7.
This is my first MegaDO, and I’m looking forward to meeting many of my readers for the first time. People who attend SMD4 do so for many reasons, including the opportunity to hang out with other frequent travelers, hob nob with representatives from their favorite loyalty programs, or experience some backstage access to the world of travel a normal passenger never sees.
How to enter with Hack My Trip
Every one of you is entitled to one entry by commenting on this post. You need to leave a working email address with the Disqus comment system so we can contact you. (Only I can see your email information when I look at the comments in my admin panel; don’t put it in the comment itself.) Complete terms and conditions are available via this link.
So what should you comment about?
I want to know what excites you about travel. Some people like checking off new airlines, new routes, or new aircraft models. Me, I like big machines, complex logistics, and the anthropological adventure of experiencing a new culture. I mean, how incredible is it that I can cross an ocean inside a flying hunk of metal? Who cares whether it’s first class or economy. What do you think your ancestors a mere 100 years ago would think if you told them you could be anywhere on the planet within 24 hours?
Even when I am disappointed with the service from an airline, the marvel of commercial air travel all by itself helps me maintain perspective. I look forward to SMD4 in part as an opportunity to meet the people who help make the magic happen.
I don’t want to judge anyone’s comment as being better than another’s. As long as you stay on topic, I’ll pick a winner randomly and send that name to Randy for a second draw as one of the ultimate winners of two free trips on SMD4.
Who is Randy?
Just in case you don’t already know:
He’s often referred to as “the frequent flyer guru”. This is likely because he quit his real job and chose to write about frequent flyer miles and advise fellow flyers way back in 1986 (yeah, 26 years ago). He is the Founder of FlyerTalk, Milepoint, InsideFlyer and the very BoardingArea you’re all on now (how he found time to “Founder” all these things we really don’t know). He knows a lot about miles and points and even coined the term “mileage run” back in 1989. Besides his 17 million miles, he’s actually a pretty good guy who, while sitting in the middle seat on the upcoming SMD4, has promised not to hog both arm rests.