I’ve attended only two Star Alliance MegaDOs, but this event is actually launching its sixth charter flight for AvGeeks and mileage junkies in May.
This is a great opportunity to view the aviation world behind the scenes with activities like an airport tour of Stockholm Arlanda by SAS, a visit to the Airbus A350 assembly line in Toulouse, and what may be your first visit to the new T2 Queen’s Terminal at London Heathrow. Of course, there will also be lots of partying along the way and unlimited beverage service on the charter flight within Europe.
American and Canadian travel junkies can get discounted tickets to Stockholm departing Chicago on Saturday, May 9. However, the actual program doesn’t begin until the morning Monday, May 11. You’re welcome to make your way to Stockholm by whatever means necessary. The actual charter flight takes place on May 12, with the program ending on Wednesday, May 13. More information about the schedule can be found on MegaDO.com.
If you’re wondering what to do in Stockholm, I just wrote a review of my weekend trip there last month. I’m sure May will be much more pleasant!
There are three types of fares available on the charter flight. Remember that while those prices are a bit high if all you wanted to do was get from Stockholm to Toulouse to London, you’re also paying for ground transportation, meals, drinks, and a bunch of other fun activities.
- Economy ($999) – a comfy coach seat on the geekiest charter flight in the world, complimentary meals, an open bar, and plenty of good company.
- Exit row ($1,499) – the best legroom on the plane plus a blocked middle seat, with the same service as in Economy, including complimentary meals and an open bar.
- Business class ($1,799) – priority boarding, front-cabin seating, a blocked middle seat for your comfort, and upgraded service including Champagne and premium drinks.
Personally, I prefer economy. There are more opportunities to mingle with other passengers, and you’re getting free drinks either way. Business class tends to be a little quiet. (That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t prefer to fly up front on the way to Europe and back.)
If you’re plans are still tentative, it’s possible to transfer your seat later to another person for $50. But if you cancel your ticket, you’ll only get $150 back — a loss of $850 or more. Note that if you cancel your ticket less than 45 days before departure there is no refund.
As always, there are a variety of swag and special offers such as elite status or bonus miles that come with attending a MegaDO. Just one example: Club Carlson is the hotel partner this year and will offer everyone who attends top-tier Concierge status. More details with other partners will leak out soon as they’re finalized, and there tend to be a few last-minute surprises during the trip, as well.