Part of the fun of the miles & points game is the community it brings together. Everyone I’ve met through this hobby has been friendly, helpful, and just plain fun. If you’ve ever wanted to get a chance to meet some great people – and learn about about the travel industry while you’re at it – then the Star MegaDo 4 is a great opportunity for you. This is a sold-out event but you can enter for a chance to win a seat this week.
This is a multi-day event, beginning on Tuesday, November 13 in San Francisco before heading to Houston and then ending in Chicago on Friday, November 16. You’ll ride on chartered aircraft, have the opportunity to take part in events sponsored by United, Hyatt, and Milepoint, and spend time with people you may have previously only known by screenname. Want to learn more about the event? Check out discussions on this year’s Star MegaDo on Milepoint!
This week, you can enter to win a spot in this event, including your coach airfare on United from SFO-IAH-ORD (seated next to miles guru Randy Petersen), plus one night each at the Hyatt SFO, Hyatt Regency Houston, and Hyatt Schaumberg. You’ll also receive $250 in spending money to help toward the cost of getting yourself to SFO for the start of the event and from Illinois back home. Unfortunately, I won’t be attending, but I promise that hanging out with Randy will be more fun anyway (and maybe you’ll meet me in Chicago instead)!
Here’s How to Enter: You can enter a maximum of one time on my blog by leaving a comment on this entry in response to my official entrance question by 11:59pm Mountain Time on October 7th. I’ll randomly select one answer as the winning answer and submit that name to the final drawing. At that point, two winners will be drawn from that final group of submissions, one person to sit on the aisle and one to sit at the window while Randy’s stuck in the middle seat. If you’d like to increase your chances of winning, check out the full list of participating blogs, enter once on each one, and maybe say hello to a new blogger while you’re at it! Please be sure to check out the official rules before entering.
Everyone’s got a different take on the best way to use miles and points – whether that’s carting your whole family to Disney World, taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip in first class and staying in luxury suites, or jetting off every weekend in coach by yourself in order to see the world. There’s no right or wrong way to redeem these points, just different priorities, which brings me to my official entry question:
If you had only 250,000 United MileagePlus miles and 150,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points, how would you spend them?
For example, I’m fascinated by the prospect of circumnavigating the globe, so I’d take advantage of United’s generous routing and stopover allowances on awards by going to Hong Kong, with my outbound via the Pacific ocean and returning with a stopover in Istanbul before a transatlantic flight back home. That balance of miles and points would buy me two business-class tickets for my itinerary along with five nights at the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui, one night at the nearby Grand Hyatt Macau, and four nights at the Grand Hyatt Istanbul near Taksim Square, all category 4 hotels.
I promise if you go to this event, you’ll learn tons about airlines, hotels, miles, points, and general travel – both from actual scheduled events and conversations with the other participants. Make sure to enter here (and on other participating BoardingArea blogs) by October 7.
EDIT: I used random.org to generate a winning comment for my MegaDo entrant!
I have contacted the winner by email – in a few days we’ll know if HR is one of the Boarding Area fans flying in this year’s Star MegaDo!
Thanks everyone for participating!
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