The 2010 Delta Air Lines FlyerTalk Event: Reflecting On It After Five Years

The 2010 Delta Air Lines FlyerTalk Event occurred from Thursday, October 21 through Sunday, October 24, 2010 — and the last day of the event was five years ago today.

How time flies.

Many months of planning — and many meetings at the world headquarters of Delta Air Lines — culminated in four days of what many participants dubbed Best. Field. Trip. Ever. That slogan became the unofficial de facto motto for the entire experience, which included — but certainly not limited to — the following…

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A Chance to Win Free Admission to This Boeing and United Airlines Event

Randy Petersen is at it again with his legendary generosity — this time, with your chance to win free admission to this Boeing and United Airlines event next month: “If you are in Seattle on Saturday, July 25, or can be (use those award miles), we’ll pick up the tab for two members of Milepoint to enjoy a fabulous event, courtesy of United and Boeing and planned by Milepoint members who are helping others.”

This event is now sold out; but you can be one of two winners who can enjoy the following planned itinerary without paying a penny to attend…

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Fly as a Passenger With Denny Flanagan as Your Captain on January 17, 2015

Affectionately known as Capt Denny on both Milepoint and FlyerTalk, Denny Flanagan — a veteran pilot and captain at United Airlines whom I have met several times and is well known amongst frequent fliers regardless of airline affiliation — will be the pilot of a Boeing 757-200 aircraft operating as United Airlines flight 441 from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to Los Angeles International Airport, which is scheduled to depart at 6:00 in the morning on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

You and several other FlyerTalk members who are scheduled to be on that flight can listen to him on Channel 9 via the in-flight entertainment system aboard that aircraft. He has been known to customize his messages to air traffic controllers for FlyerTalk members — including…

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Chat in Person With Lufthansa Executives at Kamingespräch 2014

This could be your opportunity if you have ever wanted to have an informal discussion in person with executives of Lufthansa.

The Kamingespräch event for 2014 will be at the Lufthansa Aviation Center at the headquarters of Lufthansa — more specifically, restaurant Zum Kranich — on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 5:00 in the afternoon where the dialogue between frequent travelers and employees of Lufthansa which started last year will be continued and intensified this year.

Group management personnel of Lufthansa expected to participate this year includes but is not limited to…

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What Were the Most Memorable Gatherings of FlyerTalk Members in 2010?

If you participated in any, try to remember The DO highlights of the past year. What gatherings of FlyerTalk members were memorable to you, and what were the reasons? Were they the activities in which you participated, the people you met, the topics you discussed, the locations where you were, or a combination of some or all of these reasons?

Please do not hesitate to post photographs and links, as other FlyerTalk members have done…

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FlyerTalk Members Were Airport Gate Agents For a Morning

Approximately 80 FlyerTalk members became deputized as gate agents for Delta Air Lines on a recent October weekend at the international airport in Atlanta, spread at gates throughout every concourse and working mainline flights, regional jet flights and international as well as domestic flights.

We Were Delta Air Lines Gate Agents for the Morning as part of The 2010 Second Annual Delta Air Lines FlyerTalk Event — October 21-24, 2010., and some FlyerTalk members even memorialized their experience in this BoardingArea weblog. However, despite the fact that attendees piloted flight simulators, dined well, took part in Road Warrior Training and toured such areas as the Operations Control Center, the Technical Operations Center, the Delta Heritage Museum, the towers above Concourses A and E, and met with executives of Delta Air Lines — which included the chief executive officer — being gate agent for a morning was one of the most popular venues of the event.

Many FlyerTalk members say that being a gate agent — normally a grueling job with many responsibilities, restrictions and tight deadlines —  simply did not last long enough and wished that it could have lasted the entire day or longer. Incredibly enough, no FlyerTalk member was compensated for being a gate agent!

One would think that with access to such functions as upgrades, scanning boarding passes and making official announcements at the gate, having FlyerTalk members as gate agents would be a recipe for disaster. Not so — in fact, the weekend was a rousing success!

The end result was that not only did FlyerTalk members have a whole new appreciation and understanding about what it takes to be a gate agent and what their job entails, but gate agents also have a whole new appreciation for the customers who fly frequently. Best of all, everyone — including Delta Air Lines management — had a great time and enjoyed!


Yes — as a side note, I was gate agent for a morning twice, as pictured above. Click on the photograph for a larger view. I was also invited to write an entry as a guest “blogger” for the official weblog of Delta Air Lines.

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Attend the Star Alliance MegaDo For Free With Randy Petersen — Times Two!!!

Whether it is Part II or Times Two, FlyerTalk member and founder Randy Petersen is at it again.

Unlike last year, where there was only one winner, he is offering two FlyerTalk members who became a member prior to September 16, 2010 a chance to Come Fly With Me (FLY FOR FREE) on the Star Alliance MegaDo II.”

If you are one of the two lucky FlyerTalk members, you will receive the following, compliments of Randy Petersen:

  • Round-trip airfare to Houston
  • Complimentary VIP attendance to The Frequent Traveler Awards in Houston
  • Airfare on the private charter (Houston-Phoenix-Seattle-Houston) with nearly 300 other FlyerTalker members
  • Two nights of lodging
  • Additional expenses, including meals

For additional details — as well as a chance to win — Randy Petersen says “Come Fly With Me (FLY FOR FREE) on the Star Alliance MegaDo II.”

For more information about the event itself, please refer to the StarmegaDO 2010 (SMD2) Nov 1-6, 2010 Masterthread.

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Just Announced: New Zealand Star Alliance FlyerTalk Member Gathering

If the StarmegaDO 2010 (SMD2) Nov 1-6, 2010 Masterthread does not provide enough opportunity for bonding with your fellow FlyerTalk members, consider attending the *A / Air NZ Mega DO – 13 December 2010, where Star Alliance is holding its annual chief executive board meeting and its  alliance mangement board meeting in Queenstown, New Zealand. Currently, details are scarce but will be posted as they become definitive.

Is anyone willing to host some Star Alliance FlyerTalk events to fill in the gap between 6 November and 13 December?

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StarmegaDo 2010 opens for booking

The first StarmegaDo (last November) was an extravanga and the organisers promise to top that this year (as if that is possible).  Booking starts midday (NYC time) Friday 12 June.  For more details and explanation of the changes (including non-refundable deposit), refer the thread.

Woohoo I can’t wait.

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The Mystery of the Brooklyn Reality Tour

FlyerTalk member dhammer53 has hosted the Brooklyn Reality Tour for nine consecutive years since he originally created this now-legendary FlyerTalk event and is preparing to host the 10th Annual Brooklyn Reality Tour. Saturday June 12, 2010, which dhammer53 has been proclaiming in no uncertain terms that this year will be the last year for the BRT, or Brooklyn Reality Tour — or is it?!?

In his own words, dhammer53 posts:

“For those of you that read between the lines, there will probably be a BRT 11. I’ve edited the first post so that you can figure out the riddle.”

Could this mean that the Brooklyn Reality Tour will still occur but no longer be annual event? Will dhammer53 still be the host of future Brooklyn Reality Tours? Is the extension primarily to entice FlyerTalk founder and member Randy Petersen to finally attend the tour? Or, could this be some devilishly fiendish plot to have the Brooklyn Reality Tour mentioned here at The Gate?

If it is the latter, nice try, dhammer53, but it will never work, as the Brooklyn Reality Tour will never be mentioned or posted here at The Gate.

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