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Freddie Awards 2009

With just a few days of voting left (at www.freddieawards.com) hopefully there will be no more emails from frequent flyer programs and frequent stay programs imploring for my vote.  Attention now turns to the annual get-together at the Freddies and over the following weekend – Fort Lauderdale April 23rd.

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*A Airbus Do

The awesome do has a new thread home (formerly SAS do) and is expanded to 300 places.  Better hurry though, initial interest is already well into 3 figures. 

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FlyerTalk Members to Charter an Airbus A319 Aircraft This Fall 2009?

FlyerTalk member and moderator tommy777 has big plans for autumn 2009.

If tommy777 has it his way, FlyerTalk member and founder Randy Petersen will act as purser and lead a group of moderators to serve fellow FlyerTalk members on-board a chartered Scandinavian Airlines Airbus A319 aircraft flying to various cities within Europe with stops along the way that will include interesting activities, including some potentially major surprises.

For additional information, please visit The great SAS Airbus DO, fall 2009 thread. If you are interested, sign up!

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Earning Compensation to Attend FlyerTalk Gatherings

The Earning Compensation to Attend FlyerTalk Gatherings: An Idea thread is a thread which I launched that will hopefully assist more FlyerTalk members in attending gatherings of FlyerTalk members around the world.

The basic concept for this idea is simple: if there was some way one could work, either before or after attending a gathering of FlyerTalk members, then one could theoretically attend more of them more often. Perhaps a FlyerTalk member in the host location could scout a customer from his or her network of people that has a need for a product or service that a FlyerTalk member can fulfill.

If this is an idea in which you would like to actively participate, or if you have suggestions on how to improve this idea, by all means please post in the Earning Compensation to Attend FlyerTalk Gatherings: An Idea thread.

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A Runway is for…Running?!?

If you have ever wanted to run on a runway – at least, without the danger of having an airplane run over you – here is your golden opportunity to burn some tar, mac…

…and at one of the busiest airports in the world, no less.

FlyerTalk member dfwoods posted in the ORD 9/21/08 – Ever Want to Run on a Runway? thread a link to details as to how to participate in running five kilometres on the newest runway at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. Keep in mind, however, that only up to 5,000 participants can register for this unique and rare event, so the sooner you sign up, the better…

…and do not worry of you cannot run. Walkers are welcomed as well.

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Travel Between New York and Paris Completely Free of Charge!

Will you be one of the lucky FlyerTalk members to travel round-trip between New York and Paris, courtesy of OpenSkies and FlyerTalk?

FlyerTalk member and founder Randy Petersen is offering free round-trip tickets between New York and Paris to 20 lucky FlyerTalk members on an airline called OpenSkies, which is a new subsidiary of British Airways.

By the way, free means free in this case. Even the fees are included. If you are chosen as one of the 20 lucky FlyerTalk members to participate on this historic FlyerTalk event, which is considered an official FlyerTalk member gathering, you will not have to pay a penny for this round-trip flight.

For additional details, such as who is eligible to participate, how to enter to receive a chance to become a part of this major FlyerTalk event, more information about OpenSkies, and when the historic inaugural OpenSkies flight will occur, please see the OpenSkies Do (first Do that includes free travel) thread.

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Oz Fest #6 Announced: Cairns!

Veteran FlyerTalk member ozstamps put his “stamp” of approval on the next Oz Fest to take place in his home country of Australia, and Cairns is the next focal point of what is apparently the longest-running series of FlyerTalk member gatherings outside of the United States.

I have been to Cairns. I enjoyed the tropical rain forests, the unusual trees, the Atherton Tablelands, and scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef. I even enjoyed the Hilton Cairns, which is where I stayed when I was there and which will apparently be the central lodging of choice for this event.

For additional information, please refer to the “Oz Fest #6” – Cairns Queensland – Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-24, 2009 thread.

Perhaps one day I will actually get to attend…

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Vacation Destination: El Paso, Texas?

Why not?

For the third consecutive year, FlyerTalk member jfe is inviting fellow FlyerTalk members to drop by his mansion (“It’s not a mansion!”, growls jfe) in the Who Will Be The Next FlyerTalk Member To Post? An OMNI Game LIVE and In Person:ELP 3 thread.

This FlyerTalk gathering, originated through a certain OMNI forum game created by someone who is not exactly playing with a full deck of cards, if you know what I mean, has gained popularity each year. I participated in the first one, and I must say, jfe and his family are gracious hosts who prepare and serve great food.

There is plenty do to within a day’s drive of El Paso, including visiting Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands National Monument, both in New Mexico.

If you are able to do so, I would definitely recommend attending this event.

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