“Expect the FIRST Skyteam Mega DO in November 2012!”
I’m excited. For better or worse I’ve been a Delta frequent flyer for many years (if you count all of the years with Northwest). As a fairly recent mile and point junkie, I missed out on the Star Alliance Mega DO and more recently I failed in the seemingly simple exercise of trying to sign up for the One World Mega DO. For those not familiar, a “DO” is an event in which frequent flyer junkies get together. A “Mega DO” is a DO sponsored by a major airline alliance and hotel chain and usually involves flying from hub to hub on chartered jets and getting behind the scenes looks at the latest happenings in the sponsoring airline and hotel organizations. I’ve been very interested in attending a Mega DO, but because of my history I’ve been more eager to attend one sponsored by Delta. Fortunately, a few days ago, Tommy777 announced on Milepoint that they “are finalizing the Skyteam Mega DO ideas right now. Expect the FIRST Skyteam Mega DO in November 2012!” Of course, Delta is in the Skyteam alliance so this means, finally, a Delta Mega DO! I can’t wait!
On the lighter side
Last Sunday I posted a fictional discussion between two of my favorite bloggers. It was meant to be funny and I think many people enjoyed it. So, I’m toying with the idea of doing a funny post every Sunday and calling it something like “LOL Sunday” or something like that. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep it up or if people will appreciate my warped humor, but hey I’ll give it a shot. Let me know what you think. Keep in mind that, just like Sunday comics, some posts will strike you funny (hopefully) and some not.
To get things started, today I will report, in advance, on my experience in booking a spot on the SkyTeam Mega DO. As most of you know, Delta.com is famously broken when it comes to award travel. So imagine if the same award engine will be used for booking the Mega DO:
Ring, Ring, Ring…
Delta: Hello, thank you for calling Delta Airlines. My name is Deltalina. How may I help you today?
FM: Hi, I’m trying to book the Mega DO, but your web site isn’t working.
Delta: I’d be very glad to help you sir. I’m sorry but Delta is unable to book bus tickets. Is there anything else I can help you with today?
FM: Bus tickets? What? Oh, no, you don’t understand. I’m not trying to book MegaBus tickets. I want to book the SkyTeam Mega DO.
Delta: Is that an item in the SkyMall catalog? I’m afraid I can’t help you with that directly, but I’ll transfer you…
FM: No! Wait! The SkyTeam Mega DO is an event sponsored by Delta. I need to book tickets, but the web site is broken.
Delta: Oh, I see it now. Let me read you the instructions: “please log in to megado.delta.com to make your reservation.” Is there anything else I can help you with today?
FM: No, I mean, yes! I can’t book through the web site because it doesn’t work! The tickets are supposed to be $800 each, but when I price it through the web site it comes up as $9 Million. Obviously it is broken!
Delta: I understand sir. It says here that the Mega DO leaves Atlanta for Salt Lake City on November 8th 2012. Would you like me to look for availability for one way flights on that day?
FM: No! I need to be booked onto the chartered jet for the Mega DO!
Delta: I’m sorry sir, but we do not offer chartered jet service for individuals at this time. Is there anything else I can help you with today?