NEW PHOTO: Continental Airlines Boeing 757-200 in Star Alliance Livery

A great shot of the newly painted 752 arriving in Madrid. Notice the Star Alliance logos on the winglets!

Condor Airlines Boeing 757-300 D-ABON “Willi-Bird”

A 360 degree view of the A380 Cockpit

Click here to open an amazing view of the A380 cockpit.

Travel Made Social | Use MySkyStatus during the Star Mega DO

While you’re in the air, MySkyStatus sends altitude, location, departure and arrival updates automatically to your Facebook and Twitter pages. It’s travel made social and it’s easy to set up. Click here for examples and to get started with MySkyStatus.

Are You Excited Yet?

The start of the Star Alliance Mega DO at Chicago ORD is just days away! Not excited enough? This microsite should help move you in the right direction:

Lufthansa A380.



Announcement: The Mega Do Program Schedule Will Be Posted This Evening

The schedule of events for the Star Alliance Mega DO will be posted this evening.  Please stay tuned to the private participant web site for the time and logistical information.

Star Alliance – Continental Airlines Entry Ceremony Photo

Star Alliance - Continental Airlines Ceremony Picture

Continental Airlines Joins Star Alliance | Official News Release

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES JOINS STAR ALLIANCE
Strategic Network Expansion in the Americas, Asia and Europe
New York/Newark Becomes New Star Alliance Hub

NEW YORK CITY, USA – October 27, 2009 – The CEOs of the Star Alliance member carriers today welcomed the alliance’s 25th member: Continental Airlines. Continental’s joining Star Alliance will further enhance the alliance’s three main customer benefits: global reach, worldwide recognition and seamless travel. Continental’s membership follows last year’s announcement of a strategic partnership between Continental and United Airlines. Experts from both airlines and Star Alliance have been working together over the last 18 months in order to ensure the first successful transition of a major airline from one global alliance to another.

“Bringing Continental Airlines into Star Alliance has been a truly unique experience. This is the first time an airline has moved directly from one alliance to another and I would like to thank all those involved in ensuring a smooth switch,” said Jaan Albrecht, CEO Star Alliance. “Our travelers can now begin to appreciate the advantages Continental brings to the Star Alliance network, while Continental’s customers now enjoy enhanced alliance benefits.”

“Continental’s transition to Star Alliance is one of the most important strategic moves we have accomplished in my career at Continental,” said Chairman and CEO Larry Kellner. “Our membership in Star Alliance positions us to deliver a broader network to our customers, and to achieve better business results and a stronger future for my co-workers, our customers and communities as a result of the benefits from participating in the world’s largest airline alliance.”

“Continental’s joining makes the Star Alliance network even more extensive, offering our customers the broadest global access and greatest choice of service,” said Glenn Tilton, chairman and CEO of United Airlines. “We welcome our partner, Continental, which brings tremendous value to our customers, our employees and the communities we serve.”

Global Reach

Due to the limited overlap between Continental’s and Star Alliance’s networks, Star Alliance customers now have a choice of 19,500 daily flights serving some 1,071 airports in 171 countries. The main network enhancements are taking place in North America, to and from Latin America, as well as across the North Atlantic and the Pacific.

In North America, Continental adds its three hubs – New York/Newark, Houston and Cleveland – to the network, providing more choice to Star Alliance customers. Continental’s extensive Latin America network will increase travel options for Star customers to Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Across the North Atlantic, Continental will also add choice for Star Alliance travelers, especially on the very important New York to London market. Options in the Pacific region are enhanced by Continental’s trans-Pacific flights to mainland China, Hong Kong and Japan, and by Continental Micronesia flights centered on Guam.

In addition to the network benefits, Continental flights can now be used to create itineraries for the Star Alliance Round the World fare as well as for the North American Airpass. Moreover, Continental will sell all 13 Star Alliance fare products and as well as participate in the Star Alliance Conventions Plus product.

Worldwide Recognition

As part of its Star Alliance membership, Continental OnePass members will now be able to earn and redeem miles on all other Star Alliance member carriers. OnePass Gold and Platinum Elite members automatically have Star Alliance Gold Status, and will receive benefits such as access to more than 954 lounges, extra-baggage allowance, priority baggage delivery, dedicated check-in counters and priority waitlist (reservation) and airport stand-by. OnePass Silver Elite have automatic Star Alliance Silver Status, entitling them to priority waitlist (reservation) and airport stand-by.
Participants in any of the existing Star Alliance Frequent Flyer Programmes can now earn and redeem miles on Continental. Moreover, OnePass members will be able to use their miles as part of Star Alliance Upgrade Awards for a one cabin upgrade when travelling on participating* Star Alliance member carriers.

Seamless travel

The Star Alliance network aims to provide fast and convenient connections for customers needing to transfer between flights of different Star Alliance member carriers. Effective immediately, through check-in from the originating airport is available for any itinerary involving a Continental flight in conjunction with another Star Alliance flight. In addition, all Star Alliance Connection Centres will now also encompass all flights operated by Continental. These special behind the scene centres look after passengers and baggage transferring between Star Alliance member carriers, in case of flight irregularities. These centres are currently in operation at selected airports across the network like, Frankfurt, Munich, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tokyo-Narita and Bangkok. Moreover, plans are already underway to co-locate member carriers in the same airport area or terminal at numerous destinations served by Continental. By the end of this year Continental will have physically moved airport operations at 11 airports around the world. For instance, on October 27, Continental moves to Terminal 1 at Frankfurt and on November 1, to the South Wing of Terminal 1 at Tokyo/Narita. Other airports where co-location moves have been made include: Beijing, Chicago, Honolulu and Shanghai.

About Star Alliance:

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award, Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Blue1, bmi, Continental Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Aegean Airlines, Air India, Brussels Airlines and TAM have been announced as future members. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers 19,500 daily flights to 1,071 airports in 171 countries.

* the following member carriers currently offer Star Alliance Upgrade Awards:
Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Continental Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United

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Seeheim Slumber Party is now open for payment

If you have signed up for the Seeheim Slumber Party on Friday night, please log on and complete your payment today. Also note that we have a decent priced buffet option available as well.

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Founder of Top Online Travel Community to Select One Person For Real ‘Up in the Air’ Experience

Congrats to ConciergeMike for winning this great opportunity from Randy!


Founder of Top Online Travel Community to Select One Person For

Real ‘Up in the Air’ Experience

Recipient Will Join 300 Of The World’s Top Frequent Flyers On Unique European Trip

Colorado Springs, Colo. (PRWEB) October 9, 2009 — Imagine an online community consisting of hundreds of thousands of George Clooney’s and Vera Farmiga’s discussing frequent flyer miles and travel all day every day and you will get a pretty good idea of what FlyerTalk.com, the world’s most popular frequent flyer community, is all about.

FlyerTalk’s founder, Randy Petersen, announced today an opportunity for one member of the community to enjoy a true frequent flyer “Up In The Air” experience, as popularized in the upcoming film. The lucky recipient will be flown from their hometown to Frankfurt, Germany, where they will join 300 of the world’s most frequent flyers for a host of events, including:

  • A tour of the Lufthansa flight training facility
  • Dinner with Jaan Albrecht, CEO of the Star Alliance
  • A flight to Oslo, Norway and a special event to be held in an SAS hangar
  • A flight to Toulouse, France for an exclusive tour of the Airbus factory (including the new Airbus A380)

“This is another in a years-long line of amazing events entirely organized by the members of FlyerTalk,” said Petersen. “I’m proud to have founded this community, but I’m even more proud to call myself a member, and am glad to have this opportunity to give back and allow one more person to experience all that FlyerTalk has to offer, on me.”

The event, dubbed by FlyerTalk members as the Star Alliance Mega DO, is scheduled Nov. 3-6 and will also include a number of social events with executives from United, Continental, SAS, and Lufthansa.

Much like the characters in the soon-to-be-released movie, “Up In The Air”, the participants in this event are all frequent flyer aficionados. Though FlyerTalk is primarily an online community, members organize hundreds of in-person events each year all around the world. While most FlyerTalk events are smaller affairs, some, like this Star Alliance Mega DO, are actively supported by the airline, hotel, and/or credit card programs.

“FlyerTalk is fortunate to be one of the first and only online travel communities where representatives from the industry participate directly and interact with members,” said Petersen. “The frequent flyers learn from the industry reps, and vice versa, and both enjoy contributing to and participating in these fun events. After all, at the end of the day it’s all about making the most of travel, and of life.”

Petersen’s announcement was made on FlyerTalk, of course - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/communitybuzz/1001243-my-guest-fly-free-star-alliance-megado.html

FlyerTalk.com is a product of Frequent Flyer Services and is included in the award-winning Frequent Flyer Network of sites, which also includes BoardingArea.com, InsideFlyer.com, SeatExpert.com, and WebFlyer.com. Frequent Flyer Services conceives, develops and markets products and services with the frequent flyer in mind and is the largest publisher of frequent flyer information in the world. Frequent Flyer Services is a privately owned company located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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via PRWEB

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The cat is out of the bag!

Well, folks. I guess the cat is out of the bag… Welcome to the official blog of the biggest event in Flyertalk’s history. Here you will be able to follow the event live with pictures and HD film. The blog will be updated by tommy777 and when the event starts, sbm12. There will be daily updates from the planning of the events, so stay tuned!

Welcome to the StarMegaDO blog!

We have worked hard to put together this blog. We aim to allow those not fortunate enough to participate in this event the ability to follow along with the rest of us. I am sure you will find it informative.

Special thanks to MBM3 for assistance with the blog!

Event participants will still be able to find the participant site via a link at the top right of the main blog page.

Best Airports for a Layover – Lufthansa First Class Terminal, Frankfurt

Designed by Frankfurt architects Hollin & Radoske in a former Frankfurt Airport parking lot, the €30 million, two-story structure is an beautiful appointed space awash in hand-tufted woollen carpets and bespoke designer fixtures. It’s available only to first class passengers or Lufthansa’s elite frequent fliers. Russet shades from B & B Italia, meantime, dull the daylight filtering into the cigar lounge, where some 36 single-malt Irish whiskeys are on offer. Boarding is unlike that at any terminal: it’s done via a chauffeured Mercedes S-Class or Porsche Cayenne that will elegantly whisk guests plane-side.

via Best Airports for a Layover – ForbesTraveler.com.

Now Open | Lufthansa Lounge – The Moment Blog – NYTimes.com

The New Lufthansa First Class Lounge | New York JFK

Now Open | Lufthansa Lounge – The Moment Blog – NYTimes.com.

Star Alliance | Airlines, Aircraft and Staff

Star Alliance – An Introduction: Think Alliance

Lufthansa Brand Movie

History of Lufthansa Video

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