By Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
Ever wonder what Star Alliance’s headquarters looks like?
Many people on the FlyerTalk “Mega Do” frequent-flier trip did, and dozens stopped to snap photos of the Star Alliance map and logo (seen here) at the group’s headquarters near the Frankfurt Airport earlier today.
That came as several dozen FlyerTalk members met with Star Alliance officials today in Frankfurt as the world’s largest frequent-flier group solicited their feedback on potential future products.
Star Alliance CEO Jaan Albrecht was on hand to address the group, thanking them for their loyalty to the alliance and its carriers.
Star Alliance members traveled from as far as Hawaii and Australia for the “Mega Do” event, which is affiliated with FlyerTalk and gave the travelers access to Star’s top executives. The MegaDo trip began in New York and will continue on to Houston, Phoenix and the Seattle area by Friday evening.
“I think the access [to alliance and airline executives] is pretty incredible,” a FlyerTalk member from Australia told me.
Star Alliance officials invited the FlyerTalk members to participate in a series of workshops in which the “FlyerTalkers” where encouraged to give their feedback on products the alliance is considering adding in the future.
Starwood Hotels, the official hotel partners for Star Mega Do 2010, have announced some additional promotions for the event. On top of the previously announced 1,000 bonus points per room per night for all participants that was previously announced, here are some other benefits that participants can enjoy:
- Everyone participating will get Gold status comped immediately: For folks who do not hold status with other programs this is a great way to jump in to the SPG program and get a feel for their into level elite tier. You’ll earn bonus points on all stays, have access to some room upgrades and other benefits.
- Platinum status match if desired & eligible: For folks who currently hold a top-tier status in a different hotel loyalty chain, Starwood will match this status to their Platinum level. SPG Platinum Preferred members earn even more points per stay, are eligible for suite upgrades in some cases and receive complimentary high-speed internet access at properties where it is normally a paid service. A welcome gift upon arrival at the hotel, complimentary gym access and the Platinum Concierge are also part of the benefits. This status match is subject to the regular SPG one-time only restrictions.
- Current Platinums will get goodies as well, but it will be a surprise presented later: We’re not in a position to announce the exact details of these benefits publicly yet, but believe me when I say they are quite choice. If you have the means I highly recommend it.
There’s still more to come. every time it seems we cannot make the event better another partner steps up to prove us wrong. We’re almost sold out – only 30 seats remaining – so sign up now and join the fun!
The status match benefits will be valid through the 2011 program year.