Goodbye, Adieu, Auf Wiedersehen…

Twenty-hour hours after departing Paine Field, it’s safe to say Star Mega DO2 is over. The charter has returned to Houston; the FlyerTalk moderators are in Seattle, and everyone else is scattering to the winds. (I finally had a chance this week to earn some miles on Delta. Yes, I’m that guy.)

On behalf of the official blogger-in-residence, I’d like to thank Tommy, Oliver and Reb for having me, Seth for writing the funny posts while I wrote the boring ones, everyone who came along for the journey, and all of our sponsors (especially Starwood, which prepared an awesome meal for 200 exhausted, euphoric fliers). I’ll see you all at the next Frequent Traveler Awards, if not before, and let the countdown to Star Mega DO3 begin… now.

Sir, your 747 is here…

There’s nothing like being at the airport and the valet guy comes up to you and says … “Your 747 is here.” Makes leaving your car with valet parking at the restaurant just a little less, shall we say unimpressive. Well, it looks like mine (I’m just searching for a little cash to leave the guy a tip) so gotta fly.

Meet George: He Tweeted To Win

The winner of Lufthansa’s “Tweet To Win” contest for a free seat and (nearly) all expenses paid on this year’s Mega DO is George Papadopoulos, a.k.a. gpapadop, who double his chance by tweeting from two different accounts. “I came across the Lufthansa tweet — I follow them on Twitter — and after hearing great things about what happened last year and seeing some of the picture, I thought ‘Wow, what a great experience to be a part of,’” he recalls thinking. “And when when I saw all I had to do was retweet what they already had, I thought, ‘Why not?’”

He’s angling for a turn in Lufthansa’s simulator, “which I think will be something to remember for the rest of my life if I can get in on that,” says George. “But mostly I like being around planes and being around FlyerTalkers — even though I’m not a Star Alliance guy, I’m a Delta guy, unfortunately. Still, I’m happy.”

Don’t worry, George, we won’t hold it against you.

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