MegaDO frequent flyer trips are billed as once in a lifetime types of experiences, the kinds of things you don’t get to experience anywhere else.
- Last fall the group chartered United’s first 787. Folks got to sit in United CEO Jeff Smisek’s chair. They had a barbecue on the tarmac in Houston.
- Last January in Dallas American Airlines set up flight simulator time, and the group practiced a water evacuation into a pool. Some participants even changed into American Airlines first class pajamas first.
In addition to all the pre-announced activities, there are often surprise and delights that come along after folks have booked.
The next (sold out) MegaDO is the Scandinavian event in September. Participants already knew they’d be gifted Club Carlson Gold status, but they got an email letting them know that Club Carlson has sweetened things with an offer to Concierge status.
We just received a great offer from Club Carlson today. For the first time ever, they are offering up their 75 night minimum a year black card Concierge level to Nordic MegaDO participants!
If you are holding ONE of the following status levels, your status will automatically be upgraded to Concierge level instead of the promised Gold:
— Marriott Platinum
— SPG Platinum
— Hyatt Diamond
— Nordic Choice Club Platinum or Choice Privileges Diamond
— IHG Royal Ambassador
— HHonors Diamond
…. For those of you that don’t have any of the statuses above, you will get your account upgraded to the Gold level. … If you’re a current cc Gold, there will be some goodies for you, they will be announced soon!
I’m not a huge fan of the Club Carlson program although several Radisson Blu properties look nice. However, Concierge status is very cool and not something you can match to or get without earning 75 elite nights.
I am, however, a fan of the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card which gives you an 85,000 point signup bonus (50,000 after first purchase and 35,000 more after $2500 spend within 90 days) plus Gold status in the program.
I imagine lots of folks on the trip are already Gold via this card (or from previous status match).
The key benefit of the card, though, beyond Gold is that you get your last night on every award redemption free. That means you can do 2 night award stays for the price of a single night, doubling the value of your points on those stays (up to 50 nights per year).
The annual fee for the card is $75. (The business version of the card has essentially the same benefits with a $15 lower annual fee).
(Note that the personal but not the business version of the card offers me referral credit.)