A few months ago the next chapter of the StarMegaDO was announced. The first StarMegaDO took us to Europe to visit Lufthansa, SAS and Airbus. The second StarMegaDO found us visiting Lufthansa in Germany and then followed by Continental, US Airways and Boeing in the US. At the kickoff party in New York, it was announced that the third destination would be Brazil with a trip to the Embraer factory which led to people warming up their mileage earning credit cards.
A few weeks ago the formal announcement was made and the excitement was spiking. Then a few days in, an abrupt stall. It turns out the initial pricing that was received by the charter operator (in this case United) was incorrect by a substantial amount. Sales were suspended and the organizing team was back the drawing board to come up with a solution. To help bring down the cost, the most recent change was going from a 757-200 to a 737-900.
A few days later a revised itinerary was introduced. This time completely removing Brazil and substituting Canada, with a trip to Bombardier and finishing up in Denver. Not quite as exciting. As one Milepointer put it best "Why would I visit the factory of the planes that I go out of my way to avoid flying".
There's been much confusion about the charter, but while the intinerary seems to be stabilizing, the excitement seems to be dwindling. From the responses in the various threads, it would appear the charter is about 40% full, which still leaves a lot of room available.
Personally, I can't go as I am already committed to something else that weekend. But even if I had the opportunity, I likely would pass. You see, I learned something on StarMegaDO 2. While the first was an amazing experience and led me to meet an amazing group of people, the second was a bit of a drain. Since the second was much more affordable for a number of folks in the states, we found a number of folks who brought the party down and the overall experience not as much fun. So, given this one is priced at about the same level and in the states, there's a high likelihood of attracting a similar group of folks. So, between that and the Milepointer's quote, there is little incentive to partake in the adventure.