Win a seat next to Randy Petersen on the upcoming Star MegaDO 4! (closed)

Boarding Area is giving away two seats on the upcoming Star MegaDO 4. And not just any two seats, but two seats next to the original frequent flier, Randy Petersen! Randy is the founder of FlyerTalk, InsideFlyer, MilePoint, and of course, BoardingArea. This is the ultimate trip for frequent flier junkies! For info on the event, check out the official page here, and the MilePoint MegaDO forum here.

The prize:

A reserved aisle or window seat next to Randy Petersen on the upcoming StarMegaDo 2012, hotel accommodations, and $250 for personal expenses!

To enter, write a comment answering the following question: What’s your best advice for someone just starting to chase miles and points? The Road Warriorette winner will be selected at random and will then be part of the Boarding Area wide-contest.

  • You can also enter the on any of the participating blogs, listed here.
  • You must include a valid email address.
  • Open to everyone 18 and older.
  • You can submit one entry per blog.
  • Contest comments entry period ends 11:59:59 pm MT October 7, 2012.
  • Winner Selection: Two (2) winners will be chosen in a random drawing on Monday, October 8, 2012 from all eligible entries received during the Giveaway Period, as posted in the comments section of participating partnering blogs. The random drawing will be conducted by Randy Petersen, whose decision is final and binding in all respects. The winner will be notified via email within two (2) days after the selection is made. Each winner will have five (5) business days to reply confirming his/her acceptance of the giveaway seat. Failure to reply in the indicated time frame will declare that the seat has been refused and forfeited for all time and the first alternative entry will be chosen in random drawings as outlined above and provided the opportunity to claim the seat giveaway.

Read the entire list of contest rules here.

Good luck!



  1. Set goals. Get an understanding of the ROI before you actually invest a lot of time, energy, and money.

  2. Focus on one airline that is in an alliance, and one hotel chain that covers your places of interest

  3. Work on credit card bonuses. They’re the easiest way to get any quantity of points or miles and the fill in the rest with everyday stuff like dining eshopping etc.

  4. I would tell them to get started NOW! The earlier you start, the better. And take every opportunity you can to earn miles; credit card signups are great (ok, really great!) but you can supplement that with online shopping, category bonuses, and dining programs!

  5. Spend a weekend reading up on everything on flyerguide, flyertalk, and milepoint; a solid foundation means you’ll know which opportunities apply to you and which are just a waste of time.

  6. Browse the blogs, pick a few active ones, and read them frequently to get up to speed.

  7. Be prepared for lots of surprises and be on the lookout for great tips from the fellow frequent travelers’ community/blogs. It all there, shared selflessly. 🙂

  8. Try to sign up for credit card bonuses. Those are a great way to snag a BUNCH of points at once. Use your points – don’t just collect them!

  9. I am an x B727 pilot , and would love to fly the B787 and take a look at the cockpit to see how much things changed.

  10. Decide what you really want to get out of miles and points. Where do you want to go? Who do you want to take with you? Class of service? Answering those questions makes it much easier to come up with a game plan that fits your situation.

  11. First pick the airline/hotel they want to accrue miles with, then study, study, and study more on FT and MP.

  12. Read the blogs! The how-tos are much easier to find/follow than those on FT/MP (you can move up to those once you’ve got a base knowledge).

  13. Focus on a few programs that work the best based on where you live and where you want to go to. Then find as many ways to build up miles there as you can. Shopping portals, credit cards — almost everything you do in daily life can be used to earn miles/points.

  14. Take a look around the travel blogs on Boarding Area and find the ones that meet your needs at the level you’re at, especially as you become more knowledgeable. Track your awards with Award Wallet, and use sites like Credit Karma to track your credit score. (I’ve found the offers on Credit Sesame to be less accurate.)

  15. I would recommend reading boarding area regularly, subscribe to the bloggers that have an email list, and go through Milepoint and Flyertalk regularly

  16. Equal doses of reading at least one new blogger a week, and trying new strategies at least that often.

  17. Think about your flying goals. It makes all the difference when you pick programs and flights.

  18. Concentrate your earnings into one program as much as possible. and dont forget your loyalty card(s)!!

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