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2012 DTW / Ann Arbor Art Fair Do (July 20-22)

2012 DTW / Ann Arbor Art Fair Do (July 20-22)

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Old Mar 23, 12, 9:58 pm
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2012 DTW / Ann Arbor Art Fair Do (July 20-22)

Following a 7-year tradition, we're working on putting together the eighth annual event.
Please go to here for some history of the event:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16235252-post1.html

We've batted this around on last year's thread already and it looks like we've got enough interest to keep this going again this year. In general, this event is about providing an opportunity for miles and points eccentrics and their friends and s.o. to have a fun time attending the Art Fair and having meals together along with some time over the weekend to discuss miles and points tips which has always been very a profitable and fun time.

I'm going to open this up to first canvas others to voice their opinion as to what they would like to do and what times during the week of the Art fair they would like come to Ann Arbor and want to participate in some Do events.

This event is open to all and we will organize events over the weekend depending on the level of interest. Let's at least do Saturday Drinks and Dinner for those coming for the weekend and a Sunday breakfast / brunch.

Thanks to MidTierStatus, we already have the Ann Arbor downtown library free space room confirmed for Saturday Jul 21 from 1 - 5:30 for a time to get together to share travel / miles / points tips. Given the rumblings about more drastic changes to airline frequent flyer programs that many of us may hate, we may really need each's ideas more than ever to get good travel value going forward.

So post away with your thoughts!
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Old Mar 23, 12, 10:00 pm
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Attendee List
(this is currently being updated in post 112 and following):
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/18931804-post112.html

GrizShel
MidTierStatus
MsEverywhere
Frequent Miler
mahasamatman+1 (for meal events)
tcmaes
goaliegirl and yyzjake
TravelAuto
k2o
nep301
jadecocoa
edotzaue
Jigger
RadioShow
Memsrrw
gpapadop
Upperdeck744
Delta Points

Hopeful:
MrpAlert
bk3day
dlouise37
mmargel
gardener

Doubtful / Regretful:
Oliver2002
Sweet Willie
BikeGuy (making use of one of last year's prime tips during the same weekend!)
bobH+1


Library Discussion Attendee List
update in progress; capacity is 32 persons only!!
Tentatively Confirmed subject to clarification of status of any earlier signees (27)
DeltaPoints
dwbf11
edotzaue
edotzaue+1
Frequent Miler
Frequent Miler+1
goaliegirl
gpapadop
GrizShel
gwennrael
havenguyz
jadecocoa
koolr
memsrr
MidTierStatus
mmargel
MsEverywhere
nep301
pathfinder44
radioshow
superdrew
tazdmb
tcmaes
travelauto
upperdeck744
yuppietravelermi
yyzjake

Clarification needed:
z003y
ceieoc
gardener
jigger
k2o

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Old Mar 23, 12, 10:00 pm
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ITINERARY

FRIDAY
On your own at the AAAF unless someone else wants to organize a meal together.
AAAF map:
http://www.artfair.org/UserFiles/Fil...20Brochure.pdf
(All Do events on Saturday will be in the same general area.)

SATURDAY
Meet for Coffee / pastries / bagels / light lunch (11 AM; MidTierStatus will be looking for you) at:
Panera Bread
777 North University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Miles and points discussion 1 to 5 PM @ Downtown Library
343 South Fifth Avenue -
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
(734) 327-4200

Dinner @ 5:45 PM at the
Original Cottage Inn
512 East Williams
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: (734) 663-3379
Dress Code: Casual Dress
** please note that for parties of 8 or more there will be one check and a 20% gratuity will be added.**


SUNDAY
Brunch at Webers, 10 AM
3050 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 665-3636


More Details on the Library Miles and Points / Best Vacation Discussion (Saturday, 1 to 5 PM):

Code:
Topic	                       Speaker       Start  	End Time

Introductions ……..       	All.....	1:00	1:15
Leveraging Mile & Point Opps	Frequent Miler	1:15	1:55
Discussion  ………	                All.....	1:55	2:10
Making the Most of Delta	Delta Points	2:10	2:50
Discussion  ………	                All.....	2:50	3:05
Break..……..	                All.....	3:05	3:20
Maximizing Car Rentals	        dwbf11     	3:20	3:35
Best Vacation Ever Sharing	All.....	3:35	3:55
Share your Best Tip!  ….	All.....	3:55	4:25
Hands on Help w Award Bookings	All.....	4:25	4:55
Wrap-up and head for OCI	All.....	4:55	5:00

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Old Mar 25, 12, 7:11 pm
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I'll be there...
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Old Mar 26, 12, 8:47 pm
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Coo1!

BTW, to those who need a place to stay for the weekend, the best current hotel deal I see for AA for our dates for a place that has good reviews is Microtel in Ann Arbor at $65 a night.

If you need a car rental, rates are cheap right now. Last year they kept rising as we got closer to July.
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Old Mar 26, 12, 9:46 pm
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Glad to see the tradition continues!

I'd like to attend but as of yet am unable to commit.

However, just a reminder that for those in/around NYC if airfares spike, there's always the possibility of an Avios redemption!

LGA-DTW is usually 9000 Avios r/t but with the current AMEX 50% transfer promo, that ticket is now only 6000 (AMEX to Avios)
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Old Mar 27, 12, 6:10 pm
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Originally Posted by bk3day View Post
Glad to see the tradition continues!

I'd like to attend but as of yet am unable to commit.

However, just a reminder that for those in/around NYC if airfares spike, there's always the possibility of an Avios redemption!

LGA-DTW is usually 9000 Avios r/t but with the current AMEX 50% transfer promo, that ticket is now only 6000 (AMEX to Avios)
An excellent point! Avios is a fairly good program if you need a lot of nonstop tickets.
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Old Apr 3, 12, 8:54 am
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Just a bump to remind folks to post their availability and suggestions for places to eat, things to talk about, other folks to invite, etc.

A good topic to talk about I think:
How do we respond to the changing landscape for air travel and frequent flyer programs?
I can make a case that there may be a lot more value in hotel frequent guest programs going forward than there will be for most airline frequent flyer programs. What do you think?
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Old Apr 4, 12, 12:42 am
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Not sure a lot of people know about it, but for those flying in if you do not want to rent a car there is another option. The Michigan Flyer bus service from DTW is cheap and takes you to the Briarwood Maill area or downtown AA.

http://www.michiganflyer.com
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Old Apr 5, 12, 3:08 pm
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I am in the maybe zone due to schedule fluctuations. I highly recommend this amazing event as I have learned Mega millions at this event. I certainly hope I can make it this year. Btw, I really liked the school lunchroom of a few years ago. The bring your own internet was something else.
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Old Apr 6, 12, 7:22 pm
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Originally Posted by DavidDTW View Post
Not sure a lot of people know about it, but for those flying in if you do not want to rent a car there is another option. The Michigan Flyer bus service from DTW is cheap and takes you to the Briarwood Maill area or downtown AA.

http://www.michiganflyer.com
Thanks for the tip! Looks like it is about $20 each way.
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Old Apr 6, 12, 7:23 pm
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Originally Posted by Mrp Alert View Post
I am in the maybe zone due to schedule fluctuations. I highly recommend this amazing event as I have learned Mega millions at this event. I certainly hope I can make it this year. Btw, I really liked the school lunchroom of a few years ago. The bring your own internet was something else.
Sure hope you can make it - we had some great times indeed at previous AAAF Dos.
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Old Apr 10, 12, 4:50 pm
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Originally Posted by DavidDTW View Post
Not sure a lot of people know about it, but for those flying in if you do not want to rent a car there is another option. The Michigan Flyer bus service from DTW is cheap and takes you to the Briarwood Maill area or downtown AA.

http://www.michiganflyer.com
Actually, AATA went in with Michigan Flyer, and the intro rate for AirRide is $10 each way thru July 30.

It will be $12 normally.

http://detroit2020.com/2012/03/30/ne...metro-airport/

Go to MyAirRide.com.

And the best part for locals is parking is $2 for up to 2 weeks!

I will be getting on a train the Saturday morning of the DO, so I will be unable to attend.

And if you are a senior citizen, $11 R/T. I'm implying nothing about the age of some of our past attendees.

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Old Apr 11, 12, 3:17 am
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Sadly I don't think I can make it this year

BTW, Hertz rentals ex DTW (even one ways) are 24-28$/weekend days for compacts or intermediates with the AAA CDP 116
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Old Apr 13, 12, 7:20 pm
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
Sadly I don't think I can make it this year

BTW, Hertz rentals ex DTW (even one ways) are 24-28$/weekend days for compacts or intermediates with the AAA CDP 116
Thanks for the tip! Sorry you won't be able to make it.

Delta's airfare from WAS is $220 throughout the summer right now, sadly, that's a lot better than average these days. Trying to figure out when I should book, it's tough to figure out what the optimum fare will be these days.
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