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Anyone experienced the United Behind-The-Scene Airport Tour?

Old May 3, 13, 1:49 pm
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Anyone experienced the United Behind-The-Scene Airport Tour?

Just got an invite from United for touring EWR. Appears to be for being a MileagePlus Premier member. Lasts about 5 hours and there will be interactive elements to the tour.

Anyone being on one? Is it worth going considered that I'll have to shell out around $60 for taxi fare to and from the airport? Is the group size reasonably small enough for you to actually enjoy the interactive elements?

Appreciate any comments.
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Old May 3, 13, 1:52 pm
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Originally Posted by zerolife View Post
Just got an invite from United for touring EWR. Appears to be for being a MileagePlus Premier member. Lasts about 5 hours and there will be interactive elements to the tour.

Anyone being on one? Is it worth going considered that I'll have to shell out around $60 for taxi fare to and from the airport? Is the group size reasonably small enough for you to actually enjoy the interactive elements?

Appreciate any comments.
I went to one in Seattle and it was awesome - I'd probably fly a transcon to do it, let alone a cab.
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Old May 3, 13, 1:58 pm
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That sounds awesome. Wish they would do more of these - would love to attend one!
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Old May 3, 13, 2:04 pm
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Originally Posted by zerolife View Post
Just got an invite from United for touring EWR. Appears to be for being a MileagePlus Premier member. Lasts about 5 hours and there will be interactive elements to the tour.

Anyone being on one? Is it worth going considered that I'll have to shell out around $60 for taxi fare to and from the airport? Is the group size reasonably small enough for you to actually enjoy the interactive elements?

Appreciate any comments.
Where do you live that you need to take a taxi to the airport?
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Old May 3, 13, 2:19 pm
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They're very cool events. I would highly encourage you to go. Past events have included a plane pull, trying out deicing vehicles, marshaling/wing walking planes, etc.
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Old May 3, 13, 2:32 pm
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Originally Posted by aacharya View Post
Where do you live that you need to take a taxi to the airport?
Jersey City which is actually fairly close to EWR but as far as I know the best way to the airport is car service / taxi. Train will take multiple connections and there aren't any bus services (unless you travel into Manhattan first).
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Originally Posted by zerolife View Post
Jersey City which is actually fairly close to EWR but as far as I know the best way to the airport is car service / taxi. Train will take multiple connections and there aren't any bus services (unless you travel into Manhattan first).
Path to Newark Penn and then a train to EWR?
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Old May 3, 13, 3:04 pm
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Originally Posted by dmurphynj View Post
Path to Newark Penn and then a train to EWR?
^ Very easy way of getting to EWR from Jersey City - have done it dozens of times. Or if you don't want to get the train from Penn, take a regular Newark cab from outside the station, takes a few minutes to get to the airport.
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Originally Posted by dmurphynj View Post
Path to Newark Penn and then a train to EWR?
By far the easiest (and cheapest) way from JC to EWR. In fact, did it this Sunday.
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Old May 3, 13, 4:11 pm
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I did the tour at IAH a few months ago. It was worth it. Went to IAH operations control room, bag room, ramp control tower, unloaded bags, drove tugs and jet bridges. All employees were very glad to spend the morning with us and answer questions.
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Old May 3, 13, 4:20 pm
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Originally Posted by emcampbe View Post
By far the easiest (and cheapest) way from JC to EWR. In fact, did it this Sunday.
For the the biggest city in NJ outside of Newark - to claim no good public transportation when there is a direct train as well...

http://www.destinationjerseycity.com...international/
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I have done them at SJC and FLL through the united flyers community.
You spend the day servicing an aircraft, all the way through boarding and push back.
It's a great event and the people that run it are fantastic.
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Old May 3, 13, 4:32 pm
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thanks guys about the routing to EWR. I checked Google Maps for the PATH/NJT routing and I would have to leave the house 1 1/2 hours in advance. I'm assume it's because NJT is running fewer trains on a Saturday morning. However, I will try to catch this route on the way back.
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How does one get on the list for these tours? Or do I use have to wait until COdbaUA reached out to me?
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Originally Posted by zerolife View Post
Jersey City which is actually fairly close to EWR but as far as I know the best way to the airport is car service / taxi. Train will take multiple connections and there aren't any bus services (unless you travel into Manhattan first).
Exchange Place/Grove Street PATH + NJ Transit #62 bus is my default.

http://www.flyerguide.com/wiki/index...sportation_FAQ

I've had two tours of ORD and one of SFO thanks to FlyerTalk Dos. Keep an eye out on this forum and/or CommunityBuzz for other chances.
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