The Charlotte DO, from an organizer's perspective, is a new experiment in a new town. Organized by some of the folks who brought you the Austin Mega DO, this is an attempt to show off a city most people have only connected in. An opportunity to explore the Queen City and see what, exactly, makes her so special. What does the future hold? No one can say for sure, but there is a high degree of probability that it will involve drinking, eating (including Carolina-style barbecue...such as it is), and other assorted shenanigans.
As for what a DO is, there's lots of definitions supplied by the community, but the simplest description is a social event where like-minded frequent travelers gather for a variety of purposes. Whatever the hell that means, the event is social in nature and safe for bringing significant others who may not be quite as into travel as you are. To that end, while miles and points are certainly topics of discussion, we don't offer any formal travel education events. We do offer the opportunity to explore the best of a city you may never have been to, and we think you'll be glad you did.
Wanna come hang out? Most participants come from the communities at InsideFlyer and FlyerTalk so those are great places to get engaged and learn what the community is all about. Then stay tuned to this site for the latest information about the next event; we hope you'll join us.
Where: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, Erf
Event Hotel: TBD
Who: Frequent Travelers
Why: That beer won't drink itself.
Charity Partner TBD
A big thank you to everyone who traveled and came out to the 2016 Charlotte DO! For an inaugural run, it was extremely successful and we raised over $500 for charity (before matching). We hope you had as much fun as we did; safe travels and we'll see everyone next time.
A couple of final notes for everyone as you prepare to make your way to Charlotte for the best weekend you've ever had (in Charlotte):
It will, at some point this weekend, probably rain. The forecast has varied wildly about the rain potential for both Friday and Saturday. Our fingers are crossed that any rain happens earlier in the day on Friday but if the forecast right now pans out, we may see a rain delay on the baseball game. If there are strong storms and the rain delay winds up canceling the game, we'll still have our private suite, food and beverage, and the Knights will accept your game ticket for any other game during the 2016 season. In any event, an umbrella is probably a good idea (especially for Friday) and plan accordingly for transit times as Charlotte drivers are no better than anywhere else when the magical moisture falls from the sky.
Headcounts and menus have been finalized with each of the events and venues we're visiting over the course of the weekend; if you would like to attend something that you did not register for, please contact us as soon as possible so we can evaluate your options. Some are more difficult than others so as much notice as possible ensures better chances for you.
We're excited to see everyone, and meet a few new faces, this weekend in Charlotte!
We're two weeks out from the inaugural Charlotte DO and we're cleaning up some final details and putting the finishing touches on the Hecklevision intro video. With those activities, we wanted everyone to be aware of several things that will make the weekend go smoother for each of you.
Firstly, each participant will receive an identification badge with your name, handle, and a lanyard when you check in at your first event. The badge will have a QR code on it that will be scanned at the entrance to each even that has a capacity control on it; this is your way into each event, so please make sure you have your badge with you for every event. If you lose it, come find one of the organizers and we'll get you taken care of.
Secondly, there are competing events going on in and around Charlotte during the weekend of Charlotte DO, so be aware and plan accordingly. Specifically, the US National Whitewater Center has a festival called Tuck Fest going on during the entire weekend. There are no additional fees required (above and beyond the normal parking fee) but there are likely to be large crowds as the festival features live music and other exhibitions. Those of us who aren't actively participating in any activities are likely to be found on the center island near the Pump House Biergarten.
In addition, OMB (site of dinner on Saturday) is holding their Louisiana Spring Fest which is essentially a crawfish boil. There will be live music and large crowds but we do have our reserved private space. Parking at both OMB and the USNWC will be in short supply and carpooling is strongly encouraged. You can utilize Facebook or the threads on InsideFlyer or FlyerTalk to find others offering or in need of rides around town.
Finally, while registrations are locked and non-refundable, there are still a few spots left for most events. The ability to register will be turned off this Wednesday, April 13. If your scheduled has changed and you would like to add and event to your existing registration, please contact us and we can set that up for you. We look forward to seeing each of you in two weeks!
After some clarifications for the baseball event, we're leaving registration open for a couple of weeks. If you were on the fence about coming or unsure of your schedule, a reprieve of the shame of not attending has been granted.
Head over to the sign up page and join us.
The registration period for the 2016 Charlotte DO is now closed which means that all registrations are now locked and non-refundable. That said, with the exception of the baseball game, registration for other events will remain open for a few more days. Reach out if you have questions about accessing an event.
Additionally, we've had a venue change for the Hecklevision event. We'll now hold it in Classroom 606 on the UNC Charlotte Center City building in Uptown. This does mean that everyone will need to make their way from the OMB event back uptown, but most everyone is already staying in that area so it shouldn't be a huge deal. To further compensate and lower the number of times people have to move around town, the Saturday evening Choose Your Own Adventure will now be held in the Uptown area as well. Check out the Events listing for the latest details.
Registration opens tomorrow at 8PM Eastern! The Events list has been updated with map links for each of the events so you can learn your way around the sometimes confusing streets of Charlotte. After the initial rush of registration has slowed down, we'll publish further details about the Choose Your Own Adventure events with specific locations and plans.
The registration process should be easy, but we encourage everyone to read the directions carefully. Once you select your events on the first page and submit, those spots are locked in unless you release them. If you have questions or issues, please feel free to contact us and we'll get you squared away.
Please also remember to input valid information such as your name, handle, and e-mail address. Per our Terms of Service, we'll never sell that information or market to you. It is used solely for registration purposes. To that end, if you register for the baseball game on Friday evening, please remember that tickets will be available at BB&T Ballpark Will Call window under the first and last name of each person that registers for that event, so having accurate information is critical.
Don't forget to set your alarms! Be ready at 8PMM Eastern tomorrow.
With registration less than two weeks away, we wanted to pass along some additions, changes, and other details that are in the works. First and foremost, we're excited to announce that we're teaming up with Frequent Flyer Giving as our charity partner for the 2016 Charlotte DO. FFG is a partner with United Airlines and raises money for the United Airlines We Care Employee Relief Fund. This is a great opportunity to help some of the folks who help move us around the world.
We've added a brunch event on Friday, April 22 that will feature special guests from United Airlines as well as a charity raffle and auction that will raise money for We Care. The event will be held at Amelie's in NoDa which is about a mile north of the Uptown area. The events listing has more details on that. A portion of the registration fee for this event will also be donated to We Care.
In other news, we (finally) have a venue secured for the Hecklevision screening of Air Force One. Absent major changes, it will be held in an auditorium on the beautiful campus of Queens University which is southeast of Uptown Charlotte. It's also not far from the dinner at OMB which is nice.
We've also changed the closing event on Sunday to a lunch at VBGB Uptown which will be a fantastic addition to the lineup. Pricing for all events, including VBGB are available and displayed below in the events section.
Please remember that there is no official hotel or group transportation as part of the 2016 event, so please make appropriate arrangements. Most events, with the exception of the US National Whitewater Center, are in or around the Uptown Charlotte area and can be easily accessed with public transit or Uber if you don't want to rent a car. Registration opens on February 24 at 8PM Eastern and will close on March 23 at 8PM Eastern, at which point all registrations become non-refundable.
Set your alarms, folks: Registration for the 2016 Charlotte DO will open at 8:00PM Eastern time on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. While this is the first time we've done registration for Charlotte DO, we're guessing it's going to be a popular event that will sell out quickly so make sure you're ready to go when registration opens to secure your spot at each event.
Registration will be open until 8:00PM on March 23, 2016 at which point all registrations become locked and non-refundable.
There are still a few details being worked out so the event schedule will see (what we hope are) minor tweaks and adjustments. We'll make updates as those are ready so that everyone is aware of the cost and details for each event. If anyone has questions, feel free to reach out.
Happy New Year and all that. We've been working diligently to get the rest of the details ironed out and are now making some of them available to everyone. We have menu details and pricing now available for all events except the brunch on Sunday because the restaurant hasn't gotten back to us yet. You can see all the details down in the Events section.
We'll let everyone know as soon as the rest of it is fleshed out (or if anything changes), as well as when registration will open (soon!).
The event schedule for the 2016 Charlotte DO has been released! You can check out all the details below in the Events section. The schedule is still tentative and there are some details still being worked out, such as specific menus for the restaurant-based events, but the main stuff is all there. We'll be making refinements and updates over the coming weeks after the holidays so be sure to check back periodically for the latest information.
Along with the schedule release, we've opened threads at InsideFlyer and Flyertalk for discussion. The group on Facebook is available as always and we've got a Twitter handle since that's what you're supposed to do or something.
We plan to open registration sometime around late January or early February. As soon as those dates are solidified, we'll let everyone know so that you can set aside time to be ready to get into all of the events. We do expect most events to sell out quickly.
We are not planning any group transportation or hotel options as part of the 2016 event, so please plan to do your research and make appropriate arrangements. As always, feel free to contact us below or through any of the avenues noted above if you have questions or need additional information.
The dates for the 2016 Charlotte DO have been announced: mark the weekend of Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24, 2016 on your calendar and plan to join us in Charlotte. We're working on the event schedule and hope to have information about the specifics later in the fall with registration opening early in 2016.
As part of the announcement, we've created a group on Facebook for the event as well as a Twitter handle since that's what all the cool kids are doing these days. We'll also start threads on MilePoint and FlyerTalk later in the fall when we have event details to share.
For now, get those vacation requests submitted. We'll post additional details as information becomes available in the coming weeks and months. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
I guess we'll have to wait and see what 2017 holds.
Last Update: February 24, 2016
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