Two weeks ago today as part of my visit to Delta I, with help from readers and my fellow blogger MJ on Travel setup a mini DeltaDO or get together. But how does one get that many folks into a Skyclub with many of them residing in ATL and not flying?
The solution was hit upon by reader, Eric who said we could just rent a Regus conference room at a Skyclub and then all who were going to attend could get a gate pass to proceed through the TSA checkpoint.
The reason for this was many fold. First, we did not want to needlessly book fully refundable tickets on Delta that we had no intention to fly just to get past TSA (we do really like Delta after all). I was told that Delta could put our TSA Pre Check numbers or our Known Traveler Numbers into this gate pass and we could get TSA Pre for this. In reality it did not work at all. Ah well, not all that shocking that something from the TSA did not really work at all as stated.
Then we had to coordinate enough folks who were Diamonds to guest folks in; for now Diamonds still have the executive membership until 1FEB2015 so each could get two extra guests in. Many others had their own membership or got in some other way like via the Delta Reserve card or the non-Delta Platinum AMEX card. It did all work out believe it or not – much of it thanks to work from the group of readers (you all ROCK by the way)!
Then we all meet-up at Malone’s for dinner and had a grand time sharing Delta bits and travel stories and got to know one another. For those of us who love our Delta it is great to be surrounded by fellow Delta fans! It was a truly a fun day and I look forward to next time. The group suggested next year a visit to the flight museum in Seattle. I think that sounds like a blast – anyone else game to join us? – René
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