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Frequent fliers and the 'ultimate airplane nerd event'

How’s this for a weekend getaway: You and a bunch of people charter a commercial airliner, practice emergency evacuation drills, fly to the Boeing 737 factory and the American Airlines operations center.

Fun, huh? There’s a good reason we prefer roadtripping.

But follow this link and read about 160 people who paid to take just such a getaway. One called it the “ultimate airplane nerd event.”

They are frequent fliers extraordinaire, people who take extra flights at the end of the year to ensure they have enough miles to qualify for elite status, who can brag about the luxury trips they paid for with their miles, and who know far more trivia about airplanes and airlines than most of the rest of us would even want to know. Whatever powers your engines …