How the 0.1% Flew Last Weekend

My weekend in Omaha gave me a window ONto the ultra rich, even when I didn’t notice, such as when Bill Ackman was standing behind me while I bought Buffett and Munger rubber duckies at the Oriental Trading Company booth.

It was a big weekend for the see and be seen set, and Omaha was invaded with private jets. I chatted with various drivers and pilots about their criss-crossing the country.

The weekend circuit the most ambitious undertook:

  • Friday night NFL Draft in Chicago
  • Saturday morning Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting
  • Saturday evening Kentucky Derby
  • Saturday night fight in Vegas

I didn’t even catch all that on TV, though I was plenty happy with my plum dumpling at family-run Omaha institution Bohemian Cafe.

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  • colleen

    The best deal ever was to book an early AA flight home to FL late Sunday morning. We spent the day at OMA collecting VDB vouchers all day long, alternating between OMA-ORD and OMA-DFW connections to Florida, which were all overbooked.

  • Dom

    “How the 0.1% [Really] Flew Last Weekend”:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CECfTTQVIAA3UCI.jpg:large

    McCarran International Airport was closed to private planes on Saturday afternoon before the fight.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @collen – I tried the same with UA and got nothing, belatedly learning it is now rare with UA. Will have to try AA or DL next year, though wife may come and then it will be UA nonstop or bust. How many bumps did you get and did you eventually get our Sunday? I would have been happy to overnight in that great weather we had Sun in Omaha.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Dom – interesting, thanks for filling in the final chapter of the story, I only had informants who knew the departures from Omaha to Louisville and intention to get to Vegas, was that a last minute closure or known in advance? Quite the picture!

  • colleen

    Bumped from an AA DFW routing and an ORD one. Finally went on another Sunday DFW routing.

    We also used to book our California-Florida Christmas trips for early morning the Saturday before Christmas. Got multiple bumps on those, too. Never knew where we’d end up after DFW. Once they re-booked us through DC, so we got to see the national Christmas sights.

  • Nick

    @Dom

    Private planes were still landing at McCarran airport at 6:30 PM on saturday night.