Face to faces meetings are a really great idea. But let me give you my 2 cents about this :
Most self-employed contractors, like me, need to pay for the travel and expenses. Which it's fine, I do not expect RedHat to pay for this ;o) But on top of that, we need to take a few days off work, which increases the amount of the bill. In this case, Wednesday/Thursday which are in the middle of the week (and leaves Friday off (another day without billing), or returning to work (which is a bit rough).
Why not having those meetings on Friday/Saturday ? Contractors would only loose a day of work, and can enjoy the week-end by relaxing on Sunday.
What do you all think ?