The host hotel now has rooms available for booking using the official link! This hotel will sell out, so don’t delay if you want to stay at the host hotel. Rooms at the overflow hotel will be released once the host hotel has reached capacity.
Here is some additional info about the hotel room from The Frugal Travel Guy:
*Award Nights are not available nor are any other discounted rate. The only applicable rates are:
$79 per night plus tax includes one breakfast coupon
$89 per night plus tax includes two breakfast coupons
*Transportation is included in the room rate to/from O’Hare Airport as well as to/from our sister hotel, the Holiday Inn & Suites O’Hare
*Included in the Seminar Registration fee is lunch and coffee breaks
*Please note that the reservation must be guaranteed to a credit card and the first night is non refundable
I love to plan ahead, so I was excited yesterday when I learned the dates of the 2012 Chicago Seminars. For those who haven’t been before, the Chicago Seminars are a weekend full of sessions primarily about earning and redeeming miles and points of all shapes and sizes. I went as an attendee last year, and you can read about my experience here. I have been asked to speak at this year’s Seminar, so I will both be presenting at my session while attending a few others this time around. Rumor has it that there will be two tracks this year – a beginner track and a more advanced track. If this happens, it will be a good improvement to the seminars so that everyone can find something useful to them. Even if it doesn’t, you can still pick and choose the sessions that best meet your needs.
The Chicago Seminars will be held October 12 – 14th at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village.
Last year the registration fee was $75 and covered your admission to the events as well as your lunch both days. I do not know if that is the same amount this year, but I doubt it is far off. This is not a money making endeavor, so I know the organizers (Frugal Travel Guy and The Points Guy this year) work very hard to keep the costs as low as possible. At $75 the admission to the conference is a heck of a steal. The Frugal Travel Guy has said that the hotel rates will be the same this year as they were last year. Last year the host hotel, Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village and the overflow hotel, the Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare Rosemont , were both under $100. I believe the rates were around $80 per night. I do know that the host hotel sold out pretty quickly, so if it is important to you to stay at the host hotel don’t delay once the official booking begins in the near future.
I have received several emails from people asking if it is worth it to attend. I can tell you that I made it a priority to attend last year – and at that time I was not a speaker, and I had barely even started blogging when I signed up. I was just going to learn. I think it was worth it, and I can almost guarantee that everyone who attends will learn something either in a presentation or from another attendee, but if you are already pretty well versed in earning and redeeming miles and points, don’t expect to walk out of there with a magical code that will unlock all award seats or something like that. ;) Do expect to add a few more earning and redeeming skills to your repertoire, meet great people, and have some awesome conversations about miles, points, and travel.
I will be presenting on the US Airways Grand Slam in the beginner track, so if that is a topic you are interested in I would love to have you join in that session. The timing is actually perfect since we will hopefully by smack in the middle of the Grand Slam at that time. If it isn’t a topic you are interested in, there will be tons of other great sessions by The Points Guy, One Mile at a Time, View From the Wing, Frugal Travel Guy, and more. Some of the more popular sessions filled up in advance last year, so that is another reason to register as early as you can. That way you can make sure you get in the sessions that sound the more useful to you.
I’ll post again when the registration process is officially open. Hope to see you in October in Chicago!
Also, if you went in a previous year, feel free to share your thoughts about the seminar so that those who are considering going this year can make a good decision about whether or not they want to attend.