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The registration link for the Chicago Seminars is now up and running! If you are new to the miles and points seminars, they are a great way to get some first-hand information about earning and redeeming miles and points. Not only can you learn from the speakers, but the others attendees are also often a wealth of information.
The Frequent Traveler University that will be held in April in New Jersey has been open for registration for a week or two, but as of this morning the Chicago Seminars are now also open for registration! While the Chicago Seminars aren’t until October 12 – 14th, some of the more popular sessions are likely to fill-up well in advance, so don’t delay too long if there are specific sessions you hope to attend.
Here is the agenda (subject to change):
6:30-7:20 PM Rookie Bootcamp: with Dave Homyak
7:30-8:30 Delta SkyPesos to Delta Gold: with John Nielsen OR Travel Technology with Cliff Stratton
Beginner: FF 101 Pudding Guy and Credit Cards for Newbies with Rick Ingersoll OR
Advanced: Itasoftware and Expert Flyer with Cara Kreft and Chris Lopitino
10-10:15 AM Coffee Break
10:30 to Noon
Beginner: US Airways Grand Slam with Mommy Points and Elite Status- Challenges and Fast-tracks with BikeGuy/Pudding Guy OR
Advanced: Captain Denny Flanagan Author
Noon to 1 PM Lunch
Beginners: Mileage Runs with Ben Schalippig (aka Lucky from One Mile at a Time) OR
Advanced: Transfers and Bonus Category Credit Cards with Brian Kelly (aka The Points Guy)
2:45 -3PM Coffee Break
Beginners: Award Booking with Ben Schlappig
Advanced: Moderated Airline Breakout Sessions with Geoffco (top tier status all 3 alliances)
5-6PM Meet the Speakers: Cash Bar/Hotel Lobby
6-???? Advanced: Q and A Mileage Runs and Award Booking with Ben Schalippig and Brian Kelly OR
The Cruising Crowd with Marshall Jackson (aka MJ on Travel)
8:30-10:00 AM Sponsors Workshop
10-10:15 AM Coffee Break
Beginner: Belkin (Beaubo) as a Beginner
Advanced: Hotel Breakout Session
Noon to 1:00PM Lunch
Beginner: Gift Card Churning with Frequent Miler and Shopping Mall Bonanzas with Hans Golden
Advanced: Blogger Questions and Answers
3:00-4:00PM Randy Petersen State of the Industry
While I am presenting this year, I attended last year as an attendee and really enjoyed the Seminars. You can find my review of last year’s Seminar here. There is always more to learn in the ever-changing miles and points world. I think moving toward an Advanced and Beginner track is a good move as there are attendees of all different miles and points levels. Don’t hesitate to attend these Seminars if you are new to miles and points collecting – in fact, you may get the very most out of it!
The Chicago Seminars are $85 and that includes the sessions, lunches, and coffee breaks. The host hotel has reportedly already sold-out, but you can still book a room at the over-flow hotel that does have a shuttle to the host hotel. You can get more information about the hotels and other related information on Flyertalk or Milepoint. I hope to see you at the Frequent Traveler University in April and/or the Chicago Seminars in October!
If you have attended in the past, please share your experiences. If you are considering going this year, feel free to ask questions and we’ll do the best to get you some answers.