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I have posted before about the Frequent Traveler University that will occur April 27th-29th in New Jersey at the Sheraton Meadowlands, but I wanted to give one final reminder that it isn’t too late to join in the miles and points fun!
Here are the details:
Where: Sheraton Meadowlands
When: Saturday, April 28th and Sunday April 29th with a cocktail reception on Friday the 27th for those staying at Sheraton Meadowlands.
What’s Included: General session and lunch on both Saturday and Sunday, 9am-4pm.
Rooms: $129 a night, single or double occupancy
Tentative Saturday Schedule:
9:00am – 915am: Welcome, Tommy Danielsen
9:15am – 10:30am:
Resolved: that Delta Skymiles Offer Superior Value. A
Debate Between Brian Kelly (Affirmative) and Gary Leff (Negative)
Alternate session: Introduction to miles & points –
how to get started, Daraius Dubash
10:30am – 10:45am: Break
10:45am – 12:15pm:
Award Booking: Getting the Most for Your Miles, Gary Leff
(Brian Kelly and Steve Belkin comment)
Alternate Session: Family Travel Made Easy,
tips from Mommy Points
12:15pm – 1:15pm: Lunch
1:15pm – 2:45pm: Credit Card: How the Banks Want to Send You Around the World in Business Class for Free, Brian Kelly and Mommy Points
Alternate Session: The End of Elite Status?
Why You Shouldn’t Care About Loyalty, Steve Belkin
2:45pm – 3:00pm: Break
3:00pm – 4:30pm: Mileage Confidential: Our Experts Each Share and Discuss
Tips That You Won’t Find on the Forums (and that you agree not to post),
4:30pm – 5:00pm: Concluding Remarks, Randy Petersen
Sunday Program (subject to change)
9AM-1130AM Meet and Work with the programs. Up to 6 of the major hotel and airline loyalty programs has individual programs throughout the morning. You can pick ONE hotel and ONE airline program.
We are working with United, American, Delta, US Airways and Southwest on the airline front and Hyatt, Starwood, Hilton, Priority Club and Marriott Rewards. Which ones who will attend, is TBD and will be decided by April 10th.
On April 10th, everyone who is signed up for the FTU will receive an email where you can choose which groups you want to attend. Please note: You can choose only ONE hotel and ONE airline program.
1PM-4PM The Ultimate Credit Card Showdown
Randy Petersen, Gary Leff and Brian Kelly invites each of the credit card programs to present their product while they offer their critiques.
At the end of the day, the trio will hand out the “Best Credit Card” trophy to the winner.
I am very excited to be presenting at the conference. I’ve presented at conferences for my previous day-job before, but never on the topic of miles and points, so this should be fun. I’d love to hear some topics you would like to hear about in the “Family Travel Made Easy” session. (Which by the way, I did not name, I would have called it “Family Travel Made Easier” – ha ha). So far I plan to cover some actual travel logistics and tips that make family travel easier in the airport. on the plane, in the car, and at the hotel; some gear that is helpful for young kiddos (and give some away!); discounts for flying with children on award or paid tickets on various airlines; getting reward seats for multiple persons; earning and managing points for everyone in the family; the best elite statuses for families; and more.
It should be a pretty fun session, well at least hopefully……. Let me know if you have some other topics you think would be good to include! I’m also looking forward to chatting about credit cards and bonuses with The Points Guy! Goodness knows my family wouldn’t be able to do anywhere near the amount of travel that we do without our rewards credit cards.
If you already have your ticket, I look forward to seeing you there! Please come say hi – I’d love to put some more faces to screen names. If you don’t yet have your ticket, rumor has it there are only a handful of tickets left, but there is still time to grab a ticket and join in the fun. You can also follow this thread on Milepoint for more info or to get a sneak peek at which mile and points junkies you will find at the conference.