Win One of Twenty Remaining Tickets to the Frequent Traveler University!

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For a while now I have been meaning to see about giving away a ticket to the Frequent Traveler University that will be held April 27th – 29th in New Jersey, but when I saw Million Mile Secrets post yesterday about giving away tickets to the Randy Peterson Travel Executive Summit that happens the day before the FTU, I remembered that it is time to put the plan to giveaway a FTU ticket into action, as time is running out.  (Well, that in one of my best friends who I just got hooked in the miles and points game emailed me and wanted to know if she should go to the FTU – um, yes!)  So, I just checked with one of the organizers this morning (aka Pizzaman from Milepoint) and he confirmed that only about 20 tickets remain for the FTU.  So, here is your chance to win one of the last 20 tickets to the event.

If you want to know what the FTU is all about, check out this post for the sessions, times, location, etc.  Or better yet, go to the official Milepoint thread that contains all the info!  I will be doing one session on Family Travel and co-presenting in another session with The Points Guy about rewards credit cards.  Family travel and credit cards – two of my favorite topics, can’t wait!  There will be tons of other great sessions as well from very knowledgeable folks including Gary Leff from View From the Wing, Daraius from Million Mile Secrets, Randy Peterson – the godfather of all things miles and points, and more.

Since I mentioned the Randy Peterson Executive Travel Summit, I want to tell you a little more about that since I haven’t mentioned it previously. Here is the agenda for the day, taken from the official website.

WHEN: 9:30 am – 11:00 am
TOPIC: Cash, Credit or Miles — Miles As an Emerging Payment Currency

Surely the topic has been bantered around for years that miles would become a form of currency and that practice just never materialized. Considering that years ago American Express introduced Pay With Points, then Points.com introduced an option of conversion of miles into PayPal credit just over a year ago and the recent introduction of PointsPay by Loylogic and what seems an aggressive entry into the space by the not-yet-launched Swift Exchange, it does seem that 2012 may yield the real turning point for this long bantered topic to become more realistic than ever. But it’s a complicated and deep topic and the thought leaders on the topic are geared for creating interesting dialogue as the topic has all the marks of being a true turning point for the industry.

[participants: American Express, Points.com, Loylogic, Swift Exchange]

WHEN: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Brunch

WHEN: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
TOPIC: Inventing the Present and the Future: What Makes Hotel Loyalty Programs Tick

Last year the dialogue was among leaders in major airline frequent flyer schemes. This year it’s equal time for the hotel sector and this session will feature an unprecedented ten executives from leading hotel programs from around the world talk about why they not only compete against themselves, but frequent flyer programs as well. Also, why hotel programs may be better suited for spinoffs than airline programs and the magic formula’s that determine hotel award categories and will hotel loyalty programs ever default to revenue-based redemption since they already exist on revenue-based accrual. Never before has this many hotel loyalty executives ever been on a single panel and you will not want to miss this meeting of their minds.

[participants: Marriott, Starwood, Hyatt, Choice, Best Western, IHG, Wyndham, Hilton, Carlson, Accor, Taj Hotels]

As a reminder, proceeds from this event go to support various charities so your time and participation does have great value to not only those attending, but also those who will benefit from generosity of the event.

The cost is $99, but as it says, the proceeds support various charities, so it is money well spent on several fronts.  Of course,  you could always just try your hand at winning a ticket courtesy of Million Mile Secrets.  I bought my ticket yesterday, and hope to see you at the Executive Travel Summit if you want to learn some first-hand information from the major players in the industry.

Okay, back to the FTU and your chance to win a free ticket.  All you need to do is post a comment on this post stating why you want to go to the FTU.  It can be what you hope to learn, what you hope to do while you are there, how many free drinks you hope to get, whatever.  The winner will receive one free ticket to the FTU.  This does not include lodging, transportation, or any of that other good stuff.  It also does not include admission to the Executive Summit that is mentioned in this post (go to Million Mile Secrets to try to win tickets for that).  You can also try to win a ticket to the Freddy Awards the day before the Executive Summit by entering The Points Guy’s contest!  If you already have a ticket to the FTU, winning here does not score you a refund, it just scores you a chance to bring a friend for free!  One entry per person, and the contest ends on tomorrow, Friday at 11:59PM Central.  The winner will be announced on Saturday.  Good luck!

 

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  1. […] If you want to go to the Frequent Traveler University but haven’t purchased your ticket yet, you should know that there are less than 20 tickets left. You are in luck, however, because Mommy Points is giving away one of the last 20 tickets to one of her readers. I already have my ticket and would love to see some of my readers there, so if you can make it to New Jersey for the event, make sure to enter this contest right away. It ends tonight at midnight. Details HERE. […]

Comments

  1. At FTU, I’d like to better understand fuel dumps as well as develop a credit card churning strategy. Thanks for a great blog!

  2. If selected, I will represent my Fraternity well by drinking more free drinks than anyone in the history of the conference; responsibly of course. More seriously, I am a student at the University of Cincinnati, and am currently forming a credit card club for next year, with thousands of students interested. The experience and knowledge gained at the conference would be awesome to share to the organization, and I would continue to bring lots of students to conferences like FTU in the future.

  3. I have done well accumulating points and miles on my own, but I am ready to take it to the next level. I want to become a points and miles expert to get even more travel benefits for me and my family and friends!

  4. I hope to learn how to maximize point earning and maximize redemption values. By learning to maximize both I can better advocate to my family and friends how to achieve our travel dreams while giving back to the community that has helped me.

  5. I want an excuse to take a transcon flight AND see how many free drinks I can get! And to learn more about earning miles and points, too.

  6. I want to meet other people who like traveling and earning miles so I don’t feel so crazy for doing this kind of stuff

  7. I have been following all the bloggers of BoardingArea and the like religiously for months now, and it would be such an honor to finally meet all these people face-to-face and chat with them personally about the miles game.

  8. I am going to Italy in the summer and I need help getting some more points to get some free hotels. Already booked the free business class tickets:)

  9. I’m really interested in meeting and learning from other points junkies like me, who are obsessed with travel as a means to enjoy life while the deals last ;).

  10. I’m taking my family (mother, two sisters, husband and son) to Mexico (PVR) in the Fall and want to learn how to maximize our points to cover our airfare!

  11. I went last year, when I was a newbie to the whole frequent traveler universe, but I’m pretty introverted so I didn’t make a great effort to meet people. :-) I’m also in a better position to churn CCs and fly more often so it’d be great to build on all I’ve learned it the past year on FT & MP.

  12. I’ll be paying for my flight with an Avios short haul award and my hotel stay with SPG points and I want to know the fastest way to earn them back!

  13. I want to figure out stopovers and open jaw trips so that I can visit my children in Rome, Barcelona and Kenya for as little as possible.

  14. I missed Mommy Points so much :) after the SMD 3 and I want to see you again.

    With the Million Mile Secrets’s ticket to the Randy Peterson Travel Executive Summit + your FTU ticket, Flamingo will definitely attend this FTU this year — just reserved the hotel & car. Will wait for the results to book the air ticket.

  15. So many reasons to get excited about going! I want to learn more about earning points & miles, hear the latest offers and secrets, and meet others who enjoy this! I’m new and looking to enjoy myself.

  16. Everybody focuses on how to earn big points. I’d like to become better at REDEEMING them. I want to find availability where others don’t, and minimize the close-in fees, and know which FF program points are probably best for each routes. Heck, I only learned last week that AA and US have extra super-saver awards on certain routes–how does one keep all these things straight? Anyway, I think redemption is an under-blogged topic, and I’d most like to learn how the big-milers leverage their points to the max. Thanks.

  17. I agree with post #31. Though I still need to learn more about earning points and churning properly, I would love to learn some secrets on redeeming them.

  18. Would be awesome to attend! Great opportunity to get high you’d information on maximizing point transfers, mileage bonuses, and mileage runs!!

  19. I already have my ticket, but I would love to bring along a buddy of mine who is just starting to learn about miles and points. He wasn’t sure he wanted to spend the money to go, but if I could get him a free ticket, he would learn a ton! I am also mentioning this on my blog this afternoon, so hopefully you will get a few more entries from that.

  20. I’d love to learn more from the panelists and meet MommyPoints! I’m trying to plan a reunion with my sister’s family (3 kids) and brother’s family (2 kids) and me and my husband (no kids). I’ve got a lot to learn about traveling with families!

  21. I want to go to meet YOU and other bloggers that I’ve come to love! And learn more about traveling more for less in a better seat!

  22. The thrill of earning new points feels like running through Willy Wonka’s candy room with a rather large purse, and stuffing as much free candy into my bag as possible, and carrying around a heavy bag for the rest of the day, knowing full well it is worth it. :)

  23. Hey everyone,

    I have two extra tickets to the event next weekend. I’m looking to transfer them to $75 a piece. Please let me know if you are interested.

    Thanks!

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