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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
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!