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Other than the (almost) free travel, one of my favorite perks of the miles and points world is getting to connect with others who share this same hobby. A great way to do that in-person is at many of the frequent flyer events. There are Mega Dos (big organized and sponsored events), Mini Dos (small and informal events), and in-person miles and points seminars.
If you want to come to an in-person miles and points seminar, then two new events were just announced for you to choose from! They are put on by different groups, but many (though not all) of the speakers do overlap. I am excited to be presenting at both of these events, and would love to see some of you there!
Dates: September 27 – 29th
Location: Grand Hyatt Tampa
What’s included: Friday evening cocktail and canapes reception, all Saturday and Sunday events, plus lunch on both weekend days. The event is priced to cover event costs, but leftover funds will be donated to charity.
Speakers: Very initial stages, but confirmed speakers are Gary Leff (View From the Wing), Lucky (One Mile at a Time), Brian Kelly (The Points Guy), and myself. More will be confirmed in the coming weeks – probably after the April FTU in the DC area (which is sold out).
Tickets are available for purchase here:
Tickets are non-refundable, but are transferable. There will be a group rate for the hotel made available in the coming days. That link will also offer double Gold Passport points!
Dates: October 11-13th
Location: Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village in Chicago
What’s included: Lunch and coffee breaks each day and a Saturday evening cocktail reception as well all of the sessions.
Brian Kelly, The Points Guy
Ben Schlappig, One Mile at a Time
Summer, Mommy Points
Daraius Dubash, Million Mile Secrets
Greg, Frequent Miler
Rene, Delta Points
Captain Denny Flanagan
Stefan, Rapid Travel Chai
Steve Belkin, “Beaubo the Contrarian”
Hans Mast of Shopping Portal Fame
Marshall Jackson on Cruising
John Nielson on Three Trips for Two
Bikeguy with Rookie Bootcamp
Howie Rappaport with Managing Family accounts
Cara Kretz ITASoftware by Google
John Lopinto of ExpertFlyer
Cliff Stratton with Computer Help for all
Rick Ingersoll the Frugal Travel Guy
The registration link for this event will be live very soon (a day or two). The host hotel is $79 single or $89 double including one or two breakfast coupons per day with the rate. The overflow hotel will be the Holiday Inn O’Hare and shuttle service will be provided. Registration will be transferable this year.
Host Hotel link: http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/…?groupCode=CSH
And code CHS for reservations
Overflow Hotel: The Holiday Inn O’Hare
Link without breakfast http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/…?groupCode=CI1
Use Code CI1
Holiday Inn O’Hare with breakfasthttp://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/…?groupCode=CI2
Use Code CI2
I am also helping to host an event for the spouses/significant others of miles and points addicts at Chicago Seminars. The spouses put up with a lot of our craziness, and they deserve something just for them. Think wine, cheese, appetizers, and some basic discussion about miles and points. We haven’t firmed up the details of that yet, but it should be a good time! So, if you are bringing a partner along for the ride in October then stay tuned for details about that event.
Unless you are just really into the social aspect of it all (and some are!), I don’t necessarily recommend attending both the Tampa and Chicago event. Being that close to each other, I imagine the info presented won’t be dramatically different. I would pick the destination and dates that work better for you and then let that guide your decision. Both events are a little different, but do have similar content. I personally really enjoy both, and am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting new friends in Tampa and Chicago!
Are you planning to attend either event?!