Next Frequent Traveler University in Seattle April 25-27

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If you have an interest in hearing about and/or talking about miles and points in person, then you might be interested in attending the Frequent Traveler University that will be held in Seattle from April 25th – April 27th.  These type of events typically happen a couple of times a year, and often move around the country to different locations.  This gives people local to a certain part of the country the chance to attend without having to go too far (or gives those who want to travel across the country a good reason to do so).

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The exact schedule will be finalized I’m sure as the date gets closer, but there are usually at least two different sessions to choose from for most of the conference so you can tailor the event to what you are interested in.  You don’t have to choose what session you want to attend in advance.  Lunches are included in the cost of attendance, as is the cocktail hour on Friday night.  The sessions typically seem to run most of the day on Saturday and Sunday.  How much you learn in the sessions will often be directly tied to how long you have been involved with miles and points.  If you have been at this for a while, then you are more likely to learn the real gems in the informal lunch and break-time discussions with other attendees as the sessions are typically geared for beginner to intermediate points enthusiasts.

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As was posted on Milepoint,

They are still confirming all the speakers, but some that are already confirmed to be there are Gary from View From the Wing, Ben from One Mile at a Time, Greg from Frequent Miler, Ed from Pizza in Motion, and me.

They plan to cap attendees at a little over 400 in order to keep the event from feeling “too big”.  I’m looking forward to attending the Seattle FTU and hope to see a few of you there!

Comments

  1. Andrew and Joey, I hope Scott is able to be a part of it as well, however I know nothing more about who will be able to make it beyond what was officially posted. Lots of speakers are usually added beyond the initial few, so hopefully it will all work out.
    Jason, awesome!
    Stephen, very similar. There are some speakers that are usually a little different and they are run by different people, but function quite similarly. I would pick the one most convenient for you if you are trying to decide between the two.

    • It’s also very very practical for those flying in and out. Of course people who want a more authentic Seattle experience can stay wherever they wish. Great hotels in Seattle!

  2. @ MommyPoints — what time do Sunday sessions wrap-up? IAH-SEA/SEA-IAH on Alaska doesn’t work out due to arriving too late & departing too early so probably have to do United, right? Found IAH-SEA @ 2:30-5:15 pm and SEA-IAH @ 1:30-7:47 pm.

    Anyway, never attended FTU and still not 100% sure can make it this time but bought a ticket and got a Marriott reservation. Too bad it’s not at a Starwood hotel (need to maintain SPG Platinum 😉 ).

    • Ivan, Sunday usually ends around 4 or 5 I think, but you can certainly bail earlier than that based on your schedule. I think the meat of the program is usually Saturday and Sunday AM, though that doesn’t mean there isn’t often good stuff Sunday afternoon. Just means you will probably have your fill anyway if you can’t stay until the last second. 😉

  3. @ Mommypoints — thank you for the information! I believe you are in Houston, right? If you don’t mind my asking, are you just going to take a straight-shot nonstop flight on UA or are there some MR opportunities (at least, for the outbound flight)?

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