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Update: Many apologies for the changing info, but I was just informed the FTU launch has been delayed until 11AM Eastern tomorrow (Thursday). I wouldn’t put this sale time in ink on your calendar yet since they are still resolving technical issues on this site, but that is the new “live” target.
For some people, information just “clicks” when you hear it in person and face-to-face. If you fall into that learning style category, or if you just really want to spend a weekend talking miles, points, and travel with hundreds of other like-minded individuals in Dallas, then pay attention to this post. For everyone else, please return to your regularly scheduled holiday shopping and Fantasy Football research.
Tickets for the Frequent Traveler University that will be held April 17 – April 19, 2015, in Dallas, Texas, at the Hyatt Regency DFW are scheduled to go on sale this afternoon at 3PM Eastern. I just got back from the FTU held in Washington DC, and am looking forward to attending and presenting at an FTU in my own home state this spring!
Other speakers already announced include:
Gary Leff – View from the Wing
Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going
Ben Schlappig – One Mile at a Time
How to Book Your Own Award Tickets
Greg Davis-Kean – Frequent Miler
Maximizing Your Miles with Online Shopping Portals
Stefan Krasowski – Rapid Travel Chai
The Secrets of Renting Cars at Home and Abroad
Scott Mackenzie – Travel Codex
Search for Flights Like an Expert on ITA Matrix
It is important to note that there are two different versions of FTU that will be happening at the same time, both a regular FTU and an Advanced FTU. Some speakers overlap at both, but the discussions at the advanced versions are tailored to be more, well, advanced. The smaller advanced version will likely sell out, potentially pretty quickly. The general version does not have the same track record of selling out, so you likely have some time to think about attending that version of the conference.
If you are interested in attending, it is pretty important to appropriately categorize yourself as advanced or not before you purchase a ticket. If you go to the advanced sessions and don’t have a strong general concept of earning and redeeming miles and points then you likely will be left a bit behind in the discussion. On the flip side, if you are already pretty advanced and sign-up for the general sessions you are likely to not learn a whole lot of new information from most of the sessions.
On average, if you have been at this for a while (certainly years, but potentially months if you are very heavily into the hobby), have made some basic and even intermediate award redemptions, know the mechanics of how most of the major programs work, are aware of several award chart sweet spots, know about leveraging shopping portals, gift cards, and rewards credit cards to earn lots of miles, know about different transfer partners, are aware of airline alliances and different partners and how to book awards with them, and know some about routing rules and CPM targets, then you probably need to go to the advanced sessions. If you aren’t already relatively familiar with most of those things, then you should probably go to the general sessions. That isn’t an official or scientific breakdown, but I think it will help steer you in the right direction.
Access to the advanced sessions for the weekend, a welcome cocktail reception on Friday night, and breakfast and lunch Saturday and Sunday. In addition to more advanced topics, FTU Advanced attendees receive upgraded meal and beverage selections.
Access to the general sessions for the weekend, a welcome cocktail reception on Friday night, and breakfast and lunch Saturday and Sunday.
Rooms will be available at the Hyatt Regency DFW for conference attendees for $99+ per night.
If heading to Dallas in April is convenient for your schedule then I hope to see you there!