Schedule Released for Only Frequent Traveler University in 2015

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A few times a year I pack up and head off to a frequent flyer conference to talk miles and points with anyone who wants to listen and chat.  I almost always have a great time and learn something new at those conferences.  If you like learning and chatting face to face, then one of the hardest things to do is to actually narrow down which one of these types of conferences to go to since there have been an increasing number of them in the last couple of years.

The biggest miles and points conference these days is the Frequent Traveler University. They had been hosting 2 or 3 different Frequent Traveler Universities in different cities around the country each year, but for 2015 it has been decided there will be just one main FTU.  There will still be multiple, smaller, FTU Advanced sessions this year.

FTU University Logo

However, if you are newer to the hobby, and to attending these type of conferences, your only chance to attend a regular Frequent Traveler University will be April 17th – 19th in Dallas at the Hyatt Regency DFW Airport Hotel.  The official schedule was just posted this morning, and there are still tickets available to the event for $149 for the weekend.  The ticket price includes the FTU sessions (not the FTU Advanced sessions), the cocktail reception Friday night, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

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Presenting with Ed at FTU DC in December

If you need a place to stay, the conference rate for the Hyatt Regency DFW is $99 per night.  If you would rather use points, you can burn 8,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night to stay there and save the cash.  However, at $99 a night, I’d value Hyatt points too highly to do use them in this manner unless you were points rich and cash strapped.

If you are interested in attending one of these conferences this year, I recommend checking out the schedule to see if the topics and presenters align with your interests.  They have done a good job at covering many different hotel and airline programs, types of travel, and topics related to both earning and redeeming miles and points.  I’ll be presenting in Dallas with Ed from Pizza in Motion on both “Ten Ways to Make Family Travel Cheaper and Easier” and “Getting Started with Miles and Points”.

While I think there is a lot that can be learned in the sessions, the connections you can make with other miles and points junkies at these types of events can’t be understated.  Some of the deals and opportunities I learn about are because I am on “private threads”, email lists, and other similar things with my miles and points friends.  The only way to make real miles and points friends is to get out there and say hello.  It is weird at first, but you will find you probably have a lot in common with others who share this same hobby.

I hope to see some of you in Dallas!

 

Comments

  1. Is this the only conference being offered this year? I would love to attend but my youngest son just isn’t ready for me to leave him home overnight. Thanks!

    • Jessica, it isn’t the only miles and points conference this year, but it is the only major FTU conference this year. The Chicago Seminars is in Chicago in October. There will be smaller advanced FTU conferences in different cities. There are also some other folks running their own smaller conference, but I don’t know all the details about those. I wouldn’t stress if your son isn’t ready to be left home – there will be more, just not another major FTU one in 2015.

    • Justin, well I know Chicago Seminars is in Chicago – that is closer. 😉 I’m sure one will circle back to NYC eventually, though doubt it will be NYC proper as these kinda shindigs would be priced out of meeting space I imagine. I presented at one in the Meadowlands before, so I bet NJ would be more likely than NY.

  2. Hopefully, someone took notes of the minor problems at the Arlington FTU and be more prepared in Dallas. One suggestion is having those who ask a question, get up and go to a spot near the front.

    • Organization also seemed to be lacking. One seminar that I was attending changed rooms three times. Also Basic people attended the Advanced Sessions. Just my opinion.

      • Jane, yeah I think they had a real problem with folks sneaking into advanced sessions last time so I know they planned to solve for that this time.

  3. Thanks so much for posting this info about FTU! I’ve been hoping to find something like this on a weekend when I could travel and this is it….especially since it is being held at DFW and we live in East Texas. I really enjoy reading your blog each day and look forward to meeting you in Dallas. One question – how do you determine whether you should be in basic or advanced classes?

    Donald W – Kilgore, TX

  4. I also second the suggestion of having an event around NYC. Understand that its too expensive to have it in Manhattan, but I think somewhere in nearby NJ (Jersey City, Secaucus, Newark, etc.) would work.

  5. I’m very surprised that there won’t be an FTU in conjunction with the Freddie awards this year in Atlanta. I remember talking to the organizers at the last Freddies and was told that would occur. That’s been a tradition and a treat. I was waiting for the Atlanta announcement, so didn’t plan on Dallas and can’t schedule it in.

    • Jana, I don’t know where all the FTU Advanced sessions are this year, but I did want to let folks know that Dallas will be the only regular FTU in 2015 since I know it has been the norm to have multiple. Sorry to hear you won’t be able to make it to Dallas.

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