Next Advanced Frequent Traveler University Conferences Announced

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The biggest Frequent Traveler University of the year just wrapped up (and I will be posting slides from my sessions in the next day or two for those interested), but as that event closed the next two events were announced and put on sale.  As was previously announced, there will not be another large FTU event with a “basic” track available in 2015, but they are offering at least two more FTU Advanced sessions offered this year.  Historically, the demand for the smaller FTU Advanced sessions is greater than for the basic sessions, so I expect these two events sell out just as previous FTU Advanced conferences have.  In other words, if you want to attend I would consider locking your tickets in ASAP.

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FTU Advanced DCA

Hyatt Regency Crystal City at DCA – August 21-23, 2015.

FTU Advanced DFW

Hyatt Regency DFW – September 25-27, 2015.

Tickets are $249 for each event and rooms at the host hotels are $99 on the group rate.  I don’t personally participate in the FTU Advanced sessions as I much prefer covering topics geared for a more general audience, but the guys that do present at these events know their stuff.

From the FTU website

FTU Advanced features a small-group setting, allowing our experts to go far beyond the basics, and Q&A sessions with each speaker will give all participants an opportunity to engage at a high level to discuss complex issues and address your most difficult questions.

Topics will include the following general areas:

— Award Booking on American Airlines
— Award Booking on United Airlines
— Award Booking on Other Airlines (Delta, Alaska, Avios, etc.)
— Using KVS Tool & Expert Flyer to Search for Fares and Availability (fare construction)
— Maximize your spending (beyond Bluebird)
— Maximizing Hotel Loyalty Programs and Promotions
— Visas, OTAs, Car Rentals, ATMs, and More Tips for International Travel
— Advanced booking techniques for revenue tickets

Confirmed speakers include (each event varies slightly, so check the schedule for your specific event*)

– Julian Kheel (Devil’s Advocate)
– Matthew Klint (Live and Let’s Fly)
– Stefan Krasowski (Rapid Travel Chai)
– Tahsir Ahsan (Bengali Miles Guru)
– Scott Mackenzie (Travel Codex)
– Greg Davis-Kean (Frequent Miler)

What’s included?

Your ticket gives you access to all sessions and social events, including a 90 minute open bar cocktail reception on Friday night, and a three-course lunch on both Saturday and Sunday.  All attendees will have internet access in the conference rooms and we encourage you to bring your laptop or tablet along.

Thanks again to everyone who came out to the FTU sessions that are just now wrapping up in Dallas, and I hope some of you are able to enjoy the next two events!

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  1. Do most people attend with their SO? Just wondering if I would feel out of place attending solo. I have never attended one before but have wanted to for a couple of years. My husband isn’t as into it as I am, even though I can get him to apply for 5-7 cards per year. :).

    • @Christine: I’ve been to many FTU events, and I can tell you that most people do NOT attend with their SO. There are some couples, but most of us travel hacking enthusiasts do not have an SO that is equally interested.

      • Totally agree with Chris. There are some couples that attend together, but most do not seem to attend with their partner. Rare is it that a family has two equally nutty travel folks. 😉

  2. Just got back from Dallas and went solo. Although my SO is just as crazy as I am about this stuff, someone had to watch the kids. I met a lot of people that were there alone and everybody was so friendly! You’ll have a great time talking with other like minded crazy people!

    • If you read the blogs and if you can not get in the advance course do not waste your money going to beginners class you will already know the stuff. It is good to do networking with other people and you can learn a lot from them.

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