Chicago Seminars & Frequent Traveler University

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If you’ve been collecting miles and points for more than a few years, I wouldn’t attend a miles & points conference solely to learn something new (you might learn a new trick or two), but to meet other folks who won’t roll their eyes when you talk miles and points (and share something new with you).  In my experience, the connections and conversations together with the presentations are what makes miles and points seminars great!

Wonder What's Going On Here?

Wonder What’s Going On Here?

1.  Chicago Seminars.   Via FlyerTalk, the Chicago Seminars will be from October 11 to 13, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove.  Tickets cost $85 and the hotel costs ~$79 per night.  The complete schedule is posted here.

2.   Frequent Traveler University.  Via MilePoint, Frequent Traveler University will be held at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa, Florida from September 27 to September 29, 2013.  Tickets are available for $100.

If you’re wondering which event to attend, I’d choose the event which is closer to you and which doesn’t break the bank to get to.

I’ll be sponsoring and presenting at the Chicago Seminars & Frequent Flyer University.  Emily & I look forward to meeting you there!

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22 responses to “Chicago Seminars & Frequent Traveler University

  1. I am so going this time! Only downside is looks like I’ll need to fly Delta, which I highly dislike, but I suppose I can put up with them for two hours 🙂

  2. I wish these seminars would shake up the speakers. Same people every time.

  3. Can you please post a synopsis of each talk?
    I’m local to Chicago and considering attending (would be first visit) – but would like to have more than a 4 word description of what is included in each talk. I understand the need for specific techniques not to be disclosed publicly, but these speakers should be able to provide a paragraph or two explaining their credentials and what they plan to impart.

    I for one won’t consider a ticket until this information is made available.


  4. Great point, D! The social connections made in person (and putting faces to names) can have just as much value as the presentations’ content. … See you in Chicago!

  5. Wow: I just checked the Hotel and there is no availability!

  6. How much money are you making of speaking Darius? You should be disclosing that as well. Even if your plane ticket is paid for.

    • @The Miles Professor @palmerlaw – See you there!

      @BH – You could reach out to the speakers and ask them for more details on the topics you’re interested in.

      @Theresa – Folks sure do move fast!

      @Ethics – I receive no compensation for speaking and pay for my way there.

  7. Maybe someone will be brave and post what they learn ( new info) from the meeting.

  8. If there is anyone that has:

    ONE EXTRA TICKET for this April’s FTU Event in Washington, DC…

    I would love to buy it from you if you can’t make it. If you may know of anyone that has an extra, I would appreciate forwarding my information to them. I would love to go and bring back any feedback that may help people decide whether to attend in the future.

    I can pay you immediately via paypal or whatever. [email protected]

    Thanks – John

  9. I don’t understand. Why should Darius disclose how much money he is making for speaking. That’s none of your business.

  10. I am definitely registering for the Chicago seminar this time. I am really looking forward to finally getting to meet all of these awesome bloggers and travel enthusiasts.

  11. I agree that it is irrelevant how much (if anything) Darius would be earning from speaking.

    Is it unethical for your local restaurant to “conceal” its profitability per meal? No, your only issue is whether the meal is worth its price. Their profitability is irrelevant to your decision.

    Same with Darius (though it is kind of him to disclose his [lack of] speaker fees). Our only issue is whether the wknd is worth $85. He could be paid $1 or $100,000, and it would not affect my decision one bit.

  12. I am willing to buy 2 tickets to April’s FTU event also if someone is cancelling theirs.
    I can’t make it in September or October’s event. Bummer 🙁
    Thanks a lot!

  13. We reimburse travel expenses for speakers at the Chicago Seminars, that is all. The speakers volunteer their time and talent for the good of the community. Daraius has decided to turn down the offer for travel assistance and those funds will be donated to charity.

  14. Can I bring my 3 yo to attend the seminar?

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  16. Hi! I’m attending the Tampa FTU..can you please verify if the hotel block is still working? I tried to make my hotel reservation using the passkey link provided at Milepoint, but it doesn’t seem to be working. Thanks!

  17. update- got it to work on Google Chrome browser 🙂 thanks!

  18. is anyone still looking for april ftu ticket

  19. I see the Chicago seminar is now sold out. I have an extra ticket for $85, and I am willing to pay the $20 to have it transferred to someone if they want it.

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