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Daraius and I went to the Chicago Seminars, an annual miles and points event to geek out on our hobby!
The Chicago Seminars and Frequent Traveler University events bring the online community to life. I get to see old friends and make new ones!
Southwest Companion Pass
Link: Southwest Companion Pass
We used our Southwest Companion Pass to fly to the Chicago Seminars. I always love looking at my ticket and seeing that it cost only ~$6 each way!
Currently, you can get 50,000 Southwest points sign-up bonus on both the Southwest Premier (personal) and Southwest Premier (business) card after completing minimum spending requirement. The sign-up bonus counts towards earning the Companion Pass.
Mile Nerds Unite
The seminars began Friday night, but I spent the evening having dinner with my college friend, Kim. Kim has a very cute toddler son and is pregnant with another one! It was great being able to catch up with her and meet her little one. Daraius went out to hang out with his guy friends!
Early Saturday morning, I set up our booth. I covered the table with hotel swag (including a toy stuffed stingray), airline amenity kits, and souvenirs from our trips to Italy, Bora Bora, and India. I also put out a bowl of candy.
It’s fun to sit at the booth and greet the seminar attendees. Folks are always so excited to be there, it’s contagious!
Miles and Points for Beginners
While I (wo)manned the booth, Daraius spoke about miles and points for beginners with Mommy Points.
Daraius and Mommy Points had a joint session for beginners.
There was also a Q&A session at the end.
Surprise “Beer” on Tap
After the sessions, there was a performance by a comedian who was very funny. This was the 1st time a comedian performed at the Chicago Seminars, and I hope it’s not the last.
After the show, we had dinner at Shelby Campbell’s, the hotel restaurant. We ordered Doritos-encrusted Mac-n-Cheese, Bavarian Pretzels, and Wisconsin Cheese Curds appetizers. The cheese curds were the best!
We ordered drinks, including a very peculiar dark beer on tap!
On Sunday, I hung out at the booth
while Daraius did nothing. It was another fun-filled, busy day!
The Next Miles & Points Conference Is in December
If you’re interested in attending a miles and points conference, the next conference is Frequent Traveler University Washington, DC, on December 5, 2014, to December 7, 2014.
The tickets always sell out, so get your ticket early. You can buy your $149 ticket here.
If your plans change, your ticket is nonrefundable, but can be transferred by paying a $25 transfer fee.
Daraius and I will also be attending Frequent Traveler University Washington, DC, and hope to see you there!
The Chicago Seminars are a good time because you get to geek out with other miles and points nerds at miles and points seminars.
I like sitting at the Million Miles Secrets booth and greeting attendees. Folks always stop by to chat, or grab some chocolate.
We’ll be speaking again at Frequent Traveler University Washington, DC.
Hope you can make it!
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