Berkshire Hathaway Meeting 2015: Part 3 – How You Can Attend Too!

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Daraius:  One of my favorite treats is attending the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting (affectionately called “Woodstock for Capitalists”) in Omaha, Nebraska.  I went to my 1st meeting in 2007 with my good friend Mike, and I was hooked!

This year I attended the meeting with my friends Stefan, who writes Rapid Travel Chai, and Mike.

Berkshire Hathaway Meeting 2015 Part 3 - How You Can Attend Too

The Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting Isn’t Just for Wall Street Insiders

Anyone can attend, I’ll show you how!

Berkshire Hathaway Meeting 2015 Index:

How You Can Attend the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting Too!

You don’t have to be a multimillionaire who owns Berkshire Hathaway Class A shares (each share trades for ~$220,000).

Instead, you can buy the Berkshire Hathaway Class B shares for ~$145, which lets you request entry passes for up to 4 folks.

You may also be able to purchase passes on eBay and sometimes folks give them out at the event.  But I would NOT rely on these way to get into the event!

How to Get to Omaha


If you don’t live near Omaha, here’s how you can get there:

Berkshire Hathaway Meeting 2015 Part 3 - How You Can Attend Too

Here Are 4 Ways to Get British Airways Avios Points

Or save your airline miles and check sites like Google FlightsOrbitz, and Expedia for cheap flights to Omaha.

Where to Stay

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites at Omaha Airport using IHG hotel points.  The room rates were ~$200+ during the meeting weekend in Omaha.  So using 20,000 IHG hotel points per night was a money saver!

Berkshire Hathaway Meeting 2015 Part 3 - How You Can Attend Too

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Is Only a ~10 Minute Drive from the CenturyLink Center

Here’s a look at how you can earn points to stay at this hotel and a few other hotels near the CenturyLink Center in Omaha:

HotelsPoints NeededWays to Earn Points
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Omaha Airport• 20,000 IHG Rewards points per night Chase IHG Rewards

Chase Sapphire Preferred - Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to IHG, but you can get a better value by transferring to partners like United Airlines and Hyatt

Chase Ink Plus - Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to IHG, when you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus, or Ink Bold (no longer offered)

• Buy IHG Reward points for cheap with the Cash & Points trick
Hilton Garden Inn Omaha Downtown/ Old Market Area• 30,000 to 60,000 Hilton points per nightAll the ways to earn Hilton points
Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown-Old Market• 8,000 Hyatt points per night• All the ways to earn Hyatt points
Element Omaha Midtown Crossing• 7,000 Starwood points per nightAmerican Express Starwood Preferred Guest Personal

AMEX Starwood Preferred Guest Business

AMEX Membership Rewards points transfer to Starwood, but it's typically not a great deal

IHG points are great for a stay in Omaha, because they have a lot of hotels in the metro area.  Check out Hotel Hustle or AwardMapper for hotels you can book using points!

That said, the Hilton Omaha is the most convenient option.  However, this hotel is blocked for the conference, so I’ve never been able to book the 1st night with point, though I’ve stayed there on the 2nd night.

Bottom Line

I had a terrific time in Omaha soaking in the words of wisdom shared by Warren Buffett and Charles Munger, trying out the local ethnic restaurants, and catching up with my friends.

See you there next year!

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4 responses to “Berkshire Hathaway Meeting 2015: Part 3 – How You Can Attend Too!

  1. Are there many other miles/points folks who come to Omaha for the meeting? As an Omaha resident, and employee at a Berkshire company, I think there should be a meetup!

  2. I never actually thought about going to the shareholders meeting, but after reading this, I actually want to go hear Warren Buffet speak. I do own Berkshire stocks so I look forward to getting my passes for 2016 meeting.

  3. @Juno – It’s great fun! I recommend going at least once, especially since you’re already a shareholder!

  4. Buffett answers that he approved a request by Greg Abel, the executive who handles the brokerage, to use the Berkshire name, in part because Berkshire is going to lose the right to use the Prudential name over time. At both the brokerage and the car dealer chain, individual outlets will have the right to use the Berkshire name, but Berkshire can yank their rights to use it if they abuse it. It’s a bit of a carrot-and-a-stick thing to encourage good behavior.