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.
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:
- Southwest – You can earn Southwest points from their credit card sign-up bonuses. And Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Southwest. Plus, if you have the Southwest Companion Pass, a friend can fly with you for (almost) free!
- American Airlines – Check out my list of all the ways to earn American Airlines miles. And if you need help booking your flight, see my series on booking American Airlines award flights like a pro.
- United Airlines – There are also lots of ways to earn United Airlines miles. This includes transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points to United Airlines. Check out my post on how to use United Airlines miles for tips on how to book your award flight
- British Airways – You can save miles by using British Airways Avios points to book short distance award flights on American Airlines. Chase Ultimate Rewards points , American Express Membership Rewards points, and Starwood Preferred Guest points transfer to British Airways.
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!
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:
|Hotels||Points Needed||Ways 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 night||• All 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 night||• American 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
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.
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!