The Best Presentation at Frequent Traveler University Wasn’t Mine!

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The Best Presentation at Frequent Traveler University Wasn’t Mine!

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Emily and I were at Frequent Traveler University over the weekend. We had a wonderful time chatting with readers and everyone who stopped by the Million Mile Secrets table!

The Million Mile Secrets Table
The Million Mile Secrets Table

This was the largest Frequent Traveler University ever and it went off very smoothly!  A big thank you to the organizers and everyone who helped make it a success!

Mommy Points and I presented an “Introduction to Miles & Points” in the morning.  I’ve presented similar versions of the presentation at previous conferences, so you shouldn’t attend the session if you’ve heard the presentation before.

It is very important to think about YOUR goals (not some random blogger’s goals!) and to set your ethical limits and time spent on the hobby before you dive in.  Miles and Points will consume you, so it is best to plan out what makes sense before you start collecting miles and points.

Here’s the Introduction to Miles & Points presentation.

Later, I gave a similar introduction to the (very) basics of miles and points credit cards.

Here’s the Introduction to Miles & Points Credit Cards presentation.

I didn’t attend all the sessions, but my favorite session was Rapid Travel Chai’s presentation on international travel.  Many middle aged men dream of sleek convertibles and boats, but I dream about traveling the world one weekend at a time!

Rapid Traveling
Rapid Traveling

If you’ve attended any miles and points conferences you may find this post by Points Summary funny!

And if you missed Frequent Traveler University, there will be another one in Tampa at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa, Florida from September 27 to September 29, 2013.  Tickets are available for $100, and rooms at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa start at $119 plus ~$15 in taxes.

And 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

Not only will you get some swag, but also the chance to yuk it up with like minded folks!

Conference Swag
Conference Swag

Emily and I look forward to seeing you at one of these events!

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Slide number 20 of your presentation should say “priceless” instead of $5,000.00!

By the way, I love your blog.

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@Kams – Pigtails are a special treat for me! And they are rationed out depending on how good I’ve been.

@Karim W
– That is very true!

This could be a stupid question 🙂

Does Emily adjust her hairstyle on the presentation days to suit the girl in the logo (or may be, viceversa).

I am just randomly noticing that this hair-do is exclusive to presentations? 🙂

Hi Darius

Are there groups or education sessions that teach how to create flight itinieries that reduce the excessive fuel charges for international travel? I have read about this but do not understand the process.

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@Greg – You can google “fuel dumps” and go through the threads on FlyerTalk and MilePoint.

@Robert Hanson, @ABC – I originally had nothing in the presentation about me, and then I decided that without introducing myself the rest would have no context. I enjoy the way I travel. I would enjoy even more to have more time, but I still would challenge myself on tight itineraries and physically taxing trips because that is what excites me. I took that trip to UAE because the fares were fairly low due to Ramadan and I wanted to see UAE. I already had earned my elite status for the next year and that did not figure, and for that matter have never taken a mileage run which does not make sense for me as a use of time. I have vivid memories of all 7 Emirates, and that is what I wanted.

I wrote the presentation to be applicable to international travel at any speed, highlighting tips and destinations. I do not think it is good to lay out every word on PowerPoint slides since they get too busy, but of course much is lost in context. I made clear in the presentation that all kinds of trips and speed can work, arguing that travelers seek out what is really unique in a place, for instance, not just any old beach but a really spectacular beach. Hopefully you got something useful from the slides beyond the biography.

goals^n^dreams

Love your power point! How can I download your power point? I would like to save it in my comp.

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@Jorge – Whichever works better for your schedule and is easier to get to. I’ll be at both!

@Lively – I’ll pass that along to the organizer.

@goals^n^dreams – Email me and I’ll send you a copy.

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