October Frequent Flyer Seminar in Chicago

by on May 4, 2011 · 17 comments

in American Express, Points Guy Pointers

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I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been asked to be a presenter at the 2011 Chicago Seminars, which is a grassroots organized conference on maximizing frequent miles and points. My session will be “Maximizing American Express – Choosing the right card and getting maximum value out of Membership Rewards”. I’ll be covering all of the tips on Amex and teaching all the tricks on transfer partners and the best overall ways to maximize the value of your American Express points. If you want to attend the event, the registration fee is $75 and it includes lunches and all events. If a lot of TPG readers decide to come, I may plan to have a special side event (even if its a short meet-up on the side) so let me know if you are attending. I had such a great time meeting the group at the Frequent Traveler Awards, I want to have another opportunity to do the same.

Registration link is here.

The event as a whole is a “must attend” if you are new to the frequent flyer world or even if you want to learn insider tricks to getting the most out of your miles and points.


Friday October 28th Early Bird Specials 7-8PM
“Maximizing Delta Miles and Delta Award Tickets”
“Technology Skills You Need To Know”

Saturday October 29th
9AM to 9:45AM: “Rookie Bootcamp
Coffee Break
10AM to 11:45AM: “Award Bookings” with Gary Leff
or “Hyatt and Priority Club” with Lucky
1PM to 2:45PM: “Priceline Bidding, Expedia BRG and Timeshare Tips” or
“SPG and United” with Lucky and United Captain Denny Flanagan
Coffee Break
3PM to 5PM: “Mileage Runs” or “Credit Cards” with The Frugal Travel Guy (My workshop will be somewhere in this time slot as well)
5PM to 6PM: Breakout Session for “Mileage Runs with Hands-on Workshop” orMeet the Speakers”
8:30PM to 10PM: “Costumes and Cocktails”

Sunday October 30th
9AM to 10:45AM: Sponsors Workshop
Coffee Break
11AM to 12:45PM: “Pudding and Pickles” with Mr. Pickles and The Pudding Guy or Moderated Breakout Sessions on AA, DL, CO/UA, US, SPG, Hilton, Marriott, Priority Club
2PM to 4PM: “Cherry Pickin’ ” with Beaubo and Randy Petersen

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  • gpapadop

    Will see you there!

  • toomanybooks

    Hi. Glad you are coming and we’d like to invite your readers.

    One clarification: the registration fee includes lunches, but not breakfast. Also a Halloween party Saturday night (details still under consideration). Breakfast comes along with the hotel room.


  • The Points Guy

    @Gpapa- see you there!

    @Toomany- thanks- will update the post. Its going to be a blast!

  • Glenn

    how big is this event? the registration page says the hotel block is already sold out. Are there thousands of people at this thing?

  • toomanybooks


    Limited to 550 people; we had 550 register last year and 480 showed up. Over 200 have registered already for 2011 and we are getting about 2 more a day. The main hotel is sold out but we have an overflow hotel with room, and a shuttle bus between.

    There is are threads at Flyertalk for 2010 and 2011 in “Community Buzz.” Search “Elk Grove Village.”

  • Glenn

    awesome thanks for the info. This looks like a terrific event….definitely leaning towards attending. Will there be shuttles to ORD when it is over?

  • newhousejim

    I’ll be there. I was there last year and it was a great event. I’m glad you are on board this year!

  • timeforsomecheese

    Brian – count me in! I just registered, and if you end up doing a meet up on the side, be sure to let me know.

  • Jade

    I’ll be there. I’d love to join the group as well!

  • 3LeftTurns

    Nice meeting you at the NYC programs. If you have a side meeting in Chicago – please let me know, as your plans firm up.

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  • penguin123

    Hi Brian: I have registered and will be there – If you do a special side event would you please count me in and let me know place & time. Many thanks.

  • bill flynn

    I’ve signed up for the seminar and look forward to it. I’ve learned so much from your daily writings and adventures.

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  • Chris

    looking to learn more @ chgo seminar.

  • LaneySpina

    any chance you will be speaking at the annual NY Times Travel Show in February?

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