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This October I’ll be speaking at the seminar for frequent flyers in Chicago with a bunch of other experts in the field. There are spots for 550 people and as of today, 400 seats are sold. If you want to learn more about miles and points – whether it’s credit card churning, mileage running or just general tips and tricks of the masters, I highly recommend you attend. Registration link. I have no financial affiliation with the seminar and the $75 registration costs goes towards running the event and anything left over is donated to charity.

My specific seminar is on American Express Membership Rewards points and how to maximize them. I’ll also be available during the breakout sessions, and I plan on hanging around for most of the weekend and having a small get together with TPG readers (pending interest). Full schedule:

Friday October 28th
Early Bird Specials 7-8PM
“Maximizing Delta miles and Delta award tickets – from SkyPesos to SkyGold” with Fti and ffi or
“Technology Skills You Need To Know” with Dlouise37

Saturday October 29
8-9am Breakfast
9AM to 9:45 “Rookie Bootcamp” with Bikeguy
9:45 AM to 10 AM Coffee Break
10AM to 11:45 “Award Bookings” with Gary Leff from View from the Wing or “Hyatt and Priority Club” with Ben from One Mile at a Time.
11:45 to 1:00Pm Lunch
1PM to 2:45 Priceline Bidding, Expedia Best Rate Guarantee and Timeshare tips with GoMike or Lucky, Starwood Preferred Guest and United Captain Denny Flanagan
2:45PM to 3PM Coffee Break
3PM to 5PM “Mileage Runs” with Lucky9876Coins or “Credit Cards and Amex Membership Rewards” with Frugal Travel Guy and Brian Kelly The Points Guy
5PM to 6PM Breakout Session for “Mileage Runs with Hands on Workshop” or “Meet the Speakers”
8:30PM to 10PM “Costumes and Cocktails”

Sunday October 30th
8AM to 9 AM Breakfast
9AM to 10:45 Sponsors Workshop
10:45 to 11AM Coffee Break
11AM to 12:45 “Pudding and Pickles” or Moderated Breakout Sessions on AA, DL, CO/UA, US, SPG, Hilton, Marriott, Priority Club
12:45PM to 2PM Lunch
2PM to 4PM “Cherry Pickin’ with Beaubo and the BOSS (Randy Petersen)”

It will be a good time for sure. Registration is only $75 and can be paid with a points earning credit card (obviously!).

If you’ve already registered and would like to meet up with me for a small breakaway, comment on this post so I can get an idea of how many people. I’ll be reaching out before the event with exact details.

I will be staying in downtown Chicago and driving to the events (because I am visiting friends/family as well), but if you want a cheap place close to the event, organizers recommend:

Holiday Day Inn Rosemont/O’Hare
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The Platinum Card® from American Express

While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.

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  • Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 a year for baggage fees and more at one airline. Terms Apply.
  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations worldwide. Terms Apply.
  • Enroll to enjoy the benefits of complimentary Hilton HHonors™ Gold Status with your Platinum Card.®
  • No interest charges because you pay your balance in full each month.
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