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As I said in a previous post earlier this month, I’ll be speaking at three upcoming events about maximizing miles and points, and on the nominations committee of The Freddies, so I wanted to personally invite TPG readers to each. I really enjoy meeting readers in person, and I could use your support, so please consider attending any or all of these events. There are a few updates about times and registration, so please read carefully to make sure you can attend any/all that you are interested in.
Chicago Frequent Flyer Seminars: Registration and ticket sales have opened up for the 2012 Chicago Seminars, which will take place October 12-14. I’m co-hosting the event with fellow blogger and friend Rick a.k.a The Frugal Travel Guy and it’s sure to be a great weekend filled with over 500 mileage enthusiasts. You can check out this FlyerTalk thread for more details, and I’ll be giving a talk on Transfers and Bonus Category Credit Cards on that Saturday afternoon. Tickets sell out fast, so be sure to get yours soon. In the meantime, here is the preliminary schedule:
Friday 6:30-7:20 PM Rookie Bootcamp: with Dave Homyak
7:30-8:30 Delta SkyPesos to Delta Gold: with John Nielsen OR
Travel Technology with Cliff Stratton
Saturday 7-8:15 Breakfast
Beginner: FF 101 Pudding Guy and Credit Cards
for Newbies with Rick Ingersoll OR
Advanced: Itasoftware and Expert Flyer with
Cara Kreft and Chris Lopinto
10-10:15 AM Coffee Break
10:30 to Noon
Beginner: US Airways Grand Slam with Mommy
Points and Elite Status- Challenges and Fasttracks
with BikeGuy/Pudding Guy OR
Advanced: Captain Denny Flanagan Author
Noon to 1 PM Lunch
Beginners: Mileage Runs with Ben Schalippig OR
Advanced: Transfers and Bonus Category Credit
Cards with Brian Kelly
2:45 -3PM Coffee Break
Beginners: Award Booking with Ben Schlappig
Advanced: Moderated Airline Breakout Sessions
with Geoffco (top tier status all 3 alliances)
5-6PM Meet the Speakers: Cash Bar/Hotel Lobby
6-???? Advanced: Q and A Mileage Runs and Award
Booking with Ben Schalippig and Brian Kelly OR
The Cruising Crowd with Marshall Jackson
Sunday October 14
Sunday 7-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-10 AM Sponsors Workshop
10-10:15 AM Coffee Break
Beginner: Belkin (Beaubo) as a Beginner
Advanced: Hotel Breakout Session
Noon to 1PM Lunch
Beginner: Gift Card Churning with Frequent Miler
and Shopping Mall Bonanzas with Hans Golden
Advanced: Blogger Questions and Answers
3-4PM Randy Petersen State of the Industry
This weekend is the New York Times Travel Show: Sunday March 4, 2012. Jacob Javits Center. My talk will be in Seminar Room 1 from 1.30-2:15pm on Sunday March 4th. Tickets are $15 ($5 off if you use an Amex card) and free for under 18.
Also, just a reminder to vote in The Freddie Awards. The ceremony itself will be held Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the Renaissance Newark Airport and I’ve arranged to get a table for TPG readers, so get ready for some ticket giveaways. You can cast your vote HERE.
Registration is open for Frequent Traveler University . Following the Freddies, from Friday-Sunday, April 27-29, 2012, there will be workshops on miles and points by the top experts and many chances to meet representatives from airline and hotel programs. You can find the details here on Milepoint and purchase your tickets here. With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.
With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.