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As a reminder, registration for the 2013 Chicago Seminars, which is in good old Elk Grove, Illinois, right outside Chicago is now almost sold out. If you still want to attend, be sure to get your ticket and hotel room as soon as possible. As I was writing this post only 28/600 tickets remained up for sale so I wanted to give one last chance for TPG readers to attend- and hang with me! I won’t be doing many other talks until the NY and LA Times travel shows in the new year.

The event will take place Friday-Sunday, October 11-13, again at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village near O’Hare. You can register here for $85 for the weekend, which includes the cost of attending, but not your accommodations or dinner. We do not make money on this event- it is a grassroots community event and all proceeds go to charity (including a big donation from the raffle sales).

There are only 25 spaces left for the Chicago Seminars Registration 2013.
There are only 25 spaces left for the Chicago Seminars Registration 2013.

The host hotel, the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village, is currently sold out, but don’t let that stop you from attending. There are a bunch of other hotels in the area including at O’Hare, so I still encourage you all to attend.

For the past two years, I have co-hosted the event along with The Frugal Travel Guy, Rick Ingersoll. This year, there will be about 600 frequent flyer enthusiasts in attendance and several informative sessions for both beginner and advanced mileage junkies, as well as some fun cocktail hours thrown into the mix.

I personally have given seminars on topics like American Express Membership Rewards and Maximizing Transferable Points and Bonus Spending Categories, as well as hosting get togethers for TPG readers.

I’ll be one of the event sponsors again and plan to give another presentation alongside prolific blogger Nomadic Matt, plus there will be lots of TPG prizes and specials as well, so stay tuned for more news closer to the event and I hope to see many of my readers there.

Seminar Schedule (May change)

Friday 6:30 -7:20PM
Rookie Bootcamp with Bikeguy or
International Bootcamp with Stefan from Rapid Travel Chai7:30- 8:30
SkyPesos to Delta Gold with FTI and Delta Points
Computer Tips and Tricks with Cliff Straton
Managing Family Accounts with HowieSaturday 8:30- 10 AM
Beginner Kickoff with Daraius MMS and Mommy Points
Advanced Shopping Portals with Hans Mast10-10:15 Coffee Break10:15- Noon
Beginner: Mileage Runs with Ben (Lucky)
Advanced: Mad Scientist Greg our Frequent MilerNoon to 1 PM Lunch1-2PM
Beginner Credit Cards with Rick FTG
Advanced Rental Cars with Daraius MMS and Stefan2-3:45PM
Beginner: Customer Service with Capt Denny
Advanced: Credit Card Strategies with the Points Guy
Cruising with Marshall Jackson
Hands on Award Booking with Ben (Lucky)

3:45- 4PM Coffee Break

4:00 to 5:45
Beginner: Award Booking with Ben (Lucky)
Advanced: ITA & ExpertFlyer with Stavros M and Chris L.
Amtrak Awards with Bikeguy and Goofy Foot
Spouses Reception with Mommy Points

7 or 7:30 PM til ??? Cocktail Reception

Sunday 8:30 – 10:30 AM Sponsors Workshop

10:30 – 11 AM Charity Raffle (Thanks Again Sharon)

11-12:30 Beginner: Using Hotwire and Priceline with Stefan
Advanced: Is the Mileage Game Just About Over? Steve Belkin the Contrarian

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3PM Hotel and Airline Breakout Sessions in all four rooms
Group leaders: AA/US-ThePointsGuy and Stacey VGP, Delta-fti and Delta Points, UA-TBD, SW and others-Bonnie FTLawyer, SPG-Mrpickles, Hilton-TBD, Hyatt-Geoff Cardwatchdog, Priority Club-TCflygirl, Marriott-Sharon Skiadcock

3-3:15 PM Coffee Break

3:15 to 4PM Full Room “Two Styles of Using Miles”
NomadicMatt on hostels, couch surfing and coach vs
ThePointsGuy on high end, high priced and high living

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