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In just over two weeks, Team TPG and I will be heading to Illinois for the 2014 Chicago Seminars! These events will be taking place at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village near Chicago O’Hare Airport from Friday, October 17-19.

I will be presenting once again at the Chicago Seminars.

This will be my third year co-hosting this event with my good friend Rick Ingersoll. known as The Frugal Travel GuyOver 500 frequent-flyer enthusiasts will be in attendance, engaging in several informative sessions for both beginner and advanced mileage junkies. At 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, I’ll personally be speaking on the subject of maximizing credit cards, then hosting a cocktail reception that same night. A full schedule of events is currently available on Flyertalk.

I have five tickets to give away to my readers! To enter, leave a comment on this post by 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 7, telling me what you hope to learn from the Chicago Seminars, and Team TPG and I will pick a winner.

The prize includes tickets to the Chicago Seminars only – winners will be responsible for transportation, accommodations, and any other expenses they may incur. Prior to entering, please ensure you are able to attend.

See you in Chicago! (photo courtesy of Shutterstock)
See you in Chicago! (photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

I always love meeting up with readers while I’m traveling, so I hope to see many of you at the Chicago Seminars – there will be plenty to learn and discuss!

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