Frequent Traveler University – Coming to the West Coast (Dec 7-9)

Well, the powers that be (don’t know who they all are – a few maybe) have decided that the cool frequent flyer event which is called the “Frequent Traveler University” is finally going to pay us West Coast addicts a visit. I’m so pumped!  As soon as the news broke on Milepoint (thread here), I had the dates inputted into my iphone.  I’ve wanted to go to one of these types of events but not bad enough that I would use to my precious miles/point resources to pay for it.  I’d rather fly to Prague or South America or be traveling somewhere really cool!  I figured it would be a matter of time and an event would come here to California which would be easy for me to attend without much cost except hotel & food expenses. The time has finally arrived.

If you don’t know what in the world is the Frequent Traveler University, I’ll tell you.  It is a weekend event with seminars on all things frequent flyer — from the nuts and bolts of mileage runs to how to go about booking awards, churning credit cards, maximizing gift cards to earn points, etc.  Everything you every wanted to know about the crazy hobby of mile and point collecting.  It’s basically where all these crazy addicts (like myself) get together, have a great time and share all great ideas around how to earn huge amounts of miles and points.  Many bloggers like myself are the speakers at this events.  I’ve never been and would much prefer to just sit back and enjoy the weekend.  I get way too nervous in front of a crowd.  I’m a big talker but not in front of large groups.

All the details of this upcoming event have not been released yet.  But what we do know is that the upcoming Frequent Traveler University will be held in Los Angeles on December 7 – 9th.  So mark your calenders!  If you are from the Central Coast of California ( San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara County) and are interested in going, I’d love to coordinate a group.  Be fun to connect as a group and maybe car pool together, etc.  Hey, maybe we should start our own little crazy addicts club.  We could call ourselves the Central Coast Frequent Flyer Addicts.  Ha! Ha!  No…..I’m actually serious, that’s the scary thing!  Anyone interested??

Well, here are the details of the Frequent Traveler University that was just held this past weekend in NYC.  This will give you an idea of what the weekend event would be like.  I’ll post details of the Los Angeles event when they become available.

FREQUENT TRAVELER UNIVERSITY

Schedule of Events

— Complimentary cocktail party on Friday night sponsored by milepoint.com

— On Saturday you will be able to learn from the best in the biz from exclusive speakers you won’t be able to hear anywhere else, including the miles guru himself, Randy Petersen and popular blogger Gary Leff! You’ll also meet the credit card Guru and super blogger The Points Guy Brian Kelly.

— On Sunday, interact with the largest frequent flyer and hotel programs in the world, including Mileage Plus, AAdvantage, SPG and Hyatt Gold Passport

— The introduction of the best credit card learning program “Credit Card Lions Den”. The credit card programs will present their most popular cards in front of everyone, then watch the worlds biggest experts on travel credit cards bloggers critique the credit cards and make the right recommendation for you! On the panel you will find Brian Kelly (The Points Guy) Gary Leff (View from the wing) and Randy Petersen.

— Complimentary, exclusive access to the 23rd Freddie Awards on April 26th will be raffled off for those attending. That’s right! 15 spots to this years prestigious awards will be drawn on March 1st, the only thing you have to do, is sign up for the FT University before this day. The Freddies is not open to the public, this will be one of very few chances to get access!

ETA:

Registration Link

Where: Sheraton Meadowlands

When: Saturday, April 28th and Sunday April 29th with a cocktail reception on Friday the 27th.

What’s Included: General session and lunch on both Saturday and Sunday, 9am-4pm.

Price: $99

Rooms: $129 a night, single or double occupancy

Friday Schedule

6PM Registration opens at the second level
630PM Welcome cocktail reception starts at the 2nd level sponsored by Milepoint.

Saturday Schedule:

9:00am – 915am: Welcome, Tommy Danielsen
9:15am – 10:30am:
Resolved: that Delta Skymiles Offer Superior Value. A
Debate Between Brian Kelly (Affirmative) and Gary Leff (Negative)

Alternate session: Introduction to miles & points
how to get started, Daraius Dubash
10:30am – 10:45am: Break
10:45am – 12:15pm:
Award Booking: Getting the Most for Your Miles, Gary Leff
(Brian Kelly and Steve Belkin comment)

Alternate Session: Family Travel Made Easy,
tips from Mommy Points
12:15pm – 1:15pm: Lunch
1:15pm – 2:45pm: Credit Card: How the Banks Want to Send You Around the World in Business Class for Free, Seth Miller, Daraius Dubash and Mommy Points

Alternate Session: The End of Elite Status?
Why You Shouldn’t Care About Loyalty, Steve Belkin
2:45pm – 3:00pm: Break
3:00pm – 4:30pm: Mileage Confidential: Our Experts Each Share and Discuss
Tips That You Won’t Find on the Forums (and that you agree not to post),
Steve/Gary/Daraius/Seth

4:30pm – 4:45pm: Concluding Remarks, Randy Petersen

Sunday Program (subject to change)

9AM-945AM Randy Petersen –What the industry is doing and they don’t want you to know

945-10AM Break

10AM United Airline’s Carlos Faxas meets the Frequent Flyers — The fun of merging two large frequent flyer programs. Q&A. Moderated by Randy Petersen and Gary Leff

1130AM Lunch

1PM-330PM The Ultimate Credit Card Showdown
(break 230-245PM)
Gary Leff, mommypoints, Steve Belkin, Deals We Like, Tommy Danielsen, Daraius Dubash and Seth Miller pitch their favourite credit cards.

Moderated by Randy Petersen

United Explorer vs. BA Visa (Mommy Points vs Gary)

Chase Sapphire Preferred vs Starwood American Express (Deals We Like vs
Steve)

Ink Bold vs. Alaska Visa (Daraius vs Gary)

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold vs. Capital One (Steve vs Tommy)

American Express Platinum vs. Ritz Carlton (Deals We Like vs Tommy)

Fidelity Amex 2% Cashback vs. Citi AA Mastercard (Seth vs Tommy)

At the end of the session, the Frequent Traveler University picks the most awesome credit card in the galaxy 2012.

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