Hello Readers,

I am hoping to see many of you at the upcoming Frequent Traveler University conference this month in Los Angeles.  I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving with my family next week.  It will be a nice little break from homeschool and then the following weekend I’m heading to LA for the event.  I would love to meet any of my readers who will be attending.  I’ve decided the easiest way to do that would be set a place and time where I’ll be and you can come find me if you like.


Saturday, December 1st @ 5:30 p.m. (Program ends at 5:00 p.m.)
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel- RENDEZVOUS LOUNGE ( “The Bar” Cocktail Lounge)

Around 6:30 ish I’ll be heading to Hermosa Beach for the evening for those who’d like to join me.

If you aren’t familiar with Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach is right next to Manhattan Beach on the water and about 6 miles (15 minutes) away from the Sheraton.  When I’m in LA, Hermosa Beach is one of my favorite places to hang out.  I grew up in a small town but I used to visit Hermosa  Beach/ Manhattan Beach a lot in my college years because it was one of my best friends hometown.  Lots of great memories!

So for those of you who’d like to join me for dinner, I’d love to spend the evening with you.  I usually travel with my kiddos & hubby but I’m traveling solo to the conference so I could use some company.  Anyway, I’m counting on you all to come and kick up your heels with me after a long day of mile & point strategizing.

I’m open to suggestions from the group that forms but here are my suggestions for dinner & entertainment.

La Playita – Awesome mexican food
Fritto Misto – Great Italian food
The Comedy & Magic Club  – Food & Entertainment

Oh…..just in case you haven’t read my “About” page.  Here is a recent pic of me so you’ll quickly spot me in the lounge!

Me in the elevator at the SLS Beverly Hills in February 2012 – Hubby’s birthday trip.  Coolest elevator ever!



Also, if anyone has a ticket to FTU and you can not attend, I have a reader who is desperately looking to buy  a ticket.  Please email me or leave a comment and I will connect you.   Of if you know anyone who has an extra ticket, please leave a comment with your email and I will contact you for details.


Event Description

The brand new and evolved FT University will be held on the weekend of November 30th through Dec 2nd at the Sheraton Gateway LAX.  The last two FTUs have been sell outs (thank you for your support!)

Highlights (all included in the low price of 99 dollars)

  • The ONLY educational event that features The Godfather of Frequent Flyer Miles, Randy Petersen
  • Milepoint Holiday Appreciation party to be held on Friday November 30th, hoster by Randy Petersen and the milepoint team!
  • The ONLY educational event where you can meet the loyalty program leaders and ask them questions
  • Consumer Advocate Christopher Elliott (invited) debates Gary Leff on the value of frequent flyer miles. Should we even bother with this hobby?

Program Schedule

Friday November 30th
530PM Registration opens
630PM The milepoint holiday appreciation party starts. Cocktails, finger food and gifts!
730PM Randy sums up the year and talks about “A December to Remember” event!

Saturday December 1st
8AM Registration opens
Coffee at Starbucks courtesy of Million Mile Secrets
930AM Program starts
12noon Lunch
130PM Program continues
5PM Program ends

Sunday December 2nd
930AM Program starts
12noon Lunch
130PM Program continues
4PM Program concludes


Gary Leff (gleff) and Ben Schlappig (lucky9876coins) will share their experience booking hundreds of millions of miles worth of award tickets.

Million Mile Secrets will offer a solid introduction to those new (or always looking to brush up!) on the hobby.

Steve Belkin (beaubo) has experience earning tens of millions of miles and burning hundreds of millions. He’s hired New Zealand college students and disabled Thai rice farmers to fly for him. He’ll show you how to take the next big mileage deal and turn it to your LASTING advantage – without having a run in with the DEA while you’re at it!

Cranky Flier, the Founder of Cranky Concierge and one of Conde’ Nast Travel’s world’s top travel specialists, will teach you all the tricks you need to know DURING your travels, when things go wrong along the way, how to extricate yourself from the trickiest weather delays and mechanical cnacellations. Wow your friends. Impress gate agents. And get yourself to your destination with ease.

Seth Miller, the Wandering Aramean, has a technology background and has built several tools that make it easier for you to manage your travel, to find award tickets, and to fly as inexpensively as possible. He shares these tools with you for free!

The new and improved “The most awesome credit card of the Galaxy!”

The leading credit card experts of the world present their favorite credit card and YOU decide the winner!

With the faculty above, and other super stars being confirmed as well, from Fuel Dumps to First Class you’ll learn everything you need to know about travel, miles, and points!


Please email me or leave a comment to let me know you’ll be there so I can keep an eye out for you.
I will be making a list and trying to connect with everyone.




    1. @Patrick – Glad you will be joining Cindy for the conference. Love to meet you both! Your wife is a talented writer and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know here online. Glad to finally connect in person! See you there!

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