One of the most requested things we’ve gotten for future Frequent Traveler University events is a different program — while each one has several different topics and speakers, they’ve also had many similar program components, and a large group of people of very mixed experience levels.
We’ve listened and have begun to put together a more intimate event called FTU Advanced that will be held at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare July 18-20.
Smaller, more intimate, for greater in-depth discussion
More advanced. FTU events welcome everyone, at all experience levels, and of course everyone is welcome. But the program will feature a more focused conversation geared to people that have spent more time with the activity.
A different program. We’ll be able to go more in-depth, and we’ll be able to go more hands-on. There will be internet in the meeting rooms to facilitate learning by doing, not just telling and showing.
Last April’s Northern Virginia FTU drew well over 600 people. We decided to cap the Seattle event at a little over 400. Both sold out months in advance.
In order to provide a more hands-on experience and facilitate better networking opportunities we are limiting this event to just 125 people.
Tickets are $199. This is designed to be a break-even event. The cost covers:
Open bar cocktails on Friday evening (past FTUs have limited type and/or quantity of beverages)
Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday (this is new compared to larger past FTU events)
Lunch on Saturday and Sunday
Meeting space with internet
I’m working on the program now, but wanted to get the information out to everyone as quickly as possible in order to allow you to make plans. I’ll be speaking of course, and so will Lucky from One Mile at a Time. More details to follow.
Room block at the Marriott will be available for $99++ per night.
Room block booking link will be sent out to individuals who purchase tickets.
And remember, this event has only 125 spaces. While it will be important to act quickly, we understand that plans change and there will be a procedure to transfer tickets if you turn out to have that need.
Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002.
Co-founder of frequent flyer community Milepoint.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »
Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel -- a topic he has covered since 2002.
Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »
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