Giveaway: 2 Tickets to Frequent Traveler University – Everything You Want to Know About Points and Miles!

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Another Frequent Traveler University (FTU) is coming up soon and now is your change to win a free seat at the event! This time around there are actually two different events being featured – a one day only FTU Travel Expo and a weekend long event FTU Signature. Both events will take place at the Marriott O’Hare Hotel, Chicago the weekend of November 18, 2017. I will be speaking at the event and I was given two tickets to giveaway to two lucky blog readers.


This giveaway is for a free ticket to FTU Travel Expo, worth $39, or you can apply the $39 discount towards the FTU Signature event to bring the weekend event cost down to $210. To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post telling me the #1 tip or trick you’d like to learn at this weekend event. Please only enter if you are 100% sure that you’ll able to attend. I’ll pick a winner by random this Friday, October 6, 2017.

More About the Conference…

Should You Attend FTU Travel Expo or FTU Signature?

Although both events are being held on the same weekend at the same location, the experience is quite different. FTU Travel Expo is geared towards beginners – those getting into the points and miles world. It is also just a one-day event. It is a one-day only event on November 18, 2017. FTU Signature is an entire weekend for those really looking to get a deep dive into the points and miles world. It is catered more towards those that would currently consider themselves an intermediate or advanced points/miles traveler. While you’ll receive access to the Travel Expo on the 18th, there will be many more sessions and social events throughout the entire weekend.

FTU Travel Expo is a brand new addition to the FTU weekend and is the first time they are running this one-day only session. FTU Signature is the same as the previously known FTU Advanced that they’ve been running for many years. You can learn more and purchase tickets here.

Conference Cost:

  • FTU Travel Expo: Regular price is $39. This ticket is good for Expo sessions only taking place on November 18, 2017.
    • All attendees will receive a special rate of $3/day for parking at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare.
  • FTU Signature: Regular price is $249. This ticket is good for all Signature sessions taking place November 17-19, 2017. There are also social activities that take place throughout the weekend to allow you to meet and learn from other obsessed points and miles folks.
    • If you would like to stay at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, there is a group rate of $109/night. You are also able to stay elsewhere if you need to earn points in another program!
    • If you live locally, you can also drive in a get a special rate of $3 day at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare. If you need to park overnight, the standard parking rates will apply.
    • You’ll receive lunch of Saturday and Sunday as well as a welcome reception (with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, wine, and beer included) on Friday.

If you are looking to learn some tips and tricks about earning and redeeming your miles, traveling like a pro, and just saving money overall, this could be a great opportunity for you! I personally will be speaking on “Boosting Credit Card Rewards with Shopping Offers and Category Bonuses”. This will discuss the various credits card you can use to earn more points during your quarterly category bonuses and statement credits through Amex Offers.

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  1. Hi
    Ive been a very keen ms’er and flyer since chicago seminars 2013. I now have my travel bucket list on steroids since what ive learned so far, and just tuned ua million miler and 1k for successive years.
    I really want to take a deep dive to hack ua and spg/marriott more than i do already, and will be pleased to share my hacking knowledge with others too. Please gift me a ticket.

  2. I’d like tips on options to work around the 2019 Delta/Am Ex spend waiver threshold of $250K. I had not planned to attend but if I win I will be there for sure.

  3. I am an intermediate frequent miles traveler but I’d love to be more experienced. I follow this blog and have used some tactics to boost miles to take my family of 7 to destinations like Machu Pichu, and cross country travel to the east coast. The trick that I’d like to learn is how to use points to get my big family to travel more.

  4. hey! i want to learn how to collect a billion miles in one year!! let me in!

    i love everyone of you miles and points addicts.

  5. I’d love to learn how to get one of those elusive J awards to Australia, and maybe even build in a stopover along the way!

  6. Already have flight and room booked….just need a ticket! I have a lot to learn, but I’m really interested in how to meet minimum spends and best ways to redeem airline miles (esp AA)!

  7. I would like to learn the most efficient way to search for award seats. Is there one method that works well on most airlines or does each airline require a different tactic?

  8. I’d like to learn more about hidden city ticketing and hacking Mileage Programs for redemptions to down under like OZ and Sydney. It’s very easy for me to get to ORD that weekend. Thanks for considering me for your giveaway!

  9. I would like to know how to achieve Delta platinum status and would like to fly free first class to Europe.
    Thank you,

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