This December, Frequent Traveler University is making a big change by partnering with newspaper USA Today to help market the event to a bigger audience interested in learning about miles and points. And for those of you who already have some knowledge, FTU Advanced will be held simultaneously at the same hotel — but in a separate area, and with a much smaller group that still provides an opportunity to network with fellow enthusiasts.
Adding to the mix, the DC event will feature the first Frequent Traveler Expo by USA Today and a Friday evening holiday party sponsored by Hyatt Gold passport.
There is a lot going on here, and I haven’t been involved in organizing them beyond an invitation to speak at both conferences. I don’t even know what the prices are (but I will update the page when I find out). I know that both events include breakfast and lunch, while FTU Advanced includes an upgraded meal plan, Internet access in the conference rooms, and a VIP reception on Friday night.
I also asked that the registration time be pushed back to make it more accommodating to West Coast readers. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM Pacific Time today. There is a further advantage in that USA Today will not begin selling tickets to its readers until October 10, and there are many more tickets available for the regular FTU. So it should be easier to obtain admission to the event.
Register for FTU — $149
Register for FTU Advanced — $249
Book a room at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City — $99 per night
If the host hotel sells out, I have stayed at and recommend the Hyatt Arlington, which is a relatively convenient four-stop journey by Metro.
I’ll be presenting along with the usual suspects at FTU Advanced, limited to 125 attendees:
- Gary Leff — View from the Wing
- Ben Schlappig — One Mile at a Time
- Greg Davis-Kean — Frequent Miler
- Stefan Krasowski — Rapid Travel Chai
- Scott Mackenzie — Hack My Trip
- Randy Petersen — BoardingArea
The same people and some additional speakers — 14 in all — will be presenting at the regular FTU. We’re expecting a total attendance of 1,000 readers, and I hope you’ll be among those who join us.