I’m excited to announce another FTU Advanced is coming on March 6! Hyatt is back as the host hotel, and we’ll all be heading to the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego. From March 6-8, I’ll be up on stage with four other great bloggers plus the legendary Randy Petersen and Jeff Zidell (VP, Hyatt Gold Passport).
Scott (me!) from Hack My Trip
Ben from One Mile at a Time
Greg from Frequent Miler
Stefan from Rapid Travel Chai
Daraius from Million Mile Secrets
The first two FTU Advanced seminars sold out in under an hour, so maybe you should skip ahead, book now and then come back to read about the fun you’ll have! It all starts with a cocktail reception on Friday evening that I’m told is going to be bigger than ever. Saturday and Sunday will each begin with a full buffet breakfast, a couple of morning sessions, lunch, and then more time in the afternoon to listen to speakers or organize your own discussion groups. Topics include:
- Award booking on American Airlines
- Award booking on United Airlines
- Award booking on other airlines (Delta, Alaska, Avios, etc.)
- Using KVS Tool & Expert Flyer to search for fares and availability
- Maximize your spending (beyond Bluebird)
- Maximizing hotel loyalty programs and promotions
- Visas, OTAs, car rentals, ATMs, and other tips for international travel
- Advanced booking techniques for revenue tickets
I’m sure there will be some other surprises, too. Will Ben will order everyone pizza again? Maybe this time I’ll get to help hand out the gin and tonics in the closing session. Or maybe since it’s San Diego we’ll switch to Scotch instead 😉
The first FTU Advanced was in July, and I don’t think any of us really knew what to expect. But I walked away with the impression that it was a big success. Fewer people made it easier to chat and get to know one another. There was more emphasis on advice to help established frequent flyers. A few attendees even got together to organize their own sessions to discuss things like the latest tips on manufactured spend.
This event is priced at $249 for the weekend. That’s a reasonable deal considering everything included. There are other, cheaper events out there. I know that I and a few others voiced the opinion that we’d be willing to pay more for a smaller event with better food and more booze. That’s what we got! Free Internet is also included in the meeting rooms so you can follow along on your computers, and a group rate of only $165 is available (down from the current $203 on Hipmunk).
FYI, I won’t be attending the next event in Chicago on September 26 because coincides with my 30th birthday. Let’s just say my fall is already busy enough and I want to celebrate it without traveling. But I do hope to see you soon in San Diego!