Schedule set for Frequent Traveler University

I’ve posted in the past about Frequent Traveler University, which will be held on April 30 at the Sheraton LaGuardia the weekend after the Frequent Traveler Awards. While it promised to be a fun day of miles and points from the beginning, the agenda for the day has now been published:

850a-900a Opening Remarks

MORNING: EARNING

905a-1015a Part 1: Earning By Flying
Fare Classes: How Flying 1 Mile Could Earn You 2.5 miles or .25 miles!
Elite Status: How to Transform Precious Metals Into Precious Bonus Miles!
Mileage Running: How To Top-Off Your Account To Achieve Elite Status or Reach Award Redemption Threshold

1015-1030a Break

1030-1140a Part 2: Earning By Buying
Credit Cards: Sign Up Bonuses and Most Points Per Dollar of Spending
Mileage Transfers: How Credit Card, Hotel and Your Best Friends Can Pad Your Account
Fire Sales: When Airlines Sell Their Miles and Mileage Mall Products For A Can’t-Resist Price

1145a-1215p Part 3: Off the Podium, Into The Firing Line: Breakout Session Q&A

– Star Alliance (United, Continental, US Air, Air Canada, Lufthansa among others)
– oneworld (American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia among others)
– Skyteam (Delta, Air France/KLM, Alitalia, Korean Air among others) and independents (Virgin, El Al, Emirates, Alaska among others)

1215-130p Lunch Break

AFTERNOON: BURNING

145p-245p Part 4: Putting A Value On Your Miles
The Tipping Point: When to Redeem Awards and When to Buy a Ticket
The Tipping Point 2: When to Use Award Tickets Vs. Upgrading Paid Tickets For Business Class
OutSourcing Mileage: Off-The Radar, But On-Target Foreign-Based Mileage Program Awards

245p-355p Part 5: Award Redemption Strategies
Is Israel in Asia or Europe?: Understanding Award Charts- Zones Vs. Mileage-Based
Expanding The Reach of Your Award Ticket: Understanding Routing, Stopover and Open Jaw Rules
Getting From ‘No’ To ‘No Problem’: The Art of Turning The Phone Agent Into Your Advocate…and Getting Your Hard-To-Book Award

355-405p Break

405-435p Part 6: Where Our Speakers Become YOUR Advocates: Breakout Session Q&A
– Star Alliance (United, Continental, US Air, Air Canada, Lufthansa among others) (Gary)
– oneworld (American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia among others) (Ben)
– Skyteam (Delta, Air France/KLM, Alitalia, Korean Air among others) and independents (Virgin, El Al, Emirates, Alaska among others) (Steve)

435-515p Part 7: Randy Petersen- World’s First and Foremost Frequent Flyer Guru: Surveys 30 Years Of Mileage Program History

Assuming I don’t oversleep (which is a huge assumption), I’ll be speaking at the first session and also hosting some of the breakout sessions. Registration is still open, so check out the thread for full details.

Hope to see lots of you there!

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