Who Is Coming To Frequent Traveler University DC?

I’m headed to Frequent Traveler University this weekend, and am really looking forward to hopefully meeting many of you!

I have several sessions across both the “beginner” and “advanced” programs, as do many of the other speakers, so there should be something for everyone. A full schedule is available online, but if you’re not getting enough of me on the blog, here’s where you can find me over the weekend:

Day & TimeFTUFTU Advanced
Saturday | 9:20AM - 10:45AMUnplugged: Ask Me Anything
Saturday | 11:00AM -12:15PMMileage Runs
Saturday | 1:30PM -2:45PMAdvanced Award Booking I
Sunday | 9:00AM - 10:15AMAward Booking I
Sunday | 10:30AM-11:45AMAward Booking II
Sunday | 1:15PM-2:30PM-Advanced Award Booking II
Sunday | 4:15PM-5:30PMThe Future of the Hobby (with Gary)

I certainly want to meet everyone and answer as many questions as possible, so please say hi. If I’m running down the hallway it’s not because I don’t want to talk to you — I just don’t want to be late!

Beyond the sessions

My favorite part of these events is getting to meet and chat with you guys. When I’m not in a session I try to buy people G&Ts stick around the lobby and bar as much as possible.

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Early-morning shots of Hazelnut Espresso Vodka at FTU Seattle

When I posted a few months ago about who should attend a Frequent Traveler University, reader RakSiam made a great point:

Not to rain on the parade, but there are also people who probably should not attend. I went to the Chicago seminar thing a couple of years ago and the FTU that was in Tyson’s Corner last year. Frankly I didn’t feel like I got much out of it. I tend to be a fairly extreme introvert. And the crowd tends to be fairly in-crowd-y. So, if you like meeting people you’re more likely to have a good time than me.

I am an introvert as well, and can absolutely relate.

When I first started attending events with other frequent flyers I was absolutely terrified. Even now I’m hesitant to walk up to a group of people I don’t know, and still need to duck out for a few hours to have some time to myself to regroup.

So if you’re an introvert as well, or generally shy, or simply don’t know anyone, please come and introduce yourself!

This is a big event, and there will be tons of people with all ranges of experience. There will absolutely be someone to talk to who flies your airline or has similar challenges.

Don’t feel like you can’t walk up to a group of people even if they all seem to know each other — everyone I’ve met at these events is quite friendly, and they’re all crazy about miles and points!

Who is headed to FTU this weekend? What are you most excited for?

Comments

  1. “Hi, my name is Wonka and I am an introvert.”

    Should we start wearing introvert nametags? I too struggle with joining a group of people and normally feel out of place if I do try and be bold.

    Btw, will your dad be at the event too? I bet a lot of us would like to meet him. The RTW380 vids are awesome and he sounds like a very smart and very nice guy.

    Have a great event!

  2. i did this once and never again. didn’t learn anything new at all. waste of time and money. didn’t meet any hot guys either. 🙁

  3. I am missing the event this year as I won a free Hyatt stay from a twitter chat. I will say that at the Tyson’s Corner FTU, Ben was good to have informal chats/”ask lucky” in the lobby with folks and its easy to join in and ask a question/meet others. The key to the weekend, in my opinion, is to meet others with the same addiction (um, hobby) and expand your network of resources. Have Fun!

  4. I will be there and look forward to meeting folks. If not in a session, I’ll likely be found at or near a bar enjoying fine Scottish Whisky’s or craft beers. 😀

  5. “Hi Lucky, my name is Jonathan and I’m also an introvert” expect to hear that some time tonight or over the weekend 😛

    Seriously, I can’t wait to meet you!!

  6. Another introvert here. I went to the one in Tampa, and here is the ice breaker I learned from some of the extroverts there. “Hi, where have you flown free lately?”
    As far as usefulness – I tend to spend lots of times reading blogs/flyer talk/etc – so I can’t say that I came away with a lot of new information. But it’s still worth going. If you are a newbie, you will get lots of great info. And if you’re an obsessive expert – where else are you going to have a whole weekend to chat with hundreds of people who know and understand what you are talking about?

  7. Hi Ben,

    Also, in Lauren’s shoes. Live in DC and would love to network but have other commitments that prevent me from participating in the workshop. Would love to meet up tonight, tomorrow, or Sunday for drinks. I’d be happy to support you in buying G&Ts with the group ; )

    hope to meet you this weekend.

    -b

  8. @ Lantean — Thanks for the valuable feedback. I’ll be sure to pass on to the organizers that there weren’t enough hot guys for you. 😉

  9. @ Lauren @ b — Probably can’t hurt to stop by the hotel’s bar. Otherwise there are often DC happy hours if you check the community section of FlyerTalk. Hope to meet you guys at some point!

  10. Just got here and checked in. There were a BUNCH of folks on the hotel shuttle and checking in who were obviously here for the same event (I might have recognized one of the BA bloggers but hard to tell sideways in the dark comparing to a postage stamp-sized blog pic).

    If you’re buying G&Ts, you’ll make a friend for life. 😛

  11. I won’t be coming to this FTU, but was at the first European FTU in Amsterdam 2 weeks ago. I got a lot out of it. Maybe we’ll see you at next years event in AMS too?
    Have fun this weekend.

  12. @ Lucky — ha, I was at that FTU Seattle session — best one ever! 😛 Sadly, FTU people are conspiring against me, lol. This FTU was during my birthday weekend; previous (Sept. 2014) and next one (April 2015) — overlapping with overseas trips.

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