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 & Time||FTU||FTU Advanced|
|Saturday | 9:20AM - 10:45AM||Unplugged: Ask Me Anything|
|Saturday | 11:00AM -12:15PM||Mileage Runs|
|Saturday | 1:30PM -2:45PM||Advanced Award Booking I|
|Sunday | 9:00AM - 10:15AM||Award Booking I|
|Sunday | 10:30AM-11:45AM||Award Booking II|
|Sunday | 1:15PM-2:30PM||-||Advanced Award Booking II|
|Sunday | 4:15PM-5:30PM||The 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.
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?