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As I mentioned last week, I’ll be speaking at the upcoming Frequent Traveler University, which is one of a series of events intended to share the intricacies of the miles and points hobby. The next major one will be held at the Hyatt Regency DFW April 17-19, 2015.

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While I’m not responsible for organizing the event, I do choose and put together my own presentations. For the most part, I’ve stuck to “tried and true” topics, and have generally focused on mileage running as a way to earn miles, along with tricks for redeeming miles.

That being said, there’s a huge range of topics in this hobby, and I’m always up for exploring new concepts in more detail. The other speakers feel similarly, but it’s hard to gauge what people find most interesting when there’s such a diverse group of attendees.

So I’m interested in hearing what’s most interesting to you!

What would inspire you to attend FTU, or if you’re already planning on joining us, what are you most excited to learn about? If you have things you’re hoping to learn about, or just don’t understand presently we’d love to hear about those ideas too.

As an incentive, I have a $400 Hyatt gift card to give to a randomly selected respondent. I also have an $100 Hyatt gift card to arbitrarily bestow on the most constructive comment. 😉

As I mentioned at the beginning, neither myself nor the other presenters are involved in the organization of the event, so let’s keep the conversation focused on the topics of the presentations as much as possible.

Please tell me:

  • Whether or not you’ve attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past?
  • If Yes, what topics have you most enjoyed learning about?
  • If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU?

You have until 11:59PM Pacific on Friday, February 13, 2015, to respond. Thanks for the feedback, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

And if you haven’t yet purchased your ticket for FTU but would like to attend, tickets are still on sale.

Comments

  1. Semi-serious answer: I’d love a session where you just told stories about some of the most “memorable” phone calls with airline reps that you’ve had.

    Completely serious answer: the best remaining values out there on various award charts and the difficulties in trying to book them.

  2. Whether or not you’ve attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past? Yes, multiple times

    If Yes, what topics have you most enjoyed learning about? When I started, I was a beginner, so everything was like new shiny penny to me – all gems. As I became experienced, I find the more interesting topics are related to effectively using miles to maximize awards and finding sweet spots.

    If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU? The topic that I would be most interested in is how to find those elusive, fleeting business/first class deals. How does one discover them? I’ve seen them pop up on blogs, but that means there’s a frenzy and gone immediately.

  3. I think the most difficult (and the most fun) part of this hobby is the actual redemption of the points we accumulate. I would love to get informed about the most unusual/least known/tips&tricks related to redemption of miles/points.

  4. I have already signed up for FTU and am looking forward to learning all the tricks! I am doing a home & car swap in France this summer (though homeexchange.com) and, if I can figure out how to get free airfare, we will practically have a free vacation! Any advice?

  5. I have not attended FTU in the past, but I would consider it now that I am hooked on this hobby.

    I think the most difficult (and the most fun) part of this hobby is the actual redemption of the points we accumulate. I would love to get informed about the most unusual/least known/tips&tricks related to redemption of miles/points.

  6. Hello! I have not yet had the opportunity to attend one of the FTU’s, but welcome the chance in the future.

    Concerning the topic idea, I would be interested in hearing about constructing ’round the world’ mileage itineraries between/within the Alliances. Since RTW options seem to be dwindling with most carriers, I imagine there would be an opportunity to talk through strategies to maximize mile use, points accrual, and ways to leverage not only US Airlines but many overseas options as well. For the aspirational (or even family) traveler, knowing the possibilities would be a great help for future travel planning.

  7. I haven’t been yet, but I’d love to attend FTU Advanced sometime in the near future.

    As for a presentation topic I’d be most interested in, it would have to be a list of the most “aspirational” airline products (say 10 at the most) – along with an in depth look at how to most creatively redeem miles for each. And if no awards are available for a particular product, then how to find reasonable fares (i.e. Qatar F by originating in Cairo).

  8. – i’ve never attended one of these conference
    – i’d like to hear an analysis of the best awards in the less familiar programs, which are available as transfer patterns for the major cc programs (i.e. aeroplan, aeromexico, altialita, etc.)… and tips/tricks for booking (i.e. how annoying are the call centres?)… i’ve been meaning to look into this on my own, but wouldn’t mind it if you did all the work for me :-p

  9. Whether or not you’ve attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past?

    Nope, sadly.

    If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU?

    I’d really like to hear more tips and tricks around saving money on hotels. For example, the SPG price guarantee, I’ve been having a lot of success with the program but it is not often talked about. Would be nice to know some cheap sites to start off at, and perhaps locations that are more susceptible to the price discounts.

  10. Talk about either 1) what to do if you’ve been robbed at your hotel, or 2) do a Q&A specifically geared toward actual examples of how to maximize airlines’ partners using fewest miles as possible, considering layovers, fuel surcharges, and the like. Include hot spots on each of UR and MR transfer partners.

  11. Never attended an FTU before, but certainly would love to in the future. This hobby is so addicting!

    The most frustrating part of this hobby was actually redeeming the points (mainly airline points) because they make it so hard to redeem them. It would be nice to know the best tricks/tips to look for award availability and using them. Gaining them is also easy, but it would also be nice to hear what others do to get points/statuses.

  12. Lucky,

    I have not attended a FTU. However, as someone whose schedule does not allow for regular mileage runs, I would be interested in more information on manufacturing spend or other ways of obtaining significant amounts of miles for aspirational redemptions.

  13. Whether or not you’ve attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past?

    – No, I have never attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past.

    If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU?

    – Ideas I have are:
    -Tips and tricks around call centers and how to deal with different ones
    -How to start in the hobby from scratch up to one roundtrip first class redemption (full demo from scratch to redemption in credit cards etc)

  14. I have not attended in the past. I would like to know how to give the hotel constructive feedback. I would also like to know when you have done so in the past and what amends the hotel has made.

  15. I would like to hear about how to properly plan for the future of miles collecting I.e. How can we plan/adjust for the future. We live in the world where everything has to be done now, with programs devaluating how can we get ahead of the game…I know this is not an easy one however I have never heard anyone speak about it before

  16. No, I haven’t attended any FTU before. I would love to learn about advanced routing possibilities for the different airlines and stories about off-the-beaten path locations.

  17. Redemption seems the most challenging. Even when I’m flexible by +/- 7 days, I can rarely find great international premium options. I’d love to learn the insider secrets that make these redemptions possible for the FF black belts. Thanks!

  18. •No
    •If I were to attend the FTU, I would want to learn about how status matching one program to another and how this can “extend” your benefits for a few years. I do know the in and outs of it, however, I think that this information is rarely discussed.

  19. I live in the DFW area and have considered attending, I just worry much of the material would be over my head. I’m very new to the miles/points world, so I would appreciate a dumb downed version for newbies/families who are more interested in how to earn/use enough miles for a large family and not so focused on luxury/status. There is a big difference in flying 2 1st class to London for a week, vs a family of 5. Appreciate your blog. Thanks 🙂

  20. I have not attended FTU because it has never jived with my work schedule, but I would be most interested to hear about all the habits you have formed that lead up to a redemption and after you have actually redeemed. Everyone else will be discussing tips/tricks of redeeming, award chart sweet spots, etc. but the redemption process only consumes a small percentage of time for most people in this hobby. You could frame it as the “Top 10/15/20 Habits of Frequent Flyers In-the-know”.

    A few things that could be on your list pre-redemption: check mileage balances regularly, strategize applying for new CCs, track your annual CC bonuses/fees, read blogs/message boards/Twitter, setup News Alerts about Award programs important to you, randomly search hard-to-get space (QF FC LAX-SYD).

    Post redemption: check aircraft, check wifi, check seats, check flight schedule, check perks where applicable (car service, Book the Chef, lounge access, etc.), read others reviews to maximize trip.

  21. I’ve never been to FTU but will likely in the future.

    I’m a spreadsheet geek and would love to see a demo of how you perform some of your trip planning and analysis for points redemption’s!

  22. No, I’ve never attended one of these classes.

    I would like to know all the ways possible to obtain elite status with SPG.

  23. I’ve never attended before but would love to attend one soon!

    I think it would be most helpful to learn about award redemptions on more obscure airlines based on credit cards. I see many blogs covering redemptions on the U.S.-based legacy carriers but harder to find similar articles for international carriers (other than a few such as British Airways). For example, Citi Thank You Points can now be redeemed for miles with several international carriers but I’m not sure what the best use of Thank You Points are.

    Thanks!

  24. I have not been to the seminar in the past but I would be interested in learning more about timing with regard to searching and booking tickets and strategies for alternate routes or airports.

  25. I’ve never attended an FTU in the past – but I’d love to.

    What I think would be most useful would be a workshop on getting started as someone young; either straight out of college, or better yet, before going on to post-secondary education at all.

    Ben, I know you’ve been running this blog since the time you were 17(?), which I find absolutely incredible. I often dream about dropping out of school, and trying to do what you do – at least for a little while. A lot of this workshop would probably have to revolve around the lessons you learned in ignoring the pressure to do what all of your peers were doing, so to that end, the workshop would be about bravery too. Bravery to pursue a dream – irrespective of risk, and uncertain about what the future might hold.

    That’s what I’d like to see.

  26. This will be my first FTU and am very excited to attend. If there is one topic I am most interested in, it would be about award ticket booking. How far in advance should I book? What is the best use of my points and miles? How do I find availability for my family of four?

  27. Whether or not you’ve attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past? No

    If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU?

    I think a great topic would be touching on your year of living in hotels. Obviously people would be interested in stories and experiences, but the real meat of the presentation could be the knowledge transfer so that the audience can do it themselves. You have done it for the last year and might have a “lessons learned” portion people might get a lot of value from.

  28. Never attended. I would be interested in hearing about the history miles/points earning and redemption. Stories about unique earning and redemption opportunities from the past, such as Pudding Guy, etc.

  29. Been to one FTU basic before.

    Topics that would be most intriguing:

    1. Most effective award searches to redeem common domestic carrier miles. We know that there are the different sites, start with the long segment, and use hubs, but this can take a pretty long time. Maybe there is no secret beyond brute force, but what are tips to be more efficient?

    2. Since AA/US award chart is due for devaluation this year, best ways to take advantage of sweet spots that will likely soon go away.

    3. Living in hotels. Have you done a presentation on this yet?

  30. Hmm. Never been do an FTU, but I’d like to be able to make it out sometime. I think most people would know which credit cards to apply for and whatnot so perhaps that is not a topic for the FTUs, but I’d rather know the intricacies of certain mileage programs. Yes, we are aware of the typical rules like stopovers/open jaws for different programs, but maybe dive a little deeper into best routes with availability, best routes for value, unpublished routing rules, things like that. I know AS mileage plan has alot of people jumping on board due to great redemptions and a pretty good hard product (compared to other legacy domestic). Might not benefit people outside of the PNW as much, but they can still credit AA and DL to it and redeem for many different flights.

  31. Randomly select 5 audience members and book awards for them. Live.

    Invite them up on stage, detail out their points balances, decide on an itinerary, verify routing rules, do research online to find availability, call the agent (not EXP desk), book award, harvest itinerary by selecting best seats, show lounge access.

    You can project the computer screen on the wall so audience can follow along how you research and then pipe the call through the speakers so people can hear how you handle the agent.

    If the participant isn’t sure yet, then you can just put it on hold, but if you are attending FTU, I am sure you have at least a few redemptions in mind!

    Basically, demo your award booking service live so people can see what you do for a living (besides entertaining us with your Vater und Mutter).

  32. Sorry – one more idea! I also think a workshop on navigating the ‘landscape’ of online travel blogs/resources/forums might be helpful. There’s a lot out there, between all the BoardingArea blogs, the MilePoint, Airliners.net and FlyerTalk forums, all the more popular review sites (TripAdvisor, etc.)… and it’d be super interesting to have an overview of who to trust, where to look, and how to get involved.

  33. I’ve never been to FTU, but what I’d most be interested in hearing about are strategies for accumulating points while keeping in mind major life expenses (such as a mortgage). I know from checking my credit score that opening several cards (and closing a couple) hasn’t dinged me too much (and, at times, has improved it), but I’d like some more empirical evidence on tracking credit scores vs. credit card opening/closings, as well as guidance on how far in advance of requesting major loans to quit applying or canceling cards.

  34. No, I have not. I would like to hear some of the less discussed mileage programs. The US Carriers get discussed to death, as are some of the other ones with big cobranded presences (BA). But very few discuss ones such as JAL (which can be used for Emirates) or even ANA, who has a decent award chart and is an Amex transfer partner. What are the routing rules? What is the redemption process like? Do they somehow get different availability access vs other alliance or partner airlines?

  35. Yes, I’ve attended FTU and I learned a lot new information as well as consolidating info I had learned on blogs and on Flyertalk. The least useful sessions for me were on credit cards, and the most useful were on the mechanics of award booking.
    Here’s a suggestion – how about presenting a case study which shows how to hybridize your reward travel. That is, Jane Doe, a non-elite traveller has, say, 200K MR points and wants to go on vacation to Europe. How can she get optimal use of her points? You could even set it up as a real-time (sort-of) exercise or competition with a fellow presenter. Create a case scenario – its April 10 and she and her friend are going to travel on September 5 – on April 17 at FTU on you present your best trip possible with the points available (flights, hotels) Hey, if you do this, let me know – I might change my plans and come to Dallas!

  36. Unfortunately have not attended FTU yet 🙁 .. But something that might allow me to come is if someone touches up on the current sweet spots for every major NA program. I heard that most of the time at FTU it’s all about the US airlines. We should talk about aero plan as well for our friends up north

  37. I have not attended a FTU in the past, I would like to, but it doesn’t seem like Mobile, AL is a hot spot for these events.

    In regard to what I would like to see discussed, it seems like most things people want to know have been discussed at lengths on other blogs and resources so might need to get creative. I would go with this:

    A look at the cost/benefits in the short term vs. the long term in booking hotels directly through the hotel website vs other 3rd party sites. Many people (including me) can be narrow minded and see the up front cost, but don’t think about the long run and it would be nice to see where or when it is more beneficial to do one or the other.

  38. – I have not attended a FTU, although I would like to meet others who enjoy using rewards.
    – I think it would be interesting to discuss why there are such large variances in redemption values within the same industry. Why does SPG and Hyatt provide reasonable redemption and earning levels, but Hilton does not? Why does Alaska continue to play nice (for the most part) with their mileage plan members, but Delta does not? Considering that each of these organizations most likely have intelligent employees operating their frequent flyer programs & hotel rewards programs, it’s interesting how their can be such large disparities in how they value reward customers.

  39. This posted previously incorrectly…I would truly love to understand the way to book and search for partner airlines!

  40. I think the most entertaining discussion would involve those things that flyers find to be disgusting. I think you’d get some lively discussion over bare feet.

    On a more serious note, and while I don’t know that this is something that’d be desired to be made more public in a forum like that, but there is always this sense that there are underground groups devoted to only sharing great deals, mistake fares, etc. among themselves so as to not draw attention to them and thus kill them. I’d like to hear about some of those, but wouldn’t even know where to start.

  41. I have not yet been to an FTU. If I were to go, I’d really like to see some programming on how to explain this hobby to others so that they either start doing it for themselves or stop thinking that I’m engaged in some sort of fraudulent scheme. Along the same lines, I could use some new strategies to convince my wife to be more active in the points and miles game.

  42. I haven’t attended FTU in the past.

    I’d like to hear a bit more about redeeming award flights or points to more far flung, remote regions (e.g. Central Asia) using partner airlines that are less talked about because of the difficulty in language barriers with front-line workers of these airlines.

  43. I have not attended one of these before. I’d be most interested in learning about economy bookings. I know first class is the most exciting topic, but coach tickets allow me to get more trips out of my points (although not more value per point) in the same way they allow me to buy more trips with my money. Who has the best coach class? What airlines offer Economy Plus types of seats with miles? Those sorts of things.

  44. I’ve also never been to FTU, but I’d love to hear your early experience learning about reservations codes and how to talk to airline agents on the phone.

  45. There are a lot of articles on best values for your points, most aspiring redemptions, etc. But there are not a lot of articles on,

    1. Using points to make your travel easier and better. To illustrate, I had to travel from DFW to DEL over the christmas holidays, had enough miles to do this round trip in CX 1st class and even found space. Except the space I found would have taken around 40 hours to get there with 2 stops with potential for delays and cancellations (due to inclement weather). I ended up buying a super discounted last minute business class ticket on Qatar which got me there in 21 hours flat and was very comfortable. 1st class sounds all great but there is a lot of value in being able to travel on an simpler itinerary. In the future, I am going to use my AA miles to look for space QR when I need to go to DEL again.

    2. Not being afraid to burn points to go to a destination you really want to go to. Last summer, my gf and I burned 125000 skypesos round trip to go to croatia and serbia. It’s a lot of miles (aka not the best possible redemption) for an at best average product. But I am so glad that we did since we had an absolutely amazing time there and it was one of best trips of my life.

    So to summarize, a section on “don’t get too fixated with the best possible redemption, use your miles to make your travels better and be able to go where you really want to go as well”

    Cheers,
    AJ

  46. I haven’t attended. I’d actually like to hear about the life of a blogger. How do you pick a platform to operate on? What sort of technology issues are there? How is the relationship handled? Stuff like that.

  47. I have been to an FTU before.

    What I am mostly interested in is award redemptions, how to get the most out of my miles, which would include the best remaining values out there on various award charts and the difficulties in trying to book them. Importantly, what value can be found in obscure award charts that most people are not using to book their trips.

  48. I have never attended a session but would love to 1 day.

    For me, I would want to go to the beginner courses and hear all about it that way. I would learn a lot more listening and hearing stories from various people as apposed to reading about it. I am very hands on so I would appreciate that aspect of it.

  49. I have not attended an FTU event, however I think that my most important lesson would be on how to accumulate as many points as possible on existing credit cards; at a low cost of course.

  50. I havent attended FTU before mainly because I was scared they were a ruse and within minutes of the opening, some half crazed person would jump out on stage and start selling Amway products. Or someone telling us all to hold hands, sit in a circle and sing kumbaya.

    Anyway. I am attending this year. I’d like to have some outline a clear credit card strategy. I have the attention span of a small insect and while I have the major cards (eg SPG Amex, Plat Amex, AA Citibank etc) I have no idea what to get next, what card to use half the time and how I should manage them.

    Look forward to meeting others there…

  51. Never attended before but topics I’d love to hear about are trends in travel with actual data to back it up. So many bloggers saying elite status isn’t being recognized, rewarded, etc. but WHY and how are these changes working out? I want to know about the trends in the frequent flyer world and how the airlines are responding to them.

    I would also like to hear more about the history. With so many new travelers talk about how frequent flyer life USED to be is nice too.

    Also, I love hearing about little tricks on how to save money. EVEN IF IT IS FROWNED UPON, I like to read about it (of course please let us know if it is moral-gray).

    Finally, healthy debates would be nice so we can understand our fellow travelers better. Topics can include whether you should reclince seats.

  52. I have not been, but I would like to hear about ways to safeguard against the craziness of Delta if I have a bunch of miles with them.

  53. 1. Yes!

    2. Yes such as tricks on getting the phone agent to price complicated awards.

    3. I want to learn more on the travel insurance aspects since there are a lot of conflicted information, even among boradingarea bloggers. For example, does CSP travel insurance covers if you redeem miles vs pay cash. One of the boardingarea bloggers said CSP travel insurance doesn’t cover if you redeem miles but some say it does. Or any personal experience filling the car insurance claim through Bold Ink even if you are not on the business trip.

  54. Have been to one FTU and one FTUA (not going to FTU Dallas). While I’ve enjoyed your presentations, along with many others, the wide range of experience levels of the attendees. It’s very difficult to hit the right level that won’t leave half your audience bored and the other half hopelessly lost (think of your FTUA sessions in DC and the questions you had to field).

    For both, having read Boarding Area, Milenomics and Travel Is Free for six months, I didn’t feel there was enough presented during the weekend to justify my time, though the after-hours and hallway conversations made the trips worth it.

    That said, and to oversimplify, a major difference between a typical University and a vocational school is that the former focuses on process and the latter on mechanics. A presentation on how to use Expert Flyer’s bells and whistles in constructing an award itinerary will be forgotten by nearly everyone who doesn’t immediately go out and use it. A presentation on how to approach the search for a great itinerary, ototh, has more chance of sticking (e.g., what’s the process and type of prep work you go through in helping your booking clients?). (Aside: Is mileage running still worth it other than for status? If not, why teach the mechanics? )

    Process is a big part of the REALLY memorable sessions I’ve attended. Stefan (RTC) does this really well – e.g., what’s important to consider when rapidly transiting SW Asia, Cyprus, or the Solomons; what considerations should be made in booking rental cars, or how to approach churning cards given one’s risk, spend, existing bank relationships and geographical constraints (rather than just which card’s bonus is higher this month). The sessions where you and Gary prognosticated about future developments in the travel industry and what it might mean for this hobby were well worth attending.

  55. No — I’d like to learn more about when the best availability windows are for various airlines and any further tricks to getting the itinerary you want

  56. I’ve been to several FTU’s: I appreciated learning about interesting routings and sweet spots in award charts.

  57. Have not attended. But would like a session on tricks for dropping fuel surcharges and taxes by utilizing certain airlines and booking sites.

  58. No, never attended FTU before.

    I’d love to hear about options for earning for those of us who don’t live in the US. It seems like credit card spend and churn is the bulk of the strategy for most of these blogs, and while I’m a US citizen and can do this some, I’ve been living abroad for the last 8 years and can’t approach the same levels of churn (spend is a little easier).

  59. I have not attended. One area often overlooked is the idea of miles & points “synergies”. Ex) using united miles and paying taxes and fees with Barclay arrival miles or Amex platinum airline fee credits. OR Ex) applying for Alaska airlines card and Amex SPG at the same time in order to get enough Alaska miles to fly to Australia.

  60. I’ve never attended FTU before.

    I’d love to learn more about any remaining round-the-world award redemption options that might still be available with various frequenty flyer programs.

  61. No I have never attended one in the past. I would be interested in hearing about benefits and tips/tricks for using lesser known programs and their sweet spots (Aeroplan, aeromexico, hawaiian airlines, etc)

  62. I have never attended an FTU before, but I think the ultimate topic to really dive into has to be MS. In order to reach for the Maldive-type trips, the week long family Disney trips, or the short haul one hour flight, you always have to have miles/points no matter what. Usually it seems the 2 trickiest topics in this miles/points world is finding mistake fares/hotel rates and knowing the intricacies of a great MS process. The first of the two always requires almost a split second or at best an hour of finding the mistake or else you’ve lost. The MS game requires more of a step by step rule following that also includes walking the balance between greed and maximization (time, points/miles earned, effort). I feel the MS game is by far the best and most time consuming process which has the best overall reward for the travel junkie.

  63. I would like to hear how to take the hotel stay and the time invested and tool it into immediate value. Might be a bit of a miracle to expect terrific benefits with domestic carriers in the future so the presentation might be a bit somber on that. Perhaps the global carriers will still see loyalty programs still worth the marketing investments so yes, that might be of interest. Thanks for all the info you provide! 🙂

  64. No I haven’t attended FTU before. I would love to hear some of your best stories from your vast travel repertoire.

  65. I have never attended FTU before.

    There are a couple topics I’d be interested in hearing about:
    1. Credit card strategy for someone who isn’t going to manufacture spend and has relatively low monthly expenses
    2. Booking awards for beginners.

    Thanks Lucky!

  66. I have not attended an FTU, but am inspired by your blog. I am interested in suggestions for healthy snack options on a mileage run. I did my very first Delta MR in December to Cancun (via DTW outbound, return via LAX) to attain AS MVP 90K (75K) status. I also have superficial blood clots. Any hints regarding nutrition and exercise up there in those long, magical metal tubes would be of interest to me. I am trying to raise money via Craigslist to jumpstart my travel education in April in Dallas. Thank you again.

  67. I’ve never attended an FTU. Topics I’d most like to hear about are relatively unknown credit card benefits (like getting a fourth night free or hotel partnerships) and airline transfer partners (and how to book those flights).

  68. I haven’t attended, and would find value in a discussion of the merits of using award booking services, and choosing the right service for a specific set of goals.

  69. I have not attended ftu. I’d be most interested in learning about advanced MS techniques and minimizing time for MS, along with the best uses of my hard-earned miles with limited vacation time.

  70. I haven’t been to any FTU gathering.
    I would like to learn about the best reasonable way to gain elite status with Marriott, Hyatt, and American Airlines.

    Thank!

  71. I have not attended, nor am I signed up.

    I’d be interested in interesting synergies between rewards programs and partner alliances.

    Thanks!

  72. I havent attended FTU but would be most interested in where you think miles and points will be in 4-5 years ftom now and which values are likely to change.

  73. Never been and don’t think I’ll be able to make this one (I have a two-month old who would miss me terribly!), but I’d love to go at some point.

    I would love to see a presentation with specific examples of how one new credit card (taking in account yearly spend, bonus categories, online shopping portals, etc.) can be used to book a luxury vacation, something like:

    -Chase Sapphire: transfer points to United/BA and Hyatt/Marriott, redeem remaining points for car rental/tour
    -Marriott Visa: points + flight packages
    -American Express Platinum: transfer points to an airline, use FHR to get luxury hotel room, airline fee credit for baggage/lounge access

    I have a lot of friends who aren’t willing to open 10 (or even 5) new cards a year, but if they play their cards right (pun intended), they can still travel like kings or queens!

  74. I have never attended the FTU.

    I would like to hear more about the best strategies to book mileage trips (especially in business class or higher) on partner carriers through the various rewards programs. Trying to capture this knowledge as to how go about the searches in a table or easy to read post would be helpful. I know there are multiple strategies for booking partner awards but now sure the depth of this. The only experience I have had is booking Air France using Alaska miles.

  75. I have not attended, but would be interested at some point.

    If I did attend, I would enjoy hearing much more about ways to effectively book hotel awards for family or friends without any issues. Sometimes it seems to be as smooth as doing nothing but calling the hotel and asking that someone be added and they will be checking in, but other times I find it to be such a burden with associated risks that I find myself not doing it often. I’d love to be able to simply book a hotel night for my dad on one of his trips using my points, but the thought of him showing up somewhere and being turned away with no back up plan stops me… Maybe I’m just doing it wrong, but no hotels seems to be the same with this.

  76. I have not attended in the past but I am considering this one in Dallas since its my hometown 🙂

    I would be more interested in knowing more about award redemption.

  77. I have not attended, but I’d love to know what do when your stuck between the airline in whose miles you redeemed for an award ticket and the partner carrier. For example, redeeming miles on Alaska for Emirates travel and then something goes wrong. It seems neither takes responsibility.

  78. I haven’t been to FTU yet, but I’d definitely like a session on manufactured spend, especially easier methods catered toward those in desolate areas like NYC!

  79. No, I have not attended FTU before.

    I would love to learn about dealing with airline reps during IRROPS or when booking award tickets in order to be able to get them to bend the rules the way that the pros seem to be able to. Also, learning which mileage currencies to “invest” in for protection against devaluation but retaining flexibility and value while doing that.

  80. No, I have not attended before. I would like to learn the most effective ways to make mileage runs work the most effectively. I have the ability to do mileage runs, but I feel like I am not doing them the most efficient way.

  81. I have never attended one of the seminars. But, currently, if I did I would like to learn about the current status of being able to churn credit cards since that is where I get all my points from.

  82. I have not attended FTU. I would be interested in receiving customized evaluation of my current credit card portfolio and methods for manufactured spending. Am I maximizing my opportunities? What can I do to augment my current portfolio and spend? Thanks!

  83. I have not attended a FTU before, but maybe the next time you come through DC, I will attend.
    Anyway, I would like to learn more about leveraging rental car points and or status. I have to frequestly rent through Hertz and/or Budget and while I have signed up for their respective programs, I do not feel I am maximizing all I can. (aside from the skipping the counter, which is nice.)

  84. -No, I’ve never attended these conferences.

    -I would like to know step by step how to redeem, book, transfer rewards for some sweet spot destinations you feel are must tries before they go away.

    Thanks!

  85. yes, one.

    I am a recreational traveler and would love to hear about strategies to bundle points to maximize access to business class air tix and comfortable hotels in Europe. I do not practice manufactured spend so this is just regular use of cards, and some card sign up bonuses…

  86. I have never attended FTU (yet)

    I’d like to learn more about playing this game for a family with minor children. How do i maximize travel for my family of four, keep my kids accounts from expiring, and find lodging internationally that will sleep my whole family on points.

  87. Whether or not you’ve attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past? No
    If Yes, what topics have you most enjoyed learning about? N/A
    If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU?
    -I have heard/read much about the value of points. I would love a basic walkthrough of how to determine values of points based on my values of airline miles mainly for paid upgrades over someone aiming for more award tickets.

  88. I’ve learned a lot in the past two years I’ve been doing this hobby… I am pretty good with collecting miles now with MS, portals, signup bonuses, but how to spend them wisely, that’s the big mystery.

    Just now I read from Point me to the plane, about using Singapore Krisflyers to get to Hawaii at a discount. Then I go to singapore air website and I can’t find anything.. not even a valid route from East coast to HNL. the more advance level of booking flights would be awesome. Knowing the high/low seasons of different destinations.

    Thanks,

  89. I would like to know how to tell which mileage promotions are worth my miles and which promos are just a waste.

  90. Hey Ben – I’ve not had the chance to attend FTU but hope to do so in the near future!

    I know that you’ve booked an award “live” during a session before, but I’d love to see a random audience member selected and have a trip booked for them right there on the spot (using FTU’s mileage account of course). Could be a FTU meets Travel Channel’s “Trip Flip” all in one!

  91. i’ve never had the pleasure attending one of these conferences, sadly. i hope to in the future!

    i think i’d most like to have a detailed run-down of programs that aren’t in what we’d consider the mainstream of the miles and points game. aeromexico and aeroplan for starters. let’s call it the aero-talk! i feel like i have a good informational and logistical handle on the majors, but these are a dark spot for me that i’d very much appreciate being illuminated. thanks!

  92. I have not attended FTU yet, but that’ll change soon… I would like to know more about mileage running in Skyteam & Oneworld!

  93. Hi lucky
    I have been enjoying your emails for quite some times.
    No I will not attend the event in coming April due to travel schedule conflicts but do hope to know why park Hyatt in Shanghai does not have a lounge club? Right now I am staying at jinmao tower grand Hyatt in Shanghai just cross the street from part Hyatt. I have stayed more nights at jinmao than any other hotels when traveling in Shanghai. One of the major reasons is that grand Hyatt offers real nice club lounge access to diamond members.
    I stayed at the park Hyatt before and for this trip I have booked several nights there again but the 5 star hotels without lounge access always turn me off 🙁 for lack of convenience mainly. And I don’t know why because they cannot afford to offer one to customers.
    Also Andaz in Shanghai does not have executive floor neither a lounge club when I stayed there for two weeks last year.

    Just as you mentioned a few times, Hyatt and spg are two of my favorites as well.

  94. Never attended as I live in the UK
    Some of these posts have had me laughing out loud! And as a result I need a session on understanding the acromyms. What the heck is MS? Apart from a debilitating disese?
    To be serious, I need to understand the use of Avios on airlines other than BA How do you easily search for availability on one world partners? And also, how do you convince your partner that 6 flights to get from A to B is good use of your time (& earns millions of tier points!)

  95. No, but I’d love to hear more about hotels and points. Sure I can transfer UR to hotels, but many of them require so many points that I just about faint when I consider what I had to spend to get those points!!

  96. Because everything changes so fast, I’d like an updated series “best awards” – covering Star and Oneworld (Sky-Delta is lost anyway). Many people sit on lots of miles and are looking for the best way to use them before the upcoming/ongoing devaluation. Best First/Business class to score, which miles to use, how. Seems like Asiana is gone from United for example, Emirates on alaska are lost too, SQ stopped releasing suites. Time for an update.

  97. I haven’t been to an FTU yet, but I’d love to learn more about the byzantine rules behind stopovers and open jaws.

  98. It would be extremely helpful to learn more about how to incorporate stopovers into your award tickets. I always get confused on how I can include them without using extra points, if your stopover has to be going east not west or whatever, etc.

    Thanks!

  99. Have not attended in the past — would like to learn about how to redeem points/miles/free nights from credit cards for aspirational trips for a family of 4. It’s so hard to find four seats on the same flight and then many of the hotels abroad don’t seem to allow 4 in one room.

  100. Love the great work you do Ben.

    I’ve never been to FTU nor can I see myself going. Every question asked in these comments can be googled easily and quickly. There is a blog post somewhere that explains exactly what you want to know.

    What I think you should cover at FTU is the importance of flexibility. If you have one type of mileage (say american) you can have two of the these: Exact dates, Class of Service you want, No Fuel Surcharges, Destinations you want.

    If you have flexible currencies like Amex points or Ultimate rewards you can have 3 or even all four of those things. But that’s because you added another level of flexibility.

  101. I seriously considered attending, but ultimately decided against. I liked the Chicago Seminars, but was looking for more of a FTU Advanced type setup on this round. With a regular FTU, the time, experience, and expertise of you and others is largely spent on the basics, where I’d rather spend more time on learning.

  102. Whether or not you’ve attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past?
    – No, this will be my first! 🙂

    If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU?
    – With the recent changes / devaluations in award charts and partners for airlines and hotels, what sort of “dream award” can we still look forward to in 2015? Like tangible examples of great value awards that are still bookable with points (either cc, hotel or airline points).

  103. I have not attended an FTU event yet, but would be interested in the future. With that said, a topic to learn more about is how to maximize travel using all the main bank rewards and CC’s to travel to specific continents. Too many thoughts on how best to hack the travel for a specific continent/country. Thanks!

  104. Hi Lucky!! (so sorry to hear about your mom being robbed in Jakarta!! …..hope she is alright!)

    I read your blog daily and quite a few other boardingarea.com blogs….view from the wing, mommy pioints etc.. but I’ve never been to a FTU…maybe, hopefully sometime in the future! …Put faces with names!

    I always travel in a foursome….husband, two girls……so I guess I would want more “group travel” suggestions….I mean I would love to travel first class everywhere I go, but points X 4 is a little hard to come by! I love hearing your first class air flight stories but it isn’t attainable for family travel so easily.
    \
    But I do love your blog!

  105. Lucky I’ve been to 3 FTU tampa,Chicago advanced and Washington advanced – I enjoyed your presentation along with Greg and Stefan
    I think a live training on booking advanced rewards would be a great idea
    Maybe you and Stefan could have fun booking sweet routes including some different island hopper routes etc
    You both worked real good together – I would volunteer as I also live in hotels full time and I’m free to travel anywhere anytime and also have 3 million miles and points . You guys could have fun sending me to some island only Stefan has been lol
    It could be a 1 to 6 month trip
    I think it would be fun and going by a lot of remarks above -a lot want to know about redemption ‘ s

  106. I have not attended but have been considering it recently. As somebody somewhat new to all this what I still struggle with is credit card strategy. Which are the must haves, which are maybes depending on your normal airlines, how do the points systems interact with each other, etc.

  107. Haven’t been to FTU. Subject I’d like to see addressed: strategies for diversifying a FFM portfolio to best cover various travel needs.

  108. I have not attended in the past but I am considering this one in Dallas.

    I would be more interested in knowing more about award redemption techniques.

  109. Just one previously. I quite liked the session with the more “Secret” or rather unpublished tricks out there, I think that one session provides more info than any other. Though of course, with that large a crowd its not necessarily a great idea either.

  110. Love the blog! Hello! I have not yet had the opportunity to attend one of the FTU’s, but would love to know what knowledge can I get there that I couldn’t just follow the blog.

    In terms of learning, I’d love to learn how to get a business and get some of the lucrative business credit cards people are always getting. I’ve tried multiple times to follow the procedure of telling them I buy/own domain names/sell things on ebay etc. but they always ask how much $$ am I making, which is only $50-$100 a month, and always decline my offer. What am I doing wrong?

  111. I’ve never attended a Frequent Traveler University.

    If I were to attend one day, I would like to learn the in and outs about redeeming mileage through the multiple loyalty programs such as AMEX reward points, Chase UR, and Starpoints.

  112. I’ve never attended. I’d love to learn more about how to manufacture points and redeem them. I’ve been following travel blogs for about two years now and I’m slowly getting my bearings, but I still find it all a little confusing.

  113. I have not attended FTU. If it came back to Seattle, I might go. As a person who just moved to Seattle from the CA Bay Area, I struggled with my Frequent Flyer plan. I used to be United Mileage Plus 1K, then Platinum, then Gold, now Silver. I’m just under 900K lifetime miles. I hate to fly United out of SEA, not just for their poor service (which I believe most domestic carriers are pretty much the same), but because of the limited non-stop flights (domestic and international). It was a lot easier flying out of SFO and SJC. I could usually find direct flights on United, since it was a United hub. So I went through most of the frequent traveler sites and blogs to help me choose the next airline/alliance. I wish there was a list of best airlines/alliance based on geographical location or airport. I know that it might vary based on travel destinations. I’m giving Alaska Airlines a try and hope it will be my long-term solution.

  114. I would be very interested in a discussion regarding the perks of travel and loyalty. Specifically, I would be interested in knowing what perks certain products and loyalty programs provide that may be obscure or that people often do not know to ask for.

  115. I have never attended, but would love to in the future, especially the one at DFW. But either way, I would love to learn more about the tricks to redeeming miles. My family gets plenty of miles, and I would love to be able to use those collectively to get us to somewhere more special than Kansas City or California, which isn’t what I would call aspirational. So, basically, I would love to hear about the redemption process exclusively.

    Also, my entire family is OneWorld exclusively, so I would also like to see somebody line up the major alliances and do a compare and contrast kind of thing, which would put more of a perspective on it for me. I read your reviews, and it is either credit cards or having miles with one airline. I want to figure out if credit-card churning would be the right option and I would stay loyal to OneWorld, or if it would be more advantageous to pick up an account with Star Alliance or SkyTeam and use miles/points from cards to take a few flights with OneWorld. The big part of this, that I would like to see, should be route network, airlines, aspirational products, credit card partners, etc.

    Thanks so much. Wish I could be at FTU!

  116. No, but have recently become VERY interested in travel rewards. I would want to know most how to find deals that actually “save” you money. For example, 1-800-flowers used to be eligible for sw companion pass and still has current promo of 1750 sw points for purchase of $29.99 and above. In this example you spend $29.99 plus $13 shipping cost (or $30 for membership fee that enables free shipping for year). In total you are spending $43 to receive 1750 sw points. Sw value is 1.7 cents/point and companion pass doubles that. So you are receiving potentially $59.50 of southwest dollars for spending $43, thus netting you $16.50. And oh Ya you get $30 of “free” flowers, chocolates, etc as well.

  117. I’ve never attended an FTU as I live on the other side of the world but would love to one day!

    I think a great presentation would be on the easiest and best redemptions in Business and First Class internationally. Ie when both availability and product come together.
    An example might be First Class from SFO to HND with JAL, especially if you are coming from the East Coast and do NYC>SFO in AA Transcon first class as well.

  118. I’ve never been seeing as it’s always in America and I can’t fly over from the uk just for it. I’d like to learn more about mileage running in Europe and about mileage programs for Europeans, however I know this is a very niche topic

  119. I have not attended an FTU session in the past, and I’m only now just learning what it is!

    I am still quite new to this “game” and find it fun and amusing as a hobby (that often borders on obsession!).

    In general, things that I’d like to hear about are:
    1. Credit card strategy – How often to apply? Keep or cancel? (this of course assumes not carrying balances ever and possessing sterling credit scores).
    2. Historical trends and how they may apply to today’s points/miles hobbyist? This would basically pertain to things that someone who has been doing this much longer than me has seen/gone through and how that can be a lesson or benefit to the future.
    3. Spending points/redeeming miles strategies – Most efficient? Best airlines/hotels? Etc.
    4. Better understanding of award flight searching – maybe even a beginner’s course on ITA Matrix, etc.
    5. Q&A session for anything I may think of before then! lol

  120. Never attended. I get asked all the time about how we travel so much for almost free. I point them to flyertalk and to yours and others sites. Would a service work for this type of need?

  121. I have never attended FTU, but if I did, I would be interested in learning more about fuel dumps. I understand the concept, but have never been able to find anything useful.

  122. I’d like to know how to buy tickets to Australia on AA and use miles not 500 mile rewards to upgrade to business class. I can’t be the only one and I googled this to death.

    As background, I don’t want to use miles to get there b/c I want the miles to count toward elite status.

  123. Hello Ben,

    I have never attend a Frequent Traveler University in the past. In all honesty, by reading numerous blogs, I always wonder if I would gain anything else by doing so.

    I would most like to learn about or discuss the following topics:

    1. Traveling is a great way to experience culture and how other parts of the world live. I always find it fascinating and it open’s one’s mind. I think just as important is talking with others and building friendships. Ben – you seem to make friends wherever you guy and always chatting up flight attendants, pilots, fellow passengers, etc. It would be great to know how you strike up conversation, what you discuss, etc. I love to socialize, but many times it seems people are not interested or the “opening line” is tough to come up with.
    2. Redeeming for First Class is wonderful and truly a feat. I always say getting there is a vacation on its own and can make or break your experience (i.e. First Class on an international airline vs. business on a US Airline) and is just as fun as being at your actual destination. Once at your destination, I tend to view vacations as splurges and going beyond your means. Sometimes splurging on great suites or top properties is nice. I feel getting the exact room type and view I want is extremely important and try to get assigned to a particular room in advance. But these nightly hotel costs can add up. Even if your flight was free, the hotels can be a significant expense. Other than St. Regis, it is tough to book free stays at other properties (Four Seasons, Peninsula, etc). And while Virtuoso and FHR make it a better deal, it is still costly. What are ways to minimize the overall costs of stays, if there is one.

    Thanks for all your hard work!

  124. I’ve never attended FTU, but I would most certainly attend if there was a talk about how to optimize travel out of SFO (both domestic and international) while minimizing travel on United.

  125. No I have never been to FTU and had no clue there was such an event that is awesome!
    As a follower of so many forums and blogs it seems very difficult and time consuming to be able to show someone else the ropes.. so I am interested in seeing if there is some type of “online course” or live webinar to consolidate all the information for those just starting the hobby and be able to learn faster from the experts.
    I have pointed my friends and family to this forum and have forwarded many blog newsletters but still not encompassing of all the ins and outs.
    I would certainly make use of the Hyatt gift card for our upcoming trip to the keys.( new one in Marathon)

  126. I’ve never been, but I’ve started getting into this hobby. I’d love to have a “beginner’s” course – basics you need to know, best practices, and initial tips to get started. I’ve read around, but I haven’t heard a lot of firsthand stories nor do I have a full perspective on things I should know about.

  127. i haven’t attended in the past, but i would love to learn about top redemption values per program/region.

  128. Nope! I’d love to go more and learn about ways couples use CC rewards to offset the cost of travel without MS and opening a card every 90 days. Basically, a “conservative” travel hacking approach.

  129. I have never attended FTU, but did spend the weekend in Chicago in October. I would love to have an in depth look at how to use and navigate Flyer Talk.

  130. Whether or not you’ve attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past? No

    I’d be interested in some speculation/history of how bloggers have impacted the hobby along with the effect of the economy on the airline industry.

    ie. everyone knows about the Mint and pudding, but any other major deals that historically worked well until they didn’t, and then more background on your story of flying around the US over the summer and why those kinds of deals were available then and not now.

  131. Have never attended FTU. I would like to hear the strategies to maximize miles and points for those of us who work in the nonprofit sector but travel a lot. We have limited resources but want to experience the benefits of all our time on the road. Thanks!

  132. I have attended 3 FTU events in Tampa, Seattle and DC.
    They have all had a positive impact on my travel footprint.
    When I left the first FTU I thought my head would explode. Then I had time to process the information and take it for a whirl.

    Since then, I have learned so much from the seminars with special thanks to Ben and the Pizza Man.
    I have Diamond status with Hyatt thanks to finding out about a Diamond Challenge and travel in a style that is intoxicating. I have new philosophy about life and I owe it all to FTU.

    We just had a family vacation in Marco Island and everyone stayed in a suite thanks to Hilton points.

    I plan to attend DFW.

    PS—I would love a seminar on JetBlue

  133. I have attended 3 FTUs—Tampa, Seattle and DC.

    All have left a positive impact on my travel foorprint.

    Since then, I have learned so much from the seminars with special thanks to Ben and the Pizza Man.
    I have Diamond status with Hyatt thanks to finding out about a Diamond Challenge and travel in a style that is intoxicating. I have new philosophy about life and I owe it all to FTU.

    We just had a family vacation in Marco Island and everyone stayed in a suite thanks to Hilton points.

    I plan to attend DFW.

    PS—I would love a seminar on JetBlue

  134. I haven’t attended an FTU session so I’m excited for this one. I’m new to this game and having a hard time/somehow scared of manufactured spending. I would like to learn more about ways other than MS to earn more miles or maybe I just need a validation from fellow hobbyists that’s it’s ok to MS.

    FTU makes me feel like I’m going to a Comic Con!

  135. No, I have not attended before.

    I would be interested in attending if I thought there would be more focus on traveling with families than on traveling in business or first class. Getting multiple awards on a single flight during school vacations are a challenge, and finding good value in this area would be really welcome.

  136. I have never been to FTU but would love to when my schedule allows.

    I would love to hear more about aspirational properties in the Misdle East as I think you have experience and authority in this area compared to other sites.

  137. I’ve attended before. I found it really useful to learn about all the different availability tools out there such as ITA Matrix and screenscrape tools such as KVS. Quite often people focus so much on using the individual airline’s calendar to search for availability, they miss the first step which is really finding out what flights are out there to search availability on. It would be good to cover a “from go to whoa” type session where you go through where you want to go, find out what could get you there, and then take people through searching the availability to get there.

  138. I attended FTU in DC a few years ago and really enjoyed Seth from Wandering Aramean’s presentation about maximizing United’s routing rules on award redemptions (this was before they tightened the rules and gutted their award chart). It’s always helpful to learn about ways to maximize layovers, stopovers, and open jaws.

  139. Yes, I attended the first Advanced FTU. I most enjoyed learning about frequent flyer mile availability trends for each of the alliances during your talk.

  140. No, but I would be interested in learning more about how to efficiently and effectively deal with airline phone reps.

  141. Never been…would want to go to see what u look like in real life (eww, sounds creepy) and to talk to the bloggers to find out what other careers they have had prior to full time blogging.

    Interested in hearing about secrets that aren’t discussed on the blog for fear readers would abuse.

  142. First time attendee. My Dad and I will be there together.

    We want to take a points enabled round the world dash this year, so that’s what I’m looking for info about. Patching together trips from multiple carriers with multiple points currencies; pitfalls, easy outs (don’t want to get metaphorically Busted Flat in Bangkok), not to be missed, etc.

    Other than that, some strategies to tame my cigar box of credit cards, and some hilarious war stories. Looking forward to it!

  143. My wife and I have had the pleasure of attending 3 FTU sessions. Tampa, Seattle and DC. We’ve learned a lot on the many ways to get and use points. To that end we have learned to travel and save a lot of money.
    The majority of seminars concentrate on travel to exotic countries. That’s great, but I’d like to see a separate seminar, or more time spent at other seminars, on domestic travel. At this time, we travel the US, seeing new places and visiting friends and relatives scattered around the country.
    We are not million milers, we’re not even close. Thanks to presenters like Ben and the Pizza Man, we have a variety of hotel and airline status’. Just wondering what we’re missing on travel in the USA.
    Making plans now for Dallas.

  144. I have not been lucky enough to attend FTU yet, but I would like to learn more about MS. Redbird and other basic techniques are a good way to pad my balance at times, but I think there is definitely room to improve when I hear about people turning $100k+/mo. Thanks!

  145. With US Airways existing Star Alliance and merging with American, I want to learn more about redeeming miles for premium seat international travel using AAdvantage miles. Thank you!

  146. I’ve never attended. I would love a step by step “how to” for accumulating as many points as possible without having to spend money. Status doesn’t matter much to me unless it will increase my earnings.

  147. I’ve been to the FTU in D.C. last year.

    I do think that besides all the knowledge and skills from there, learning how to use ita properly is definitely the most valuable skill that I was expecting to learn…

  148. Hey Lucky, love the blog and thanks for your help as always. I haven’t attended FTU yet but intend to next year. I follow your Twitter, IG and blog religiously so I’ve learned a lot about the hobby and products (especially Emriates and Etihad) through your stories.

    Ideally, I’d love to hear more stuff about top redemptions that maybe go under the radar at times. I also love to hear about credit card strategies when it’s time to sign up for various cards or when retention time hits. I’m enthralled buy these subjects and many more pertaining to the points/miles hobby.

    Keep documenting, I’ll keep soaking it all up.

  149. Have never attended, although would love to, especially this one, and for a random reason probably Ben can appreciate, aside from being a frequent traveler and point user, I really liked the breakfast I had at the Hyatt DFW! I was stranded there over night when my flight to Paris was cancelled and the breakfast was as good as any I had during my two week stint in Paris following that! And it’s not for lack of knowing where to eat there, either, it just was tasty!

    Anyway, what I would like to hear about:
    1. This is a specific topic that maybe is too narrow for the event, but with US Air and American merging, I am confused which credit card offer to take advantage of. I travel with both of them, but likely use US more frequently. But the cards currently say they offer either zone

  150. comment got cut off while typing… anyway, regarding the comment above, I was saying that the credit card offers for US Air vs American offer Zone 1 or Zone 2 boarding but only for their airlines, not for the other. So I don’t know if these cards will mesh when US Air and American are one… will I get free baggage on both with one card? Will I get priority boarding with both or will I still need two cards?

    So that is one of the topics I would like to hear about. Other than that, regarding mileage credit cards, how many can you apply for in a short period of time and not have it screw up your credit? I’d like to hear more about card churning because it has always been something I’ve been hesitant to do.

    Also would like to know if you have any thoughts on using gift cards for hotels that you’ve purchased through resellers? pros/ cons?

    Thanks!

  151. Unfortunately, I have NOT attended a FTU seminar yet, but I am an avid reader of this blog and others. I nescessary topic to be discussed, or a dedicated folder on all travel bloggers’ sites should be “Safety and Demographics of each vista, inclusive of airport, hotel and other locales”. Your mother’s story in Barcelona will be on my mind when traveling to Barcelona in April with my family and I will be on “alert”. Many years ago, Travel & Leisure magazine had a colum on a new NY restaurant (Fresh Fruit) located in the Lower East Side. The article had a phenomenal work up on the restaurant, but failed to mention that just outside its’ doors was one of the most dangerous, drug infested streets in all of NYC (Clinton & Rivington Streets, circa 1994). A year or so later, the restauranteur was beaten badly outside the restaurant. Moral of my story…. I knew this neighborhood well, and was baffles that Travel and Leisure was sending its’ readers here, without warning. I have NEVER looked at that magazine the same way and never looked at blogs without speculation of where I was visiting. Bloggers do not know all the in and outs of every neighborhood worldwide, but a network of travelers could create this (similarly to TripAdvisor).

    Hope I am making sense here ? I love to travel with my family and I try to do my due diligence with all the tools afforded online, coupled with following my instincts.

    Thanks for sharing your mom’s unfortunate ordeal. It is a reminder and wake up call to many travelers reading your blog and other affiliated blogs who attached this.

  152. Whats the best program to maximize both Amex and chase points for at minimum business class to Australia? Is there a specific us airline program that should also be maximized along wiTh the above programs.

  153. Thanks for all the tips!

    Never attended before.

    I’ve been practicing these strategies for a while, and one place I consistently run into trouble is planning for my family of 4 people. Many strategies work great for 1, pretty well for 2, but then fall apart for 4. Here are some examples:

    * When attempting to use Avios to fly to Europe, I used Qantas to check for openings on Aer Lingus, and found the flight I wanted and 4 available seats. But when I called BA to book, they only had 2 seats available. I had them check other dates. Then other dates. Then others. Eventually, they confirmed that they are only given 2 award seats on any flight.

    * When attempting to use hotel points or free night bonuses in Europe. Most European hotels don’t have rooms with a 2-double configuration, and they don’t allow you to use your freebies on suites. There are rare exceptions, but in general I have found it extremely difficult to find free family lodging Europe.

    If there were a good session that had more info than what’s out on the internet for planning for 4, that might get me to attend.

  154. I have not attended a previous event. I would love to hear you tell stories relating to your name – tell us about times that have made you feel especially lucky.

  155. Never been to FTU.
    Would like to get a list of top 25 chain hotels in each continent (redemption+value+luxury)

  156. I think the most challenging part of chasing points/frequent travel/etc., is the lenght of planning that goes into all of it. While last-minute deals are certainly a big part of what we do, I feel most of it comes down to setting a goal of a trip/point total/etc that we plan out months or even years in advance to make sure we take advantage of every opportunity along the way.

    With busy schedules, taking the time to set such long-term goals can be difficult.

  157. I have never attended a FTU, but would love to go if the timing worked out at some point.

    My biggest interest is in family travel. I love reading about aspirational awards, but those are not usually the best use of miles and points for a family who has to plan around school vacations. I am also always looking for hotel redemptions that allow more than two people on standard awards.

  158. I haven’t been to an FTU yet. When there is one in Los Angeles I’ll be there!
    Something that I would like to hear more about is manufactured spend techniques. I know that Serve and Redcard are considered replacements to the now mostly defunct Bluebird, but I’d like to learn more about “simple” MS techniques for large spend thresholds.

  159. I have not attended FTU, but would if I was available.

    I’m a domestic, family traveler, so I’d love tips on redeeming flights within the US for 3 or 4 people in coach (3 or 4 roundtrip flights per year). Should I be loyal to one or two programs? Or diversify across all the airlines and partners? (I’m basically accumulating miles across the board using credit card bonuses – along with my wife – so we’re just grabbing whatever we can right note. Who knows when we’ll be able to use them.)

  160. I haven’t made it to FYI yet but I hope to soon! In regards to what I would like to see that would be about how to book an airline you using a different airlines miles. Especially with how best to communicate if there is a concern.

  161. I haven’t attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past. But I’d like to discuss at an FTU how small business owners can maximize the reward earning opportunities and make optimum use of the related redemptions.

  162. I have been to FTU in the past and am going to Advanced in San Diego.

    It would be helpful to hear strategies geared toward different types of travelers and earners. I rarely fly domestic and almost always pay for those flights. I don’t travel for work so have no miles earning capacity in that manner. Status is rather unimportant, though I am am AA million miler. Club access is available because of credit cards and business or first international travel. So….. my profile is different than many others.

    When booking award tickets, I find the routing options staggering. I have enough miles on all the alliances to give me almost innumerable options. I use a spreadsheet to do the research. Expert advice on this at FTU would be really helpful.

  163. I have not attended, but would love to hear more about the correct travel lingo for getting the best results with airlines and hotels.

  164. No, I’ve never attended, but yes, I plan to in the future.

    What topic would I most like to learn about? What is the worst part of travel? The hotel rooms? No, the credit cards? No. It’s the flying. Coach has become truly atrocious and using ff miles has become impossible. They are essentially worthless. I’d like a lecture on how to best get upgrades.

  165. Hi Lucky.

    I’ve attended the Chicago Seminars – not FTU.

    Heard you speak about routing rules for booking award tickets and got the most out of that presentation!

    At future FTU, I’d enjoy hearing about your money-saving strategies while on the road full-time. … Including when/where/how you economize and when & for what types of goods and services you splurge or choose to spend more money on day-to-day. I know when I’m on a long trip, it can get expensive paying a premium for everything – food, drinks, transportation, activities, phone, Internet, laundry etc. Tell us what you do! That would be interesting to hear!

    Thanks!

  166. I have never attended but would love to.

    I would like to hear a talk about codeshare versus venture partnership.

  167. •Whether or not you’ve attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past?
    •If Yes, what topics have you most enjoyed learning about?
    •If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU?

    I have not attended and FTU yet. I would be attending the one in San Diego but the organizers did not check with me first on the dates and I already had a vacation booked.

    I would be most interested in Using KVS Tool & Expert Flyer to Search for Fares and Availability (fare construction) if a live demo was done.

    With the upcoming reduced mileage earning for flights (e.g. United), what is the best way to credit miles to another airline program (e.g. Singapore) while still retaining status benefits on the airline you are flying?

  168. I attended FTU in LAX and heard about US Airways agents from you, Ben for the first time. You were even kind enough to clarify that these were good people with awful training, a distinction not many people make…

    Anyways, I don’t know if this is possible in a seminar format, but I’d love to hear you suggestions on how to approach trip planning as a non-elite traveler. How do you approach selecting a hotel? Choosing between promotions, rates, discount sites, etc etc. Rental cars come with their own plethora of discount codes and group rates. It’s easy to go crazy looking for the best deal! Hearing how someone with expertise in this area tackles things would be great.

  169. Haven’t been to FTU yet.

    Even so, I’d like to learn more about maximizing the value on multi-city award bookings. I’m planning an Asia trip for the future, and this would be very helpful as I would rather visit multiple cities rather than just one.

  170. Since I have some, but not alot of points in several programs, I’d love to learn a quick way to determine what hotel award is best for me and when it’s better to just pay cash and earn more points.

  171. I have not attended before and this is the first I have heard of it. Tips on redemption and keeping track of miles and promotions would of interest.

  172. If you or any of the UA gurus (Seth Miller, Matt Klint, etc.) can perhaps have a session on advanced UA Mileageplus award search and showing us some good tricks that normally won’t be on the blogs or in secret code in FlyerTalk (i.e. there was a comment in one of your earlier blog posts were someone redeemed 140K miles r/t on ANA First).
    This can also be a session for Avianca or BA or DL or AF/KLM or any FF program where the computer does the search, etc. since I’m sure there are glitches in most of these programs!

  173. Whoops! Forgot to answer the earlier q’s:

    Whether or not you’ve attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past?
    Yes — FTU Tampa, Seattle & FTU Adv Chicago, San Diego (coming up!)
    If Yes, what topics have you most enjoyed learning about?
    Tricks that I can’t learn from blogs, etc. I recall learning how to buy 10K AS miles for a really good rate from one of your sessions!
    If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU?
    IT glitches on online award search tools (see previous post above.) From booking MH First using BA site two years ago to booking LH F on Avianca a year ago, I know both these glitches are dead but I think these topics would definitely be for the advanced folks.

  174. Attended: Yes, several in DC, ORD, SEA.
    Topics Most Enjoyed: Presentations on optimizing travel ie bumps, hotel programs, booking the lowest fare, optimizing flights during delays/cancellations. I would have also enjoyed the live booking an award calls, but I was not there for that one. Also enjoy learning about what products and services presenters find most useful. Learning about undocumented features in programs or how to get undocumented or unofficial benefits. I read the blogs every day, so I’m mainly looking for more details that may not be written in the blogs.
    Improvements: Sometimes the topics get a bit far fetched, ie in possible awards, etc. A lot of people just say need a business or first class ticket to London, but can’t route through South Asia, etc. Sometimes the awards and places discussed are a bit out there.
    Excited Most Recently About: #30ktonowhere got the CP status based on 40 segments!

  175. No, not yet.

    I would love to hear suggestions targeting the less-frequent traveler, aimed at maximizing practical family travel rather than aspirational awards. My goal for this hobby is to accumulate enough miles and points to take my wife and child on vacation in North America, which may seem very pedestrian to those who can plan multiple trips to exotic locales during a year.

  176. I’ve attended three FTU’s before – McLean/DC, Tampa, and Seattle.

    The FTU faculty has done a great job identifying the weak points in the redemption game. However, I think there’s an opportunity to really get down to the numbers – to quantify why certain redemptions are a great value. For example, we intuitively know that USDM’s “North” Asia business class redemption is/was incredibly great value. What makes it a great value though? Why can everyone reach for these redemptions? How can we compare the money we put in to the various currency transformations that produce a trip of value? The primary question is – how can we distill what we intuitively know are great redemptions, and prove it using numbers?

    I believe that the FTU’s are a bit too qualitative. We hear “In my opinion, this is the best business class product!” to “this is without a doubt, the best way to redeem avios points”. How can we compare what goes in, to what comes out? I think we can really double-down on numbers to prove value.

  177. I have not attended FTU, but would be interested, family schedule permitting.

    One topic I would like to hear about is the “Worst Case Scenarios” about how things can possibly go wrong and steps that can be taken to prevent/mitigate these scenarios. Often all we see and hear about are the benefits; while these are great to know about there can be hazards and problems to be avoided.

  178. I attended FTU in DC this past December. I would like to learn how to book obscure award tickets and techniques for racking up large sums of miles besides “cc churning.”

  179. Whether or not you’ve attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past?
    yes
    If Yes, what topics have you most enjoyed learning about?
    award sweet spots.

    I know you aren’t one of the organizers, but it would really be helpful if there were more advanced tracks for some of the sessions. No offense to the newbies, but I found that they continuously interrupted the presentations with pretty basic questions so that it was difficult to get to more advanced topics. Particularly given FTU’s commitment to making the advanced sessions smaller and more expensive, providing value for the other advanced/intermediate travelers is important.

  180. Won’t be able to attend FTU. If I could, I’d really like to see Ben (or anyone else) provide a calendar/tool on the earliest booking dates/windows for flights and hotels. I’ve read all about Ben and his travels, but what I really want to know (maybe someone else agrees with me) is for airline xyz and hotel abc, what are the different booking windows. Keep up the great work!

  181. I have not been to FTU.
    I would like to learn the tricks how to book award tickets to maximize the value of my miles/points.

  182. I haven’t attended yet, but I’d like to. I would love to learn about using Avios for their maximum benefit without incurring all those fuel surcharges,. I have a bunch of Avios from the recent American Express Points transfer bonus, but when i look for ways to use them it seems like I am having to pay a lot out of pocket, which diminishes the value of using them.

  183. I attended FTU in SEA last year. What I most enjoyed was award booking tips/tricks. Most of the earn side is pretty well covered through blogs and FT but there are still a lot of more obscure rules and programs that I really liked and would like to learn more about.

  184. I have attended several FTUs and, in addition, to the learning aspect, I think it would be interesting to have a session with Ben, Gary, etc. telling some of their most interesting travel experiences.

  185. I have not attended, however, I would love to learn and hear about deals that aren’t published and widely known.

  186. I have not attended FTU, but I would like to learn more about how to find BRG opportunities, especially using tour operator rates to offset the exceptionally high end properties.

  187. I have not attended. I am relatively new to the points and miles arena. I have been booking flights within the US for the last 3 years for my family. Next year we want to travel with our son (12 yrs) old to Europe. I am a pro at getting to and from Hawaii on points and miles! But I would love to know more about earning towards these goals. I especially would want to know more about “upgrading” with miles. I find this to be totally overwhelming!

  188. Most lucrative promotional offers are going toward a targeted customer model nowadays. What can you do to become “more targeted” for these offers?

  189. I have never attended but that would be so great to be there and listen to all your great travel tips. I need to learn more about how to do the run for miles on airlines so I can maximize my money and miles.

  190. As someone who has attended multiple FTUs, I still keep going back year after year to learn more about points and travel. The topics I have enjoyed are

    1. Ask Lucky
    2. How increase in spend on credit cards can improve your status with hotels and airlines.
    3. How use travel websites to be a better award booker (Expert Flyer, ITA Matrix…)

    I hope this helps you and others attending the conferences. Thanks!

  191. Never attended. I’d like to know more about mile earning strategies when collecting miles of two airlines that are in the same alliance.

  192. Never been to FTU.. if I did I’d want to know about MS methods not reliant on buying and selling things online. What other ways still exist to hit MS quotas? Target RED?

  193. I’ve been to the most recent FTU. Recommend that the presenters have their presentations submitted to a central FTU place after the event where any attendee and retrieve any on-demand.

  194. I have not attended in the past. I’d most like to learn about how you best set your priorities for what miles to earn and then also to prioritize redemption.

  195. Two suggestions really.

    1) Redemption seems to be an issue for many, myself included. Maybe small sessions of 10-20 people for each type of miles. one room for those looking at redeeming Delta miles, another room set aside for those people looking for redeem United miles. Maybe another room on how to use Avios, etc.

    2) I have always wanted a small session (with laptop in hand) to really learn how to use ITA matrix. Whereas Scott has had some good presentations in past FTU sessions, this is still not a tool that I feel comfortable using. Again, small group where the participants would have laptops in hand, and the group would hit the keys and work the flights. Maybe limit the number of “students” and have more than one session if the interest warrants same.

    Yes, I have attended several FTU’s and enjoyed them all.

  196. Never attended. Would want to learn about how to find good mileage runs on daily basis other than those on FT.

  197. I haven’t gone yet, but would love to some day. I’d like to learn about strategies for people who are relatively low spenders on credit cards (no business expenses, average income, etc). What are some creative ways to increase spending? What are good strategies for lower point earning? It’s easy to get lots of accounts with a small balance- how can one build one or two big balances for a meaningful reward while limiting devaluation risk?

  198. I have never been

    I’d like to know how people have learned from their mistakes. The stories are usually more interesting. I for one tend to learn and retain this kind of information better.

    Note: I thought about this post last night and I just woke up and read about your Mom’s mistakes in Barcelona. These kinds of accounts and stories have a harder and more permanent impact then some stories about sitting poolside sipping margaritas.

  199. I’m attending my first FTU this April, and am looking forward to it! I travel tons for work, and with the help of this blog, have started to amass enough rewards miles to go on an aspirational trip. But since I’ve been in “earn” mode for the past few years, I have no idea how to “burn.” So, I’m most looking forward to the sessions that will help me figure out how to redeem awards, especially the session “Dream Destinations Using Miles and Points.” Hopefully after FTU, I’ll have a game plan for how to enjoy the points I’ve earned!

  200. Hello. I would like to know that if you had a limits as to how many credit cards you could have, what single card would give the reader the most bang for their buck , in combination with what hotel chain and airline (with their own rewards programs) it compliments the best.

  201. I’ve been to one. I’d like more advance notice of dates and hotel, so I can book flights with frequent flyer miles.

  202. I’ve attended one FTU and several Chicago Seminars. I vastly prefer the Chicago Seminars because they felt more welcoming and less packed with the people.
    I would like more sessions about which cards you can apply for more than once, as well as sessions on how to get particular places with miles. (Ie, “interested in Europe/Asia/Latin America? Get these miles”).
    I would like fewer sessions of speakers telling inside jokes between themselves about the things they did the night before while the people they make their living from sit there confused.
    I also think it would be better to have fewer “off the record” Q&A sessions where the speakers either exercise no control over the questioners or just call on their friends again and again. The Q&A sessions are a great opportunity but rarely seem to live up to their potential.

  203. I am looking forward to attending the Dallas FTU (my first).

    I would like to learn more about using miles to upgrade from paid economy to business or first. Can this be done? What is the process/rules for the various carriers? Can it be done when the economy ticket is purchased?

  204. One other suggestion.

    How about a session dedicated to Hawaii? Hawaii seems to be one of the most popular places to visit. Presenting all the information during one session would be educational and convenient. Include the best flights, airlines, ways to use miles between airlines, best flight experiences, hotels available for booking with points, good hotel values, comparing club level benefits between properties, etc.

    This would not only provide detailed information on Hawaii, but would provide us a template/model from which to go about evaluating other locations we might be interested in going.

  205. I haven’t attended FTU. However, if I had the chance to attend I would appreciate a session outlining the differences between Global Entry, TSA pre-check and Clear and how to use them at the airport. I’ve tried to sort it out myself but still get confused because there seems to be some overlap between the programs which makes it hard to determine which is the best choice.

  206. I’ve never attended a FTU and would most enjoy learning about tricks for getting better rates/rooms/services etc at hotels. As well as that some of your best stories and anecdotes on the topic would be good, including where things go wrong, you learn a lot more from a mistakes I find.

  207. I would like to know more about churning credit cards, which ones are churn able and which ones are most lucrative.

  208. Whether or not you’ve attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past? I did not

    If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU? I’d like to learn more about the the red card. I’d also like to learn about any free and near free MSing methods that are currently working.

  209. I haven’t attended Frequent Traveler University, but I have attended a one-day webinar and I’m regular reader of your site among many wonderful other ones.

    I think a session on “What to Do When Something Goes Wrong” would be great!

    Topics could include:

    – What to do when your plane is delayed or cancelled? (What numbers to call, what compensation is offered, etc)
    – What to do when your luggage goes missing? (What to do, who to contact, what you’re entitled to)
    – What to do when the itinerary you priced out won’t work via cash/points (Who to contact & what to say)
    – What to do if you miss a flight? (Who should you call, what should you say?)

    I think there’s quite a few topics that can be addressed and be sprinkled in with humorous anecdotes. I think attendees could chime in with questions or stories that happened to them, and the panelists could share what their best practices are to handle that situation.

    I think this panel could be entertaining and informative. Everyone has had a travel disaster, but knowing how to deal with one and how to turn it into a win (travel vouchers?!) is so important.

  210. Yes, I attended FTU Advanced in DC.

    I enjoyed learning about Hacking United.

    As a suggestion for improving, don’t show me things that are already on an airline’s website ie. Award Charts. I can do that myself.

  211. Whether or not you’ve attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past? No, I’ve never attended (yet)

    If Yes, what topics have you most enjoyed learning about? N/A

    If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU? I’m mostly a beginner, so I would love to learn more about redemption options on partner airlines, and how to get award tickets during peak travel times.

  212. I have never attended but I would be most interested in strategies for getting the most flights for the least points instead of on elite statues or luxury travel.

  213. No, I haven’t. I would like to know some successful experience of utilizing BEST RATE GUARANTEE to get great discount.

  214. I’ve never been, but would like to attend FlyerTalk 101 course that goes over lingo and some of the ins and outs of the forum.

  215. I have not attended before. I would really like to learn more about opportunities for OUS frequent fliers. That is to say, what sort of opportunities exist for say, Japanese people with Japanese credit card offers.

  216. 1. I have never attended a FTU
    2. N/A
    3. I know it might sound simple, but booking award tickets. I have 100k+ UR and 75k+ Amex Points and just can’t seem to squeeze the maximum value out of them.

  217. Hello-I have never attended the FTU. I would love to learn the right strategy to collect/spend miles in the most efficient way. How to follow all the news/twitter/updates with the right stategy. Think that’s the toughest part with the hobby:)

  218. I have not yet attended a FTU.

    If I did, I would love to learn about the possibilities for those of us based in Europe: credot card bonus, best earnig and redemption options for flights.

  219. Yes, I attended FTU in Tampa last year. Greatly enjoyed your live award booking “show” with Gary.

    I think a good topic to cover — and one you are uniquely qualified to present — is a discussion of top aspirational awards. Perhaps a “top ten” list of best products, explaining why they are so great and how to accrue and redeem points for them

  220. Never been to a FTU session before but if I did, i’d like to talk about the changing landscape of loyalty programs (atleast in the airline world). I’d also like to learn if things like spend thresholds are working (i.e. Delta and United).

  221. I’d like to learn how to redeems miles to far off places that aren’t on the radar of most people. The Stans, islands in the Pacific that aren’t tourist destinations, etc. .

  222. Yes, I have attended in the past and really enjoyed it. Would like to hear more about using miles for flights on non-US carriers and not to/from US. For instance, booking flights within Asia and any particularly good redemptions, economy or business.

  223. I’ve not attended in the past.

    I’ll most enjoy getting insights to the real threshold for the invite-only elite status of various programs. Without any published guidelines, I cease spending once I’ve read top status mid-year and then switch to other brands. If they want my business, they’d be wise to let people know what to shoot for.

  224. I’ve never attended, but if (when) i do i would like to learn more about how to – in reality – book weird, funky, unique and complex award tickets. 🙂

  225. I have never attended FTU, and I would love to hear more on how to do fuel dumps and perhaps understand the coded-lingo used on FT sometimes.

  226. Hello
    Unfortunately I haven’t been able to attend. As for topics, I’d be interested in tips for earning miles when frequent travel is not an option. I use my credit cards the best way I can and travel a couple of times a year but what I want to achieve is an annual first class ticket.

    Thanks.

  227. Whether or not you’ve attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past?
    Not yet!

    If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU?

    Hope to find info on how to find smaller “sub-groups” within the Frequent Flyer community. Sometimes it seem FT is just a massive entity easy to get lost in!

  228. I have not been to a FTU seminar before. I would like to learn more about how to book more difficult awards and tips for a family of 4.

  229. I haven’t attended, but would like to very much. I’d really like to know more about how to search for low (and sometimes mistake) fares myself. Like, what are some ways in which I can scour the travel sites and have unusually low fares come up. Or should I leave it to airfarewatchdog or theflightdeal.

  230. No, I haven’t been. The topic I want to learn about is how to find and book multiple legs with partner airlines and make sure it’s the cheapest/most efficient. For example, I’m trying to book to Tahiti and am confused on searching AA awards for different airlines or let the AA site pick a very random route. Can I book multiple partner awards on one booking? Where is the best place to layover and how does the decision to pick an airport affect the number of miles used?

  231. Haven’t attended.

    Would enjoy a session on the how, when, why, and which – for using the alternative search tools like ITA, ExpertFlyer, and airline alliance partner sites instead of just an airline’s own site.

  232. Yes – few years ago I attended similar conferences in Chicago and LA.

    At that time I wanted to learn the steps of planning and booking a unique award. After few years of reading your blog as well as others those topics are well covered. So as for future conferences Id love to hear about thoughts on loyalty programs and bank partnerships. So that I can be prepared and develop a solid strategy for traveling going forward.

  233. I have never attended, but would love to one day.

    There are several topics which I would love to discuss and hear more about, but having a family of 5, the topic that I would be most interested in would be what strategies, both in a sense of what credit cards to use as well as when to book and through what program, to use when booking award seats for several persons. I would also like to hear more about “manufactured spend” and loop holes within our hobby, such as mistake fares as well as free status and points.

    Thanks, Gabe

  234. Never been but intrigued. May have to check out since I live in DFW. Let me know if I can be of any local resource.

    Would most like to hear/read discussions about attitudes on black market of buying and selling points/mileage outside of the host programs.

  235. Never ever, unfortunately.

    It would be interesting to talk about regional difference of FFP and their outlook, because travellers go global as companies do.

  236. Haven’t been yet but slightly get interested in attending. Personally I would be most interested (as I am temp living in the Middle East): 1) most efficient use of miles and sweet spots in several major airlines’s award program (not excluding non-US ones such as airberlin, lufthansa, etihad etc) “departing the Middle East region”, 2) summary chart of major long-haul routes operated by the best hard products (planes) of different major airlines (including European and Gulf ones).

  237. no, I have not had the opportunity to attend but if I did I would like to learn more about booking aspirational award travel

  238. I almost went for my first FTU in Washington DC last year but I changed jobs and couldn’t. What I’m looking forward to learn is how to efficiently book awards from my airline program’s partners which is sometimes a brain twister to me.

  239. I have not attended Flu before unfortunately. Ibreallybhope I have the opportunity to go sometime.

    Anyway, I think I’d like to learn about the ins and outs of each frequent flyer program, like comparison of award chart sweet spots or elite benefits etc.

  240. I attended one FTU event a few years ago and found the comparisons of credit cards very useful at the time. The most useful information was shared during informal conversations where more experienced frequent travelers were willing to give advice and tips tailored to individual situations. I’ve now moved to an overseas post and I would welcome either more material on how to maximize results internationally, or more international events.

  241. I have never attended. However I would like to learn more about booking awards travel for complex international routes.

  242. No, I haven’t been before but am definitely interested in going. I would like to hear more about tips and tricks on obtaining top tier status at hotels, mostly hyatt.

  243. I have never attended a FTU only because it has never been offered close to my city. I’d love to know about the least known tricks of the trade, be it regarding MS or redemption related. Also, it would be great if someone put down a ‘value for time spent’ info regarding these avenues because MS is only a hobby for me and I’d much rather be up and about doing things I love than running to Targets and Walmart s to for RB and Kate stuff.

  244. I have not attended. Booking first class international awards with the least amount of FF miles is always a challenge. I would like to know better how to look for awards on partner airlines.

  245. I used to to FTU at Chicago every year, missed the last two.
    The best part is meeting old and new friends.

  246. Never attended an FTU.

    Have been following travel/miles blogs for the past 5-6 years (and accumulating miles for years beforehand). In this relatively brief period, the miles world has changed drastically. I would like to know which changes should a mileage pursuer make in light of these changes – i.e., mileage runs no longer worthwhile, etc., -and how to prepare for changes yet to come.

  247. I have not attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past. However, if I did, I would like to learn more about the best usage of the miles my husband and I have accumulated. I have saved a lot, but I think I could be more creative with the use of the miles. I’d also like to learn more about flying in business/first class without paying full price.

  248. I’ve haven’t attended…yet!

    I’d like to learn about the most efficient ways to earn points. How to get the most bang for my buck. I’m also interested in family travel and how to make my points go further.

  249. Attended Chicago DO in 2011. Pretty much familiar with all that was offered in the sessions, I’m still laughing about your presentation on how you worked UAL back then. Best part is chatting with others, that’s where the meat is. You have to mingle, you have to introduce yourself and be part of the conversation. Otherwise, you’re leaving way too much on the table.

  250. Whether or not you’ve attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past? No, sorry.

    If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU? How to read fare rules.

  251. I have not attended a FTU.

    If I were to attend I would be most interested in learning about:-

    1. Efficiency in travel – least stress while gaining talking points for the future (ie not missing something a bit quirky somewhere)

    2. Key local laws that a traveller might inadvertently break eg asking for an escort, no cant say that my wife might read this….thump that was her getting all 50 Shades on me…ouch…!

  252. I haven’t attended an FTU before but have heard great things about. Learning about how the mileage landscape is changing is probably the most crucial. A lot of sweet spots are being closed including the Dividend Miles bookings after the program folds into AAdvantage…etc. What are some sweet spots that we should now focus on and how can we take advantage of them.

  253. I haven’t been. I want to know how to book award tickets especially during peak season and how to make the most use of the miles I’ve accumulated.

  254. I have never attended FTU, but when and if there is an FTU Boston, I will be there! I’d love to learn more about end-on-end construction and how to piece together multiple great fares.

  255. I’d like a session on the best points for awards from the U.S. to each other region — taking into account prices and general availability.

  256. I have attended two FTUs in the past-a topic i’ve enjoyed the most would be when discussing the best ways to maximize your miles and time in first/business class through extensive routings. i’d love to learn more about fuel dumping next go around!

  257. I have never been to an FTU. There are two topics that would most interest me:

    1. How to come up with the best CC strategy
    2. What are the resources, you and other boarding area bloggers, use to find things like mistake fares, manufacture spending deals (i.e. the little secrets of the trade)

  258. I have not attended but if I would, i’d like to lean about non-US centric ways to earn miles (out of the box ways anyway)

  259. I haven’t attended before, but I would like to learn more award booking methods for the miles that I have and also additional MS techniques.

  260. I’ve not attended. Would like to learn about various strategies w/o having to open/churn credit cards infinitely –how to maximize what you have, and structure flights accordingly (bonus miles for fare class or during a time period, routing, etc.).

  261. I’ve never attended. I’d like to learn about ways to earn miles besides via credit card bonuses, and tricks for keeping mileage programs active so they don’t expire, allowing me to save up before a trip I might be planning.

  262. I’ve never attended a Frequent Traveler University, but if I were to attend, the topics I’d most like to learn about and discuss are:

    1. The mathematics of how to calculate the value of different points, and what assumptions need to made. Compare and contrast different expert fliers assumptions.
    2. Presentations from the most out-of-this-world redemptions of the past year (e.g. who redeemed points to go to Bangladesh and where’d you stay???)
    3. Frequent travelers thoughts on where the airline industry is heading in terms of alliances and mergers.

  263. I have not attended before.

    But, I think two good topics would be:

    Best strategies for long term hotel living.

    Best mileage earning/burning strategies. I believe you must cover the best earn rates that can earn enough for awards and the best award values combined.
    Just an idea….

    Cheers!

  264. I’ve never attended a FTU event although would like to one day

    Interested in learning more about open jaw and stop overs on award ticks.

  265. I’m looking forward to one day attending one of these myself. Would like to learn more about the advanced tools of KVS and ITA matrix

  266. Yes, When i first got introduced into this hobby, learning how to book and construct award tickets was (is) the most valuable.

  267. I’ve never attended FTU, but I will be attending FTU in Dallas in a couple of months. I would love to learn more about ways to maximize my earnings through credit card spend and shopping portals. I’m also bringing my husband with me to FTU. I would love to hear more about how credit card applications impact credit scores (short term and long term) and the payout analysis for credit cards with annual fees since I am always having to justify those cards! 🙂

  268. Have not attended. Would like to learn about redemption strategies. I’ve gotten somewhat good at collecting miles but am still woefully green about how to get the best redemptions. Also, something simple: is there a efficient way to track pending miles/points? Basically I keep it all on a small spreadsheet and it pops on my calendar every day. I then check if dining and shopping rewards, etc., have posted or at least show as pending. Is there something better?

  269. I have not attended a FTU before. They never seem to fit in my schedule.
    What I’d want to learn while I was there would be the secrets that aren’t published on FT or blogs, etc. That, to me, is the thing that I always feel like I’m missing out on.

  270. I’ve not attended in the past – never quite works with my schedule.

    I’ve made a number of award booking for family, but often its take what you can grab – the reality is when you’re dealing with lots of people’s schedules is that you rarely can book 11 months out and, in my case I’m often booking 2+ tickets. When are the best times to check back after you’ve booked to try and snag something better? What intervals and for which airlines. And what other tricks are there to save the time of ongoing checking?

  271. Never attended, but would be interesting to learn about credit card usage – most effective ways to maximize bonuses, churning, and the real impact of doing so on your credit score.

  272. I have never attended an FTU, but would if it were near Cleveland. I think a great topic would be how to manage and not ‘ Co-Mingle ‘ your finances, especially when MS’ing and shuffling around $5K a month via RedCard etc. Long Term Financial Planning and how it ties into the Churning Lifestyle would be helpful for those who are looking to save on Travel but are fiscally conservative and nervous about entering this arena.

  273. I haven’t been to any of the meetings but I would definitely like to be part of one.I would be interested in best credit cards to open for a beginner in this hobby.

  274. I have not attended before but I would like to learn about the award sweet spots of each of the major carriers.

  275. I have never attended.

    What I would be most interested in is hearing what everyone’s strategy is towards achieving their goals. For example, if one traveler has a goal of making several trips throughout the year, and staying at average hotels, I would like to know what their strategy was to achieve the points needed to meet their goal, how many points were needed, what kind of points they earned, and how they went about redeeming them as efficiently as possible. Same for the traveler who wants to take a couple of luxurious trips throughout the year. I would like to see their point accumulation strategy for the year, how many points were needed, and how they efficiently redeemed it. I think that getting some in depth insight on everyone’s strategy would help newbies like me to develop a strategy that works best for us and our goals, by taking great ideas from everyone’s strategies, and blending them to make our own, unique plan that fits us.

    Thanks again for your website and advice. It is very helpful!

  276. Went to FTU Tampa – I think one of my favorite sessions was learning how to book award travel – I’ve gotten lots of use out of that one!

  277. I’ve never attended FTU, but I would be interested in going one day. However, I would have to fly from a different state to attend, so what I’d really like to see is content that is unavailable on the internet. Or maybe a method of finding good deals that is too complicated to explain on a single blog post. Most of us can find out which credit cards to get for which signup bonuses after reading this and other sites. If I make the journey to Dallas, I want it to be for something I can’t get online.

    Thanks!

  278. I would like to learn about 1. Finding good airfares 2. Manufactured spend techniques 3. Advanced routing techniques when booking with miles.
    Thank you!

  279. I’ve never been to one and I’d obviously love to learn how to better take advantage of rewards/points, but I’d also love to hear more about how this is beneficial for hotels and airlines. It’s always been great redeeming points but how do they benefit from handing out free rooms and flights. How much does this effect ticket and room prices? Would it be beneficial for a hotel or airline to eliminate rewards and simply offer cheaper prices?

    Thanks!

  280. I have not attended an event in the past but they look like a lot of fun! I love the idea of like minded people getting together to discuss this hobby/obsession. I’d be interested in learning more about managing elite status across multiple programs. As a leisure traveler, I struggle to make top tier in any one program. Would it be better for me to shoot for top tier in one program or mid tier across several? Love the blog!

  281. I have never attended a FTU, but I would just love to! I would be particularly interested in more information on manufacturing spend. Also, I would like to learn how to find mistake fares myself!

  282. I’ve never attended an FTU, but I would love to learn more about lesser-known rewards programs like Miles and More, Avianca, Krisflyer, etc. It would be great to know the best redemptions so that I can get the most bang for my buck when I transfer points from MR, UR, etc.

  283. I’ve never attended FTU.

    I would be most interested in learning about ethical ways to MS and a guide to all of the different acronyms used on FT.

  284. I haven’t attended in the past, but if I could I would be interested in learning more about fuel dumps. Where and how to catch them, specifically.

  285. I have never attended a FTU event but I live in the Dallas area and was super excited to learn that Dallas will be the host for the next FTU.

    One thing I’ve noticed through experience and also reading blogs such as yours is the fact that when trying to book award tickets, some airline’s websites are very good while other airline’s websites are not so good. It gets very confusing as to which ones are good and which ones are bad and for those that are bad – what are some alternatives?? Basically, a session which provides an overview of the major airline’s websites and their viability as far as booking reward travel – as well as alternatives/options other than the airline’s website. Of course, I know you offer this type of service! You see, you could turn a very education session into one that is also somewhat of a promotional session for services that you offer. Kill 2 birds with 1 stone!!

  286. I’ve never attended, but I’ll hopefully attend the one in Dallas.

    I’d want to know about the best awards you’ve managed to puzzle together and whether these things can still be done.

    🙂

  287. I have not attended ftu before. I would love to learn about how to best use flex points like Chase UR points – where can I get the most value?

  288. I have not attended FTU before, but I would love to. I think the thing I’m most confused about is the best uses of points for short hauls outside of the US. Or how to create a RTW ticket using points – the ticketing rules are so different for each airline!

  289. I have never attended FTU but I am hoping to this year. I am interested in how to find mistake fares on my own 🙂

  290. I’ve attended the FTU in Washington, DC. I most enjoyed your sessions on award bookings via various airline programs, and sessions on manufactured spend and airfare search tools.

  291. No, not been to any FTU. But would like more discussions on new manufacturing spending techniques if I were to attend one. Cheers.

  292. Unfortunately I have not attended FTU.

    I would like to know how being a cosigner on a loan or a secondary credit card holder impacts our credit rating and score. We always talk about how our own credit cards and loans influence our credit score. But, for instance, do the amounts of the loan and credit card line go into the cosigner’s and secondary’s credit score calculation? Further, in regards to the loan, I know that if the primary does not pay, the cosigner bears the burden and would therefore have a hit to credit. On the other hand, for a secondary credit card holder, all burden goes to the primary. If I were to continue playing the game, I would like to know for certain how being a cosigner or secondary card holder would impact me.

  293. No, never been to FTU. However, would love to learn more about some ways ff can benefit and maximizing the miles to help with charitable donations.

  294. I’ve never attended an FTU (other meet-ups yes)
    What I would most want to learn about is how to maximize mileage redemptions (award chart sweet spots, complex multi city routings, glitches & tricks

  295. I attended the Advanced FTU in DC. I found most of the topics to be interesting but found the “advanced” sessions to be fairly basic. While topics such as Good Value/Extreme Rewards were a great reminder of awards availability, I found many of the “advanced” attendees to lack basic knowledge. Also, the number of attendees at the Advanced sessions greatly exceeded the number of tickets sold, so there were not enough seats — people have learned they can buy a regular session ticket (at lower cost) but attend the advanced sessions. Since the name badges were checked ONLY for lunch, MANY of us who purchased the advanced session tickets were forced to sit on the floor because regular session attendees were taking up our seats. Frankly, I had hoped to learn some “secrets” that aren’t publicly discussed at the sessions but was disappointed that this wasn’t the case. My #1 suggested topic would be “Place to Go with EXCELLENT award availability” — i.e., if you want to travel with 4 people in the middle of summer in a premium cabin, these are the destinations/routings you should consider and this is the best timing for you to book the space. Extreme value rewards are GREAT, but not if availability is POOR.

  296. I’d like to learn about dealing with the challenges in booking award tickets for my parents who are not US citizens and cannot apply US credit cards, whereas I can.

  297. I’d like to learn more about the agreements between airlines, esp. in case of flight cancellation and change of schedule.

  298. I’ve never attended and I want to learn ) the best/easiest ways to track all my reward accounts so no points expire!

  299. I am most interested in how one who books a lot of awards keeps track and basically flowcharts the process for most efficient and effective means for finding and booking. I have not yet been. Hopefully next year:)

  300. I have not attended FTU, but would be most interested in hearing about leveraging credit cards in order to obtain elite status with airlines and hotels.

  301. To enter, just go to the original post and tell me:

    Whether or not you’ve attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past?
    -NO
    If Yes, what topics have you most enjoyed learning about?
    -N/A
    If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU?
    -Tips/tricks that are not readily accessible on Internet, such as FD technique, Lifemiles tricks
    -Other things that are better to go to a conference to see in person

  302. Have not attended.

    I would love to hear strategies to take more travel vacations by working remotely. Lack of “time” to do a 3 week intl trip is just as much of a reason people do not go as is the cost/miles.

  303. I’ve never attended but would love to hear ideas/tricks to book good airfares for big family (10+) to the same flight and advanced routing techniques when booking with miles. Thank you!

  304. Wanted to attend the DC one, but couldn’t clear my sched.

    I’m really interested in how to maximize my miles redemption.

  305. I have never attended but I am interested in going. I just went heavy into earning miles through bonuses during the past year.

    I would want to know more about how to not get shut down from having too many accounts. I would also be interested in help for those who are occasional travelers but want to maximize the miles for free vacations.

  306. Attended Chicago event a few years ago.

    What interest me is learning about secrets or loopholes on award/revenue tickets that doesn’t get advertised in public forums.

  307. Yes! Been to two in DC. Loved learning about new destination ideas. How about a Saturday happy hour so there’s more easy opportunities to chat with people once you’ve gotten into the swing of things?

  308. I haven’t attended any FTU yet. I’d like to hear what is the best current miles redemption for 2015 airlines reward charts (in terms of quality, value, availability). Thank you for your hard work, even you are most of time in the luxury environment :).

  309. I would like to see a good way to catch all the amazing obscure airline sale fares. I have not had the opportunity yet to attend but I would love to sometime.

  310. I have never attended, but I would love to hear about how to best utilize miles I have accrued on partner airlines to increase my range of travel options.

  311. I haven’t made it yet, but I’d love to learn more ways to maximize points (both high earning potential and low redemption).

  312. I’ve never attended an FTU yet.

    What I’ve been thinking is, what’s the trend of the points and miles program? I feel that it seems like the hotel and airline companys care less and less about their program so the points and miles get devalued so often. Does that mean if I hold miles and not redeem them, I am actually losing?

    Thank you! Great blog!

  313. I’ve never attended but would like to know how to maximize the use of points especially when I have hotel points and airline miles in 2 different hotels and 3 different airlines.

  314. I have not had an opportunity to attend, but I love learning how to maximize my earnings back from these companies that keep maximizing their profits over releationships with their customers on what seems a quarterly basis.

  315. I’ve not attended, yet. I’d love to learn more about booking awards on partner airlines outside what’s bookable on the airline’s website.

  316. I haven’t attended a FTU, though I considered it when it was in Crystal City about a mile from my house. If I attended, I would most like to learn about the best way to diversify my balances, as I am pretty oneworld heavy at the moment.

  317. I haven’t attended yet, but am considering the Dallas FTU. I’m most interested in effective manufactured spend (limited number of steps, limited negative consequences, maximzing return).

  318. I would like to see advanced techniques like hidden city booking, including how to understand the coded FT thread on that topic. Also, how to solve complex award searching, you could call it, “The 10 coolest/hard-to-find premium cabin award redemptions, and how to get them.”

  319. No, I’ve not attended.

    I’d love to come up with a great sign up bonus strategy without risk of getting the stink eye from one of the big banks (Chase pops to mind). Long story short, Barclays is off the table due to my location (Iowa), and going outside the major issuers doesn’t have a lot of appeal, yet again due to my location since everything pretty much requires a positioning flight first. The scales are heavily weighted in Chase’s favor in terms of rewards, but concern is that may be over saturated with the issuer and have been slowly on the downtick. Always good to hear more perspectives on max exposure and risk.

  320. I have not been to a FTU before. I would like to learn more about how to book more difficult awards and tips for a family of 3. Thanks for all the great content you provide!

  321. I have not attended yet. I am most interested to know those secret international routes that you can always count on to have relatively more award availability based on your award booking experiences between any two continents in the world.

  322. i have not attended. If attending in future, I’d like to hear about the deals for MS which are not publicly shared on blogs and Flyertalk.

  323. I have never attended but a topic I would like to learn more about: Tools to use to organize and keep track of current promotions you are registered for

  324. No, I haven’t attended in the past, though I wish to!

    I’d like to explore partnership and status matching more in depth. It seems like a great way to earn/aquire status right before a large trip with a plethora of programs, without having to plan years in advance. I’d also like to attend a session on advanced MS techniques, particularly purchasing and liquidating Visa gift cards.

  325. I’ve never been to an FTU but I probably would be interested in more of a hands on workshop on tools for liking for award availability.

  326. I have not attended the FTU before.

    I just started traveling on a very frequent basis for my job — and so I have been taking advantage of points and offers with the goal of using it to pay for our trip to Europe at the end of the year.

    I would be most interested in learning how to maximize points i.e.:

    Hilton lets me put my American Airlines Advantage number on my reservations — am I getting double points?

    I was told that if I booked with Hyatt thru Delta.com that I would get points for Delta and Hyatt….this didn’t end up being the case — so what are the rules for booking and getting points?

    Really — my questions center around being able to earn, earn faster, track, and then use — seems pretty obvious, huh? 🙂

    Also, I guess an additional question would be is how to use the hotel benefits — I have heard that I am supposed to get free cocktails, waters, breakfast, etc for being a Platinum Hyatt Member — I am not seeing any benefit as of yet. In addition — who has the best points programs and why?

    I chose Hyatt because there is a Hyatt that is close by that my husband and I like to “staycation” at — but so far I feel the “perks” have been relatively lack luster.

    So — tell me the best programs, the best perks, and how to get awesome upgrades as a benefit for me being away from home so much 🙂

  327. I have not attended FTU yet; however, I would like to learn more on the in and out of booking awards on partner airline, and of course, some manufacturing spending. Thanks.

  328. I’ve never attended but if I do in the future I would like to learn more about credit card bonuses and churning.

  329. Definitely would be interested in learning about earning points through unique ways- once I’ve used up credit card reward points.

  330. I have not attended a FTU, but would like to do so in the future to meet all the other folks who enjoy the topic.

    It would be great to learn the best ways to stay on top of the miles/points news without major investments of time – which is in short supply.

    Thanks

  331. I attended the D.C. FTU and was pleasantly surprised by Stefan Krasowski’s presentation on rental cars and travel. He provided information that was immediately useful and helpful for those of us who prefer to take the wheel when traveling.

  332. I have never been lucky enough to attend a FTU program, but if I were to, I would love to hear about common tools used to begin when using points accrued, on a family vacation. Seems like there are almost an unlimited number of options for hotels, rentals, and restaurants. It would be great to see where it would be smart to begin, especially in foreign countries where sites like Yelp arent used

  333. I have not attended before, but I would be interested in learning the best way to apply for multiple credit cards while keeping my credit rating up.

  334. FTU is on my to-do list – hopefully next year. 🙂 I would love to learn more about developing long-term strategies to build both points/miles and secure status in programs.

  335. I have not attended FTU, but will do in future when it is closer to me in the Midwest.
    I would like to learn about “How to use my AA miles without paying the FAT Fuel Fees”. Alternate stop overs are okay. Etihad is one nice option, but could be very expensive at times.

  336. I have attended FTU in the past, and as someone who is still relatively new to all of this, I most enjoyed learning about how to use my points on different airline alliances.

  337. No, I’ve never attended a workshop.

    As a newbie to the “traveling hacking” I would love to learn more on how to maximize stop over and open jaws on tickets, and manufactured spending to pay for all my trips.

  338. No. I’d most enjoy how to maximize points for a family round trip to China to adopt our future child. I have start with United points but am thinking we will need more.

  339. I’ve not attended a FTU in the past.
    I’d like to learn more about boutique hotel chain status. I love my Kimpton Inner Circle status but their footprint is small and I’m sure if I can better maximize other boutique hotel stays.

  340. I have yet to attend a FTU, but am certainly interested in discussing the process of booking complex bookings (multiple legs) as well as booking during peak season.

  341. I have not attended in the past, but I would like to learn more about creative ways to create a business to be able to get bonus points from both personal and business card offers.

  342. No, I haven’t attended but thinking about Dallas. I’m most interested in maximizing award travel for the major airlines, especially during peak travel. And is there a way to figure Delta with all the new challenges to book award travel? Thanks!

  343. I haven’t attended FTU. I’d like to learn how to:

    1.Seamless churnable credit cards, how long to wait to apply in between, spend limit tips
    2. How to maximize partner award charts.
    3. Stopovers…I’m still confused
    4. hedging against devaluations

  344. I have never been to one before. I would most like to learn about the best ways to manufacture spend with reselling.

  345. I have never attended FTU. I would love to learn about how to book first class travel to Australia using the least amount of miles. This can get so complicated given the different partner airlines and such so it would be nice to have some insight on the best programs to start accumulating miles in, how far in advance to book etc to get the best options.

  346. I haven’t been to FTU before, but I would love to learn how to take advantage of mistake fares and to manage manufactured spend (especially while traveling abroad).

  347. Have you attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past? No
    If Yes, what topics have you most enjoyed learning about? N/A
    If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU?

    More advice on how to score travel rewards when you are not a business flyer.

  348. I have not yet attended a Frequent Traveler University (FTU). If I were to attend an FTU in the future, the topics I would like to learn about include:
    1. Examples of the kinds of spreadsheets travelers use to stay organized and keep track
    2. A table showing what pts (Chase, AMEX etc) can transfer to and in what ratio
    3. A table showing what miles (from each airline) can transfer to and in what ratio
    4. What amount of time must elapse, if any, to reapply for a credit card and receive the bonus. A comprehensive list

  349. I’ve never attended but would be interested in how best to transfer points between programs for upgrading flights.

  350. Have you attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past?
    No
    If Yes, what topics have you most enjoyed learning about?
    N/A
    If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU?
    How to get travel rewards if you are not a frequent flyer.

  351. 1. No, I have not.
    2.
    3. I would like to listen/watch/learn how to book complex awards over the phone with airline agents. I find it difficult.

  352. I’ve not attended in the past. I’d like to learn more about new manufactured spending strategies.

    Thanks

  353. No, never been to an FTU, but I’d like to learn more about the slightly more obscure programs that could be valuable. For example, your posts on Korean Air have been really great and actually led me to book a trip with them. I’ve never bothered with Aeroplan, and have wondered if I’m missing anything. I’ve used Singapore, but just for their metal. The problem is that there are so many of those second/third-tier options that might be useful for a particular trip, that it’s hard to keep them all straight. So I’ve tended to stick with the biggies — AA, United (even after devaluation), BA. But AA and Oneworld have been frustratingly stingy lately with award seats.

  354. I think everything in the miles game changes to suddenly I would like to know what is the best miles currently to collect for RTW trips that can include stopovers!

  355. Have not attended. Would like to know a quick/concise way to explain frequent leisure travel to people I meet. Usually I just say I have lots of frequent flyer miles…some want to know more, but thats when the answer goes off the rails. Help.

  356. I have not attended. I would like to learn more about the future of chip and pin cards in the US and which cards are the best to use in Europe.

  357. I have not attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past.
    Topics I would like to discuss at a FTU is different strategies in evaluating and transferring points between different programs.

  358. I have not been. I think it woudl be interesting to hear a discussion of strategies, if anyone has developed them, for getting domestic flights on private jets cheaply (relative to their market price). Best ways to search for empty legs? Are these prices coming down significantly with lower fuel prices? It’s a little impractical, but I bet I’m not the only one who’s interested.

  359. YES! FTU came to my hometown last year (Seattle). I was a newbie to all this stuff just a year ago, everything was exciting, I just wanted to dive in! Favorite was learning how easy it is to use free travel awards from credit-card sign-ups. My whole purpose for going was to learn how to get my family of 4 to Dominican Republic for a wedding. What a success!

    As a suggestion, I wish there were more blogger booths/tables.

  360. I haven’t attended but would love to attend one if one were near Tulsa. I’d like to hear more about how to maximize various award points to compliment say the Southwest Companion Pass. Assuming one had the Pass and had plenty of Southwest points, what would be the best way to then utilize other points (like UR or even reward points from other airlines).

  361. I’ve never attended FTU, but I’d like to learn more about fuel dumps and legal (or semi-legal) tricks of the trade.

  362. I have not attended but I’d like to learn more about the latest trends in credit card churning and what the best strategies are to use going forward.

  363. I have no attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past and I would like to learn more about how to increase the efficiency of credit card churning at FTU.

  364. I have never attended FTU but if I ever get there (and I would love to!) I would like to see a seminar on how the middle ground traveler/business person can optimize their mileage accrual. Not everyone is Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg!

  365. Never attended FTU. I would like to go one day and learn the best strategies for organizing a mileage run.

  366. I have not attended in the past.

    It would be interesting to listen to a panel discussion about the ethical lines & boundaries of CC churning and MS that people use for themselves, as well as the impact of true fraud and money laundering on the industry.

  367. No, I have never attended. Would be interested in learning more about which mileage programs are best for travel to Europe. Also, would like to learn more about covering the cost of other travel expenses beyond flights. For example, car rentals, hotels etc…

  368. Haven´t attended any event like this.

    Would love to learn how to best combine hotel loyalty programs like Goldpassport with credit card benefits in Europe.

  369. I have not attended FTU, but I would like to learn more about booking luxurious flights with all these miles I am banking. Sometime its hard to know how to best use them and which aircrafts are the most exciting and enjoyable!

  370. I have not attended, but am curious and am planning to attend. I’d like to hear something that I think is overlooked by all the bloggers: I have recently gone full bore into the easy miles via credit card game, but I worry about credit card limits and obtaining new churns in six months. To explain further… In January I signed up for 4 credit cards. The first one had a $30k limit, but the last was at $7500. In six months, or a year, will I still be able to get approved? Am I hurting a credit score? Are the credit card companies going to reduce my credit limits? Does that hurt a credit score?

  371. I have never attended. If I went, I would attend a session on maximizing award bookings. Ive read stuff on stopovers, using partner airlines, etc…

  372. Hi, never attended before but would like to hear go ways of hitting status without actually flying. Job change so no longer on business trips. Thanks!

  373. No, I have not attended one, but if I did I would like to learn more about the best ways to maximize membership rewards points. I have accumulated a crapton over the years, and just starting to realize they have a decent value. I was cashing them in for gift card previously 🙁

  374. • I have not attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past.

    • The topics I would most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU is hearing each presenter’s most amazing flight deals they ever gotten and how they got them and what strategies each has for the coming year to score the best deals.

  375. I’ve never attended one of these seminars but here’s what I would like. Many of the blogs and posts are focused on maximum mileage and ward redemptions, regardless of location. As a business owner, my focus is on domestic earning and redemption. While trips to exotic lands can be quite rewarding, I often find that ways to maximize earning and redemption for domestic travel is often overlooked. This is especially true for people like myself who travel occasionally for business but not enough for status in every program, at least organically. Good luck with the seminr.

  376. I have not attended in the past, however I would like to see the logistics of carrying and earning large balances of points/miles across multiple carriers. Currently my wife and I are pretty heavily vested in Chase UR because of the simplicity and flexibility, but it would be nice to be able to diversify and still be able to hit the high-tier targets across multiple brands.

  377. I have not, and I’m most like to learn about the intricacies of fare classes and Expert Flyer searches. Thanks!

  378. 1. Have you attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past? – No I have not attended
    2. If Yes, what topics have you most enjoyed learning about? – N/A
    3. If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU? – I would like to know what mistakes to avoid when one is beginning to REALLY get involved in miles, points, etc particularly about negatively affecting one’s credit.

  379. Have you attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past? no

    If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU?

    1. how to start without getting overloaded
    2. tools that make it easier to figure out what and when to do it

  380. I have not attended, but I think a great topic would be the “ins and outs” of the most valuable point consolidation strategies (e.g., crediting American and Delta flights to Alaska). For those of us who fly too little to justify seeking status and who constantly seek the best deals regardless of carrier loyalty, this is great information.

  381. I have never attended an FTU due to my busy military lifestyle and being overseas. I would love to attend someday. One key area of concern for me is what kind of excel spreadsheets and products are travelers using to track their miles and any key information associated with their CC ie annual fee due date.

  382. Never attend FTU before. Wish to have more efficient & practical way to figure out open jaw & stopover. Thanks.

  383. I have never attended one, and would love to learn how to look up awards on partner airlines when they’re not easily searchable online. Thanks!

  384. I have not attended, but would like to know how travel bloggers are getting compensated (just jealous, that’s all).

  385. I have not attended in the past. I would like to see more information on booking overseas flights to Europe and Asia.

  386. I attended last year, and while it was very fun to associate with other travel junkies, I did not get enough information about how to book flights. I would very much like to hear more about how to find and book flights that are not easily bookable on the major airlines’ websites.

  387. I have not attended before. Look forward to someday attending.

    I would like to learn more about how people figure out the best routing options for there trips.

    How the stop overs are added.

  388. I have not yet attended.

    Personally things that I would like to hear about is some more information in regards to business credit cards and dealing with why some people believe that these particular credit card applications seem to have higher denial rates even when the individual has excellent credit. Have been reading your posts for a while now and love them, just want to learn more about the business cards that seem to have more intriguing bonus categories. Used to be a little easier for individuals with home businesses to get into these, but lately not so much. Suggestions on applying?

  389. Haven’t attended, but would love to at some time. Credit card bonuses would be of great interest, and the best websites for saving time (like AwardWallet, Awardmapper.com)

  390. I have not attended in the past, however if I were to attend, I would want to know which airline loyalty is the best for both earning and redemption.

  391. I haven’t attended a FTU in the past but I would love to attend in near future. I think the topics that I most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU is how to maximize the stopover/layover rules on Star Alliance/One World/ Skyteam partner airlines redemption.

  392. I have not attended any of the past FTU events.

    I would love to learn about all the airline/hotel programs that provide incentives when getting family/friends signed up.

  393. No, I haven’t attended. I’d like to learn how to use miles and points to travel in smaller cities where large hotel chains like Hyatt aren’t common.

  394. Haven’t attended as I just moved back to US, but definitely looking forward to attending the next one near my hometown. As for topics, I would love to learn more about advanced MS strategies and obscure, yet more generous award programs.

  395. I have not attended one of these conferences before but being new to this travel hacking hobby I would love to learn more about optimizing my miles and points earning potential with out feeling overwhelmed and/or confused.

  396. I’ve not attended in the past.

    I prefer learning things like how to maximize reward points and how to get elite statue with lowest spend. Maybe some creative MS skills.LOL

  397. I attended in Seattle last year and loved it! I appreciated hearing tips on thinking outside the box for award bookings – that there are a lot of options and routings that might be counter-intuitive but can be a better deal and better experience.

  398. I haven’t attended an FTU event…yet 🙂 I have learned a great deal from you and your blog. I live on a relatively low, fixed income, and would love to learn more low cost methods for gaining miles.

  399. I have not had the chance to attend a FTU yet. Now that I’ve had the chance over the past year to earn several thousand miles/points since joining the hobby, I really want to know how to maximize my miles. I’ve learned a lot that I did not know before such as American Airlines reduced mileage awards and 10% back with the Citibank credit cards (I just took advantage last night for a flight in April!), but I know I have a lot more to learn. I am particularly overwhelmed with all the ins/outs of the hotel programs. That would be a good class alone! Thanks!

  400. I haven’t attended FTU yet, considered doing so this year until I realized it was way too close to my baby’s due date 🙂

    I would be very interested in info on booking award travel with partner airlines. Handouts on which miles can be used with which airlines, and HOW to book them! Lists of especially cost-efficient redemptions by airline/partner. I am at the point where I have accumulated a large number of miles, across various programs, and now have to start researching how to best redeem. So, I’d be very interested in sort of a starting point on that process versus spending the money per-trip to have someone do it for me.

  401. No. But I’m most interested in credit card points and hotel points — a combination of the two is even better!

  402. I have never been to FTU.
    I would like to know more details on how flight tickets are priced and how it changes over time. Also related are how online booking systems work. Do they play tricks to customers like faking ticket popularity? Moreover, I wonder how airlines run the ticketing and check-in system, because I’m always confused by situations like “being put on waiting list even I purchased the ticket and checked in already”.

  403. Have not attended; would like to learn more about foreign frequent flyer programs and how to take advantage of them

  404. No I’ve never been, but would love to! I would like to learn more about how to book awards. We accrue all these miles and it seems very difficult to book awards in business/first when you are limited with dates. Also would be interested in partner award bookings.

  405. Have never attended FTU but want too. Bring it to Miami the hub to South America!
    Want to learn about MS, especially, in regards to owning your own business and how to funnel into point making opportunities. Thanks

  406. I have been to FTU before. I really enjoyed the breakout sessions that included G&T’s! I would like to learn more about booking FC awards on Emirates through Alaska. I’m afraid these days are numbered.

  407. I haven’t been – but plan on going sometime.
    Booking, booking, booking. It just seems so freaking complicated.
    BOOKING!

  408. Have not attended the FTU. But will participate when it happens near Ohio . May be Chicago. The topic interested will be how effectively to use miles for award travel. Thanks

  409. I have attended FTU. My favorite topics were the ones that got into real detail on booking award tickets, especially using United miles.

  410. I haven’t had the pleasure of attending one yet. I’d love to hear more about what to do when things don’t go quite according to plan. And, we all know that making churning work takes planning. So, what are fun stories or horror stories of when traveling doesn’t go as planned. Also, what are some tips to ensure things do go smoothly?

  411. I have not attended in the past. I would like to learn more about simple strategies for achieving the minimum spending when opening credit cards. It is related to MF, but does not necessarily require a return, instead I would like to know how to spend large amounts with little work.

  412. Never have attended. Tips/tricks on how to fly first/ business class overseas with the least amount of points

  413. I have not attended an FTU since I am new to this hobby but hopefully someday I can go. I would love to hear more about the best use of points!

  414. I would like to learn more about travel hacking. Specifically, how to travel inexpensively if you are not playing the credit card points game. I haven’t attended yet but one thing that would inspire me to attend is free travel. A sweepstakes giveaway once there for different travel prizes would be a real impetus for me.

  415. I attended the Tampa FTU and very much enjoyed it. The topics that were most interesting were either stories of interesting and unique experiences/bookings/MS such as Frequent Miler talking about his Million Miles saga or the demonstrations such as you and Gary calling to book a complicated award itinerary live after showing how to search space on expert flyer. While for some beginners it can be helpful to hear about what credit cards are best for what or how the different award programs work, most of us have a pretty solid understanding of that after just a few months reading the various blogs. I find specific examples or unique situations to be the most helpful/interesting. I won’t be able to make it to the Dallas FTU but I’ll see you at the San Diego FTU Advanced in a few weeks. 🙂

  416. I have never attended one but I’d want to get some clear information about booking flights on partners of major airlines of American Airlines and United using American and United points.

  417. I have not attended before.

    I would love to hear more about the best usage of miles/points for domestic flights for other countries.

  418. (1) Have attended a FTU in the past. (2) (a) How to book award travel to popular destination at peak times (b) How to get hotel upgrades when you have status

  419. I’ve never attended.
    I would like to know the speakers anticipate for the future of MS and card churning. Also, ways to maintain hotel status if stays are infrequent and on points.

  420. I attended and enjoyed hearing about award ideas that I might not have know about (e.g., hidden gems and sweet spots) and how I might go about booking them myself.

  421. Have not been to an FTU EVENT.
    My question is how to meet the minimum spend requirements. You can’t charge your mortgage or rent. Thankfully, I don’t have 3k worth of other bills to charge over a period of 3 months. I won’t buy things just to earn points!

  422. No, I have never attended before, but I hope to attend in the future.

    I would love to hear presentations on strategies for people with great credit history/scores that have applied for many credit card bonuses over the years and can’t easily get another bonus. For example, I recently got denied for the Citi AA 50k bonus even though I closed that card more than 2 years ago. Am I doomed to going for the 25k bonus offer for Americans fromTD Bank–Aeroplan/AirCanada?

  423. I haven’t been yet but I plan next year when my son goes off to college..Yeah!! I guess I would like a walk through of fuel dumps but that might be a good post for the blog. Do you even bother with fuel dumping or is it primarily used for air warriors?

  424. I am interested in learning about which credit card rewards programs (airlines) have the best and worst taxes on flights as well as flexibility and options for flights. I would also like to learn about airline loyalty points being used on partner airlines….

  425. I have attended before. I enjoyed…..well everything. I want to learn more ways to maximize pts with manufactured spend.

  426. I’ve not yet been to an FTU event, but I want to attend badly. “Unfortunately”, I’ve used what I’ve learned to-date to book my wife and I on a trip to Peru and Ecuador this April, so this particular event is not possible for me.

    As we’ve just really started to dabble in international travel, I would like to learn the ins and outs of finding great seats (high end awards on low miles) to the adventurous places on our list.

  427. Never attended but like to one day!

    Would love to know the fine details about MS and booking multiple and complex international routes.

  428. Never attended an FTU before! I think learning the best tricks for award booking (or maybe ExpertFlyer/KVS) would be fantastic!

  429. 1. No.
    2. Topics I’d like to learn about:
    — a primer on accumulating and consolidating airline miles to one carrier.
    — how frequent travelers organize and keep track of spending and accumulating points.

  430. Never attended FTU, but would like to if it’s in my area. I’d like to learn about the tips and tricks of maximizing miles and points for award travel.

  431. Haven’t been yet.

    I’d be interested in getting a run down of “top 10” products by general route/class. That is, who has the best option for economy/business/first for general region->region flights. Could be something like, “First Class, NA APAC:
    #1 Cathay Pacific – here’s why, here’s how to book.
    #2 etc…

    Thanks for all you do!

  432. Have you attended a Frequent Traveler University in the past? Nope
    If No, what topics would you most like to learn about or discuss at a FTU? Non alliance partners and partners with easy award availability that most people do not know.

  433. I have never attended FTU. The topic I would most like to discuss is how programs can benefit Canadian Travelers who live in a city other than Toronto.

  434. I have never been to an FTU before. But I’d love to see real examples of an anatomy of an award booking. Pick a region and let an audience member pick the to and from destination. Then where to look for award space. Beyond just the obvious. From start to finish.

  435. I have never been but come visit Canada for an FTU!

    If I did go to any FTU I would like to learn more about car points and how I could maximize free rentals or maximize miles to the most generous airline using promotions that they have. I rent a lot but not sure I am maximising the return.

  436. Some day it would be cool!!
    They are always pretty far away and I don’t really have a flexible schedule, but maybe they’ll have one nearby soon!

  437. I have not attended a FTU. I know you have written about the awards sometimes issued by credit card companies for new applications, but I cannot get a handle on it. It seems like I could accumulate a large number of miles, but I hear about the programs in mailings, on TV, on the web and from friends. I have applied for cards, but I forget to charge enough in the allotted time to get the miles, or I forget to cancel the card before the second year begins, thus paying an annual fee. How can I get organized and use the system wisely?

  438. I have not attended one before
    I would like to in the near future
    I would like to learn about prioritizing your earning to meet certain goals.

  439. I’ve never attended FTU but would like to some day!

    I would love to hear the best values on alliance networks given fuel surcharges differ so widely (Star Alliance specifically). Also, I’d like to hear about the lowest values for economy tickets since not all of us care about a lavish flight and look for the cheapest possible way to get somewhere.

  440. I haven’t been to a FTU yet, but would love to see something that is prob not as in demand for most but is for me…booking trips for a family of six…or just groups in general I guess. We’ve taken some good trips so far and I’m dying to talk to all of you at FTU in the future!

  441. I’ve never been to a FTU, but I’m extremely interested in learning about shortcuts to earning elite status, whether that’s by doing challenges or spending. This is in regards to both hotel and airline memberships. Thanks!

  442. Haven’t been to FTU yet, but definitely interested. Since a big way of getting miles is sign up bonuses, one of the things it would be great to hear is how to put together awards from multiple accounts of different programs with relatively low balances (~60-70K), for example when having two nested round trips is a better option than two one ways, etc…

  443. I’ve been to a FTU 2-3 years ago in LAX. I enjoyed being in the same room with many of the bloggers and fellow travel enthusiasts geek out on stories and experiences. Ben, I met you briefly and thanks for the presentation then. We spoke about Malaysia where I’m from and I’m currently here in Malaysia for Chinese New Year. You have the best personal stories among the few great travel bloggers.

  444. I have not attended an FTU. I think I would most like to learn how to maximize the possibility of saver awards on various airlines.

  445. I have not been yet. I would like to hear discussed unknown or little discussed ways of meeting minimum spend with manufactured spending if variable load PIN gift cards and money orders aren’t available.

    Thanks,
    Tim

  446. Well, I have not yet attended an FTU, but I would like to learn about the best ways to take advantage of these points/miles awards programs for families who want to maximize their once-a-year vacations each year!

  447. Haven’t attended a FTU yet, but I would love to learn more about how to make the most of our miles, particularly when traveling with a family, as that makes it a bit more tricky when it comes to redemption. Thanks!!

  448. No I have not been to one of them, mostly due to distance. I would love to learn more about maximizing miles for international travel (i.e along the lines of extra stopover, good deals with distance based chart, such as BA, etc) that I may not necessarily have thought of as I plan out trips.

  449. No, I have never attended this event (just heard about it now) but sounds interesting (are they ever offered in Toronto?)

    I would love to better understand the implications of flying out of Canada vs. the United States to International Destination. As well as the pros and cons of transferring Amex points to Airline points vs simply paying for flights directly using your Amex points (something I recently did as it was easier – just not sure if it was better value).

  450. Yes, I have and have enjoyed the sessions of yours that I have attended. It would be fun to hear your ideas of the best possible premium redemptions amongst programs while doing them with the lowest fuel surcharges.

  451. I have not attended FTU but hope to in the near future—would like to learn how to manage / get the most out of mileage runs.

  452. I have not but would like to learn how to maximize points (even between multpile airlines) when “hopping” to multiple destinations in one vacation/trip

  453. I have not attended FTU. Just got into the miles and points hobby about a month ago and so far have accumulated over 200k points/miles. I’m interested in learning more about maximizing the value of points/miles, when to transfer points, and the best strategy for churning.

  454. i have never attended but would like to!

    First a suggestion – make some of the content available online. Video recordings are always great.

    What I am most interested in is manufactured spending. Really want to maximize that avenue. Also interested in the reselling avenue.

  455. I have never attended an FTU, usually because of work, but would like to if there is one in the Bay Area. I would like to hear about free one way stopovers, current manufactured spend methods, and a refresher on using US Air for a RTW trip. Thanks!

  456. Never attended such an event.
    Ensuring that miles earned with partners are credited timely without persistent follow up from my side (pet peeve). Apart from that, a short poem to summarise the rest: cheap reward nights, high-mileage earning flights, weekends in the sun & doing a ‘mileage-run’

  457. I’ve attended many FTU sessions, including New Jersey, D.C., Chicago, Tampa, Seattle, and I’ll be attending FTU Advanced next month in San Diego. I would most like to learn more about manufactured spend and airline-specific tips about awards booking. I’d also like someone to conduct a session on what miles and points programs can be conveyed through a last will and testament.

  458. Have never attended FTU however, it does sound like an event that would be informative in understanding the “in’s and out’s” of a frequent traveler.

    Knowing what the “sweet spots” are would be my top priority while trying to maximize my miles!

  459. I have attended two FTU events in the past and I have signed up for the Advanced one in Dallas. I can’t wait. My interest is booking award tickets using other airlines mileages advantageously, such as using Avios to book American airlines flight or something like that nature, but I want learn more details.

  460. I have never been to an FTU before. But I’d love to see real examples of traveling for special occasions I.e. Honeymoon that are completely booked on points, and how to complete the booking from beginning to end.

  461. Never been to ftu. Would like to hear more about skiplagged.com and how I can use that approach independently.

  462. I have not yet attended. I started learning about this hobby from a finance friend. I think an interesting session would be a one year recap of your bonuses and cards you signed up for. This would create a framework for others to imitate and generate new ideas.

  463. I have never attended a Frequent Flyer University meeting, but the topic I am most interested in is manufactured spend.

  464. I have not attended FTU but it sounds very interesting and fun! If I were able to go I might like information on how to get easily through customs and such. Or maybe how to stay healthy and comfortable when traveling long distance. Thanks! 🙂

  465. I’d like a step-by-step guide to how to plan trips to minimize out of pocket expense, while also using points as smartly as possible. How do you weigh the trade-offs between cash and points – like if I want to take a weekend trip somewhere in the US, and can find RT tickets for ~$200, it makes more sense for me to just use a credit card to buy the tickets, and not “waste” points, right? What’s the tipover point – when would it start making sense to use points to pay for the ticket? I tend to use my points too often, and I’ve never been able to save up points for a long/luxurious trip (e.g., business class air tickets or weeklong hotel stay someplace exotic). I’d like to learn tips for saving up points for a dream trip.

  466. I have not yet been to FTU. I would like to know more about finding award space in business class International travel.

  467. I have not attended in the past.
    I would be interested in learning how to best obtain multiple cards for the same credit card offer. Also, I would like to learn more about utilizing airport lounges to best advantage.

  468. I have not attended this event in the past, but certainly would be interested. The topics I would like to be covered most would be how to get started and ramp up. It’s easy to follow who’s been doing this a long time, but it is much more difficult to figure out how to build up speed from 0 to 60, but not necessarily go 100.

  469. I would like to know more about the current status of “Bumping”. Which airlines and flights are it most likely? What are they currently giving in compensation?

  470. Have never attended, but being on east coast and new to hobby I can’t work this into my schedule. Would love to attend.

    I’d love to learn more about more advanced MSing (beyond Bluebird/Serve/Redbird/VGC) and finding/booking awards

    It would be nice if webinar-type FTU events could be available for those who cannot fly across the country for a weekend.

  471. I have not attended an FTU in the past— but I plan to in the future.

    I would be most interested in learning about how to use manufactured spend techniques in order to obtain hotel/airline status.

  472. I haven’t attended FTU yet, but I would love to learn more about some of the best ways to read award charts to find out about the best redemptions to different regions.

  473. No
    Manufactured spending in NY where are wal marts do not have kios and its hit and miss with cashiers to load bluebird

  474. I swear I entered yesterday, but it didn’t save. I have not been to FU but I would love to hear about how to become a points blogger!

  475. Hey there – Have not been to FTU, but we did catch you at the Chicago Seminars last year. We had a great time and learned a lot from you and everyone else there. With that experience, looking for more of the same at FTU. One thing that I find frustrating is flight selection on award tickets, particularly w/AA (because we live in a hub city). Would love some tips and insight on how to get the flights we want using our miles. Second to that is how to construct a route using miles, beyond what the airlines like to show you online. Thanks – and thanks again for the pizza in Chi-town!

  476. Have not been to an event yet.would love to know how to maximize effort between side and I to most miles linked to one account. Manufactured spending the right way 🙂

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