Great to meet everyone this weekend in Chicago!

Just a quick thanks to all of you that made it out to Chicago this weekend for the Seminar Do. And my condolences to those of you that poorly chose your sessions and ended up with me for seven hours. I don’t wish that type of punishment upon anyone. Also, my apologies for the lack of posts over the weekend. I was out and about all day on Saturday, and busy today till now (and am writing this post from an Alaska flight to Seattle).

That being said, I had an awesome time this year. I even, for the first time in my life, voluntarily drank an alcoholic beverage (or six) other than champagne or Baileys on the ground.

I even had the opportunity to have a Q&A which turned into a debate with Steve (beaubo), who’s one of my heroes (even though I think he’s beyond off base on his view of elite status). 😉

In the part of the Q&A not used to argue our agendas, questions ranged from which presidential candidate is better for mileage running to how we feel about our CO2 emissions (which I let Steve handle, while I curled up in the fetal position under a table).

And to those that were in my award booking session, don’t forget The China!

Hope to see y’all again soon!


  1. Great to meet you as well! Thank you for providing us all with such a thorough and detailed presentation, and injecting your unique humor throughout! Thank you for posting the helpful map, as well :->

  2. Hey great presentations, don’t kid yourself. Had a great time and now you are a Cascadia resident, you can stop in pdx and I’ll introduce you to real beer.

    Safe travels

  3. Lucky, great to meet you too! Excellent job on all the seminars. If this whole blogging thing doesn’t work out for you, you always have a fallback career in stand up aviation comedy because your jokes were killing it.

  4. I was going to Chicago but one of your sessions I was the most interested in was already full when I went to buy my ticket. I can’t remember if it was mileage running or award booking. I went to the last one in New Jersey hoping to hear you but I didn’t look that closely at the confirmed speakers apparently as it turned out you weren’t at that one. Also looks like you won’t be at the next one in LA. Do you have any planned yet for next year? Or do you have any future blog posts planned on either of those subjects?


  5. You’re the best and I appreciate all of the time you gave at the sessions. Great info. Thanks for doing this.

  6. I happily endured two out of three of your talks, great to meet you and totally agree a comedy career is a fallback. Loved the humor, as a PHL US flyer I understood your pain and yet glad to see there is something worse, Delta!

  7. @ BothofUs2 — Great to finally meet you!

    @ TravelGuide37 — Thanks! Doubt any sort of beer will tempt me, but would love to meet up nonetheless.

    @ BigTex — Guess you’ll have to attend next time. 😀

    @ Frequent Flyer University — Hah, thanks (though on behalf of everyone that has to interact with me on a daily basis, don’t encourage me on the comedy front). 😀

    Great to meet you!

    @ Joe — I’ll be at the one in LA in December. I aim to always have posts about award bookings and/or mileage runs as they’re useful/current, so stay tuned for more.

  8. The seven hours with you went by quickly as you were very informative as well as entertaining. I’ve learned tons from you over the 2 years since I found your blog and your live performance in Chicago was icing on the cake. Thanks for everything you do. Best of luck in Seattle.

  9. @ Nat Arem — Whoops, that’s why I shouldn’t blog from a plane while listening to music. Fixed.

    @ puck — Thanks for the kind words, for attending, and for reading! Much appreciated.

  10. For me it was 7 hours well spent attending the sessions with you as the presenter. Good slides and even better material off the slides. You were the main draw for me to attend for the second year in a row. I’ll never take as many trips as you but my 3-4 International trips a year are better from what I learn from you. Now… what’s the dinner plan for Oct 25 in SF?

  11. Just got back to LA. Thanks a lot for providing us with pizza when the bar decide d to close on us. Great talking to you in person.

  12. @ BR — Nope, no videos were allowed. Sorry.

    @ Mary Beth — You’re too kind, thanks! Hope to finalize the dinner in the next couple of days, and hope to see you there!

    @ Peter — My pleasure, and likewise!

  13. I caught a couple of your sessions and really enjoyed them. Informative and entertaining at the same time – a relatively uncommon combination.

    One suggestion is to use instead of (or in addition to) great circle map per. It’ll calculate the cpm both for mqms and rdms very easily and you don’t have to remember which is the denominator. Doesn’t have the great visual display of gcm though.

  14. @ Steve A — Awesome, thanks. Hadn’t used before, but looks very useful. Definitely will in the future!

  15. Welcome back home to the cold, rainy, dark Northwest! 🙂 Not quite like it was last time you were here. Beware end of daylight savings time coming will make the daylight seem even shorter. That is one big difference you will notice from the south, the much shorter days in the fall/winter/spring period.

  16. You were extremely giving of your time and very engaged as well; I’m not sure why I was surprised, but I was (pleasantly surprised).

    I cannot say the same for other bloggers there – to the extend to which you made yourself available (not to be insincere to the others – just my own personal experience and observation).

    You’re a wealth of knowledge, appear quite humble, and a bit quirky. Class act!!

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