Good morning from Chicago!
I’m here for the Frequent Traveler University Advanced, which is taking place this weekend. These events have become pretty popular, with the past several selling out in less than 24 hours.
I really do enjoy participating in these events, though I’m not really involved in the planning. However, the event organizers have been working with USA Today to expand the event, and it sounds pretty exciting.
The first event in the new format will be held on the weekend of December 5th in Washington DC. There will be three “segments” of the event, so there should be something for everyone:
- FTU Standard — the normal, beginners FTU. The normal “faculty” will teach, but USA Today are adding main stream travel writers, consumer “advocates” and others as part of the program
- FTU Advanced will be held in a private separate area of the hotel and will be capped at 125 attendees
- FT Expo — a travel related expo hosted by USA Today will be introduced
Tickets will be sold via USA Today starting October 10th, but you can order tickets until then via the following links:
The pre-sale goes live at 9:30AM Central on Sunday (today), so if you want tickets (particularly to the advanced sessions), I’d jump on those sooner rather than later.
Host hotel: The Hyatt Regency Crystal City
I will be speaking and socializing throughout the weekend, as will Gary, Scott, Stephan, Greg, and Darius, and I know lots of others that have yet to be announced will be there as well. Hope to see lots of you there as well!