Have You Won Up To $500 In Hyatt Gift Cards?

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.


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 asked what’s most interesting to you, and offered 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.

In terms of the breakdown, about a quarter of you are most interested in learning more about understanding and maximizing award tickets, with credit cards and manufactured spend being the next biggest categories:


Hopefully we can incorporate the above feedback into the Dallas FTU sessions, because some great feedback was shared.

The randomly-chosen winner is Vicki, who wrote:

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.

And while it was tough to choose the “most constructive” comment, I’m giving that to wm who said:

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.

I agree there’s room for opportunity there, and we’re adding more “beginner” sessions to the curriculum. Hopefully we’ll be able to add more of the smaller breakout sessions as well.

Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts, and I’ll be in touch with the winners shortly! I really appreciate the feedback, and hope to meet many of you in Dallas!


  1. Tips on how to get award trips booked over the phone when website doesn’t show availability. For example, to alternate airports, etc.

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