Frequent Traveler University Tampa This Weekend

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This weekend, Joann and I are headed down to sunny Tampa! Not for a weekend getaway or a mileage run, but for Frequent Traveler University (FTU)!

It’s basically a get together for travel aficionados like myself to learn a few topics and make some new friends.

I’ve attended FTU NJ and it was an awesome time. Nothing spoken about that weekend was new to me but, more importantly, I met a lot of interesting people who share the same crazy hobby as me.

On tap for this weekend are talks from Ben from One Mile at a Time, Summer from Mommy Points, and Gary from View From The Wing. And of course, it’s always a pleasure to hear Randy Petersen speak. After all, he is the Godfather of this game!

I hope to meet a lot of fellow travelers this weekend and chat miles/points/travel for a bit. For those of you that use Twitter, I’m guessing #ftutampa will be the hashtag of the weekend if you want to keep up.

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Frequent Traveler University

What a great end to a busy week in the travel world! I had some wonderful experiences that really make you realize how awesome the travel community really is. I already wrote about Thursday’s 2012 Freddie Awards and they were a blast. On Friday, Randy Petersen hosted a Travel Executive Summit. It was a moderated discussion among top executives from some major loyalty programs in the travel industry. Some topics that were discussed were using points as currency (boo!) and what makes hotel loyalty programs tick.

And then we come to the highlight of the weekend, Frequent Traveler University. At $99 for 2 days of sessions (including lunch), this is an event worth attending. There is content for beginners and experts alike. Everyone in the miles and points community is super friendly and you can strike up a conversation with just about anyone. If you don’t learn at least ONE thing this weekend about miles and points, then you just aren’t listening.

I won’t go into detail about each session because 1) you should go yourself and 2) in my opinion, there was no crazy groundbreaking info shared. I will say that this was an amazing event and totally worth it. There is so much information on the Internet and the forums, but these seminars really explain that data in easy to understand ways. Moreover, just the coming together of so many passionate minds is an invaluable experience. There were some great giveaways, some even donated by generous milepoint members, and even a new iPad was raffled off. I won a bottle of wine! Probably for the best because I was one of the few that drove. I can’t imagine all these savvy frequent flyers checked any bags. All net proceeds went to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

If your’e interested in attending one of these things, Tommy announced that there will be another FTU in Los Angeles from Dec. 7-9 and the Chicago Seminars still have seats available. Don’t hesitate! I had so much fun this weekend that I hope I can attend another one!

Special thanks for FTU goes to Randy, Tommy, Ed, BrianGaryDaraiusSummerSeth, and everyone that made this event possible!