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5 Great Travel Conferences You Can Go to This Year

5 Great Travel Conferences You Can Go to This Year
Caroline Lupini

Are you a traveler who is looking to network with like-minded folks and learn some more about the industry? If so, there are plenty of travel conferences that are open and available to you. Here are a few of our favorites. We hope to see you there!

Chicago Seminars

Sponsored by AwardWallet, the Chicago Seminars are dedicated to helping travelers understand how to be the best stewards of their points and miles, as well as maximize their earning potential. This year, the 10th annual Chicago Seminars will run between October 18-20, appropriately located right outside of Chicago O’Hare International Airport. This is for every traveler from seasoned professionals to those who have yet to book an awards ticket for the first time, and it’s a great opportunity to network and learn.

Not only will you have the opportunity to rub elbows with the folks from AwardWallet and Award Travel 101, but attendees will also receive a code for 6 months of AwardWallet Plus for free. Registration costs $111 and that includes lunch on both days, snacks and refreshments, and all selected seminars.

Frequent Traveler University

If you’re looking for information about points and miles management and how to organize and best utilize your rewards points, we recommend checking out Frequent Traveler University. This conference is right around the corner — FTU Signature Chicago 2019 is happening June 1-2 and tickets are still available.

This is a great event to attend if you’re getting into the points and miles game but have been confused and frustrated with how to begin, or how to best handle your various accounts. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in workshops by leading travel experts, network with travelers of all skill levels, and get all of your burning questions answered. Registration costs $249 and that includes lunch on both days as well as two days of educational sessions.


If you’re looking for something geared more towards writers, bloggers, and creative media, you can’t miss TravelCon. Located in Boston and hosted by Nomadic Matt, this year’s TravelCon will run from June 27-29 and will focus on travel videos, travel photography, travel writing, and travel blogging. In the ever-evolving travel industry, it’s important to have conversations about what works and moves the industry forward and those conversations start at TravelCon.

One neat thing about TravelCon is that you don’t actually have to physically be there to attend; a virtual ticket costs $149 and you’ll have any time access to all of the panels, keynotes, and breakout sessions. If you’d like to attend in person, content creators pay $399 per ticket which includes all keynotes and sessions, workshops, networking events and parties, access to the expo hall, the virtual pass, included meals, and marketplace appointments. Tickets are still available, so grab one today!

This year, you’ll have the privilege of hearing keynote speakers including Clay Hebert, Tony Wheeler and Cheryl Strayed, and then stack your schedule according to your niche. Learn from YouTubers, Instagrammers, copywriters, guidebook writers, digital nomads, and brand ambassadors as you use these three days to grow and foster your career.


Lauded as the largest conference for travel content creators, the tenth annual TBEX will be held between September 11-13 in Billings, Montana. Since 2009, this conference has grown to roughly 800 participants including Nomadic Matt (who now hosts TravelCon), The Points Guy, The Suitcase Scholar, Boarding Area, Jetsetera, Kids on a Plane, Legal Nomads, The Blonde Abroad, and so many more.

By attending TBEX, you’ll have the chance to network with hundreds of content creators and industry professionals. Content creator tickets cost $297 and that includes all sessions, keynotes, parties, pre & post events, access to company profiles, and appointment setting. Register today for the chance to hear keynotes by Caz Makepeace, Rachel Jones, Dan Austin, May Larios, and more.

Travel Industry Exchange

Aiming to bring together travel agents with suppliers, the annual Travel Industry Exchange conference will be held between September 18-20 in New Orleans. This conference is especially helpful if you are looking to build your career as a travel agent, or market your products to them.

At Travel Industry Exchange, you’ll have the opportunity to use dedicated time towards one-on-one appointments and then listen in on a variety of conference sessions. This year’s agenda isn’t yet set in stone, but it’s something to keep an eye on if you’re in the travel agency industry. Additionally, travel agents can apply to be fully hosted agents, which means that travel, conference, and networking expenses will be covered!

Are you attending any travel or points and miles conferences in 2019? Let us know in the comments.

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