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Old Feb 19, 11, 8:48 pm
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Frequent Traveler University-NYC April 30th, 2011 (EVENT IS NOW FULL)

Save the Date! Registration and hotel booking will open soon.

The Frequent Traveler Education Foundation is proud to announce the first session of the 2011 Frequent Traveler University.

Frequent Traveler University (FTU) will take place at the Sheraton Laguardia East Hotel on April 30th, 2011.

What to Expect:

Confirmed seminars conducted by:

Randy Petersen

Gary Leff

Lucky9876coins

Ingy

Steve Belkin(Beaubo)

Some tidbits about the upcoming seminars:
* Flying nonstop can sometimes be nonsense...learn to maximize mileage earning
* Airline programs across the pond could be better than the ones across town...learn who really values your loyalty
* Converting your mileage award request from 'no!' to 'no problem'...learn the art of redeeming miles
* Wallet-sized precious metals...learn why platinum and gold are paved with travel riches

We should have more information shortly on the subject of each seminar.


What's Included:

Friday evening cocktail reception (Free Drinks!)

Breakfast, lunch and snacks on Saturday

A full day of seminars with some of the frequent travel community's best minds!


How Much:

$49 gets you free drinks, a full day of seminars and meals!

Rooms are available at the Sheraton Laguardia East Hotel on Friday and Saturday night for $149. The room block is very limited, so book early. The hotel has less than 200 rooms total, so it will fill up.

We are also limited to 350 spots for the seminars. It is highly likely this event will fill up as well.

For now, please post your interest for seminar attendance in this thread AND also indicate if you will be reserving a hotel room at the Sheraton for Friday night.

We will limit the interest list to 300 for right now until registration opens up, then fill the last 50 spots.

PMs with questions are welcome.
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Thanks to Beaubo for putting together an awesome agenda:

Finally, a seminar that seeks to level the playing field for frequent flyers to best benefit from their airline mileage programs- Frequent Traveler University

850a-900a Opening Remarks

MORNING: EARNING

905a-1015a Part 1: Earning By Flying
Fare Classes: How Flying 1 Mile Could Earn You 2.5 miles or .25 miles!
Elite Status: How to Transform Precious Metals Into Precious Bonus Miles!
Mileage Running: How To Top-Off Your Account To Achieve Elite Status or Reach Award Redemption Threshold

1015-1030a Break

1030-1140a Part 2: Earning By Buying
Credit Cards: Sign Up Bonuses and Most Points Per Dollar of Spending
Mileage Transfers: How Credit Card, Hotel and Your Best Friends Can Pad Your Account
Fire Sales: When Airlines Sell Their Miles and Mileage Mall Products For A Can't-Resist Price

1145a-1215p Part 3: Off the Podium, Into The Firing Line: Breakout Session Q&A

- Star Alliance (United, Continental, US Air, Air Canada, Lufthansa among others)
- oneworld (American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia among others)
- Skyteam (Delta, Air France/KLM, Alitalia, Korean Air among others) and independents (Virgin, El Al, Emirates, Alaska among others)

1215-130p Lunch Break

AFTERNOON: BURNING

145p-245p Part 4: Putting A Value On Your Miles
The Tipping Point: When to Redeem Awards and When to Buy a Ticket
The Tipping Point 2: When to Use Award Tickets Vs. Upgrading Paid Tickets For Business Class
OutSourcing Mileage: Off-The Radar, But On-Target Foreign-Based Mileage Program Awards

245p-355p Part 5: Award Redemption Strategies
Is Israel in Asia or Europe?: Understanding Award Charts- Zones Vs. Mileage-Based
Expanding The Reach of Your Award Ticket: Understanding Routing, Stopover and Open Jaw Rules
Getting From 'No' To 'No Problem': The Art of Turning The Phone Agent Into Your Advocate...and Getting Your Hard-To-Book Award

355-405p Break

405-435p Part 6: Where Our Speakers Become YOUR Advocates: Breakout Session Q&A
- Star Alliance (United, Continental, US Air, Air Canada, Lufthansa among others) (Gary)
- oneworld (American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia among others) (Ben)
- Skyteam (Delta, Air France/KLM, Alitalia, Korean Air among others) and independents (Virgin, El Al, Emirates, Alaska among others) (Steve)

435-515p Part 7: Randy Petersen- World's First and Foremost Frequent Flyer Guru: Surveys 30 Years Of Mileage Program History

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Will not be reserving at Sheraton. Thanks.
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I'll be driving down from Westchester County (HPN).

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Will stay at Sheraton.
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Count me in! I'm relatively local, so no hotel needed.
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If it's just half as good as the Chicago educational get together last Fall, this meeting will be great!

I notice that this event schedule meshes nicely with the April 28 Frequent Traveler Awards.
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Old Feb 20, 11, 9:34 am
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Old Feb 20, 11, 2:12 pm
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Ahhhh!!! Why April 30th? Wish I knew about this on Friday, just booked a ticket to the Far East, returning May 1st. What to do???!!!
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