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Chicago Seminars Oct 12-14, 2012

Chicago Seminars Oct 12-14, 2012

Old Jan 12, 12, 6:42 am
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Originally Posted by akp View Post
[QUOTE. Only reservations made through this link will be honored. The hotel will be a sell out again. Your reservation will be with a non refundable first night's deposit and non transferable.
Does this mean that if I don't book through this link, my reservation will be cancelled? Or that I can't attend the seminar?

I cannot book a nonrefundable room at this point because my husband's work schedule is uncertain until March, but I want to stay at the hotel since I'm 95% certain he can get that weekend off. I want to understand exactly what is at risk if I book directly with the hotel.

Thanks, Anita
It means if you book the hotel the first night deposit is non refundable and non transferable. You don't have to stay at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove to attend the seminars. It is just convenient to hang with the gang.

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Old Jan 12, 12, 6:45 am
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Originally Posted by saltytheseagull View Post
What time do the festivities start? Should I come in Thursday night or Friday?
Most will come in on Friday afternoon. I'm guessing at this point the first seminar will be 6PM Friday for Rookies.
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Old Jan 12, 12, 6:51 am
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In for the 2 nights, first time I've ever gone to one of these. Way too quickly becoming an obsession of mine!
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Old Jan 12, 12, 7:28 am
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Room booked as well. Much prefer staying at the host hotel rather than bussing back and forth. ^
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Old Jan 12, 12, 2:27 pm
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Booked and ready to go! This'll be my first time, and really looking forward to everything!
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Old Jan 12, 12, 9:30 pm
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Room booked

We have the hotel booked and Mr. Silver Springer and I are ready for our third seminar.

Cheers, Mary Anne
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Old Jan 12, 12, 9:55 pm
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Booked and looking forward to meeting everyone.
Hopefully, I can sign hubby (Mike) up for Rookie Boot Camp.
Would love to meet other couples where one is an obsessive mile/point junkie and the other one is totally out of the loop.
It kills me that he doesn't know every brand of Starwood hotel or who the major air alliances are...
I'm sure that I'm not alone !

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Old Jan 12, 12, 11:54 pm
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Hotel is booked, and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone!
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Old Jan 13, 12, 6:16 pm
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Originally Posted by PatMike View Post
Booked and looking forward to meeting everyone.
Hopefully, I can sign hubby (Mike) up for Rookie Boot Camp.
Would love to meet other couples where one is an obsessive mile/point junkie and the other one is totally out of the loop.
It kills me that he doesn't know every brand of Starwood hotel or who the major air alliances are...
I'm sure that I'm not alone !

Pat
Pretty much my wife and my situation. I play the game and she goes along. It really makes things easier for both of us since we don't get in each other's way.

I'm coming to the event alone since she has no interest in how it's played and the ORD area isn't very interesting. Maybe the next event could be in Vegas so the non-interested spouses would have something to do.
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Old Jan 14, 12, 8:01 am
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Is the host hotel sold out of $79 rooms already? All I see is exec double Smoking (Eww) $89


Originally Posted by clarelouise44 View Post
It appears the room block for the Chicago Seminar is: Arrival on Thurs Oct 11and check out Sun Oct14. When I tried to book a longer stay the website kept bouncing me out, so I had to call Reservations and they told me those are the dates. I've booked the extra days separately.
I'm not too surprised. Seems to cause issues when people arrive too early. Makes it easier to assign rooms this way

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Old Jan 14, 12, 10:42 am
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A Hotel Review on Mommy Points blog

her post today has pictures and her commentary on the hotel for the seminars. you'll find her on boarding area.com
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Old Jan 14, 12, 11:20 am
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Originally Posted by saltytheseagull View Post
What time do the festivities start? Should I come in Thursday night or Friday?
I come early Friday to help out! I am sure Rick could use more help if you come Thursday and want to help Friday AM

(not really festivities but helpful!)

I have my room booked btw and can not wait for year 3!^
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Old Jan 14, 12, 11:21 am
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Hotel reservation made.

Sorry to learn that your negotiations with hotels closer to ORD did not work out. But the HI certainly has been totally acceptable the past two years.

After all, we are at the Seminars to learn. Don't need 5* accommodations to do that.
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Old Jan 15, 12, 11:11 am
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Count me in. Booked for arrival Friday and leaving Sunday. Last year I didn't know about the seminar. In fact only knew about the credit card sign up bonuses in May 2011. Glad I caught the major 100k bonuses like BA and AMEX Plat.

Contemplating staying October 11-October 12 for the same rate.
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Old Jan 15, 12, 1:17 pm
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I can hardly wait for the registration link for sessions! This is about 15 minutes from the house!
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