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Old Oct 7, 12, 10:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Frugal Travel Guy View Post
It runs on a schedule as I recall but we have way too many people coming in to all use the shuttle. IIRC it is about $25-$30 by cab. Double or triple up if you can and save some time waiting for the shuttle.

During the seminars we have a school bus moving people from the overflow hotels to the HI. It runs heaviest pre seminars and then when the seminars are over. There is a gap in the early afternoon.

Don't be afraid to call the hotel for the shuttle info. I think you'll find them very helpful. The bus runs at the end of the seminars to the airport as well on Snday. Seats about 55.
How often will the shuttle bus run from seminars to overflow hotel?
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Old Oct 8, 12, 12:52 am
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Booked for the Westin Chicago Northwest for Friday and Saturday, one night with AAA rate the second night with Starpoints. I'll have a rental car, so anyone staying there and needing a lift to the host hotel let me know.

Sunday I'll be staying at the Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago. Not the most economical way to get the free Radisson night, but it's a hotel I'd like to try and I'll be exploring the city a bit so I figure it'll be worth it. (Booked a Cash & Points rate.)

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Originally Posted by mrpickles View Post
Not far from the host hotel The Westin is offering a $63 AAA rate or 1500 Starpoints/$30 per night C&P.

The Westin Chicago Northwest is a very nice property with free access to the Northwest Health Club attached to the property.

If you book through Big Crumbs you get an additional 2.1% cash back.
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Old Oct 8, 12, 1:53 pm
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Airport Shuttle Buses on Demand

I just spoke to the manager of the HI Elk Grove. All three hotels have shuttles running to and from O'hare. The Holiday Inn will be running on demand on Friday when most of you arrive. When you have your luggage (as if) call them at 847-437-6010 to see where the shuttle is at that time. Again you may want to share a cab. FT or MP luggage tags will come in handy at the Ohare Shuttle Terminal
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Old Oct 9, 12, 5:02 am
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Originally Posted by Frugal Travel Guy View Post
I just spoke to the manager of the HI Elk Grove. All three hotels have shuttles running to and from O'hare. The Holiday Inn will be running on demand on Friday when most of you arrive. When you have your luggage (as if) call them at 847-437-6010 to see where the shuttle is at that time. Again you may want to share a cab. FT or MP luggage tags will come in handy at the Ohare Shuttle Terminal
Any idea if their shuttle is just to the airport or also within a 1-2 mile radius of the hotel for area restaurants, etc?
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Old Oct 9, 12, 6:50 am
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Does anyone know if Gunter is still driving the HI shuttle? I believe that was his name, and he had retired from United after ~30 years there. He had some good stories.
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Old Oct 9, 12, 1:29 pm
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Getting very excited. I missed out on last year's DO not knowing how quickly it sold-out. This year, I'm all over it!!

I look forward to meeting a lot of new faces!!
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Old Oct 9, 12, 3:52 pm
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I'm sad to announce that work won't allow me to attend. I'll miss all you guys, hope to see some of you some other time, some other place.

I'm hoping that someone else can use my ticket. I PM'ed someone who's interested.

Hasta la vista!
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Old Oct 9, 12, 6:04 pm
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Getting pumped about this weekend!!!! Looking forward to seeing everyone.
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Old Oct 9, 12, 10:10 pm
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Originally Posted by Frugal Travel Guy View Post
When you have your luggage (as if) call them at
Bolding mine. Classic. Just classic.

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Old Oct 9, 12, 10:13 pm
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Originally Posted by dhammer53 View Post
Bolding mine. Classic. Just classic.

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Hey, Rick must not be flying United.

(Ok, so I mostly posted for the dueling sigs. )
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Old Oct 10, 12, 1:53 pm
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Last Minute Change

Steve Belkin (Beaubo) will be joining Ben (Lucky) for advanced award bookings.

The time is here. I'm heading to Chicago in less than 24 hours. See you all soon and thanks again to our sponsors, presenters and volunteers.
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Old Oct 10, 12, 2:03 pm
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Just a heads up, even though my talk is in the "beginner" slot, it will be focusing on more advanced stuff--you should know before you come what a mileage mall is, how to use it, have used them before probably, etc. What I'll be sharing is a process/formula for taking mileage mall deals and turning them into anywhere from a few hundred K miles to a few million at a very low CPM or perhaps even making a monetary profit. So it will be pretty advanced in that sense, but if you have the basics, you should be fine.
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Old Oct 10, 12, 2:39 pm
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Don't forget to bring $$/GBP/Euros for the Charity Raffle!

Bring some moola!

Hi there! As everyone starts packing, just a reminder to bring some $$ (US, Canadian, Australia), Euros or Great Britain Pounds for the charity raffle. We want to raise lots of $$ for 3 great charities!!

And yes - we do take those blasted dollar coins that Mr. Pickles got everyone hooked on if anyone has any left.

Charities:

The charities this year are:

www.airlineamb.org

Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization affiliated with the United Nations and recognized by the US Congress. It began as a network of airline employees using their pass privileges to help others and has expanded into a network of students, medical professionals, families and retirees who volunteer as "Ambassadors of Goodwill" in their home communities and abroad.

AAI provides humanitarian aid to children and families in need as well as relief and development to under-privileged communities worldwide. We escort children in need, hand-deliver humanitarian aid to orphanages, clinics, and remote communities, raise public awareness and involve youth in humanitarian efforts around the world.

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org

Wounded Warrior Project is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization. The mission of Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. The purpose of WWP is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

http://www.dahlfund.org

Captain Jason Dahl was the pilot of United 93, which was hijacked and subsequently crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11th, 2001.In 2002, the Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund was established to provide deserving aviation students whose resources are limited a scholarship grant in Jason’s name. Originally available to students at Dahl’s Alma Mater, San Jose State University and Metro State University in Denver where Dahl lived, the program has since been expanded to national status as an IRS recognized 501(c)3 non-profit program supported through corporate and individual donations alike.

Prizes:

The drawing will be held on Sunday morning & we've got some nice prizes, including 2-night stays in New York City and Las Vegas, as well as Kindles, a$300 Best Buy gift card donated by FTer poptarts, and other great items.

Note - if anyone wants to add something to the prize pile/stuff to be given out, please PM me what you're contributing ASAP - and don't forget to bring it with you. The more prizes the better! At last year's Seminar event, we had some prizes donated by attendees & sponsors.

Charity Raffle Ticket Pricing:

US/Canadian/Australian

1 Ticket for $5
3 Tickets for $10
7 Tickets for $20
18 Tickets for $50
40 Tickets for $100

Euro:

2 Tickets for 5 Euros
5 Tickets for 10 Euros
11 Tickets for 20 Euros
27 Tickets for 50 Euros
58 Tickets for 100 Euros

Great Britain Pounds:

3 Tickets for 5 GBP
6 Tickets for 10 GBP
12 Tickets for 20 GBP
28 Tickets for 50 GBP
60 Tickets for 100 GBP

I tried to match exchange rates/values when figuring out tickets per spend. Obviously it's not an exact science, but close enough.

Volunteers

I know it seemed like I was everywhere last year, but I had some folk helping me as it's hard to get to 500+ people. Those who have said they'll help me with selling charity raffle tickets this year, please PM me with your mobile #s and when you'll be arriving/can start help selling tickets. If you already did, please do so again. I've been swamped with real-life work.

If you've not met me, when you get to the event look for this person (ie, me):

http://public.fotki.com/SkiAdcock/fl...light-009.html

Raffle ticket sales will commence on Friday & continue until just before the drawing on Sunday.

Look forward to seeing you all this weekend!

Cheers.
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Old Oct 10, 12, 2:48 pm
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Look forward to seeing everyone in Chicago in the next 48 hours or so! Someone please tell me it is no longer ragweed season in Chicago. That will be reason enough to escape TX for a few days! Save travels everyone.

Rick, does no one have SquareUp for raffle purchases/donations? Might be an idea for next year so that everyone can use their favorite credit card of the month. I bet it would boost raffle purchases!
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Old Oct 10, 12, 2:55 pm
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Thanks for the Reminder

Sharon, Just put 40 euros in my wallet. Can't think of a better place to use them.

Mommy: SquareUp????? Must be some new fangled computer thingy
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