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Chicago Seminars October 17-19th, 2014

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Old Apr 11, 14, 9:56 am
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Chicago Seminars October 17-19th, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the Chicago Seminars will again be held the weekend of October 17th-19th at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

Registration will go live at 12pm Eastern Today

Confirmed Speakers are:

Rick Ingersoll the Frugal Travel Guy
Brian Kelly The Points Guy
Rene from DeltaPoints.com
Ben Schlappig from One Mile at a Time
Summer Hull Ms. Mommy Points
Daraius Dubash Mr. Million Mile Secrets
Greg the Frequent Miler
Captain Denny Flanagan
Stefan of Rapid Travel Chai
Marshall Jackson on Cruising
Bikeguy with Rookie Bootcamp
Howie Rappaport with Managing Family accounts
Cara Kretz ITASoftware by Google
John Lopinto of ExpertFlyer
Marathon Man & Manufactured Spend
Cliff Stratton with Computer Tips and Tricks
Scott Mackenzie from Hack My Trip on Alaska Airlines
Geoff from NoobTraveler on Southwest & The Companion Pass
Drew Macomber from Travel Is Free
Best Rate Guarantees with Angelina Aucello
Scott Grimmer from MileValue
Ari Charlestein from AwardMagic
Jeff Brownson of IndulgeTheWanderlust on VRBO & AirBNB

We will be holding sessions from Friday late afternoon until Sunday at 4 PM so you can catch the last bank of flights home from O'Hare.

This event is an all volunteer event put on by members of the community for the members of the community. All excess proceeds after covering expenses are given to charity.

Our event is the ONLY not for profit event of its kind with registration at only $95 per person which includes lunch and coffee breaks each day and a Saturday evening cocktail reception as well.

The host hotel (separate registration) will be $84 single or $94 double including one or two breakfast per day included in that rate. The overflow hotel will be the Holiday Inn O'Hare and shuttle service will be provided.

Hotel and Seminar Registration are open.

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Old Apr 11, 14, 9:56 am
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Hotel Registration Information

Host Hotel - Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village

$84 for a Single (includes breakfast for one person each day)
$94 for a Double (includes breakfast for two people each day)

OR Use code CHI (link above pre-populates)

Overflow Hotel - Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Chicago-O'Hare (Rosemont)

Breakfast Included - Group Code CBY
No Breakfast Included - Group Code CBN

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Old Apr 11, 14, 9:57 am
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Seminars Schedule

Friday October 17th

4pm - 830pm - Registration Desk Open

5pm - 6pm - The Absolute Basics with Bikeguy and Howie (hdawg)

615pm - 715pm
Rookie Bootcamp with Bikeguy
International Bootcamp with Stefan (Rapid Travel Chai)

730pm - 830pm
Computer Tips & Tricks with Cliff Stratton
All About Delta with Delta Points (Rene)
Managing Family Accounts with Howie (hdawg)
Alaska Airlines with Scott from Hack My Trip

Saturday October 18th

830am - 12pm - Registration Desk Open

830am - 930am - Customer Service with Captain Denny Flanagan

945am - 1045am - Credit Cards with Rick the Frugal Travel Guy

11am - 12p
Beginners with MommyPoints & MillionMileSecrets
Greg The Frequent Miler & Experiments
Manufactured Spending with Marathon Man

12pm - 1pm - Lunch

1pm - 215pm
Mileage Runs with Ben (One Mile At A Time)
Pricelines & Hotwire with Stefan (Rapid Travel Chai)
Southwest & The Compaion Pass with Geoff (Noob Traveler)

230pm - 4pm
Award Bookings Asia - Ben from One Mile At A Time
Award Bookings Europe - Ari from AwardMagic
Special Award Bookings (One-ways, Round-The-World, Stopovers, etc) - Scott from MileValue
Amtrak Awards and Cruising - Bikeguy & Marshall (MJ on Travel)

415pm - 530pm
ITA Software & ExpertFlyer with Cara & John
Credit Cards with Brian The Points Guy
Best Rate Guarantees with Angelina (Just Another Points Traveler)
VRBO & AirBNB with Jeff (IndulgeTheWanderLust)

4pm - 515pm - We'll also be hosting a +1's reception like we did last year. Registration for this will be separate - Details To Come

545pm - 645pm (Seating for these sessions are on a first come first served basis)
Manufactured Spending with Marathon Man
IHG / Priority Club with Drew from Travel Is Free

Sunday October 19th (All Sunday Sessions are open to all)

830am - 10am - Sponsors Workshop

10am - 11am - Charity Raffle

1115am - 1pm - Hotel Breakouts

1pm - 2pm - Lunch

2pm - 4pm - Airline Breakouts

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Old Apr 11, 14, 9:58 am
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Volunteers Needed

We will need help with A/V coordination, selling raffle tickets and with registration.

If you are interested in helping out please email [email protected]

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Old Apr 11, 14, 9:59 am
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Charity Events & Donations

Hi everyone! Yup, it's me - SkiAdcock, the Charity Raffle Queen, the one who runs around yelling ge-e-e-t your tickets, ge-e-e-t your tickets!

Once again we'll have great prizes, and yes we will accept credit cards via the square app in addition to accepting US/Canadian/Australian/Euro/GBP currency, so those using credit cards will get miles/points.

Prizes to be detailed as seminar gets closer. In years past we've had such things as Kindles, free nights at Marriotts in NYC & Vegas, 50% off Starwood stays, AA & UA systemwide int'l upgrades, etc. We expect to have even more great prizes this year!

If you have something you would like to donate to the charity raffle, please PM me (SkiAdcock).

Yes I'll need volunteers to help w/ ticket sales and/or distributing prizes on Sunday. Volunteers do not miss any sessions, as sales occur in between sessions. If you're interested in volunteering w/ charity raffle, PM me (SkiAdcock).

We pick 3 great charities each year, and monies raised are divided between them. We owe it all to you, our generous FT/MP/blog followers!

Each year we've beat the previous record of what was donated. Let the FT Chicago Seminar Event Charity Raffle tradition continue!

Cheers.

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Old Apr 11, 14, 9:59 am
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Event Sponsors

AwardWallet
ExpertFlyer
first2board
MileValue
Million Mile Secrets

If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact [email protected]

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Booked!
me, too!
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Old Apr 11, 14, 11:36 am
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Old Apr 11, 14, 11:39 am
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I'm jazzed, and I talked a buddy into attending too.
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Old Apr 11, 14, 11:43 am
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Great line up!! Gonna be another good year
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Old Apr 11, 14, 1:28 pm
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I am booked! Ticket + Room

I will be offering free award booking advice to those who are coming. I have learned a lot so time to give back a little!

Looking forward to some familiar faces and some new ones too!
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Old Apr 11, 14, 1:45 pm
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I am booked! Ticket + Room

I will be offering free award booking advice to those who are coming. I have learned a lot so time to give back a little!

Looking forward to some familiar faces and some new ones too!
It will be nice to see you again. I just booked my hotel have not booked the event ticket yet. Glad to see hotel is refundable rate so in case things don't go my way. Hoping to make it but i was planning on taking care of some medical issues i was putting off due to my busy mileage running schedule (please no flames) and recovery time required on the ground. Was thinking of taking August - December off of the game but if things go well hoping i can fly in time to make it.

Glad i invested in the $8 gogo hour long pass, i bet next check of FT would have been after room sell out.

BTW are seminar tickets transferable with fee again this year? I want to make sure i do that before the seminars i want are sold out, Then again many of this stuff probably isn't new to me.
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Thank You Howie/Rick!

Thank you for all of your hard work in putting together another top-notch event. The lineup seems great and I know I'm personally VERY excited to be a part of it.

After all... Who doesn't want to book awards to Europe?! I know I do :-) In fact I'm taking off to London and Iceland in less than a week!!!
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