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FTU SIGNATURE EVENT VEGAS | 29th April to 1st May 2016

FTU SIGNATURE EVENT VEGAS | 29th April to 1st May 2016

Old Feb 7, 16, 3:07 am
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FTU SIGNATURE EVENT VEGAS | 29th April to 1st May 2016

FTU SIGNATURE EVENT VEGAS
29th April to 1st May 2016


LINK to event

Current line-up :
— Ben Schlappig (One Mile at a Time)
— René de Lambert (Renés Points)
— Tahsir Ahsan (Bengali Miles Guru)
— Tiffany Funk (One Mile at a Time)
— Jamie Larounis (The Forward Cabin)
— Greg Davis-Kean (Frequent Miler)
— Edward Pizzarello (Pizza in Motion)
— Omar Zaman (Travel Summary)
— Daraius Dubash (Million Mile Secrets)
— Summer Hull (Mommy Points)
— Matthew Klint (Live and Let’s Fly)
The all-day Manufactured Spend boot camp intensive is sold out, but fear not. For those with interest in MS, there are still sessions on the latest and greatest Manufactured Spend opportunities on both Saturday and Sunday that are included with the FTU Signature Event. Instead of spending the entire day on just one subject, there will be two 1 ˝ hour sessions over two days and it also gives you the opportunity to attend a variety of the other sessions available during the weekend. There will be 3 sessions running concurrently during the day so attendees at the FTU Signature Event will be spoilt for choice. Plus, not every session is repeated at every FTU so there is bound to be something new for those who have attended FTU's before.
in addition, there will be the first ever FTU Social Charity Blackjack tournament :

On Friday night after the cocktail reception, continue the fun by participating in the first ever FTU charity Blackjack Tournament: Industry VIPs and travel writers versus frequent travelers. This tournament is all about fun. Never played cards before in a casino environment? No worries. This tournament is a great opportunity to play blackjack in a friendly atmosphere. The dealers will be professional casino “Go-Go” dancer dealer/entertainers. It also gives you the chance to compete against some of your favorite travel writers and industry VIPs.

We have great prizes lined up that include up to 50K SPG points courtesy of Starwood Preferred Guest.

Expect lots of fun and some surprises. This is sure to be a must-do event! Tickets for the Blackjack tournament are $50, and all proceeds go towards the InsideFlyer Kiva charity Lending Team. Your ticket also includes $25 in match play coupons that can be used at The D Casino, which makes this not only an amazing opportunity for charity but also a fabulous "deal". Tickets for the optional Blackjack tournament can be purchased here - https://ftuniversity.com/events/ftu-...ure-las-vegas/
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Old Feb 7, 16, 11:24 pm
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KIVA charity lending team?

I find mentioning KIVA as charity to be a rather dubious claim
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Old Feb 7, 16, 11:25 pm
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Next you might tell us TOMS is a charity too I suppose, no?
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Old Feb 7, 16, 11:58 pm
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Originally Posted by RFDMinnesota View Post
KIVA charity lending team?

I find mentioning KIVA as charity to be a rather dubious claim
Only the blackjack tournament is a charity event.

FTU charity Blackjack Tournament
Why would that be dubious, RFDMinnesota?
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Old Feb 8, 16, 12:14 am
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Originally Posted by RFDMinnesota View Post
Next you might tell us TOMS is a charity too I suppose, no?
Shhh... the FTEF is a charity too.
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Old Feb 8, 16, 12:17 am
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
Shhh... the FTEF is a charity too.
I believe it is a non-profit. Not all non-profits are charities, but that is not my area of expertise.

I do know for a fact, that the FTU Blackjack Tournament is 100% for charity (after cost expenses). So, I can only speak to that. Since, well, I prefer to speak to things I can speak to with 100% authority.
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Old Feb 8, 16, 1:57 am
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Originally Posted by baccarat_king View Post
I believe it is a non-profit. Not all non-profits are charities, but that is not my area of expertise.
The FTEF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization.

https://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-...-Organizations

Exemption Requirements - 501(c)(3) Organizations

To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. [...]
Organizations described in section 501(c)(3) are commonly referred to as charitable organizations. [...]
The organization must not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests, and no part of a section 501(c)(3) organization's net earnings may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. If the organization engages in an excess benefit transaction with a person having substantial influence over the organization, an excise tax may be imposed on the person and any organization managers agreeing to the transaction.
AFAIK the FTEF is also '100% for charity (after cost expenses)'
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Old Feb 8, 16, 2:04 am
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oliver2002, there was a DIRECT question about the Blackjack Tournament. I answered that question directly.

I also said :
"I believe it is a non-profit."

I also was very transparent in saying that that is not my area of expertise, and that I was NOT speaking to that.

I was very specific, in my response, which was :

"Only the blackjack tournament is a charity event."

I do not believe I am misleading you or anyone else, with my answer. I would suggest, if you want to have a "general" conversation vis-a-vis FTEF and it's tax status that you start a new thread with regard to this.

or to clarify, the only charity event being referenced (above) was the blackjack tournament.

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Old Feb 8, 16, 2:42 am
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Originally Posted by baccarat_king View Post
I do not believe I am misleading you or anyone else, with my answer. I would suggest, if you want to have a "general" conversation vis-a-vis FTEF and it's tax status that you start a new thread with regard to this.

or to clarify, the only charity event being referenced (above) was the blackjack tournament.
There is a thread on the FTEF already. The FTU event advertised in this thread is organized and operated by the FTEF. Thus by definition one can most certainly assume the same standards will apply.
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
There is a thread on the FTEF already. The FTU event advertised in this thread is organized and operated by the FTEF. Thus by definition one can most certainly assume the same standards will apply.
Yes, but the charity reference in this post was SPECIFICALLY to the blackjack tournament. So, it's probably best to move the conversation about overall charitable status of the FTEF and such to the other master thread. That was my point.

You have brought the thread off topic oliver2002, I do not mind the references but that conversation should be in the other thread you reference. If someone was concerned about the charitable aspects of the Blackjack Tournament, I can answer those directly. And, I would be more than happy to answer those questions directly and as transparently as possible.
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What is a "Signature" event and why is it different from Advanced or whatever other names they are called by these days? Agenda seems to be mostly the same people as all the others.

Beyond that, a blackjack tournament rather than poker??
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Maybe more people play 21? Or people like to beat the house but not other players (friends?)

Originally Posted by sbm12 View Post
What is a "Signature" event and why is it different from Advanced or whatever other names they are called by these days? Agenda seems to be mostly the same people as all the others.

Beyond that, a blackjack tournament rather than poker??
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What is a "Signature" event and why is it different from Advanced or whatever other names they are called by these days? Agenda seems to be mostly the same people as all the others.
Beginner, Advanced and Manufactured Spend Sessions, will be part of this event.

Some more details, since people have been asking about MS and how things are going to be arranged at this FTU.

The all-day Manufactured Spend boot camp intensive is sold out, but fear not. For those with interest in MS, there are still sessions on the latest and greatest Manufactured Spend opportunities on both Saturday and Sunday that are included with the FTU Signature Event. Instead of spending the entire day on just one subject, there will be two 1 ˝ hour sessions over two days and it also gives you the opportunity to attend a variety of the other sessions available during the weekend. There will be 3 sessions running concurrently during the day so attendees at the FTU Signature Event will be spoilt for choice. Plus, not every session is repeated at every FTU so there is bound to be something new for those who have attended FTU's before.
Sample sessions include:

— What is it like to live in hotels full time?
— Finding Cheap Premium Fares
— Introduction to Mileage Running: Costs and Benefits
— International Upgrade Methods and Strategies
— Using ExpertFlyer
— Live Award Bookings
— Advanced booking techniques for revenue tickets
— Non-traditional awards and miles
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Maybe more people play 21? Or people like to beat the house but not other players (friends?)
Originally Posted by sbm12 View Post
Beyond that, a blackjack tournament rather than poker??
Blackjack is MORE INCLUSIVE. We want everyone (non-gaming peeps) who has interest to be able to play. Poker is very intimidating to people who have never played cards and/or played cards in a casino tournament. Remember, we have REAL DEALERS and this is a REAL tournament. It will be run just as any casino tournament event would be. If you can count to 21 you can play blackjack, though never a bad thing to read up on "proper" tournament strategy.

Hey, I rather have a baccarat tournament. But, I digress.
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Beginner, Advanced and Manufactured Spend Sessions, will be part of this event.
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The mix of this:
Plus, not every session is repeated at every FTU so there is bound to be something new for those who have attended FTU's before.
And then a list of sample sessions which are all repeats of ones which have been offered many times before is interesting marketing.
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What is a "Signature" event and why is it different from Advanced or whatever other names they are called by these days? Agenda seems to be mostly the same people as all the others.
It's an odd term to use, as IME, 'signature event' refers to a charity's major fundraising event in a given year and is meant to be very unique. Then again, as Oliver points out, the FTEF is a nonprofit, and according to their 990s the FTUs are their main fundraising events! Uniqueness...hey, as Meatloaf said, 2 out of 3 ain't bad!

Beyond that, a blackjack tournament rather than poker??
The target market is noobs. All way 'round.

'Cause that's where the money is.

PS, isn't the InsideFlyer Kiva charity Lending Team pretty much the original manufactured spending vehicle!?

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