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The 14th Annual Chicago Seminars - September 20-22, 2024 at the Hyatt Regency ORD

The 14th Annual Chicago Seminars - September 20-22, 2024 at the Hyatt Regency ORD

Old Mar 31, 2024, 11:23 pm
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Will there be a promo code for booking the hotel?
Also, in relation to where the meeting will be taking place, is there a preferential location to book within the hotel. For example, there seems to be a regular section and a premier wing.
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Old Apr 1, 2024, 10:47 am
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Originally Posted by znke252
Will there be a promo code for booking the hotel?
Also, in relation to where the meeting will be taking place, is there a preferential location to book within the hotel. For example, there seems to be a regular section and a premier wing.
We don't have a defined room block - this was to enable attendees to book with points if they wanted to without us having to meet minimums since it's quite a good deal on points and the main selling factor of the higher registration cost this year. The Premier tower is a bit further from the conference rooms, but it is renovated.
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Old Apr 3, 2024, 5:13 pm
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To quote myself from prior years, a few tips for first time attendees.

"Thoughts & tips for those attending the Chicago Seminar Event for the first time...

* Dress casual or biz casual, whichever you prefer/feel most comfortable in. It's long days/nights.

* Layer or have a lightweight sweater or jacket in case it gets cold or if you're wearing it, can take off if it gets too hot. This applies to both inside & outside temps.

* Realize that you're not the dumbest person in the room when it comes to travel, and also odds are you're not the smartest. The range of knowledge is quite wide in a large group, but sometimes it's easy to feel intimidated. Also know some people exaggerate when they discuss their status, tricks, tips.

* Take a deep breath & also realize you're not going to remember everything. When there is so much information shared in such a short period of time, it can be a bit overwhelming (understatement). If you can get one good tip out of each session you're ahead of the game.

* Take notes, whether it's via paper, laptop, iPad, smartphone, whatever. You won't remember everything if you try to just do it mentally. If you're attending with someone or you meet someone who will be in a different session, make arrangements to swap notes after the event.

* Go to the hotel restaurant/bar in the evenings, even if you don't drink. You're surrounded by a few hundred like-minded individuals so even if you don't know anyone you have something in common, so ask to sit with others & feel free to join in with the others. Don't just head back to your room after the sessions are over, as it's in the hallways, bar & restaurant that good tips/conversations occur/friendships are made. You don't have to close down the bar (although some have been known to do that!), but stop by for a while to meet/chat/eat/drink.

* Even if you're an introvert, do ask if you can join others and chat. I know it can be difficult to do, but you'll benefit by doing so. Some FTers will find this hard to believe because I'm pretty out-going/gregarious, but I am shy & it is hard for me to reach out/ask if I can join a group when I don't know others so I sympathize. But again, the thing to remember is that you all have something in common - travel. You might want to think of a few ice-breaker questions in advance. Or you might want to eavesdrop on conversations & if you find one of interest, just join in.

* And yes, to the veterans, reach out to others & invite them to join you. We were all newbies once.

* Just acknowledge that the chairs are uncomfortable (misery loves company) & with a large number of attendees and a full hotel, the internet might run slow. Meals aren't as bad as everyone makes out - and the fact so many get served in such a short period of time is amazing. Remember, you don't fly for the food/you're not attending the event for the food either.

* Start checking out forums on Flyertalk. You'll get lots of good information at the CSE, but there is a lot more knowledge in the various airline, hotel, manufactured spend forums on Flyertalk & you can access it 24/7/365."

Sorry I can't attend due to schedule (family reunion this year). I know some of you will miss me yelling ge-e-t-t-t your charity raffle tickets

I hope everyone has a good time & learns lots!

Cheers.
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Old Apr 4, 2024, 3:29 am
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Originally Posted by SPN Lifer (Post # 9)
This is the FlyerTalk thread discussing the host property.

HYATT AT ORD (CHICAGO O'HARE) - URGENT

Since the posts are almost a quarter century old, any updates would be most welcome.

EDIT: This thread has been locked in the Hyatt Forum, so there is currently no active thread on this property.
Originally Posted by SPN Lifer (Post # 12)
Someone needs to open a new FlyerTalk (FT) Master Thread on this property.
It will be interesting to see if the organizers of these Chicago Seminars have enough clout with the Hyatt Forum to get the original thread renamed "Hyatt at ORD (Chicago O'Hare) REVIEW - MASTER THREAD", or whether they will open a new thread with that name, or whether these Chicago Seminars will suffer the extreme embarrassment of the "other" seminars last year in lacking a FT thread on the host property.
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Old Apr 4, 2024, 2:17 pm
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Originally Posted by ChicagoSeminars
We don't have a defined room block - this was to enable attendees to book with points if they wanted to without us having to meet minimums since it's quite a good deal on points and the main selling factor of the higher registration cost this year. The Premier tower is a bit further from the conference rooms, but it is renovated.
Thanks for the info. I was waiting for points to be deposited to my account and unfortunately it seems there aren't any rooms left for points redemptions.
Best of luck with this event. I'm sure it will be a success.
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Old Apr 5, 2024, 9:33 am
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Originally Posted by SPN Lifer
It will be interesting to see if the organizers of these Chicago Seminars have enough clout with the Hyatt Forum to get the original thread renamed "Hyatt at ORD (Chicago O'Hare) REVIEW - MASTER THREAD", or whether they will open a new thread with that name, or whether these Chicago Seminars will suffer the extreme embarrassment of the "other" seminars last year in lacking a FT thread on the host property.
Hyatt Regency O'Hare REVIEW - MASTER THREAD last post December 2023 is open for posting.
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Old Apr 5, 2024, 9:51 pm
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It is inspiring to see that the organizers of The 14th Annual Chicago Seminars have such excellent FlyerTalk search skills.
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Old Apr 6, 2024, 5:37 pm
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Originally Posted by SPN Lifer
It is inspiring to see that the organizers of The 14th Annual Chicago Seminars have such excellent FlyerTalk search skills.
Hope to see you in September and read your feedback on both the venue and the content.
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Old Apr 26, 2024, 12:57 am
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The October seminar is $165 at Holiday Inn and yours is $299?? Thought you changed to save money?!
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Old Apr 26, 2024, 12:49 pm
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Very sorry that I won't be able to make this, as I have other travel plans in September. In future years, please let everyone know the dates as early as possible - thank you!
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Old May 21, 2024, 6:51 pm
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Originally Posted by HPN-HRL
Very sorry that I won't be able to make this, as I have other travel plans in September. In future years, please let everyone know the dates as early as possible - thank you!
Well in fairness they posted March 30th for an event happening September 20th. While 6 months isan't as much notice as in years past, it's not like it's a few weeks out.

As noted above, I have a family reunion* that weekend so won't be able to attend.

* I'd much rather be at this event! This is the 2nd time I've had to give up a FT event for family.

The other was many years ago when Icelandic screwed up & had some $50 airfare or something & a gazillion FTers went to Iceland & I got stuck w/ a family wedding in TN - in hot weather with the reception being outside w/ no A/C - and it was a dry wedding. Aargh.

This family reunion is going to be like that, except they picked some small place in FL that's going to cost a bloody fortune to get to & I have to deal w/ MAGA relatives.

Believe me, I'd rather be at this event.

Cheers.
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Old Jun 30, 2024, 5:20 pm
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Originally Posted by SkiAdcock
Believe me, I'd rather be at this event.

Cheers.
I am sad to miss both you and @HPN-HRL again this year. My wife is happy it is not over our wedding anniversary this year.

We will endeavor to announce as early as possible next year's event. This year's event has very strong registration so far and a killer line up of speakers that will be announced very soon.

Cheers,
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Old Jul 7, 2024, 1:32 am
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As you point out this is getting too expensive. Even more so with two competing events. Maybe there should be a less expensive online price as well?
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Old Jul 15, 2024, 12:17 pm
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2024 Schedule Annoucement

See https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/36122180-post6.html for the full list of speakers or www.chicagoseminars.org
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