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The Frequent Traveler University events provide an opportunity for miles and points enthusiasts to spend a weekend diving in to the nitty-gritty details of various programs and opportunities, meeting people with shared interests, and generally geeking out over travel.
They’re fun events, and I’ve enjoyed presenting and socializing at several of them over the past few years (and I say that as someone who generally dislikes socializing). The combination Signature/Expo event in November was particularly fun, and I was thrilled with the diversity of speakers and content. Hopefully everyone else enjoyed that mix as well.
While FTU travels to a variety of locations, most events have been in the US. This year, there will be a pair of international events as well, with weekend events in Brisbane, Australia, and London, United Kingdom.
Brisbane — April 14-15, 2018
The Australia event will take place at the Brisbane Marriott Hotel. Tickets include:
- Tea and coffee on Saturday and Sunday mornings
- Two days of expert-led sessions in classroom settings on Saturday and Sunday
- Plated lunch on Saturday and Sunday
- Internet in the conference rooms
And of course, a solid chunk of time to meet and network with other miles and points enthusiasts. Sessions will be led by a mix of regular FTU speakers and local experts. I’ll be there, along with:
- Stefan Krasowski of Rapid Travel Chai
- Keith Mason & Daniel Kinnoch of Point Hacks
- Zac George of Points from the Pacific
- Yvonne Strydom of Physical Travel Solutions
- David Feldman, Loyalty Program Expert
- Will & Christy Maxwell-Steele, Extreme Travellers, New Zealand
- Tess Zhao, Business Travel Expert
- …and more to come!
There’s also a group rate for the hotel: 239 AUD per night single / 259 AUD per night double, which includes Wifi and full breakfast, bookable through March 30, 2018 using this link.
The details for the London event are similar, though with the way hotel contracts work there is always a bit of a variation in the logistics. FTU London will take place at the Renaissance Heathrow Airport, and tickets will include:
- Coffee and tea all day on Saturday and Sunday.
- Lunch buffet and catered breaks on Saturday and Sunday.
- Internet in the conference rooms.
- Two days of sessions with the most knowledgeable names in travel!
Like the Brisbane event, sessions will be led by a mix of regular FTU speakers and local experts. I’ll be there, along with:
- Stefan Krasowski of Rapid Travel Chai
- Michele Robson of Turning left for less
- Mark Beattie of MIles from Blighty
- Craig Sowerby of Insideflyer UK
- Steffen Hager of Insideflyer Germany
- Lionell Jansen of Lionell Travels
- Ben & Jon Nickel D’Andrea of No Mas Coach
…and more to come!
There’s also a group rate for the hotel: £109 per night single / £119 per night double, which includes breakfast, VAT and service charge, bookable through April 18, 2018 using this link.
There will likely be some additional optional activities added as we get closer to the events — the social component of Frequent Traveler University is super important, and recent seminars have included field trips and dinner opportunities. So stay tuned for those.
I’m super excited for both events — I love spending time in London, and while Ben and I are going to Melbourne for about 30 hours next month, I haven’t spent time in Australia otherwise. And I love chatting with readers outside the US — OMAAT has a tremendous group of international followers, so it’s always nice to connect and hear what folks are enjoying or challenged by.
Speaking of which, if you’ll be attending either event, and there are specific topics you’d like to see discussed, please let me know! I am not in charge of the organization of the events at all, but am happy to pass on suggestions to other speakers (and will structure my sessions around hot topics). I think these will be fun events!
And don’t forget, you can still get tickets to the February FTU Seattle event if you’re a US reader looking for something a bit closer to home.
Which OMAAT readers will I see at events this Spring? What are you hoping to learn?