Frequent Traveler University Goes International: Australia & UK Events Now On Sale

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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:

Tickets are 299 AUD, though you can use code EARLYBIRD for 20 AUD off through 1/31/18.

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.

Gilbert of God Save the Points at the recent FTU Seattle

London — May 12-13 2018

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:

Tickets are £249, though you can use code UK to save £30 through 1/31/18.

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.

Additional notes

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?


  1. Tiffany,

    For the event in Seattle, do you have any kind of program outline you can share? I’m on the fence about attending, depending on what’s covered, but nothing is described specifically on the website with respect to the program, schedule, topics, etc.

    I don’t do any MFS, I want to learn more about how best to redeem points, and it seems that, in the past, a lot of these seminars focused heavily on obtaining points, i.e., bonus for signups, MFS, etc?

    Would appreciate any insight you can shed on this.


  2. What will you be presenting in London? I’ve always enjoyed your award booking presentations. Will it be similar in London?

  3. @ Robin — Stefan is in charge of the program, and they generally have it published by now, but he’s on some Royal Mail Ship in the middle of the Atlantic or something.

    Matthew and I will both be talking about award travel, and neither of us do any manufactured spend stuff, so I feel like there should be a good mix of content. No harm in waiting until they publish the schedule though, as I don’t think there’s a danger of that event selling out this week.

  4. @ Aaron — I’m not sure yet! Probably one on award booking of some sort, but since I’m comfortable speaking on a pretty broad range of topics I generally just offer to fill in whatever gaps aren’t being covered by the other speakers.

  5. Brisbane is my birth town where I grew up, but I now live with my partner in Melbourne, where I now work (after gaining two degrees #sigh) as a tram driver who just got off Etihad’s First Apartment via SYD just over two days ago thanks to all the knowledge I’ve gained from you guys!). Love and respect both yours and Ben’s work – please keep us posted for when you come to MEL!

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