101 Tips, Tricks and Hacks to be an Expert Traveler – FTU San Diego Presentation

I closed out Frequent Traveler University Advanced San Diego with a new session: 101 Tips, Tricks and Hacks to be an Expert Traveler.

Designed to be pure clickbait, it was a little of this and a few nuggets of that. Some serious, some irreverent. Important to not forget in all this miles and points chasing to be lighthearted and enjoy travel. Don’t miss bonus #102, and the extra bonuses destinations.

Here are the slides:

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  • This was probably one of my favorite presentations from FTU SD, great job Stefan!

  • This is GREAT stuff!

  • David

    enjoyed the slides, thanks.


  • Joey

    I came late to the presentation but certainly enjoyed it.

  • Zippy Pam

    Great! Wonderful presentation. I really appreciate all the work you put in that we all benefit from. Danya has some great pictures of our Last Supper!

  • Eric

    Great presentation – I’m sorry I missed it live – hopefully you’ll do it again at a future FTU.

  • jediwho

    Did not understand the Schwab debit card and 0000 pin slides.

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  • PedroNY

    Nice work!



  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Eric – I will do it again sometime, next FTU in Dallas will be doing a new Delta talk. I try to keep things fresh.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Zippy Pam – glad to spend the weekend with you right up to departure.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Grant – said from a hardcore ms-er, I take that as an especial compliment! 😉

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @jediwho – Schwab debit card is no fx fee at ATMs and refunds all ATM fees. A great deal.

    For non-chip credit cards at readers in some places like many in Europe, it may ask for a pin that you don’t have. In that case try pushing the ‘enter’ or try 0000 to see if it goes through.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @PedroNY – thanks again for your cameo in absentia for the credit card talk!.

  • Scott


    Wish you could have done another session at FTU Tampa with this deck! Would love to have had the commentary!

    BTW, do you hang out in Florida when you’re not travelling? I saw the Sunpass and Heathrow (Florida) references.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Scott – the fun was in the commentary and banter with the audience. In my prior job I lived in Miami for a year and frequently shuttled there for the several following years. It was not an obvious fit for me, I prefer colder climes like Minnesota where I grew up, and I don’t speak Spanish. I really connected with the place to my surprise and have fond memories. Did limited explorations of the state.

  • Scott


    Thanks again – while I’m sure the banter was fantastic, would you happen to have any notes that went along with the slide deck? (I understood the Schwab card reference, but there were others that went over my head).

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Scott – sorry, no notes that I have. I built it on a spreadsheet to rearrange topics and that’s all I’ve got, rest is in my head. Happy to help on any specifics.

  • Rich

    Thanks for posting Stefan! On your T-Mobile tip, have you moved to them for your primary mobile phone & data provider, and if so are you satisfied? Or is this your travel supplemental phone that you keep all year, or turn on & off as needed? I’m not traveling enough to justify it full time yet but investigating. Also saw an interesting variation from Frugal Travel guy with T-Mobile – for about a $20/month data plan find a used, unlocked iPad mini, add a T-Mobile SIM, then have it be a shared wifi hub (but no calling) for your group’s devices on the road.

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Rich – it is my primary now, only area in US had really trouble is San Francisco/Silicon Valley. Overseas I have it side by side with work AT&T iPhone and spends are the same, only advantage for AT&T is it can connect to more networks in most countries, a big difference in some like India and no issue in others.