A Huge New FTU For Every Traveler

Today we launch FTU Travel Expo (my referral link), the largest miles and points event ever.

A single-day event on November 18, 2017 in Chicago, FTU Travel Expo will comprise of 36,000 sq ft of exhibition space and 4 simultaneous educational stages. Upwards of 3,000 travelers are expected to attend.

Disclaimer: as a speaker of FTU, I have a referral link for registrations. Use of the links in this post to register for FTU will support this blog.

FTU Travel Expo

FTU Travel Expo ORD 2017

FTU Travel Expo early bird tickets are $29 through July 31, 2017 using code FTUEARLY. Regular price tickets are $39. Register here.

The host hotel Chicago Marriott O’Hare has group rates of $109 per night, book here. There is a complimentary airport shuttle and CTA Blue Line Cumberland rail station access. On-site parking is $3/day.

FTU Travel Expo Program

I have spoken at FTUs since 2013 and starting with our recent FTU MSP, I have taken on speaking booking and programming.

For FTU Travel Expo we are bringing in many of my favorite miles and points experts:

Plus special guests:

and more speakers to come!

FTU Signature

FTU Signature ORD 2017

There’s more! For our intermediate and advanced miles and points travelers, we are holding FTU Signature together with FTU Expo.

FTU Signature is the evolution of our FTU Advanced Events. A full weekend of intense miles and points seminars and social activities November 17-19. Attendees get full FTU Expo access in addition to their exclusive seminars all weekend.

FTU Signature kicks off Friday at 6 pm with a cocktail hour. Saturday sessions run 9 am – 6 pm and Sunday sessions 9 am – 5 pm.

Early bird tickets are $239 through June 25, 2017 using code FTUEARLY. Regular price tickets are $249. Register here.

Our experts will lead in-depth seminars on miles and points:

FTU Signature extras include:

  • Cocktail reception on Friday
  • Coffee, tea, and seasonal breakfast breads Saturday and Sunday mornings
  • Plated lunch on both Saturday and Sunday
  • Free wifi in the conference rooms

See you in Chicago!

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  • Kira Kowalski

    Seems like you guys are pulling your talent away from the Chicago Seminars in October. What’s the deal? Why an FTU event a month later from the original Chicago Seminars?????
    Also – not fond of the Nov 18th date since most of us will be either visiting family or travelling for the Thanksgiving week.

  • Many from Chicago Seminars are speaking at Expo, too, including Chicago Seminars organizer Howie, and myself as well. Go down the list of speakers for both and you see overlap with fellow travelers that love to teach.

    Expo will appeal to general audience travelers willing to give it a try for a day and a $29 ticket. Those are people that may not be willing to commit a full weekend and ticket price for a Chicago Seminars or FTU Signature.

    Of the many cities we have held FTU events, Chicago is among the most popular for traveling attendees because of its central location and is a multi-airline hub.

    Getting a date to work with venues, speakers, sponsors and the rest is not easy, especially for an audience that expects free/cheap for everything. We’ve got this up 5 months ahead so people can plan accordingly and we hope it will work for many.

    Why not start a travel week with a fun day in Chicago? If that doesn’t work, hopefully a 2018 event date will work for you.

  • Rich

    FTU Signature looks great. The registration site wasn’t clear yet on when it started Friday (morning or evening). Also is it going on the same time Saturday as the larger event, overlapping, then finishing Sunday? Any additional insights great – tentatively have a hotel room. Thanks!

  • New website, working out the kinks, seem start times got lost. FTU Signature will start that Fri at 6 pm with the cocktail hour. We might have a casual Fri afternoon gathering around 3 pm for early arrivals. It will finish Sunday at 5 pm.

    FTU Signature has seminars all day Saturday and Sunday exclusive to Signature. That means on Saturday both programs will be running. An example is over at Expo, Kevin Song will do a beginner’s AAdvtange talk, while at Singature he will do an Advanced AAdvantage talk. Signature attendees are free to attend any Expo talks they like, it is all at the same venue.

    The full schedule is a being developed, we plan to get it out well in advance of the event.

  • Shannon

    Is this a lucrative business that has to comes so frequently?

  • Rich

    Thanks Stefan – looks great. Will you be doing a credit card session as part of this? Please?

  • For several years has been 1 big event and 2-3 smaller events, this year we have 1 really big event and 2 smaller events. Not a lucrative business. It is incredibly expensive to have events with meetings rooms and catering. We speakers volunteer our time and only get help with some expenses.

  • Abdualfattah Ali Alzwpeary

    How About the transit visa in Addis Ababa Airport for 4-5 hours for passengers of YEMEN.
    IF we have booking by two tickets and two airlines there is no’t link between the airlines. We need to know if we need to get transit visa in Addis Ababa Airport or no? Where can we obtain the Transit visa?