Frequent Traveler University Returns to Seattle on May 4, 2024

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Frequent Traveler University Seattle is May 4, 2024.

Seattle FTUs have been among our most high-rated events. FTU Seattle 2017 was a month before we moved to Seattle. That trip I returned to NY via an overnight stop in Fairbanks, Alaska to attempt to catch the northern lights (Fairbanks was in heavy downpour and I slept in the terminal till my dawn flight rather than trudge to a rental car.)

This May we make a return to the Sheraton Seattle Airport South. Last time Tim S. got the upgrade to the coveted bi-level suite. Who will get it this time?

FTU Seattle May 2024


  • FTU members: $100 when you apply your annual member coupon. Not a member? Join now for $69 and also get access to a year of virtual events
  • General Admission: $149 (Use code PIZZAYUM to save $20! sale ends 11:59pm PST Monday, April 7, 2024.)
  • Purchase tickets here

Ticket includes:

  • All educational sessions on Saturday
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Optional Friday night pizza dinner (requires separate RSVP, and is available to the first 25 people that purchase a ticket with this April offer)


Sheraton Seattle Airport South (22406 Pacific Hwy S, Des Moines, WA 98198)


  • JT Genter, AwardWallet, a stirring, bolide social media personality that holds airlines, hotel, and loyalty programs to account for their stealth devaluations and policy changes
  • Katie Genter, The Points Guy, the top TPG byline for comprehensive, quality reporting and reviews
  • Charles Hagadorn, Seattle Travel Hacker, everyone should have an aviation-loving lawyer in their life
  • Matthew Klint, Live and Let’s Fly, the United expert that miles brokers travel the country just to hear what he might let slip
  • James Larounis, Upgraded Points, second most quoted blogger in mainsteam media?
  • Ben Nickel-D’Andrea, No Mas Coach!, always a perfectly timed dry retort and wry grin
  • Jon Nickel-D’Andrea, No Mas Coach!, from the butcher to the baker to the in-flight cocktail (and pretzel!) maker, Jon’s showers of sweetness charm them all
  • John Ryan, Bougie Miles, precocious teenager is an understatement
  • Bryan Sklar, TravelWise Advisors, the quiet expert in any travel hacking room
  • Victoria Walker, Travel Reporter, effusive and expert


Please note that all session times/topics/speakers are subject to change.

Time Speaker Topic
8:30am-9:00am All Speakers Welcome
9:00am-9:45am Jon & Ben Nickel D’Andrea, Charles Hagadorn Making the Most of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and New Changes
10:00am-10:45am John Ryan How to Get Cheap Rental Cars
11:00am-11:45am JT Genter Why to Be Loyal to International Airlines
12:00pm-12:45pm Victoria Walker Maximizing Hyatt Category 1-4 Certificates
12:45pm-1:30pm Lunch Lunch
1:30pm-2:15pm Matthew Klint Advanced United Airlines
2:30pm-3:15pm Bryan Sklar Award Search Engines – The Good, The Bad and They Ugly
3:30pm-4:15pm Jon & Ben Nickel D’Andrea Reselling to Earn Points
4:30pm-5:15pm Katie Genter Maximizing the Choice and IHG Hotel Programs
5:30pm-6:00pm All Speakers Closing Panel


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