FTU Signature Chicago 2017 Schedule and Social Events

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The biggest-ever Frequent Traveler University weekend comes to Chicago on November 18-19, 2017.

FTU Signature Chicago 2017 schedule

We have two co-located events:

FTU Signature, two full days Saturday and Sunday, November 18-19 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare

  • Register here with code FTUEARLY for $20 off, bringing the price down to $229, a few last minute cancellations have opened up some tickets

FTU Travel Expo on Saturday, November 18 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare:

  • Register here with code RAPIDTRAVELCHAI, the first 50 registrations get a free ticket! (after that use code FTUEARLY for $20 off)

FTU Signature is for experienced miles and points travelers to learn the latest developments, diversify their skillset, and network all weekend.

We are even adding a MS Corner all weekend hosted by Greg and Nick of Frequent Miler so if you can’t bear to attend a session not dedicated to manufactured spend, you can huddle there.

Social events:

  • Friday 11/17 at 6-7 pm: welcome cocktail hour at the host hotel, included with your ticket
  • Saturday 11/18 from 7 pm: Bar Louie (5615 N Cumberland Ave, Chicago, IL 60631), pay your own way
  • Sunday 11/19 from 5:30 pm to last flight out: Nancy’s (1036 Higgins Rd, Park Ridge, IL 60068), pay your own way

Special guest speakers:

New speakers:

  • Kevin Song on AAdvantage and bumps & IRROPS
  • Mike Graziano on when things go wrong in MS and low-cost carriers
  • Senitra Horbrook on MS at banks and credit unions,
  • Win Schaeffer on Southwest Airlines

Full schedule:

Saturday, November 18:

Room 1
9:00 9:15 Tiffany & Stefan Welcome
9:15 10:00 Michael Michael Schutzbank of SkyTeam
10:15 11:15 Mike Manufacture Spend: Things Can Go and Will Go Wrong
11:30 12:30 Senitra Manufacture Spend: Banks and Credit Unions
12:30 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 14:15 Chris Guillebeau & Stefan From Travel Hacking to Side Hustle and Every Country in Between: In Conversation with Chris Guillebeau
14:30 15:30 Kevin Advanced American Airlines AAdvantage
15:45 16:45 Matthew Advanced United Airlines MileagePlus
17:00 17:45 Nomadic Matt Beyond Travel Hacking: Tips on How to Explore Destinations Worldwide
Room 2
9:00 9:15  General session in Room 1
9:15 10:00  General session in Room 1
10:15 11:15 Win Southwest Airlines: Maximizing Points to Travel for Peanuts
11:30 12:30 Jon & Ben How to Get (Almost) Anywhere with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
12:30 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 14:15  General session in Room 1
14:30 15:30 Jon & Ben Don’t Sleep on It! Post-Merger Hacks and Opportunities with SPG and Marriott
15:45 16:45 Tiffany How to Leverage Hotel Loyalty Programs (Without Being Loyal)
17:00 17:45 General session in Room 1

Sunday, November 19:

Room 1
9:00 10:00 Jared Manufacture Spend Techniques
10:15 11:15 Greg Manufacture Spend from Your Laptop: How to MS Without Leaving Home
11:30 12:30 Stefan Advanced Credit Cards
12:30 13:00 LUNCH
13:30 14:30 Greg Manufacture Elite Status: Tips and tricks for Manufacturing High Level Elite Status
14:45 15:45 Nick The Art of Finding the Deal: Tools and techniques for Bagging a Bargain
16:00 17:00 All Speakers State of Miles & Points Panel moderated by Stefan
Room 2
9:00 10:00 Kevin Bumps and IRROPS for Better Travel
10:15 11:15 Tiffany Airlines for Aspirational Travel
11:30 12:30 Matthew What’s New and What’s Great in Airline Miles
12:30 13:00 LUNCH
13:30 14:30 Jared How to Book the Cheapest Flight Possible
14:45 15:45 Mike Don’t Be a Snob: Hack Ultra Low-Cost Carriers
16:00 17:00  General session in Room 1
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