FTU Travel Expo Chicago 2017 Schedule and Ticket Giveaway

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The biggest-ever Frequent Traveler University comes to Chicago on November 18, 2017.FTU Travel Expo 2017 Schedule


We have two co-located events:

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, 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

We are giving away a number of FTU Travel Expo tickets because we want to welcome all kinds of travelers, from new to experienced. Share with friends and family!

This is not a travel show of destination marketing organizations and travel agencies selling tours. From miles and points to photography, the program is all about great independent travel.

I have put together this schedule by inviting people that I respect and want to hear talk. It is the most diverse program of speakers and topics of any FTU. I hope you’ll enjoy the day!

First-time FTU speakers include:

  • Becky Pokora on miles and points for real life
  • Erica Ho on travel gear and gadgets
  • Erick Prince on diversity in travel
  • Howie Rappaport on family travel
  • Kevin Song on AAdvantage
  • Ric Gazarian on drone photography
  • Richard Kerr on airline award tickets
  • Senitra Horbrook on solo travel
  • Tess Zhao on business travel
  • Win Schaeffer on Disney
Stage 1
9:00 9:45 Johnny Jet & Chris McGinnis How to Be a Travel Rock Star
10:00 10:45 Stefan Krasowski The 5 Key Concepts for Incredible Miles and Points Travel
11:00 11:45 Tiffany Funk How to Earn Tons of Poins with Credit Cards Without Harming Your Credit
12:00 12:45 Rudy Maxa & Stefan Rudy Maxa’s World
13:00 13:45 Gary Arndt Stop Taking Horrible Travel Photos
14:00 14:45 Greg Davis-Kean How to Earn Miles Saving and Paying for College and Paying Off Student Loans
15:00 15:45 Nomadic Matt 12 Easy Ways to Save Big Money When You Travel
16:00 16:45 Chris Guillebeau 9 Lessons from Visiting Every Country in the World
17:00 17:45 Erick Prince How Diversity Benefits Everyone in Travel


Stage 2
9:00 9:45 Kevin Song Cubs or Sox: The Case for American Airlines AAdvantage
10:00 10:45 Matthew Klint Sox or Cubs: The Case for United Airlines MileagePlus
11:00 11:45 Michael Schutzbank How Airline Alliances Can Make Your Travel Better
12:00 12:45 Jared Kamrowski How to Book the Cheapest Flight Possible
13:00 13:45 Mike Graziano How to Win at Flying Ultra Low-Cost Carriers
14:00 14:45 Richard Kerr Booking Awesome Airline Award Tickets for Beginners
15:00 15:45 Becky Pokora Miles and Points for Real Life
16:00 16:45 Jen Yellin Boosting Credit Card Rewards with Shopping Offers and Category Bonuses
17:00 17:45 Jon & Ben Hotel Loyalty Programs and Discounts for Every Type of Traveler


Stage 3
9:00 9:45 Erica Ho Choosing the Right Travel Gear, Gadgets, and Doodads
10:00 10:45 Ed Pizzarello A Road Warrior’s Guide to Business Travel and Loyalty Programs
11:00 11:45 Tess Zhao Business Travel: Stand Out with Energy, Efficiency, and Style
12:00 12:45 Ric Gazarian Photographing the World from a Drone’s Eye View
13:00 13:45 Nick Reyes What’s in My Wallet and Why: Killer Credit Card Benefits Beyond the Signup Bonuses
14:00 14:45 Senitra Horbrook Sensational Solo Travel: Building the Confidence to Travel Alone and Have Fun
15:00 15:45 Howie Rappaport How To Get Your Entire Family Involved in Miles & Points
16:00 16:45 Win Schaeffer Saving Money at Disney: Flights, Hotels, Meals, and Park Tickets
17:00 17:45 April Peregrino How to Be a Travel Wonder Woman


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