Travel Tips

The FTU We’ve All Been Waiting For?

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I’ve really enjoyed attending Frequent Traveler University in the past. It’s a great in-person way to get insight (and refreshers) on loyalty programs and the best way to redeem your points/miles as well as pick up helpful tips and tricks from the “experts.”

And probably the highlight for most, is hanging out with people equally as nerdy enthusiastic about travel, sharing stories and making new friends.

Jeanne23 KLA Sagy friends at the StarMegaDo4

However, I’ve observed that though FTU helpful the first time you attend, the content is similar enough each time that repeat participants should be going more for camaraderie than the content. They did create a smaller advanced version, but capping the size also capped the social aspect.

Now it sounds like they might be experimenting with a format that will allow for varying levels of knowledge and the opportunity to meet new people. The email from organizers outlines a Frequent Traveler University Dec 5-7  in partnership with USA Today that will offer:

  • FTU Standard — featuring “main stream travel writers, consumer advocates and other famous writers” brought in by USA Today in addition to the usual faculty.
  • FTU Advanced — separate sessions on more advanced topics, as well as access to the main sessions, capped at 125 attendees. 
  • FT Expo — a travel related expo hosted by USA Today

Tickets are on sale now through the Frequent Traveler University website, they’ll go live on on October 10. So if you’re interested in going, you might want to act fast as these events often sell out.

Hotel Room Block at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City
I’m intrigued so will probably go if I can get tickets. Perhaps I’ll see you there?


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