Frequent Traveler University Saturday Schedule Published

Frequent Traveler University is being held at the Sheraton Meadowlands on April 27 and 28, following the Thursday evening Freddie Awards and the Friday Randy Petersen Travel Executive Summit.

The Saturday schedule will feature Randy Petersen, The Points Guy, Mommy Points, Daraius of Million Mile Secrets, legendary frequent flyer Steve Belkin (“beaubo” – known for hiring disabled rice farmers to fly in and out of the Golden Triangle area of Thailand for the miles, among other exploits), and Tommy Danielsen Milepoint co-founder and organizer of the MegaDOs. I’m also speaking in three slots as well. Your organizer is, as ever, Milepoint co-founder Pizzaman.

9:00am – 915am: Welcome, Tommy Danielsen

9:15am – 10:30am: Resolved: that Delta Skymiles Offer Superior Value. A Debate Between Brian Kelly (Affirmative) and Gary Leff (Negative)

    Alternate session: Introduction to miles & points – how to get started, Daraius Dubash & Mommy Points

10:30am – 10:45am: Break

10:45am – 12:15pm: Award Booking: Getting the Most for Your Miles, Gary Leff (Brian Kelly and Steve Belkin comment)

    Alternate Session: Family Travel Made Easy, tips from Mommy Points

12:15pm – 1:15pm: Lunch

1:15pm – 2:45pm: Credit Card: How the Banks Want to Send You Around the World in Business Class for Free, Brian Kelly and Mommy Points

    Alternate Session: The End of Elite Status? Why You Shouldn’t Care About Loyalty, Steve Belkin

2:45pm – 3:00pm: Break

3:00pm – 4:30pm: Mileage Confidential: Our Experts Each Share and Discuss Tips That You Won’t Find on the Forums (and that you agree not to post), Brian/Steve/Gary/Daraius

4:30pm – 5:00pm: Concluding Remarks, Randy Petersen

I’m told that Sunday will feature a ‘credit card lion’s den’ where issuers will pitch their cards to experts who will ask the tough questions in response, and where several major hotel and airline loyalty programs will have executives on hand to meet directly with their members.

You can access the room block at the Sheraton Meadowlands here and register for the event here.

There’s also a Milepoint thread where folks are discussing the event.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Great to see some new speakers (and the oldies but goodies!). Sorry that I can’t make it this year. 🙁

  2. signed up!! as bart scott said “CAN’T WAIT”

    @Joe – Belkin is explained in detail in this video …

  3. Gary,

    I missed you in Chicago last year. I got shut out on the oneworld megado. I will FINALLY get a chance to be at one of these events. I’m looking forward to FTU. See you there.

  4. Gary, is the Randy Petersen Travel Exec Summit open to the public, or is that an invite-only event for industry figures?

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