More Seats Added for Frequent Traveler University Los Angeles

Last week I mentioned coverage of Frequent Traveler University at CNNgo. CNN coverage is likely the reason that the few remaining spots for the upcoming Los Angeles (November 30 – December 2) event sold out.

Tommy Danielsen announced that though the event had sold out of the original 250 spots available, more space was added and so another 100 tickets have been made available.

We sold out late last week, but were successful in getting a larger ballroom at the Sheraton LAX adding 100 more seats.

We’re not planning on adding even more seats as we really liked the interaction we had with the audience at the last FTU and I feel that a maximum of 350 participants is the perfect size for us.

So if you’re planning on attending, please purchase your seat soon

We’ve also added more rooms to the room block.

Earlier in the month I outlined plans for the event:

The next Frequent Traveler University will be held November 30th through December 2nd at the Sheraton Gateway LAX. Here’s the Milepoint discussion thread for the event.

The last two Frequent Traveler Universities (both in the New York area) sold out.

  • Cost of the event is $99register here. The event runs Friday evening with a kickoff holiday cocktail party, includes lunch Saturday and Sunday, and a Starbucks card for use in the lobby courtesy of Million Mile Secrets.
  • The group rate for the hotel is $105 per night including internetbookable here.

Speakers confirmed so far include:

  • Gary Leff (gleff – that’s me) and Ben Schlappig (lucky9876coins of the One Mile at a Time blog) — you are certain to learn a ton about redeeming your points.
  • Million Mile Secrets will offer a solid introduction to those new (or always looking to brush up!) on the hobby.
  • Steve Belkin (beaubo) has experience earning tens of millions of miles and burning hundreds of millions. He’s hired New Zealand college students and disabled Thai rice farmers to fly for him. He’ll show you how to take the next big mileage deal and turn it to your LASTING advantage – without having a run in with the DEA while you’re at it!
  • Brett Snyder of the Cranky Flyer blog, Founder of Cranky Concierge and one of Conde’ Nast‘s world’s top travel specialists. He’ll teach you all the tricks you need to know during your travels, when things go wrong along the way, how to extricate yourself from the trickiest weather delays and mechanical cancellations. Wow your friends. Impress gate agents. And get yourself to your destination with ease.
  • Seth Miller, the Wandering Aramean, has a technology background and has built several tools that make it easier for you to manage your travel, to find award tickets, and to fly as inexpensively as possible. He shares these tools with you for free! And he knows about as much of the ins and outs of United Airlines, JetBlue, and obscure African airlines as most anyone.

Since making the announcement I’ve confirmed Frequent Miler as a speaker as well.

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. It’s great to see my name as confirmed! Thanks to Delta’s flexible routing rules I’ve used the second 2/3 of a domestic award for my flight out. Ironically, my first leg was my return from FTU in April (EWR-DTW). I’ve been enjoying a long layover since then and will finish the award with DTW-LAX and LAX-DTW return.

  2. I had been waivering on whether or not to go, but when I saw that post on Milepoint last night I purchased my ticket right then. This will be my first frequent traveler event of any kind (newbie here!) I’m a little nervous, but very excited!

  3. Newbie here also! Just got into miles and points and decided to register for this event when more space was added. Looking forward to meeting similar minded people. @Tracy T, like you I am a little nervous, but excited!

  4. @Kelikoa – looking forward to meeting you there. Glad to hear I’m not the only newbie! 🙂

  5. Tried booking 30 Nov 12 to 3 Dec 12 but Sheraton says cannot check in before 30 Nov 12 or after 2 Dec 12. Any one else have this issue?

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