Rick Ingersoll emails to let me know that 225 people have registered for the Chicago frequent flyer seminar that’s being held October 29 and 30 at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village (same location as last year, where the entire hotel was dedicated to the event for the weekend).
The host hotel is completely sold out, but rooms are still available at the overflow hotel, the Holiday Inn and Suites O’Hare/Rosemont.
The event is sponsored by AwardWallet, Electric Wombats, ExpertFlyer, Milepoint, and ITASoftware. Costs are $75 per person which includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
I’ll be giving a talk on frequent flyer award booking, hHow to identify the best value uses of your points, find award seats, and navigate the call with your mileage program to secure the flights.
Ben from the One Mile at a Time blog and Rick from Frugal Travel Guy are both speakers. So is the legendary “Pudding Guy” who earned all those miles years ago from Healthy Choice pudding (and who inspired the P.T. Anderson / Adam Sandler film, “Punch Drunk Love). There’ll be a talk on advanced priceline techniques and mileage runs. And Captain Denny Flanagan will be there. So will Steve Belkin, the guy who hired Thai rice farmers to fly and earn him miles (and international upgrades), and who leverages huge credit card signup offers by managing the accounts of dozens of friends and family..
Hope to meet many of you there!