This past weekend, I attended the Frequent Traveler University seminar in Seattle. During the weekend, there were tons of classes given out by some of the most respected names in the travel blogging industry. We had speakers like Gary Leff from View from the Wing, Ben "Lucky" Schlappig from One Mile at a Time and Greg Davis-Kean of Frequent Miler fame along with many other noted guests. I consider myself pretty savvy when it comes to earning and burning miles and points, but these bloggers are on an entirely different level as evidenced by the knowledge they shared in their presentations.
There were many different classes that ran concurrently throughout the seminar from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon that ranged from beginners Q&A, to learning how to manufacture spending without Vanilla reload cards. At $99 for the conference, and a special rate of $99 a night at the Airport Seattle Marriott, this was a great opportunity to get away for a weekend in the Pacific Northwest and immerse myself in total frequent flyer geekdom.
Tips: When it comes to the information provided, these FTU's are a great resource for those that are just starting out in the hobby and who are at an intermediate level of travel hacking. There were a few advanced topics that were bandied around during the "Advanced Q&A" class, but most of the information presented was directed towards those who have a more basic understanding of the hobby and are looking to flesh out their breadth of knowledge.
However, for you experts, these events also provide a great way to network with your fellow travel hackers. I've been to previous FTU's in Chicago and Los Angeles as well as a few Dan's Deals seminars and I was happy to meet like-minded travel hackers. I still keep in touch with several of these people and we have been able to share awesome tips and tricks with each other.
At $99, the event planners don't make any money and do this strictly on a cost recovery basis. I would strongly suggest you check out the next FTU – or for that matter – any type of frequent flyer meetup in the near future.