If you’ve resolved to learn more about points and miles in 2020, there are plenty of resources out there for you to explore. Besides a cornucopia of blogs, social media groups and videos, it helps to get together with travel hackers in person.
Whether you’re a points and miles novice or a seasoned professional, there is always something new to learn at travel hacking get-togethers. This year, up your points and miles game by attending one (or more!) of these helpful conferences.
Frequent Traveler University
Frequent Traveler University (FTU) is a classic choice for those who want to know how to maximize their points and miles. This year, the conference is running from March 7-8 in Washington DC, in conjunction with the Travel & Adventure Show. FTU focuses on teaching folks how to understand how to redeem points and miles more effectively, how to earn them faster and other tips and tricks to make travel more affordable.
By attending FTU, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from local and international travel hackers and money savers, make friends with like-minded folks and ask questions about your points and miles accounts.
Featured speakers include Matthew Klint from Live and Let’s Fly, Tiffany Funk from One Mile At A Time, Greg Davis-Kean of Frequent Miler and Stefan Krasowski from Rapid Travel Chai. Tickets cost just $129 for both days and include access to the Travel & Adventure Show and FTU stage, all educational sessions and refreshments.
This is another classic points and miles get together. The Chicago Seminars are held annually just outside of Chicago O’Hare Airport, and it’s a great event to attend because it attracts a high concentration of travel hacking experts from a variety of different platforms.
Similar to Frequent Traveler University, the Chicago Seminars aim to help consumers understand the points and miles world from applying for a credit card to making a big redemption. This meeting is perfect for anyone who wants to understand the details of the credit-based economy, learn how to leverage points and miles for vacation rentals, get a grasp on transfer partners and hang out with the experts.
The 2020 date has yet to be released, but the Chicago Seminars are usually held over a weekend around the third week in October. Last year’s agenda can be found here, and from that information we can expect a fee on the order of $125 as well as appearances by several prominent members of the travel hacking community. Keep an eye out for this year’s announcement around August.
TravelCon focuses on how to help bloggers, writers and social media influencers grow their businesses. While it isn’t explicitly a points and miles conference, TravelCon features plenty of travel bloggers, writers and videographers who understand the ins and outs of traveling on any budget. You can expect some points and miles overlap here, because heaps of travel content creators have also learned how to make use of their points and miles.
TravelCon will be held between May 8-10 in New Orleans, LA and it is open to content creators as well as PR firms and travel agents. If you are looking for tips on boosting your own social media and want to network with your favorite Instagrammers, YouTubers and bloggers, this is a great conference to attend. Even if you’re not looking to get into the business of travel content creation, it still offers a great opportunity to learn from some of the best names in travel.
TravelCon exists as an avenue for content creators to get together with industry makers and build beneficial connections. Until March 31st, content creators can snag a spot for just $399. After that, the price bumps up to $449.
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