As a complement to our Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook Group, Nick and I have started a new meetup / seminar series: FM to Go. We have often had readers ask us to visit their town, and we’ve wanted to. But until now we didn’t have a good way to pick where to go or how to organize a gathering in towns we don’t know well. FM to Go is the answer.
We held our first FM To Go on Feb 16th in San Diego. We met at a local library that had free meeting space, which was available from 1pm to 5pm. Nick and I presented various topics and answered lots of questions. Afterwards many of us went to dinner at a nearby pizza place. Other than the fact that everyone had to pay for their own dinner, there were no charges for this event.
Frequent Miler Insiders
FM to Go events are intended to be extensions of the Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook group. Our Facebook group has proven to be much better than blog comments as a way for people to interact with each other. We’re now taking it a step further to hopefully get to know you personally. You must be a group member to attend these meetups. Please sign up for the Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook group here.
Next two FM to Go events: Minneapolis and Bay Area
FM to Go MSP
Date: June 29 2019
RSVP Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/275375920079462/
(you MUST RSVP by Tuesday 4/24/2019)
FM to Go SFO
Date: September 7 2019
Place: Bay Area, California
You’ll find the link to RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2215716875409419/
(you MUST RSVP)
How we decide where to go
The primary approach to picking the FM to Go date and location begins with Nick and I picking a weekend when we’re both free to travel. We then post that date on the Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook Group and ask for proposals. Who wants to host us? Group members who are interested can then discuss ideas via location specific chat groups within the Facebook group. Finally, once a rough plan has been established, they post the proposal to Facebook. If there are multiple proposals for the same date, Nick and I will pick the proposal we prefer. For example, if we have to choose between Wisconsin or Florida in January, you can bet we’ll see you in Florida, but a summer FM to Go would have the opposite result.
The second approach (which was in-play for the Bay Area event) is for Nick and I to realize that we will be in the same place at the same time anyway and might as well do an FM to Go while we’re there. It just happens that I’ll be in the bay area the weekend of September 7th anyway, and Nick will also be in California, so yeah. We’re doing it.
We’re not looking for anyone to pay our way. We have our own miles for flights and points for hotels. We’re doing this because we love meeting with group members and sharing things that we don’t cover on the blog. This is a way for us to connect with you. Hopefully we’ll see you soon!
Other upcoming events
Ann Arbor Art Fair Do July 20th: I won’t be able to make it this year, but I highly recommend this free event to all miles & points collectors. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/629133127452752/
Chicago Seminars October: Nick and I will present in Chicago at this annual event. Once details are released, we’ll update this with a link. I highly recommend this one too. It’s not free, but it’s cheap.