Update January 14, 2020: If you’ve been considering getting a ticket for FTU Washington DC but hadn’t gotten around to it yet, now is a great time to get one as you can save $10 when using promo code 2020, reducing the cost to $119. This promo code expires on January 31, so you have a couple of weeks to take advantage of this offer.
One thing to note is that the pizza dinner referenced below is already full as more than 75 people have already signed up for FTU.
One of the best ways to find out about deals that fly under the radar and to be reminded about the sweet spots you’ve forgotten is to have a network of friends in “in the game”. However, despite devoting most of my waking hours immersed in this universe of award charts and bonus categories, most of my home social circle wouldn’t know an Ultimate Reward point from the ultimate award flight. Conferences like Frequent Traveler University helped me start to build that network of miles & points enthusiasts long before I became a blogger. These events can be a way for new folks to experience immersion learning and a way for seasoned vets to network. In March, Greg and I will both be presenting at FTU Washington, DC, which will be held in conjunction with the Travel & Adventure show. FTU attendees will have access to the Travel & Adventure show both days to learn more about destinations and general travel and also to the FTU Advanced sessions on Sunday for an in-depth look at miles and points topics.
When & Where
- FTU Advanced will be held March 8, 2020 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC and your ticket includes access to the Travel & Adventure show and FTU stage both March 7th and 8th.
- Direct link to register (our affiliate link)
- Cost for both shows: $129
Your ticket includes:
- A full day of educational sessions, including Manufactured Spend on Sunday, March 8, 2020.
- Free access to the Travel & Adventure Show and FTU stage on both Saturday, March 7 (10:00am – 5:00pm) and Sunday, March 8 (11:00am – 4:00pm.)
Pizza dinner on Saturday night for the first 75 people to sign up. (Requires separate RSVP, please watch for an email closer to the event.) Dinner includes assorted pizza and soft drinks.
- Coffee/tea in the morning and lunch on Sunday.
More event details
As noted, Greg and I will both be speaking at this event. Greg will be speaking on the FTU Stage at the Travel & Adventure show on Saturday, covering the following:
Travel the World with 40,000 Miles. Three Competitors, One Challenge: To Take 40,000 Points and $400 and Get as Far Away as Possible
Our authors covered a combined 50,000+ miles over the course of a week on less than a single credit card sign up bonus each. Hear how we did it, what we learned, and how you can do even better.
My presentation at the FTU Advanced seminar on Sunday will be:
Awards Worth MS-ing For
From $18 domestic flights to round-the-world in business class for less than $400, these are the top awards from each transfer program to motivate your manufactured spending.
The entire Frequent Traveler University weekend is packed full of compelling topics being presented by some of the most experienced experts in miles, points, and travel. Other confirmed speakers for the event include:
- Tiffany Funk, One Mile at a Time
- Greg Davis-Kean & Nick Reyes, Frequent Miler
- Matthew Klint, Live and Let’s Fly
- Stefan Krasowski, Rapid Travel Chai
- Dia Adams, The Deal Mommy
- Trevor Mountcastle, Tagging Miles
- Mike Graziano, Keep Travel Hacking Great
- Tess Zhao, Delicate Revolt
- Rob Pegoraro, Tech Writer
- Bethany Walsh, Bougie Miles
As a visual and auditory learner myself, I find that I absorb information more quickly and retain it longer through events like these, and to this day I walk away each time reminded of something I may have known but forgotten. What’s more, I’ve picked up some of the best tips from conversations that continued after the sessions ended — both at the event and in the weeks, months, and years to follow. My wife and I attended our first FTU in Washington DC several years ago and immediately signed up for one on the other side of the country the following year, looking forward to another chance to connect with a like-minded group. I’ve spoken at several over the past few years and I look forward to also attending the Travel & Adventure show this time around.
For those who are not interested in the FTU Advanced topics (see the schedule here), tickets can be purchased for the Travel & Adventure show only (more info about that event here). The show looks pretty interesting, though keep in mind that points & miles topics will not be the focus of that show.
So whether you’re just dipping your toes in the world of manufactured spending and award travel or you’ve been honing your skills for a while, it’s worth considering an event like this one if it fits in your schedule and budget.
In terms of hotel, the Marriott Marquis is connected to the convention center as is offering a room rate of $179/nt for FTU attendees. Find more information about the hotel and venue at the link under “The Deal” above, and here is a booking link.
If you attend FTU Washington, DC, please stop us and say hello. Both Greg and I enjoy meeting readers and hearing your success stories. We look forward to seeing you there.
To stay up-to-date with opportunities to connect with Frequent Miler in person, see our Frequent Miler Event Schedule page.