Event description

New! Welcoming Ruda Maxa to FTU Minneapolis!


Maxa is host and executive producer of 95 television episodes on the world’s great destinations that air on public television stations nationwide. His television episodes also air in 121 countries in 22 different languages on Travel Channel International. Episodes of the “Rudy Maxa’s World” television series have garnered dozens of awards, including five regional Emmy Awards. He was named “best regular columnist” by the Florida Magazine Association for his writings in Ocean Drive. And as a Post reporter, he won the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism for a series of stories unmasking an international Ponzi scheme. His alma mater, Ohio University, gave Maxa the L.J. Hortin “Distinguished Alumnus Award” in 2002.

Rudy will be doing a special presentation for attendees of Frequent Traveler University Minneapolis!

New! Welcoming Gary Arndt to FTU Minneapolis!


Gary Arndt is an award winning travel photographer who has visited over 110 countries and all 7 continents. He has been named Travel Photographer of the Year in 2013 & 2015 by the North American Travel Journalists Association and in 2014 by the Society of American Travel Writers. He is also a three-time Lowell Thomas Award winner in the Photo Illustration of Travel.

Frequent Traveler University is world’s leading seminars designed to teach the traveler about the tips, tricks and methods to travel cheaper, better and more creatively.

FTU Advanced is our most popular event and we’re pleased to announce our first event in Minneapolis, MN from June 9th through June 11th, 2017.

This event will include a combination of in-depth travel related sessions, as well as our ever popular manufactured spending focused sessions. Back by popular demand will be our specialized manufactured spending sessions, where you’ll learn the tricks of the trade in accumulating miles and points on the cheap.

Frequent Traveler University combines high-quality sessions and indispensable social networking with like-minded travelers to create an unforgettable attendee experience. FTU Advanced features a small-group setting, allowing our experts to go far beyond the basics, and Q&A sessions with each speaker will give all participants an opportunity to engage at a high level to discuss complex issues and address your most difficult questions.

Confirmed event speakers include:

Guest Panel: Twin Cities Travel Hacking Group share about the local travel hacking scene
Guest Panel: FlyerTalkers of MSP share their power traveler tips
Guest Panal: NWA Retirees share their stories from the skies

On Saturday, we’ll feature a special fireside chat with Rudy Maxa, host and executive producer of the Emmy Award winning “Rudy Maxa’s World.” Rudy has been featured in a variety of major publications and news media, and will welcome questions from the audience.

and more to follow!

What your all-access weekend ticket includes :

  • All sessions & social events
  • Coffee and tea on Saturday and Sunday morning
  • Plated lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Welcome cocktail social hour on Friday for full weekend ticket holders
  • Complimentary internet in the conference rooms

Saturday Only Ticket includes: coffee/tea, plated lunch, internet and all sessions on Saturday (only). Activities on Friday and Sunday are not included in this ticket type.

All-Access Ticket includes: coffee/tea on Saturday and Sunday, plated lunch on saturday and Sunday, all sessions on Saturday and Sunday, and Friday evening social/cocktail hour.

Back for this event is several personalized “meet the experts” sessions where you’ll have time to talk to speakers to ask your burning questions or help plan your next trip.

Sessions for this event will include highlights such as:

  • The New World of Hyatt and Hilton Honors Programs
  • Advanced Delta SkyMiles and Manufacturing Delta Elite Status
  • Maximizing the Marriott and SPG Programs
  • Maximizing Airline Award Booking in 2017
  • Local Manufactured Spending Strategies
  • …and more!

Sessions begin at 9AM Saturday and conclude at 5PM on Sunday.

You should attend this event if you:

  • Know all the basics about miles and points, and are ready to take it to the next level.
  • You desire to earn huge amounts of miles and points.
  • You desire to save big bucks on your travel.
  • You want to understand and learn more about manufactured spending.

Frequent Traveler University is attended by hobbyists, business owners, bloggers, consultants, students, and anyone else who loves to travel. Attendees range from the novice who is brand new to miles and points to the savvy manufactured spend power churner.


Our host for this weekend is the Marriott Minneapolis Airport, which is offering a $105 per night group rate for single/double occupancy.

Book directly online today!

Marriott Minneapolis Airport

2020 American Blvd. East, Bloomington, MN 55425

All attendees will have internet access in the conference rooms and we encourage you to bring your laptop or tablet along for hands-on training, though we don’t permit audio or visual recording of our sessions.

How do I get a ticket?

There are a limited number of full weekend tickets available for sale at the price of $249. There will also be a limited number of Saturday-only tickets at $149 — great for locals or those who can’t make the entire weekend.  FTU Advanced sell out quickly, so get your ticket before it’s too late!

Come join us at FTU Advanced in Minneapolis!

Terms & Conditions:

Photography, Recording, Live Streaming, and Videotaping. Attendees may not record or broadcast audio or video of sessions at the Frequent Traveler University. Attendees may take handwritten notes of the presentations.

All intellectual property rights in and to the FTU, the FTU content, and all materials distributed at or in connection with the FTU are owned and/or licensed by the FTEF, the FTU sponsors and/or Speakers presenting at the FTU. You may not use or reproduce or allow anyone to use or reproduce any audio, visual, or written content, any presentation, and/or any trademarks or other trade names appearing at the FTU, in any FTU content or in any materials distributed at or in connection with the FTU for any reason without the prior written permission of the FTEF and the Speakers. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to vest in you any legal or beneficial right in or to any intellectual property rights owned or used under license by the FTEF, nor does this Agreement grant to you any right or license to any other intellectual property rights of FTEF, Sponsors and/or Speakers, all of which shall at all times remain the exclusive property of their respective owners.

In addition to the requirements and prohibitions set forth herein, the FTEF may also exclude any prospective attendee from registering for or attending any FTU, if in the FTEF’s sole discretion the prospective attendee has violated or intends to violate the terms of this agreement. Furthermore, the FTEF reserves the right to cancel, in its sole discretion, any attendee’s registration upon refund of the admission fees paid to the FTEF; provided, however, that if an attendee is cancelled for violating any prohibition or requirement set forth in herein, the FTEF may retain all fees paid. Attendees observed violating these prohibitions during an FTU will receive a verbal warning upon the first instance and will be removed from the FTU upon the second violation.

Furthermore, the FTEF and the Speakers retain the right to pursue other remedies for violations herein in accordance with any Federal, State or local laws related to the misappropriation of intellectual property.


Thank you for your interest in this event! Please fill in the following form to register. You will also be added to our announcement email list in order to receive further information about the event.

This ticket is non-refundable.

Important Note Regarding Refunds and Transfers:
NOTE: We realize plans can change. You may transfer your ticket to another individual no later than 4 days prior to the start of the event for a fee of $25, but no refunds will be provided. Please ensure you are purchasing the correct ticket type -- FTU Saturday only or FTU All Access Pass -- before you complete your order.

Price Qty*
FTU Advanced All Access show details + $249.00 (USD)  
FTU Saturday Only show details + $149.00 (USD)