Event description

Frequent Traveler University is heading to the city that never sleeps… Las Vegas! Join us at The D Las Vegas from April 29th-May 1st, 2016 for the first ever FTU Signature Event. We will have amazing educational sessions including beginner and advanced sessions, great networking, and plenty of fun! Learn how to earn elite status quickly, book cheaper tickets, find the best redemptions, and navigate the world of miles and points. New this year will be a special full day add-on of Manufactured Spending where you will learn the tricks to generating miles, points and how to achieve credit card spend on the cheap from leading experts in the field.

Rewards programs don’t have to be complicated. Get the inside knowledge you need to make these schemes work for you. At this FTU Signature Event there will be sessions aimed at both beginners as well as more intense advanced FTU sessions. Whether this is your first FTU, or even if you have attended multiple events before there will be topics presented for all knowledge levels.

Sample sessions include:

— Award Booking on United Airlines and American Airlines
— Award Booking on Other Airlines (Delta, Alaska, Avios, and more)
— Getting Started with Miles and Points
— Using KVS Tool & Expert Flyer to Search for Fares and Availability (fare construction)
— What is it like to live in hotels full time?
— Finding Cheap Premium Fares
— Maximizing Miles + Points Credit Cards
— Introduction to Mileage Running: Costs and Benefits
— International Upgrade Methods and Strategies
— Using ExpertFlyer
— Live Award Bookings
— Advanced booking techniques for revenue tickets
— Non-traditional awards and miles

Learn from some of the top names in travel.

— Ben Schlappig (One Mile at a Time)
— René de Lambert (Renés Points)
— Tahsir Ahsan (Bengali Miles Guru)
— Tiffany Funk (One Mile at a Time)
— Jamie Larounis (The Forward Cabin)
— Greg Davis-Kean (Frequent Miler)
— Edward Pizzarello (Pizza in Motion)
— Omar Zaman (Travel Summary)
— Daraius Dubash (Million Mile Secrets)
— Summer Hull (Mommy Points)
— Matthew Klint (Live and Let’s Fly)

What’s Included?

For only $199, your FTU Signature Only ticket gives you access to two days of expert-led sessions, a welcome cocktail reception “Vegas style” that includes outdoor space on the Traverse City Patio overlooking the Downtown Las Vegas Skyline on Friday night, and lunch on both Saturday and Sunday. An FTU Signature All-Access Pass for $249 also gets you access to the Manufactured Spend sessions on Saturday.

The new Manufactured Spending add-on for Saturday will allow for an intimate setting. Best in the industry speakers such as Greg Davis-Kean, Omar Zaman and Tahsir Ahsan will discuss manufactured spending in depth and how it relates to airline award bookings, hotel programs, and more. This will be followed by a small setting question and answer session. This add-on has a limited number of spots to insure those that attend can connect with the speakers on a personal basis. This exciting new program is sure to sell out fast, so be certain to sign up early.

Of course, since it’s VEGAS, we have a few surprises. An exciting FTU card tournament for charity with prizes for the winners that include airline tickets, hotel points and status following the cocktail reception on Friday evening. A great opportunity to challenge some of your favorite bloggers at the gaming tables. [Please note : The blackjack tournament will require an additional fee.]

[Optional] Blackjack Tournament. On Friday night after the cocktail reception, continue the fun by participating in the first ever FTU charity Blackjack Tournament: Industry VIPs versus frequent travelers. This tournament is all about fun, and open TO ALL FREQUENT TRAVELERS. Never played cards before in a casino environment? No worries. This tournament is a great opportunity to play blackjack in a friendly atmosphere. The dealers will be professional casino “go-go” dancer dealer/entertainers. It’s also a great opportunity to compete against some of your favorite industry VIPs.

All proceeds will go towards the Pacific Coast Air Museum in honor of Don Mackenzie.

from Scott Mackenzie :
My father was a board member of the Pacific Coast Air Museum, which is based at the Charles M. Shulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS). He coordinated the Wings Over Wine Country air show last September and was recently appointed chair of the board’s accounting committee.

The museum is small, but the area has a lot of history. The airfield used to be a military base back in WWII. When my dad rented a hangar for his plane, he had to sign a waiver because no one knows how much unexploded ordinance is buried there. Alaska flies into STS, and older avgeeks may know of the famous “Butler Hangar” from the movie “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.” One plan for the museum is to move its fleet to this hangar if they can raise the funds.

More information on Don Mackenzie please refer to this announcement.

This is sure to be a must-do event! Make sure you purchase this separate ticket early so as not to be disappointed. Registration (in advance) for this blackjack tournament will be $50 and will include $25 in match play coupons that can be used at The D casino, making this not only an amazing opportunity for charity but also a fabulous “deal.” Pending space available, there will be limited tickets available for purchase the day of the tournament for $60; be sure to reserve in advance (below) to secure a spot (for $50).

BlackJack Tournament Prizes (subject to change)
Grand Prize (1st Prize) 30,000 Starpoints®
2nd Prize 15,000 Starpoints®
3rd Prize 5,000 Starpoints®
+ VIP (sofa seats, yes sit in FIRST CLASS) for the FTU will be awarded to 5 (five) Participants of the BlackJack Tournament

Need a place to stay?

Our host hotel for this weekend is The D Las Vegas. We have negotiated a group rate of only $99 for single/double occupancy on Friday and Saturday nights (04/29 and 04/30). Extend your stay before or after the event for $29 on Thursday night (04/28) and Sunday night (05/01). There is a resort fee of $20 + tax added to all room rates.

To book your room, click HERE (use Special Offer/Group Code DCIFTU) or call +1.800.274.5825 and request group code DCIFTU.
(SPECIAL ROOM RATE must be booked by the 8th of April 2016)

The D Las Vegas is an exciting casino property at the heart of the revival of Downtown Las Vegas. The 34 story hotel has 629 deluxe rooms that are convenient to Fremont Street and all of the FTU activities. The casino features dancing dealers, some of the best odds in Las Vegas (at low limits) including 10x odds at craps and all blackjack games paying 3 to 2. The D also boasts a second floor casino that invites guests to step back in time to enjoy vintage slots and an original Vegas vibe. There is also a William Hill Sports Book on property where you can bet on all of your favorite teams and sporting events. The D features a newly renovated meeting and convention space with break out rooms offering stunning views of the Fremont Street Experience and famous SlotZilla zip line attraction.

This FTU Signature Event is not to be missed. There is something here for everyone at all levels from beginner to advanced including a new manufactured spending add-on and an amazing opportunity to network with other avid frequent fliers in Las Vegas.

How do I get a ticket?

There are a limited number of tickets available for public sale at the price of $199 (FTU Signature Only) or $249 (FTU Signature All Access Pass which includes Manufactured Spend), which you can purchase through the registration form below.

Sign up right away to avoid disappointment.

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 a ticket to the correct event — FTU Signature Only or FTU Signature All Access Pass — before you complete your order.


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:
We recognize that sometimes life interferes with even the best travel plans. Although registration is non-refundable, if you are unable to attend this event for any reason, your registration can be transferred to another individual for a $25 fee.
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