Speakers

Frequent Traveler University speakers bring their own passion of travel to their sessions.

We invite you to learn more about each of our speakers, and how their expertise will advance your knowledge of travel, loyalty and rewards.

Tiffany Funk

One Mile at a Time

Tiffany is a passionate traveler who splits her time between California and Italy (when she’s not traveling elsewhere!) Flying an average of 200,000 miles a year and spending over a hundred nights in hotels gives her hands-on experience and insights into managing life and travel. She loves leveraging miles and points to help her friends and family explore the world with her, and is obsessed with sharing that knowledge and excitement with others.

Her posts on One Mile At A Time offer a different perspective on earning miles, tricks for balancing multiple household accounts, and break down the basics of redeeming miles for aspirational travel — whatever those aspirations may be!

You can find Tiffany on Instagram as tebfunk and reach her by email at [email protected].

Greg Davis-Kean

Frequent Miler

After working over 18 years in software development, Greg now works full time as author of the Frequent Miler blog. His goal is to seek out creative new ways to earn points and miles, and to eventually find the “perfect perpetual point machine.” When not traveling, Greg lives with his wife and teenage son in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Matthew Klint

Live and Let’s Fly

Matthew is an avid traveler who calls Los Angeles and Frankfurt home. Last year he traveled more than 200,000 miles by air and has visited more than 100 countries over the last decade. Working both in the aviation industry and as a travel consultant, Matthew has been featured in the New York TimesChicago TribuneWall Street JournalUSA Today, BBC, Fox News, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Al Jazeera, Toronto Star, and on NPR.

Studying international releations, American government, and later obtaining his law degree, Matthew has a plethora of knolwedge outside the travel industry that leads to a unique writing perspective. He has served in the United States Air Force, on Capitol Hill, and in the White House.

His Live and Let’s Fly blog shares the latest news in the airline industry, commentary on frequent flyer programs and promotions, and detailed reports of his worldwide travel. Matthew can be reached at [email protected].

Dia Adams

 The Points Guy

Dia Adams is a Mom of a teen and a tween in the DC Metro area. Between growing up foreign service and working in consulting, she built up a serious love of travel that included visiting over 40 countries and living in Thailand, China, and Ireland (where her son was born).

With extensive trial (and occasional error) her family has learned to balance passion for travel with the reality of, well, real life with two kids. Dia blogs at The Deal Mommy to share hacks that help families travel more while still maintaining their savings and sanity. She is also the author of bestselling guidebook Disney World Hacks.

Stefan Krasowski

Founder Every Passport Stamp Facebook group, blogger at Rapid Travel Chai.

Stefan used points to fulfill his own dream, traveling to every country in the world (along with every U.S. state!) before turning 40.
Stefan founded Every Passport Stamp, the leading Facebook group for travelers who want to go everywhere. His blog, Rapid Travel Chai, is dedicated to helping others take ‘trips of a lifetime’, even if they only have a weekend.

Nick Reyes

Frequent Miler

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

Mike Graziano

Make Travel Hacking Great Again

Mike can trace his aviation geek and travel enthusiast roots to early childhood, when he’d travel cross country several times a summer on family vacations. Most of his travel is domestic, and he is not one to pass up a good flight deal. When Mike isn’t at the airport waiting for a flight, he can often be found at the spotters park at MSP, photographing the nonstop parade of Delta CRJs passing through.

Mike started a local meetup group in the Twin Cities metro with several dozen members who meet up monthly. He also runs a travel hacking slack open to anyone from total noobs to seasoned travelers redeeming millions of miles a year. Find him for more info on either, or get in contact with Mike at [email protected].

Bethany Walsh

BougieMiles.com

Bethany enthusiastically chases the most high-end award redemptions and has consequently developed a passion for miles, points and loyalty programs. She loves trying new airline products and often flies out of the way to destinations because she’s all about the journey. Bethany loves to maximize airline partnerships to earn elite status with airlines and spends more time researching mileage runs than she’s comfortable admitting. Bethany loves deep dives into complicated award travel topics and enjoys discovering obscure ways to earn and redeem points. You can find her on Twitter @BougieMiles and at BougieMiles.com where she shares her travel experiences and favorite tips and tricks. You can find Bethany on Instagram as bethanyrwalsh.

Rob Pegoraro

Tech Writer

Rob Pegoraro writes about computers, gadgets, telecom, social media, apps, and other things that beep or blink. He covers tech-policy issues at Yahoo Finance, answers consumer questions at USA Today, offers telecom guidance at Wirecutter, writes for other online and print clients and holds forth about tech topics on radio, TV, podcasts and conferences. He has met most of the founders of the Internet and once received a single-word e-mail reply from Steve Jobs.

Trevor Mountcastle

Tagging Miles

Trevor is an avid traveler based midway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. He travels on average 150,000 miles a year, often internationally.

His pursuit of miles led him and his wife to establish a reselling business to maximize credit card spend through means other than traditional manufactured spending. To help others learn to resell, he established the ResellingDO event series, holding events around the country.

You can follow his latest travels and reselling tips via twitter @tmount and via his blog Tagging Miles.

Tess Zhao

Business Traveler

Tess Zhao is a TEDx speaker, owner of DelicateRevolt blog and youtube channel, a blog about business travel and entrepreneurship. Formerly head of global business development for Harry Winston Diamonds, Tess is a former TV reporter, media spokesperson for Jaguar Cars in China, and business executive at Amazon Fashion. 

Tess hits the ground running speaking to media, negotiating million-dollar transactions, and hosting client cocktails after overnight flights. When in vacation mode, Tess hops on flights to dive into hot springs in Japan, night markets in Taipei and ranches in Argentina.

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