We’re going to the FTU in October, are you?

If you don’t know what a FTU is, don’t worry.  Until my first event back in 2014 I hadn’t heard of it either.

FTU stands for Frequent Traveler University, and there are usually a few all over the US every year.  This year they actually held one outside in Berlin, but it was a bit too far for us.

When I first attended the FTU in Seattle there were a few hundred other like minded people, all sharing secrets and tips about how to earn miles, find deals, discounts, and other tricks to make traveling easier.  For both Ben and I, this really helped to catapult our points and miles earning adventures.

FTU Advanced Orange County

FTU Advanced Orange County

Here’s how the website lays out the event:

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.

The event starts on October 28th (Friday night) with a cocktail reception, and goes all day Saturday and Sunday.  There’s going to be events on a bunch of topics including earning and burning miles, manufactured spending, and tons of opportunities.

In prior years there have been tons of giveaways and raffles including elite status, amenity kits, subscriptions to online services, etc.  Tickets are currently going for $249 for the two days, and I can honestly say that the money that we’ve invested in the past has MORE than made up for itself in what we’ve learned.  Tickets are limited, and you can register at their website here.

The host hotel is the Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, and rates for the event are currently at $139 a night.

Westin South Coast, from their website

Westin South Coast, from their website

Are you planning on going?  We’ll be there!  Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Jon Nickel-D'Andrea

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  1. I’ll be there! There’s always so much to learn from and share with other travelers. And it is great to meet new people. That’s why I keep attending. Looking forward to meet you in person.

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    • Absolutely! It’s a great place to network and talk about points and miles without people looking at you funny. Let’s get together during the cocktail reception and have a blast!

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