FTU Advanced: Chicago July 18-20, [SOLD OUT]

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  1. gleff
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    Booking link: https://ftuevent.ticketbud.com/ftu-advanced-chicago-il-july-18th-20th

    One of the most requested things we've gotten for future Frequent Traveler University events is a different program -- while each one has several different topics and speakers, they've also had many similar program components, and a large group of people of very mixed experience levels.

    We've listened and have begun to put together a more intimate event called FTU Advanced that will be held at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare July 18-20.
    • Smaller, more intimate, for greater in-depth discussion
    • More advanced. FTU events welcome everyone, at all experience levels, and of course everyone is welcome. But the program will feature a more focused conversation geared to people that have spent more time with the activity.
    • A different program. We'll be able to go more in-depth, and we'll be able to go more hands-on. There will be internet in the meeting rooms to facilitate learning by doing, not just telling and showing.
    Last April's Northern Virginia FTU drew well over 600 people. We decided to cap the Seattle event at a little over 400. Both sold out months in advance.

    In order to provide a more hands-on experience and facilitate better networking opportunities we are limiting this event to just 125 people.

    Tickets are $199. This is designed to be a break-even event. The cost covers:
    * Open bar cocktails on Friday evening (past FTUs have limited type and/or quantity of beverages)
    * Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday (this is new compared to larger past FTU events)
    * Lunch on Saturday and Sunday
    * Meeting space with internet

    I'm working on the program now, but wanted to get the information out to everyone as quickly as possible in order to allow you to make plans. I'll be speaking of course, and so will Lucky from One Mile at a Time. More details to follow.

    Room block at the Marriott will be available for $99++ per night.

    Purchase tickets here;
    https://ftuevent.ticketbud.com/ftu-advanced-chicago-il-july-18th-20th

    Room block booking link will be sent out to individuals who purchase tickets.

    And remember, this event has only 125 spaces. While it will be important to act quickly, we understand that plans change and there will be a procedure to transfer tickets if you turn out to have that need.
     
  2. FlyingExplorer

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    Cool beans, see you all there.
     
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  3. sesrin80

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    hope to explore new things
     
  4. OceanBreezes

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    We'll be there! Excited!
     
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  5. Millennium Flyer

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    Just signed up...

    Excited to meet everyone there!
     
  6. ffI

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    waiting for the next advanced one in DC or DEN
     
  7. steventravel

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    My wife and I just signed up. I have not been super active on milepoint but same handle on FT.
     
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  8. robertw477

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    I am in. I know this will sell out probably in a day. I was there in DC last yr. It was a huge crowd and some of the sessions were pretty packed
     
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  9. annkreit

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    Just signed up and looking forward to upping my knowledge. What Chicago suggestions for staying on a few more days and attending a tues game at Wrigley field (a bucket list venue)? Worth changing hotels on Sunday to better see the city (first time visit) and attend the game on tues? Most exciting!
     
  10. LauraPDX

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    Already going to the Seattle one, so too soon. I hope to go to a different one in the future (west coast preferred. PDX is great for small groups).
     
  11. robertw477

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    I will be in Seattle as well. Havent been out there in a long time. AA has a non stop from FLL so I went for it

    Rob
     
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  12. Silver Springer

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    Mr. Silver Springer and I just signed up.
     
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  13. austin_res

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    Absolutely worth booking a hotel in downtown Chicago before or after the FTU. You will be in the center of the main Chicago attractions.
     
  14. abwagner

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    Just signed up! Looking forward to it!
     
  15. tommy777
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    Folks,

    Very close to full house already. Only a handful tickets left

    Thank you for your continued support
     
  16. dutchryan

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    Booked! I'm very excited to learn more about this hobby and meet other travel lovers.
     
  17. puck

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    Signed up. See everyone in Chicago!
     
  18. HPN-HRL
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    Signed up just now - looking forward to it!

    Question RE the room block at the Marriott - What are the cancellation rules? All I saw was the FTU "Rate Rules", which do not state a cancellation time.
     
  19. cocobird

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    Aw-w-w, I missed the announcement of this meeting. :( If you are starting a wait list, or if someone can't make it and wants to sell the ticket, I would like to be on it. Thanks!
     
  20. dhammer53
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    I know these University events are informative, but you should also attend local DO's and meet ups. Lots of good information is discussed, and questions always answered.
     
  21. tommy777
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    Due to an error in the system, there are actually 3 tickets still available.

    Folks, thank you for your overwhelming support!

    We are planning to add on another FTU advanced shortly due to the popularity of the event

    Stay tuned!

    Thank you
     
  22. cocobird

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    Reserved a ticket, but it says there are no rooms available at the group rate. Will there be any rooms added? Thanks.
     
  23. tommy777
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    Yes, we're adding more rooms shortly. We'll email everyone soon
     
  24. tommy777
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    The event is now completely sold out. Thank you all for your support.

    Stay tuned for more FTU events launching very soon
     
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  25. Aktchi
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    If you couldn't get in, consider Ann Arbor DO, being held the same weekend!
     

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