Frequent Traveler Univerity (FTU) is a great weekend seminar for frequent travelers. After I attended my first Frequent Traveler University DC event I was hooked. If you like traveling it is definitely worth the money and time. I think all in total I spent about $500 for hotel and event fee. You can recoup that easily in one trip!
Frequent Traveler University events are held around the world with several in the US. They have a weekend full of informational classes on everything from “the best credit cards” to expert panels on manufacture spend. If you don’t know what that is – you will after a weekend at FTU!
The event arranges for a good rate at the host hotel (this year the DC FTU was at the Marriott Crystal City) with rates of $109 a night. I made a little “vacation” out of it and took my daughter to DC for the day. On Friday night there was a social dinner. I find these are the best use of time as you learn so much from what works for other frequent travelers! Also, I always meet some great people from around the country.
There are usually two different classes to choose from starting from 9 am until 5/6 in the evening. Then again on Saturday night there is another get-together. This time we headed to a sports around the corner from the hotel. The food and drink was nothing to remember but the exchange of information and building of relationships was for sure!
After my first FTU I learned so much that I couldn’t sleep for days. All I thought about was how could I use all the information I absorbed and where were my “free trips” going to be. Since that seminar a couple of years ago I have taken my family on free flights and cruises around the world and stayed free in great hotels as well. I have saved thousands and thousands of dollars with free travel. My 7 year old has even been to 48 countries.
I am planning on attending the FTU in Chicago – which I hear is different than the DC one. There is also a “Travel Awards Expo” that I am strongly considering. Will I see you at one of these events? I promise one thing – it will be worth it!