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Coming to a Field Of Burch Near You…

I just wanted to update you guys, I have been fairly busy over the past few days with the  Executive Travel Summit, of course Frequent Traveler University, and visiting New York for the very first time.  I will be providing posts of all of these.  So please forgive me for the recent delay in posting.

Evidently, walking from Lower Manhattan to Central Park (5 miles if you walk straight, and I zig-zagged a lot) can lead to a little bit of soreness and neck pain from standing all day…

Meet Me In New Jersey!

As I have mentioned before, this weekend I will be blessed and fortunate to attend the Freddie Awards, Randy Petersen Executive Travel Summit, and Frequent Traveler University.

If you are attending any of these events, I would like to meet you!  I will have a table and poster set up with some goodies,and I would be delighted if you came over to chat with me.  Tell me what you think is working, and even where this blog fails.  Really, I promise I don’t bite!

I appreciate your readership, as you are the folks that make blogging worth while.

And if you are unable to attend, have no fear–Field of Burch is here to cover it all!

Randy Petersen Travel Executive Summit

Randy Petersen, Mr. Frequent-Flier Guru himself, will be hosting an a travel dialogue with a number of the leading travel executives. The event takes place at just the right time, situated between the Freddie Awards at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel (the same location as the summit) and Frequent Traveler University, which kicks off with a cocktail reception that night.

You can register via the tab on the Freddie Awards webpage here, for $99 including lunch, with the proceeds going to charity.  Also, as I just found out, you can sign up at a special rate of $49 via this link.  If you really want the private link you can email me.

Brian of The Points Guy (post here) and Gary of View From the Wing both attended last year and found the discussion intriguing, to say the least.  To quote from Gary’s own post:

The discussion was fascinating — we got advance intel on changes to the American AAdvantage million miler program, that United was looking to focus more on high revenue flyers than just elites, as well as Delta’s IT problems. And questions in the audience were particularly hard hitting for Jeff Zidell at Hyatt (what happened to Faster Free Nights and “G bonuses”..?) and Delta (why does your website price a coach award between New York and Los Angeles at 100,000 miles?). The opportunity to ask questions and interact with the heads of the programs is a real treat for any frequent flyer.

Attendees will include representatives from Marriott, Starwood, Hyatt, Choice, Best Western, IHG, Wyndham, Hilton, Carlson, Accor, and Taj Hotels.

I hope to see you there, but if you can’t make don’t worry-I will be covering all of the proceedings!

Chicago Seminars Almost 50% Full – Book Now

As I mentioned last month, the Chicago Seminars will be happening again at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village October 12-14th.   I attended for the first time last year, and picked up quite a bit of information.

You can register via this link, but HURRY–the conference is already about 50% full.

Here is the itinerary for the weekend:

Friday, October 12

6:30-7:20 PM Rookie Bootcamp: with Dave Homyak
7:30-8:30 Delta SkyPesos to Delta Gold: with John Nielsen OR Travel Technology with Cliff Stratton

Saturday, October 13

7:00-8:15 Breakfast
8:30-10:00  Beginner: FF 101 Pudding Guy and Credit Cards for Newbies with Rick Ingersoll
OR Advanced: Itasoftware and Expert Flyer with Cara Kreft and Chris Lopitino

10-10:15 AM Coffee Break

10:30 to Noon  Beginner: US Airways Grand Slam with Mommy Points and Elite Status- Challenges and Fast-tracks with BikeGuy/Pudding Guy
OR Advanced: Captain Denny Flanagan Author

Noon to 1 PM Lunch

1-2:45 PM Beginners: Mileage Runs with Ben Schalippig (aka Lucky from One Mile at a Time)
OR Advanced: Transfers and Bonus Category Credit Cards with Brian Kelly (aka The Points Guy)

2:45 – 3PM Coffee Break

3-5PM Beginners: Award Booking with Ben Schlappig
OR Advanced: Moderated Airline Breakout Sessions with Geoffco (top tier status all 3 alliances)

5-6PM Meet the Speakers: Cash Bar/Hotel Lobby

6-? Advanced: Q and A Mileage Runs and Award Booking with Ben Schalippig and Brian Kelly
OR The Cruising Crowd with Marshall Jackson (aka MJ on Travel)

Sunday, October 14

7:00-8:30 Breakfast

8:30-10:00 AM Sponsors Workshop

10-10:15 AM Coffee Break

10:15-Noon Beginner : Belkin (Beaubo) as a Beginner
OR Advanced: Hotel Breakout Session

Noon to 1:00PM Lunch

1:00-3:00 PM
Beginner: Gift Card Churning with Frequent Miler and Shopping Mall Bonanzas with Hans Golden
OR Advanced: Blogger Questions and Answers

3:00-4:00 PM Randy Petersen State of the Industry
Hope to see you there!

Frequent Traveler University Registration Now Open

As I posted about recently, one great way to learn more about the miles and points game is attending events like the Frequent Traveler University and Chicago Seminars coming up.

Well, per Pizzaman of MilePoint, the registration is now live, via this link.  They will eventually moving to “a more permanent system.”

More detailed information is coming, but here is what is know known about this event:

Where:  Sheraton Meadowlands
When:   April 28-29

Also, a cocktail reception on will be held at the Sheraton on Friday the 27th.

What’s Included: General session and lunch on both Saturday and Sunday, 9am-4pm.
Price: $99
Rooms: $129 a night, single or double occupancy.

More information will provided as available.

Hat tip to Mommy Points.

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Upcoming Dates for Learning About the “Path to Great Travel”

Freddie Awards – Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel
April 26, 2012

The Freddie Awards is the awards ceremony honoring the best frequent traveler programs.  As space is limited, this appears to be somewhat of an exclusive deal.  That said I will make an attempt to be there so I can report on the news.

It is important to vote, because as Mommy Points mentions, the desire to win raises the bar for the Loyalty Programs as they do care about winning with fantastic promotions.

Click To Vote

For More Information on the Freddie Awards…

Frequent Traveler UniversityTBD New York, New York
April 27-29, 2012
Sheraton Meadowlands
Registration Link

I did not go to this event last year, but it is a fabulous opportunity to hear from points junkies and loyalty experts alike.  Here is the proposed itinerary:

Friday
Complimentary Cocktail Party,Sponsored by MilePoint

Saturday
Exclusive Mile & Points Experts, including Randy Petersen (Founder of MilePoint and Flytertalk), Blogger Gary Leff, and The Points Guy extraordinaire,  Brian Kelly

Sunday
Interaction/QA Session with Management from Airline and Hotel Loyalty Programs. including American Airlines AAdvantage, Delta SkyMiles, Hyatt Gold Passport, Starwood Preferred Guest

Also, register to Frequent Traveler University may grant exclusive access to the Freddie Awards…

For More Information on Frequent Traveler University…

Chicago Seminars
Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village, Elk Grove Village, IL
October 12-14, 2012
Hotel Reservation Link
Registration Link

Regisration: Begins March 1

This is an event I attended last year and thoroughly enjoyed.  It is a great opportunity for learning about all things travel, including great ways to earn and burn mile and points.

I was delighted to not learn from various bloggers like Gary of View from the Wing, Brian of The Points Guy, and Ben of One Mile at a Time, but also getting to interact with other points junkies and even had the pleasure of having dinner with both Rick the Frugal Travel Guy and Mommy Points. Also, it was neat to hear from one of the best pilots in the business, Cpt. Danny Flanagan, who really has a heart to serve those who fly with him.

The speaker list and schedule is still up in the air, but here are the confirmed topics and speakers, to date:

Rookie Bootcamp, Dave Homyak
Frequent Flyer Miles 101, Dave Phillips (Pudding Guy)
US Airways Grand Slam, Mommy Points
Mileage Runs, Ben Schlappig (One Mile at a Time)
ITA Matrix Software, Cara Kretz
Expert Flyer, Chris Lopitino
Frugal Travel Guy, Rick Ingersoll
The Points Guy, Brian Kelly
Maximizing Delta Awards, John Nielsen
Cliff Stratton
Mile and Point Guru, Randy Petersen
“Author” Captain Denny Flanagan

I will plan to be there, so I hope you will to.

For More Information About Chicago Seminars…

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