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I’ve hosted two MileValue dinners in Los Angeles that were both a ton of fun and informative. I know I learned a lot at each one. Throw in some good, cheap food and a chance to meet other travelers or reconnect with people from the Chicago Seminars or an FTU and it’s a recipe for a great Saturday night.

If you haven’t been, MileValue dinners are very informal. We get a big table (or more than one at the last dinner with over 25 readers), and I try to move around and talk to everyone. The conversation buzzes with tips too sensitive to be released on blogs and forums and general travel talk.

I’m scheduling three more, with the details on two set.

Los Angeles: Saturday, January 26 at 7:00 PM

Not much advance notice, but I want to have one more in my former home town before I move to Argentina. The location will be the same as the other two in the 90006 zip code since the Oaxacan food has been such a hit at the first two. Email me, so I know how big of a reservation to make, and I’ll give you the exact location. Hopefully we can talk Amol from hackmytrip.com into coming again. If you live near LA and missed the first two, this is your last chance until at least October.

Tampa: Saturday, February 2

The time and location for this one are not set because I don’t know the city very well. Email me if you are interested in coming to this one, and I’ll email you back very soon with the location and time. If you have a suggestion for a cheap, delicious, centrally-located restaurant that won’t mind splitting a check many ways and won’t mind if our actual party size doesn’t match the reservation exactly, include that in your email.

Baltimore: Saturday, February 9 at 7 PM

Bill has picked a burger place in the 21230 zip code. Email me if you want to join us for a bite and points talk.

I can’t stress enough how much value there is in networking with other enthusiasts. You will earn more miles more easily, travel to more places for less money, and fly more comfortably with easier award searching if you don’t play the game alone.

If you email me about a dinner, don’t forget to tell me which one you’re coming to. I probably won’t reply until the week of the dinner.

Am I missing your city? Where should I have a MileValue dinner in 2013?

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