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I arrive today in Elk Grove, Illinois to get ready for the Chicago Seminars tomorrow.

MileValue has a sponsor’s table for the Chicago Seminars, so I’ll be easy to find all weekend. Drop by to talk to me about:

  • miles
  • points
  • award booking
  • solo travel
  • college basketball
  • Airbnb
  • Buenos Aires
  • Hawaii
  • Colombian and Argentine slang
  • improv comedy
  • free one ways
  • credit cards
  • 23 hour layovers
  • Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai
  • Nathan for You
  • cliff jumping in Dubrovnik
  • United’s Island Hopper
  • anything else

If that’s not a big enough draw, I will print a dozen of my favorite travel photos from this year, and they’ll be displayed on a 5th-grade-era tri-fold poster board at the table.

Still not convinced?

I’ll have a few resource reference sheets at the table. These will include All the Credit Cards that Earn Each Type of Mile and the Credit Card Application Bible. Take them home to help you keep a lot of miles-and-points info straight in one place.

Still not convinced?

Candy. Come by for a sweet snack.

Still not convinced?

Well then there’s no convincing you. ????

I’ll be at the table tomorrow as soon as I can set it up in the afternoon. Registration starts at 4 PM. On the weekend, I’ll be at the table from 10 AM on.

Where else will you find me?

If I’m not at the table, I’m probably eating or watching a presentation. Or Friday night, I’ll be at the hotel bar with tons of other attendees and speakers. Come by and have a drink (or water) with us. On Saturday night, I predict that I go out to dinner with a group of attendees like I have for the last few years. Ask around to see who’s going to eat where and invite yourself along.

Anywhere you see me, you should say “Hi!” I’m here to meet you. This goes for every person there including presenters and attendees. Everyone would be happy to let you into their group to join the discussion. I know newbies will feel intimidated and will think everyone already knows each other (this goes doubly so for introverted newbies), but ignore that voice in your head and start a conversation. Here are some other spot on tips for maximizing the Seminars from Sharon who runs the raffle.

My Presentation

On Saturday from 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM, I will give a presentation titled “Round-the-World Trips Since the Death of RTW Awards.” It’s going to be a presentation about using miles to take really big trips, not just your standard roundtrip to Europe. I hope to see you there, but if not I’ll post the slides online.

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