Chicago To Host The Largest Gathering of Travel Hackers in the Nation

Hundreds to descend on the city to hone skills in amassing miles and points. 

August 29, 2011 (Chicago, IL) – From Friday, October 28, through Sunday, October 30, the largest gathering of “travel hackers” in the national will descend on the city for the 2011 Chicago Seminars, a grassroots-organized event on maximizing frequent flier miles and rewards points to enjoy free or nearly free travel around the globe.

The weekend-long seminar will be held in the Holiday Inn Chicago at 1000 Busse Road, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007, with the Holiday Inn O’Hare/Rosemont as the overflow site.

The Chicago event is organized and hosted by frequent flier expert Rick Ingersoll, the author of the popular blog The Frugal Travel Guy, and Special guests for the 2011 event are Randy Peterson, founder of and, and Captain Denny Flanagan of United Airlines.

According to Ingersoll, Chicago Seminar participants come with varying degrees of experience, from novices just starting to learn “the game,” as he calls it, to those seasoned travelers who had been enjoying top-tier elite status with airlines and hotels for years.

“We get students and retirees, business travelers and leisure travelers,” he said. “People fly in from all over the country, and even internationally, to learn from expert speakers and meet other frequent travelers who share their interest – some would call it their obsession – with amassing miles and points. It’s the biggest party in frequent flier land!”

Ingersoll will conduct a seminar on how to earn miles through credit card sign-up offers while maintaining good credit scores. Other seminar topics will include Rookie Bootcamp, Priceline Bidding, Mileage Runs, Hyatt and Priority Club, and much more. A Costume and Cocktails Party will be held Saturday evening from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

“The event as a whole is a must-attend if you are new to the frequent flier world or even if you want to learn insider tricks to getting the most out of your miles and points,” writes Brian Kelley on his blog The Points Kelly will conduct a seminar on American Express and the best ways to maximize the value of American Express points.

For a complete list of the weekend’s seminars and other events, go to and click on “2011 Chicago Seminar’s Schedule of Events.”

Registration for the 2011 Chicago Seminar is $75, which includes two days of seminars, coffee breaks, and lunch for each day. To register, go to

To see the complete schedule for the weekend, go to and click on “2011 Chicago Seminar’s Schedule of Events.”

About The Frugal Travel Guy:

Rick Ingersoll is the author of The Frugal Travel Guy blog, which is read around the world and averages 5000 views per day, and The Frugal Travel Guy Handbook. He is constantly on the lookout for the best credit card and debit card sign-up bonuses and other promotions. He posts frugal travel tips deals every day on his blog with the goal of reducing his readers’ travel costs for the rest of their lives. He is also available for seminars and speaking engagements. A retired mortgage banker, Ingersoll and his wife live in Hilton Head Island, SC, and Traverse City, MI, when they’re not traveling the globe. For more information visit


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