I’m Speaking at FTU in March! Seattle FTU Promo Code Saves $30

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I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at FTU Seattle in March 2019. It’s a great honor to be selected, and I love meeting people who share the same passion for travel. For a limited time, you can save $30 off your registration with this Seattle FTU promo code. Will you be there?

The $35 promo code “HOLIDAY” expired.
See below for $30 FTU Seattle promo code.

What is FTU?

FTU is short for Frequent Traveler University. This event is held several times a year in destinations across the United States. Usually, a couple of international destinations are thrown in for good measure.

When you attend a Frequent Traveler University event, you’ll have the opportunity to hear amazing presentations by experts in the field, network with others who love travel rewards, and explore a new city.

What is FTU Seattle?

FTU Seattle is two days long featuring expert speakers that cover a wide variety of travel rewards topics. Whether your interest is credit card rewards, hotel and airline loyalty, or how to book your first award flight, there is something for you at FTU Seattle.

The FTU Seattle promo code will save you $35 off your registration. Details below!

When in Seattle FTU?

The Seattle Frequent Traveler Univerity event officially begins the morning of Saturday, March 9, 2019. There are two full days of speakers and networking, so plan to stay until it concludes the afternoon of Sunday, March 10, 2019.

I recommend flying in on Friday afternoon. If you’re staying at the host hotel, it will be filled with other attendees that you can meet and trade tips with.

Where is Seattle FTU being held?

Seattle FTU is being held at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center. Book online call 1-800-HILTONS and mention the FTU Seattle promo code “FTE” to receive the group rate. The group rate is $105 per night plus taxes and fees. Parking is $12, but you don’t need a car unless you’re a local. The group rate is available from March 7, 2019, through March 10, 2019.

A quick search of the hotel and I found rates as low as $90 with advance purchase for Hilton Honors Diamonds. Rooms are available for 32,000 points per night using Hilton Honors points, but that is way too high a price to pay with the cash rates so low. Seriously, just use the Capital One Venture Card to pay for your room.

Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center two twin bed room price options

The Hilton Seattle Airport is the closest hotel to SeaTac airport and is only 35 minutes to Downtown Seattle using the light rail.

To get to the Hilton, there is a complimentary hotel shuttle, but you know it will be slammed with so many of us in town. Your best bet is to take the light rail or simply walk about 1/2 a mile from the airport to the hotel.

Or, you can always take Uber or Lyft. If you’ve never used Uber or Lyft, use my referral links for a welcome bonus.

Seattle FTU Guest Speakers

The full lineup hasn’t been released yet, but here are a handful of the speakers you’ll be able to listen to and ask questions of during FTU Seattle in March 2019:

I love how there’s a good mix of travel inspiration and background with these speakers. I have many great friends in the travel blogging world, but sometimes it is good to have some voices that I haven’t seen speak before.

FTU Seattle Schedule

The FTU Seattle schedule has not been released yet. But, in my experience, here’s what the schedule will look like.

Friday night

People will hang out in the lobby and at the bar searching for old friends while making new ones. Groups of people will find someplace fun to eat. Afterward, even more people will hang out at the bar sharing travel stories and the latest tips.


Sessions will begin between 8 am and 9 am. They’ll go until lunchtime, then everyone with gather for the buffet. Grab a seat at a table with someone you don’t know. They could have amazing tips that you’ve never heard of before. About 1:30 pm, the sessions will begin again and will conclude about 5 pm.

Throughout the day, find friends to make dinner plans with. With so many travel nerds in the same place, it would be a shame if you ate dinner by yourself or just retreated back to your hotel room. Don’t worry, many of the people you see around are just as introverted as you are.


Sunday is the final day of FTU Seattle. Make it count. The schedule will be almost exactly the same as Saturday, but you’ll probably notice the crowd thin out a bit as people start to head home.

If you can, grab a late flight or stay an extra night. Sunday afternoon is a great time for extra one-on-one with the speakers as the crowd begins to thin out.

How much does FTU Seattle cost?

Registration for FTU Seattle is $249. But you can save $30 with the FTU Seattle promo code below.

Your admission includes:

  • two full days of speakers and networking with some of the best minds in travel rewards
  • lunch on Saturday and Sunday with ice tea or lemonade
  • complimentary wifi in the conference rooms

And the first 75 people to purchase an FTU Seattle ticket will receive a free Thai dinner and one drink on Friday night. If you are among the first 75, FTU will send you the details to RSVP.

FTU Seattle Promo Code

When you register for Frequent Traveler University, be sure to use the FTU Seattle promo code of “NEWYEAR” to receive $30 off the registration fee. This code is good through January 2, 2019.

With this FTU Seattle promo code, you’ll only pay $219, which is 12% off the registration fee.

The Bald Thoughts

Even if you think you know everything there is about airline miles and hotel points, events like FTU Seattle are a great opportunity to connect with people who have the same love of travel. Every time I attend a conference like this, I come away with several valuable nuggets that make it worth the registration fee. Through January 2, 2019, you can save $30 off with the Seattle FTU promo code of “NEWYEAR. I hope you can make it!

If you see me at the conference, please come up and say hello. What’s your favorite thing about attending travel conferences? What is the favorite tip that you learned? Let us know in the comment section below!

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  1. FTU sounds fun, but I know I’d be interested in something a bit closer to home. If you do a meetup or something more regional, I’d like to attend. Or do such things already exist there?

    • Hey Christian, I haven’t heard of anything local yet. I recently met William of ThatIrieGuy, one of my fellow BoardingArea bloggers that lives in Nashville. Between him and another travel hacking friend of mine, I’m looking to start regular meetups in the Nashville area in 2019. I’ll definitely be posting once we work out the mechanics of it all.

    • Also, there’s another FTU that is June 1-2 in Chicago that may be close enough that you can attend. They hold these events several times a year around the country to make it easier for people to attend.

  2. I’ve always wanted to go to one of these events but never could make it work with my schedule. I’m excited to make my first one in Seattle and look forward to hearing you speak Lee.


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