As announced on FlyerTalk, registration for this year’s Chicago Seminars is now open. The seminars will be held October 11-13, 2013, at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village near Chicago O’Hare. As always, the lineup of speakers is impressive, and I hope to catch as many seminars as I can. Confirmed speakers to date include:

Brian Kelly, the PointsGuy
Ben Schlappig from One Mile at a Time
Summer our MommyPoints
Daraius Dubash Mr. Million Mile Secrets
Our Mad Scientist Greg the Frequent Miler
Rene from Delta Points
Captain Denny Flanagan
Stefan of Rapid Travel Chai fame and offbeat adventures
Mr Steve Belkin “Beaubo the Contrarian”
Hans Mast of Shopping Portal Fame
Marshall Jackson on Cruising
John Nielson on Three Trips for Two
Bikeguy with Rookie Bootcamp
Howie Rappaport with Managing Family accounts
Cara Kretz ITASoftware by Google
John Lopinto of ExpertFlyer
Cliff Stratton with Computer Help for all
Rick Ingersoll the Frugal Travel Guy

I am again honored to present to you on a topic near and dear to me, cruise vacations. I’m calling this year’s talk Vacation 201 – Points Can Make a Frequent Floater Out of You Too. After last year’s talk, I learned a few things. One, a lot more of us miles/points junkies enjoy time at sea than I thought, and two, there is interest in using points to pay for cruises. I will, of course, dedicate a little time to cruising basics, but the majority of time will be spent on various trick to use points to pay for, or reduce the cost of cruise vacations. I’m really excited to return to Chicago, and hope to see a lot of you there.

You can register for the seminars here.

Host hotel booking here.

Overflow hotel booking here (w/o breakfast) or here (with breakfast).