The Chicago Seminars, put on by Rick, The Frugal Travel Guy, and Brian, The Points Guy, will take place October 12-14 this year. As of this morning, rooms at the host hotel, the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village, are available to book at the group rate. You must go through the registration link to get a room for this event. The link can be found over at MilePoint or in this morning’s post by The Points Guy, which will also give you all the necessary details about booking.
Rooms this year are available at the following costs:
$79 per night plus taxes, including one breakfast coupon
$89 per night plus taxes, including two breakfast coupons
I booked my room as soon as I saw the links posted this morning and my total cost was $176.96 including taxes for two nights. I will be traveling by myself, so I only need a single breakfast coupon. Although registration for the Seminars is not open yet, it would be a good idea to book your room now if you plan on attending. There are far more registration spots than there are rooms available and they already have plans in place to send overflow to a backup hotel (they had to do this last year). If one of your goals for this event is to meet and talk to as many people as possible about miles and points, then you definitely want to be staying at the host hotel.
Make sure when booking that you put in your Priority Club Rewards number. Since you are paying for this room, you should definitely be earning points for the stay. Closer to the event, I will do a post on maximizing the amount of Priority Club points you can get for a single stay. When I booked this room, it told me I would earn somewhere around 1550 points, but I know that I will earn a whole lot more than that. Priority Club always has many different promos running and several of them are often stackable. For example, our last two night stay, at the Hotel Indigo – Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, ended up bringing in 12,730 points. All you need to do is find the promos and make sure your account is registered for them before you check in. In an upcoming post, I will explain the process so you can start earning more points with all of your Priority Club stays.
You may remember that as soon as the dates were announced, I booked my flight to Chicago. Now that I have my hotel room reserved, all I need is a return flight and my travel plans will be complete. I am still not sure what I want to do for the flight home, but I am not too concerned because there is no big rush to get that booked.
When registration goes live for the actual Chicago Seminars event, I will be sure to let you know, but in the meantime, you can go ahead and get your flights and hotels all squared away. I personally can’t wait to attend this event and meet all of the people that I only know through the internet. Also, I am excited to spend some time with Howie, who does the weekly business travel themed posts, Not on My Dime, over at Frugal Travel Guy. Howie and I went to college together and were in the same fraternity, but it has been years since we have seen each other.
If you are reading this post, make sure to let me know when you have booked your trip for the Chicago Seminars. It will be great to meet some of my readers at the event. For now, keep an eye out for the Seminars booking to go live and I’ll see you this October in Chicago.