Founded in 2010 by Rick Ingersoll (aka Frugal Travel Guy), Chicago Seminars @ The Holiday Inn - The Original Points & Miles Event has hosted some of the best and brightest in the travel community. Through the years, thousands of attendees of all skill levels and from across the globe have convened at the Holiday Inn Chicago - Elk Grove to learn how to earn millions of points, public and secret tricks of the trade, and to travel like a jetsetter.
Although not the fanciest of venues, the Holiday Inn Chicago – Elk Grove is a wonderful place to congregate and treats us well every year. Plus, the hotel has an airport shuttle. We are excited to continue to call the Holiday Inn Chicago - Elk Grove home for another year.
While there are similar points and miles events, Chicago Seminars @ The Holiday Inn is unique in that it is a registered non-profit organization. ALL organizers are unpaid and all profits generated are donated to charity.
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For more than a decade, Chicago Seminars @ The Holiday Inn - The Original Points & Miles Event has created in-person connections which turn into meaningful and lifelong friendships across the globe. This weekend-long event will offer a mix of content for attendees at all levels. We look forward to you joining us and sharing your experiences at this Chicago homecoming.
Up in The Air: A Fireside Chat with Tom Stuker, The World’s Most Frequent Flyer
Interviewer: Chris Moss
Chicago Seminars Then & Now: A Conversation with Rick Ingersoll, Founder of Chicago Seminars, and Howie Rappaport, Long-Time Organizer of Chicago Seminars
Interviewer: Marty Paz
How to Earn 492 Hyatt Elite Nights in One Stay: Million Baht Mindy (Mindy Davids) & One Year in the Hyatt Regency Bangkok
Interviewer: Chris Moss
Special Guest Appearances by:
Tom Stuker - 23 Million Miler with United
Rick Ingersoll - Chicago Seminars Founder
Howie Rappaport - Long-time Chicago Seminars Organizer
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Please remember prices of goods and services have increased tremendously in the past years.
Tickets for the first 50 people who register are $160. After that, the price will increase to $175 until September 18, 2023, at which time all remaining tickets will cost $190. Additional discounts may be offered by speakers and sponsors of the event. Attendance is limited to 350.
Please remember all organizers and volunteers are unpaid and all profits generated will be donated to charity.
There is a similar event occurring the same weekend which is not affiliated with Chicago Seminars @ The Holiday Inn, a registered non-profit organization.
Event tickets can be purchased via this link and include the following:
Access to all events at host venue (Holiday Inn Chicago - Elk Grove)
Lunch on both Saturday and Sunday
Two complimentary drinks at the Friday Night Reception
Coffee/tea throughout the event
There is no virtual option and sessions will not be recorded.
Although registration is nonrefundable, registration is transferable for a $25 charitable donation and must be completed by Monday, October 9, 2023. Emailadmin@chicagoseminars.org if you would like to transfer a ticket.
Since the first event, we have had the following policies, and by attending, you agree to such:
Tickets are nonrefundable but are transferable for a $25 charitable donation
No chargebacks on tickets
If you break any of the terms or are asked to leave by the organizers for any reason, you will not be allowed to attend any future events
Sponsorship packages start at $500 and can be personalized to suit any needs. Potential benefits include:
Promotional email to attendees sent via event email account
Sponsor table in lobby area
VIP event seating at every session
Access to Saturday Night Invite-Only After-Party
Opportunity to donate raffle prizes
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be a sponsor or if you know a person or business which might want to be a sponsor.
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) is the closest airport to the event venue. The hotel runs a shuttle from ORD every half hour. Chicago’s Midway Airport (MDW) is extremely far but is accessible via public transportation with an expected travel time of 2 hours.
There are a limited number of rooms available at the venue for $129, which includes a continental breakfast. Once your ticket is purchased, the hotel booking link will be shared with you in the ticket confirmation email. Only ticketed attendees are allowed to reserve through this link or in the hotel room block. Each ticket holder can only reserve one room. If for some reason a person who has not registered for the event books within the hotel room block, the reservation will be canceled. Hotel rooms are on a first come, first served availability. The Hotel Booking Link will not work on the IHG app. Please use a desktop or mobile browsing app such as chrome.
Chicago Seminars @ The Holiday Inn raises thousands of dollars for charitable organizations through its Charity Raffle each year. 100% of these proceeds go to charity. In 2023, the selected charities are:
Both travel- and non-travel-related items are being sought for the Charity Raffle. If you have items to donate, please email email@example.com and bring the item(s) with you to the event. No value is too small. Raffle tickets can be purchased via credit card and you do not have to be present to win.
It takes a village to run an event such as this, and your help is still needed, especially during the event. If you would like to assist, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteering does not provide a complimentary registration.
Etiquette and Rules
This is a volunteer event for the points and miles community. Each attendee is expected to be respectful during all official and non-official events. The following are a few rules that need to be expressed at each event as they are particularly important:
Recording any presentation in any way is not allowed without advance explicit permission from both the event organizer and presenter. Violators will be immediately dismissed without refund. This policy respects the speakers’ content and allows open discussionof topics, some of which are intended to not be made public.
The purchase of a ticket requires acceptance to all terms and conditions stated during the ticketing process including, but not limited to, liability of any kind.
Please remember this event is organized by unpaid volunteers.If you have a serious and immediate concern, ask to speak to one of the main organizers immediately.