I started hosting in-person meetups in Ottawa (YOW), Canada, back in 2016. As with most meetups, it was a way to meet the points and miles community from the region, that mostly lived on FlyerTalk, Reddit, etc. Along the way, I made some good friends in the city that would come out for a drink and chat about their next big award booking or the ‘latest sweet spot’. Slowly but surely these meetups grew to a consistent crowd of ~50 that would meet once every three months. My last in-person YOW-meetup was on January 25, 2020. And then came the COVID-19 restrictions. And also this thing called ‘Zoom’ 🙂
I roped in a few good friends and off we went, virtual meetup it was! We adapted these virtual meetups to be a Zoom webinar where local experts took turns speaking about popular loyalty programs and ways to leverage it. These zoom sessions have become a thing of their own, and the positive feedback just hasn’t stopped. And if the feedback is anything to go by, I am all in – COVID or not.
Which brings me to our 5th Virtual Meetup, tomorrow…
Virtual Meetup #5: Saturday, May 9, 3:00pm ET
Our special guest for this week needs no introduction, Gilbert Ott (GSTP) will spend an evening (from UK) with us talking all things BA Avios! Topics for discussion are as following;
- Award Charts
- Avios Award search tools
- Partners with no (or minimal) fuel surcharges
- Ways to avoid or lower yq on award tkts
- BA Avios to Iberia Avios – Useful?
- Multi Carrier award booking
You are all invited! Join me for another round of an interactive session. RSVP using link below. Zoom meeting details will be sent to registered participants a couple of hours before the meeting. Did I mention there is no cost involved to attend these sessions? Zero.
Hope to see some of you tomorrow!