Learn how to upgrade: The university that will teach you to use airline miles to fly the globe for free

  • The Frequent Traveler University shares tips and tricks from travel experts
  • Access cheaper flights, upgrades, VIP packages and other luxury perks
  • Fly for free when you know how to beat the airline miles loyalty programmes?

Fancy flying all over the world for nothing??

Then check in to the Frequent Traveler University.??

This not-for-profit organisation teachers travellers and frequent flyers how to crack the system and lever airline miles and hotel points to fly further and fly better – all for free.?

Fancy flying the world for free? Learn the tricks of the travel trade at the university

Fancy flying the world for free? Learn the tricks of the travel trade at the university

The university brings together the top travel experts for its conferences (pictured)

The university brings together the top travel experts for its conferences (pictured)

In the past seven years the university has taught over 8,000 people the tricks of the travel trade through more than 30 educational seminars and conferences both in the US and in Europe.?

Airline miles programmes are the cornerstone to travelling more cheaply and a growing number of people are realising the potential if you know how the systems work.?

For instance Brian Kelly hit the headlines last year after he used millions of miles to travel the globe for nothing.

He's now known as the Points Guy and has 164,000 followers on Instagram alone.?

But finding inventive ways to collect airline miles, and navigating the complicated paths to redeeming them, is a skill set not many have the time to figure out, which is where the university comes in. It teaches holidaymakers how to use them to get upgrades, cheaper tickets and other perks.

The university brings together the top travel experts for its conferences, which have talks on subjects like 'How to book the cheapest flight possible' and 'A Road Warrior's Guide to Business Travel and Loyalty Programmes'.

Its speakers have made a name, and a living, for themselves as travel bloggers, TV travel presenters and photographers.

Want more legroom? Learn how to get upgraded for free at the Frequent Traveler University

Want more legroom? Learn how to get upgraded for free at the Frequent Traveler University

FREQUENT TRAVELER UNIVERSITY TOP TIP:?HOW TO TRAVEL FIRST CLASS FOR $100

Jamie Larounis, Director of Marketing, Frequent Traveler University, told MailOnline Travel that it's possible to travel first class from the U.S to Australia for $100.

He said: 'One-way flights to Australia can run in the $15,000USD range in Qantas First Class. By simply using 110,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles, you can travel to the land down under in First Class for less than $100 in taxes and fees — an astonishing feat.?

'In addition, we teach American participants specifically on the best ways to upgrade on the 'big 4' carriers — American, Delta, Alaska and United — and many of our attendees increase their upgrade odds because of the strategies we give them.'

Asked what the biggest mistake was that most travelers make, he replied: 'They’re not prepared in how to get an upgrade. Upgrades aren’t just handed out because you’re dressed in a suit or because it is your anniversary. Upgrades are there, you just have to know how to get them — whether it’s using an upgrade certificate, frequent flyer miles, a cash co-pay, a day-of-departure buy-up or some other means — it’s usually possible, you just have to know how and strategize around that.?

'We teach travelers not only how to upgrade, but how to increase the chances of doing so by traveling on specific aircraft, specific dates of travel, specific carriers and so on.'??

They include columnist and author Chris McGinnis, who has a following of over 200,000 on his Travelskills blog, and 'Johnny Jet', who has built a following for his money-saving travel advice.

Another contributor is Gilbert Ott, the man behind the www.godsavethepoints.com tips website.?

He told MailOnline: 'It's a weekend not for the faint of heart, and I mean that in the best of ways. From beginners to experts trying to get 'behind closed doors only' tips, these sessions are a weekend long, and more intense than college. There's probably 10 different one hour lectures a day you can attend.?

'I've spoken at quite a few and loved lecturing classrooms or ballrooms full of people about how to find cheap flights, how to maximize their points and on future travel innovations. If reading blogs or picking up one-off tips on television isn't cutting it, this is definitely an amazing, immersive way to meet like minded people and learn a lot in a short time. And yes, most of them are pretty geeky.'

'It's a cool thing and lots of people see major benefit.'

Anyone can get something out of the programme, whether you're looking for ways to afford a private jet experience or just want to turn left instead of right when getting on a plane, the university claims.

But it's not just about cheap flights.?

The university says that it helps to ease the entire travel experience with advice on gadgets and clothes as well as offering to teach travellers how to access airline lounges at airports, how to stay at luxury hotels, and get the VIP treatment when you book in – all on an economy budget.

The Frequent Traveler University?recently touched down in Chicago for a two day conference, its largest yet.?

Its next conference is in Seattle on February 23-25.?

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