TravelCon2 is just wrapped up in Vegas, with the die hards meeting up for a final brunch. I had a great time, but realized I’m turning into a bit of a boring old fart, with 11pm being the latest I stayed up… which was about 30mins prior to a number of people getting ready to go out on the town. Let’s not talk about the Friday.. but if you are wondering, I’m now known as Matt from Cinderella…
Having run a few events myself, I’m always looking for ways to improve, and I think the organizers, Tahsir and Omar did a great job of getting people mixing, which is the key to the event, and as much as I cringe when I say this… I learned a few things in that room.
I say that because that’s the boilerplate bollocks that you hear about all events ‘oooh it was secret, but only for the 1000 people in the crowd live tweeting it’ (AKA buy a ticket).
For those who were there.. I talked about a different strategy that I invented for Vegas. I use the word invent because I basically made it up, tried it and for those interested it’s working thus far. My presentation explained it in more depth, but I was trying to create enough expenses that could then be eradicated using ninja comp skills.
The theory being, why would I cannibalize my points for an award night, or pay cash (the horror!) when Vegas has its own unique loyalty program, albeit one that works (in my opinion) in a very different way to points and miles.
I took a risk on the topic, and think the message was clear: Gambling is stupid! But just in case you weren’t in the room, let me repeat Gambling is stupid, don’t do it!
And here’s how the gig is working on T-0 (checkout date)
My expenses for the trip:
- $600 for room
- $60 resort fee
- $130 lunch (met up with Tahsir and a friend)
- $50 snack
- $85 haircut
- $130 dinner
- $25 happy hour drinks
- Probably some other crap
Here’s my folio
It seems that the tips can’t be removed from the system, but all the other charges have been magicked away. I actually underspent in the end.. as I also have ‘express comps’ of $160 on my account, which I could have spent on getting my nails done..
The nice guys at Aria also told me that my next trip is on the house… but more importantly, I’ve got a cruise line to call…!