Zorkfest 2021: Travel Tricks and Maximizing Points in Las Vegas

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Looking to escape the holiday stress? Want to learn how to build up your travel, loyalty, and casino game? Come join the Award Travel 101 team for Zorkfest 2021 – the only miles, points, loyalty and casino conference.

This event takes place December 17-18, 2021 at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. If you register by October, 15th 2021, you can lock in the $199 Early Bird rate. Afterwards, the price jumps to $249.

How might you come out ahead after returning from a trip to Las Vegas?

  1. By engaging with some of the best and brightest people in travel and loyalty
  2. Sharing in similar experiences
  3. Becoming part of the community through in-person events like Zorkfest 2021

Zorkfest helped me get to the next level, and it's part of what got me into the Award Travel 101 community. If you haven't joined the Award Travel 101 group already, come join us on Facebook, and see how over 73,000 travelers have learned to unlock the power of credit card, hotel, and airline points/miles to travel the world on any budget!

How Zorkfest Changed the Game for Me

Let me share a little story about what kicked things into high-gear for me. In early 2018, I was struggling with how to better achieve my goals. The burning question was, “How do I maximize my rewards?”

I was beginning to make sense of earning points using articles like the Beginner's Guide to Shopping Portals and following the best credit card signup bonuses. But, I was having difficulty in another area; I couldn't figure out how to use my points!

Enter Las Vegas & the Power of Personal Connections

I was really close to calling it quits, but two of my favorite writers (one here & one here) shared how they were going to be speaking at Zorkfest in Las Vegas. It was going to be a mashup of people in the points and miles space as well as experienced members of the casino loyalty community.

One of the prominent speakers, Gilbert (Gib) Ott from God Save the Points, took time out of his schedule to walk me through how to utilize some of the tools available to us like Using ExpertFlyer to Search Saver Award Space. That always stuck with me.

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Can ZorkFest help you do things like this?

I finally struck gold. Shortly after attending Zorkfest, I booked my family (of four) on Delta One flights to Hawaii. I used (300K) Virgin Points at less than half the cost of (640K) Skymiles for flights that retailed at $10,000! If had known more about transfer bonuses, I could have done it for just 231K points.

What is Zorkfest?

ZorkFest is a weekend long festival dedicated to teaching people how to save big on travel, use points for aspirational experiences, gamble like a professional Vegas high-roller, and mingle with likeminded people who love to explore the world.

Whether you’re an avid traveler, just wanting to learn how to travel better for less, or a obsessive gambler trying to maximize your comp-game, you’ll feel right at home.

Zorkfest includes:

  • Lectures and presentations that help you travel better and earn more casino comps
  • VIP Steakhouse Dinner (optional)
  • Optional extra “in-depth” sessions, subjects include maximizing award redemptions
  • Cocktail Receptions, Buffet Italian Lunch, lots of social events
  • Slot Pulls, don’t worry, we’ll explain
  • Live Podcaster Event and Weekend Gambling Challenge (with prizes)
  • Insane Weekend Room Rate with $75 Food & Beverage and $25 Match Play!

What's great about the F&B credit is just how far that can go for a budget oriented person. The credit can be used at Oscar’s, Coffee Bar, Fresh Mexican Grill, or Pop Up Pizza. With restaurants to fit every budget, this event is made for you!

Zorkfest Speakers

ZorkFest has amazing speakers and presenters, including Gilbert Ott, an ever-curious traveler and one of the world’s leading travel experts. Gilbert curates God Save the Points and has been featured on Good Morning America, BBC, The Sunday Times, Travel & Leisure, CNN.

Gilbert Ott (God Save the Points) center

Other speakers include Dave Grossman, founder of MilesTalk, featured in publications such as Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and on the Conde Nast Traveler podcast.

Also, presenting and mingling will be Anthony Curtis, the most recognized and quoted Las Vegas expert in the world. You’ve seen Anthony dozens of times on the Travel Channel, A&E, Discovery, E! Entertainment, BBC, and so on.

Join Us on Facebook

Whether or not you decide to attend Zorkfest, I highly recommend joining our free Award Travel 101 group on Facebook. Our community of travelers will help you unlock the power of points to see the world on any budget.

If you already know the points and miles basics, I’d also encourage you to check out our advanced group, Award Travel 201. Award Travel 201 is a more intimate, paid-membership community of advanced travelers who want to see each other succeed.

The Award Travel 201 membership includes:

  • Free AwardWallet Plus subscription
  • First access to new AwardWallet features
  • Higher level discussions
  • Meetups with fellow group members & team (twice annually)
  • Live instructional videos

An Extra Bonus for New Award Travel 201 Members

In fact, if you register for Award Travel 201 ($89.99 annual subscription only), I'll provide you with a discount code to get a free add-on: TravelZork Extreme Travel – In Depth Session. You can reach out to me directly for the code once you're admitted to the Award Travel 201 group.

Your TZ Extreme Travel ticket includes:

  • Extra in-depth travel loyalty sessions on Saturday
  • Runs parallel to the ZorkFest sessions, so you can mix and match sessions from ZorkFest and TZ Extreme Travel
  • Topics will include maximizing award redemptions and advanced spending/earning topics
  • Panel Sessions, featuring travel-rewards experts and opportunities for questions from the audience.
  • Private cocktail reception and debrief directly following ZorkFest Educational Sessions on Saturday

But, don't wait—this offer to upgrade your Zorkfest ticket by becoming a new Award Travel 201 member is only good through October 15, 2021!

ZorkFest welcome apps

Final Thoughts

While Zorkfest 2021 will be an incredible event, the greatest benefit will be the in-person connection you make with the speakers and other attendees! That's why several of us from the Award Travel 101 team will be there as well. We understand the power of community. I know I've learned so much from all of you, and I'm happy to help you all to improve your travel experiences too!

What do you hope to gain from attending?

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