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This week kicks off the #WheresGilbert upgrade giveaway adventure. It’s all about bringing some joy, fun and games to holiday travel, but let’s face it – it’s a lot of “look at me”. As much as I appreciate the publicity, I wanted this to be much more than just a social media challenge – I wanted it to be an educational and collaborative effort to help more people live the travel dream.

Capital One was kind enough to help, by arranging a talk at one of their Capital One Cafes. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, or what a Capital One cafe is, read on. If you do, read on anyway, so you can attend!

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Where’s Gilbert?

I’m going around the world playing a fun game where if people find me in the airport or in a city, then they can take my first or business class seat, or even hotel suite. The Capital One Venture card launched miles transfer one year ago — and today there are 15 different airline partners you can transfer your miles to! — and I’m zipping around highlighting some of those airlines and the aspirational travel experiences that you can unlock using your Venture miles. 

While that’s all in good fun, we also wanted to bring some extra travel savvy into the mix, and that’s where Capital One Cafes come in. I’m doing a free talk at the Georgetown, DC Capital One Cafe! Beyond the aspirational first and business class travel, I’ll be sharing how to score some great travel deals, and I’ll be talking about any and all kinds of travel — planes, trains, automobiles — you name it!

You must RSVP at the EventBrite link here, as this is a free, but ticketed event:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wheresgilbert-meetup-in-dc-tickets-83773090569

Note, RSVPs are limited to the first 250 people, so sign up ASAP!

a man and woman walking out of a buildingCapital One Cafes

Capital One has 39 cafes across the US, which are all open to the public. Yes, there’s probably one in your city, and it’s a great place to enjoy free wifi, even if you’re not yet a Capital One customer. 

So much of the world these days is all about apps and digital solutions, but sometimes it’s just nice to have a place where you can make phone calls, get all of your banking questions and needs answered, host meetings, get work done, sip on a Peets coffee or meet up with a friend. The Cafes are part of the deep, interconnected fabric of the communities they serve. Capital One partners with local artists, bakeries, small businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofits and Peet’s Coffee in all the communities they reside in. And side tip – Capital One cardholders get 50% off Peet’s Coffee beverages!

On top of that, there are Capital One Ambassadors there to assist with any questions you may have. Whether it’s a question of how to set up online bill pay or how to file expenses, they are there to help, not sell. In addition, to the daily cafe-style setups, the Cafes offer a confidential Money Coaching program. Side-by-side with a Certified Coach, you create a personalized action plan, so you can better connect your life and money goals. It is open to everyone, even if you are not a customer. They also offer group Money Workshops, themed around different life moments such as “Talk Money With Your Honey” or “Moving on up in Work and in Life.”

Capital One Venture And PassportGeorgetown Cafe Talk

I love DC, I love Georgetown. To make #WheresGilbert about more than just hotel and flight upgrades, I really wanted to curate a talk where I can share my best tips on how to find great flights and travel deals for less. I’m thrilled to announce that on Friday, December 6th, I’ll be taking over the new Capital One Cafe in Georgetown to share everything I’ve got, and lead a Q&A, answering any travel questions you may have. 

The event will start at 6:00 PM and will feature free food and beverages, a 30 minute presentation from me, and then time for Q&A and mingling, where I’ll happily answer any questions you may have about your travel, points and miles, flights, my Capital One Venture card or whatever else you might want to ask me. I’ll of course stick around to chat with anyone afterwards as well 🙂

Washington DC is home to some of the best minds in the travel community, and I’m hoping to be joined by some great local guests who run awesome travel communities in the DC area. You never know who you might meet! 

The EventBrite link is here, and as space is limited, you must RSVP in order to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wheresgilbert-meetup-in-dc-tickets-83773090569

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Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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