May New York City Frequent Flyer Meetup

Mike is organizing another Reach for the Miles meetup in New York City. This one will be held Tuesday, 06 May at Professor Thom's in the Lower East Side. 

Come mingle and meet others from the travel industry, have a drink from the cash bar, and talk points and miles.

Please RSVP at Meetup.com

The event will be upstairs at Professor Thom's in the Lower East Side, located at 219 2nd Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets. 

Sadly, I won't be around for this one either, but I hope to attend one soon.

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