FLOAT 2024

March 10 - 14, 2024
9:00 AM

Westin Chicago Lombard
70 Yorktown Shopping Center
Lombard, IL 60148

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Registration Fee Schedule for FLOAT 2024:

January 6th to February 29th - $699.00

March 1st to March 5th - $799.00

International Delegates $475.00 - Discount Rate ends Feb 5, 2024
International delegates are defined as anyone not residing in the continental United States (aka "the Lower 48"), which includes Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and all other US territories and any other country other than the United States of America

All prices are in US dollar amounts.

Registration Closed after March 5th

Registration     Price Quantity

Registration by 2/29/24     $699.00
Registration Details and Cancellation Policies


* Access for the one (1) named registrant to attend FLOAT 2024

* Access for the one (1) named registrant to attend the ten (10) general class sessions held from Monday, March 11, through Wednesday, March 13, 2024.

* Access for the one (1) named registrant to attend any "sponsored sessions" scheduled on Monday, March 11, and Tuesday, March 12, 2024

* Access for the one (1) named registrant to attend the Vendor Showcase held on Sunday, March 10, Monday, March 11, and Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

* Access for the one (1) named registrant to attend the Opening Night event on Sunday, March 10, 2024

* Access for the one (1) named registrant to attend the Designer Awards Gala on Wednesday, March 13, 2024

* Access for the one (1) named registrant to attend any of the other social and hands-on events held prior to or during the convention, such as Club L8X, The Beach Party, the DAG Prep Event and more

* One (1) Welcome FLOAT Tote for the one (1) named registrant (contents of the totes may vary based on sponsor participation - all totes may not contain the same contents)

* One (1) complimentary black and white version of the "Academic FLOATBook" which contains all the class notes from all of the general classes taught at FLOAT 2024 (FLOATbook does not include notes from any Master or Bonus classes taught at FLOAT - full color version available for an added fee.)

* One (1) complimentary FLOAT 2024 t-shirt

* Access to "The FLOAT Forum" exclusive FLOAT Facebook group

*The ability for the one (1) named registrant to purchase access to and attend optional classes such as Master Classes, Bonus and Panel Session held before and during the convention (additional fees required)

*The ability for the one (1) named registrant to enter FLOAT's designer competitions, contests and drawings (additional fees may apply, as in the case of the FLOATEEs)

*The ability for the one (1) named registrant to enroll and take the CBA exam, offered by Pioneer Balloon Company (pre-enrollment and registration for FLOAT 2024 required)


If you register for FLOAT 2024 on or before February 6, 2024:

If you find yourself in the position to where you can no longer attend FLOAT 2024 after completing your payment, you may still cancel your registration to FLOAT 2024 with the understanding that you are subject to a cancellation penalty of $100.00 US.

Please note that this $100.00 US is collected as a maintenance fee, and is NOT subject to any other benefits to the convention. So no, this penalty does not still entitle you to any benefits such as an Academic FLOATBook, event merchandise or any other option. 

If you have made any additional purchases such as a full color version of the FLOATbook, optional classes and the like, all of those fees paid are subject to a 100% refund and are not subject to penalty. 

Please note that the fee charged by PlanetReg.com once you register for FLOAT 2024 is non-refundable. 


After February 6th, 2024: 

If you are unable to attend FLOAT 2024 for any reason after February 6th, 2024, including but not exclusive to medical issues, family emergencies, business decisions and the like, while you can cancel your registration for the convention, you will not be entitled to any refund at all from your registration fees.

If you need to cancel your registration after February 6th, 2024, you ARE entitled to a refund of any additional purchases you may have made including Master and Bonus Classes, merchandise, etc.

However, you are also not eligible for any refunds of your PlanetReg.com charges or fees. 

With your cancellation, you will still receive your copy of the Academic FLOATbook, your complimentary event t-shirt, and a welcome tote. In addition, you will be able to keep your "returning FLOAT discount" for the next 2026 convention and you will receive complimentary access codes to download the ten (10) general class sessions being recorded during the convention.

Transfers and Roll-Overs

Due to growing abuse factors over the past conventions, FLOAT no longer allows delegates to sell their registrations independently to others. If you are unable to attend FLOAT 2024, you need to follow the cancellation policy.

Along these lines, delegates are not allowed to sell or transfer their enrollment in optional classes at FLOAT 2024, whether it be Master Classes, Bonus Classes or Panel Discussions. If a delegate wishes to withdraw from a class or is unable to attend the convention, they should notify FLOAT management so we can arrange for a refund of said charges paid for those classes and your name released from the attendee list in that particular class(es).

Delegates are also not allowed to sell or transfer their access to the Designer Awards Gala to another attendee or guest. If a delegate at FLOAT wishes to bring a guest to the Designer Awards Gala, a guest pass needs to be purchased from the FLOAT management team prior to February 6th, 2024. 

The only exception to the transfer policy is that a company is allowed to transfer a registration from one employee to another within their own company. For example, if you purchase a registration for an employee who no longer works for you as FLOAT draws closer, you can transfer that registration into the name of a different employee within your own company. However, under no circumstances will you be allowed to transfer that registration to anyone outside of your company.

Similar to our transfer policy, due to growing issues of abuse over the past conventions, FLOAT has had to eliminate it's rollover policy. As of February 4th, 2019, FLOAT no longer allows delegates to rollover their registrations for the next convention should they be unable to attend. This is why our cancellation deadline has been extended well into February; this will allow people to collect at least a partial refund of their registration fees if they are unable to attend.

While we completely understand that you may have a very valid reason to have to cancel your registration, you also need to understand that FLOAT is dependent upon the registration fees from our delegates to cover the operating costs of the convention. Just as you have to have cancellation policies with your own clients, we do as well. This deadline is absolutely our "line in the sand" as it were, so please understand that any such reasoning for these policies is not personal but rather a professional and business decision that must be made in order to protect the operation as well as the longevity of the FLOAT Convention series. 

FLOAT's COVID Policies for 2024

At this time, FLOAT will not be enacting any specific protocols regarding the spread of COVID-19. It is strongly suggested, however, that all delegates follow these guidelines:

Delegates are welcome to wear masks if they feel more comfortable doing so while at FLOAT

No one shall demean, mock or ridicule anyone choosing to follow their own precautions regarding COVID-19

If a delegate is not feeling well on a particular day of the convention, we ask that they wear a mask for the protection of others they may engage with

If a delegate is running a fever on a day of the convention, we ask that they decline joining us that day and stay in their room to rest and get better

All delegates are encouraged to take a COVID test prior to departing for FLOAT 2024 and before they return home to their families

Other Issues or Policies

The FLOAT Executive Producer and production team reserve the right to make changes to any and all policies as needed.  

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