I'm really looking forward to the upcoming PASS summit in Seattle. I know it's a tough year for funds and training, etc. but (particularly for those that travel from a distance), this is likely to be the year offering the lowest cost travel options for a very, very long time. It's a tough year in the airline business too.
One of my colleagues Pinal Dave has just described why he thinks you should attend: http://blog.sqlauthority.com/2009/06/19/sql-server-why-you-should-attend-pass-summit-unite-2009-seattle/
But the other interesting part is that you can win an awesome lot of prizes, including one prize of accommodation at the summit by simply describing the best thing you have learned at a PASS summit. Bill Graziano provided a great example of this and details of the competition here: http://weblogs.sqlteam.com/billg/archive/2009/06/04/What-did-you-learn-at-PASS.aspx.
But you will have to hurry as it ends soon.