When Running A 2:08 Marathon Is A Bad Day

The day I run a 3:08 marathon will be a great day – I still remember when I broke 4 hours for the first time and that was a good day! Will there ever be a time in my life when I will run a 2:08 marathon? NO! But for a professional runner who has the pride of his country riding on a particular time and then having the opportunity to do that on the streets of your country, running less than that time can be a bad day. And that is exactly what track great Mo Farah said after running a 2:08:21 time at the London Marathon on Sunday. Mo is a double gold Olympic medalist and has done amazing stuff on the track so he decided to try his feet at the marathon distance. Since he is a UK citizen, he figured no better place to make a debut than at the London Marathon in front of a hometown crowd. Guesses for his marathon debut time were all over,... ...

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Use The Barclaycard Arrival As A Supplemental Point Source

Disclaimer: I receive a commission if you use my links for the Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard. Should you find that it is a good card for you, I appreciate you using my link! We like to use the words “free travel” to describe how we travel with miles and points. The truth is that, while the out-of-pocket cost of travel is severely lowered by miles and points, award travel still costs money. It can cost as little as the segment tax on US flights ($2.50) to costing as much as hundreds of dollars per ticket for taxes, fees, and surcharges. A classic example of this is the fuel surcharges that are present on many award tickets to or from Europe. Even for economy tickets, the cost can be over $500 just in taxes on an award ticket! That certainly is not free travel! In fact, with costs like that, it can often be more worthwhile just purchasing the ticket outright. Enter The Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard... ...

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Looking Back: The Boston Marathon Bombing

Today is the one year anniversary of the horrific Boston Marathon bombing. It was at this moment last year that the bombs went off that brought terror to the streets of Boston. It was a tragedy of huge proportions, not only to the numerous friends and family who were affected but also to conscience of a nation as tens of thousands of runners had come together to run the most hallowed marathon in America in a city that is rooted in American bravery and freedom. It is so easy to forget as one year goes by. Easier still as it the years multiply from such a terrible event. The pain, however, for the family members of the victims is still very real and the road of recovery for those injured victims is still a long one. The bombs that day killed 3 people and injured over 260 others. However, they affected thousands of others as well – people who had for so long felt safe in that city began to... ...

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Is It Ever Worth It To Buy Hotel Points?

There are often promos that offer points and miles at a decreased price for purchase. These promos are sometimes straight out purchase promos and sometimes they are share promos – promos that offer the recipient a bonus if you share your miles or points with another account. When these promos are available, they sometimes are decent deals for travelers who are able to use the purchased miles/points for specific, high-value redemptions. Is It Ever Worth It To Buy Hotel Points? When it comes to purchasing hotel points off promo, does it ever make sense to do it? The problem with purchasing points is that it is heavily stacked for the hotel’s benefit. The price to purchase these points is more than the points are actually worth when it comes to redemptions, unless you are booking a room at a five-star hotel on New Year’s Eve in New York City. For an example, Hyatt Gold Passport points cost 2.4 cents a piece when not offered at a promo. To purchase 8,000... ...

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Reflection on Award Travel

With all the devaluations that have occurred over the past year, many travelers have lost a lot of trust in airlines and hotels and have grown disappointed with the whole award travel system. It is true – it can be very discouraging, especially to the many of you had been saving your miles and points for a long-awaited dream trip and woke up to found the rug pulled out from under you. It is also true that the miles and points landscape has changed and will be changing more in the next year. The ability to constantly get big sign-up bonuses from the same credit cards is about to end, the great value on premium cabin award redemption has changed significantly, and many more things that we do not even know the extent of yet. However, while the game is changing, there are still many things that are the same and probably will be the same for sometime to come. Reflection on Award Travel Take a minute and think about... ...

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Boston Marathon Week: Last Minute Hotel Award Availability

This is it – the week that tens of thousands of runners have waited for, some for many years. The Boston Marathon is in one week! People from all over the world will be descending on Boston for this great race and to support those who run it. With such a huge event, it is to be expected that most travel venues are full or way overpriced. I would hope that all of you have your travel arrangements secured by now, but in the event that some do not, I have put this list together of last minute hotel award availability. This list is not just for those of you who may not have booked travel yet. It can also be helpful to any of you who may currently have a hotel in a place that is not optimally located and this list may highlight a few places that you may be able to reserve on points instead. Last Minute Hotel Award Availability for the Boston Marathon As you might... ...

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Sunday Summary

Welcome back to our Sunday Summary Series where we review the stories that were covered throughout the week. Sunday Summary US Airways Offers Up To 100% Share Bonus For One Week Here it is again – a great opportunity to share miles and have up to an additional 100% bonus shared as well! I received this offer in my e-mail just now and it is pretty good news! US Airways ran this promo quite often last year in the Star Alliance. This is the first time since they are in the Oneworld Alliance and it can be extremely useful if you have any big travel plans within the Oneworld Alliance. To max out this promo, you would share 50,000 and basically be… Read more… Marathons With Olympic Finishes There is something very special about the Olympics. It is always great to see the world’s best athletes competing against each for personal achievements and national pride. In my travels, I always enjoy going by the Summer Olympic stadiums in various cities to see the... ...

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Word of Caution About Mapping Sites

When traveling to a new city, I always like to refer to sites like MapMyRun or Garmin Connect so I know where the locals like to run. I also use courses run by similar runners to me on Dailymile that they upload. It is a big timesaver to do that versus trying to find out routes on my own. Sometimes what looks good on Google Maps doesn’t always tell the real story. Getting local running routes is a big help. Word of Caution A big problem with sites like that is not actually a problem with the site but with the habits of the users. These sites make it easier on the runner as it pulls the GPS data from the watch/app and allows you to just upload that data. This data includes your route, distance, elevation, pace, etc. This is helpful for other runners to know what to expect as far as ascent. The bad part about all of that is that many runners upload all of their routes to... ...

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Last Call To Buy US Airway Miles For 1.1 Cents A Piece

Check out the giveaway ending today! Today is the last day to share US Airway miles between accounts and receive a bonus – basically, it allows you to purchase US Airway miles for 1.1 cents a piece. If you transfer the maximum of 50,000 miles between accounts, it will cost you $567 and you will receive a bonus of 50,000 miles in the recipient account. If you have multiple accounts within a family, you can share amongst them to receive a total of 100,000 miles in each account. The limit is 50,000 received miles (not bonus) with this promo. So, the most a single account can get from this is a total of 100,000 miles. This promotion just decreased the potential value of this promo slightly with the increase of the sweet spot award (US-North Asia via Europe in business class for 90,000 miles) to 110,000 miles. However, that was really it so far. I completely expect US Airways to run another devaluation within the next couple/few months. My guess... ...

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