Luxury At Home Or Away?

Disclaimer: None of the links in this post pay me a commission. Thanks to miles and points, many of us can enjoy a certain amount of luxury in our choice of hotels that we otherwise never would be able to. I realize that not ever high-end hotel would be considered a luxury hotel, but for the purpose of this post, will consider the top tier hotels to be “luxury” hotels. Free nights by way of sign-up bonuses, spending, or anniversary bonuses are a really nice thing to have. There is one problem that can stem from those free nights however – where and how to use them! Luxury at Home or Away? Ok, you have signed up for the Chase Hyatt credit card (one of the best hotel credit cards available) and you have your two free nights at any Hyatt hotel. Where do you use them? If you are fortunate enough to have a top-tier Hyatt in your city, then the choice might be a little easier – or... ...

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Two Things That Bother Me On The Long Run

For those who may not be familiar, a long run is the run in training of a distance of 16 or 17 miles and more. Typical long runs (for marathon training) are distances between 18-21 miles. It is one of the runs that runners tend to dread or love. Long runs can be monotonous and lonely but can also be a great time to just check-out and get some quiet. I normally like the time of a long run and love when I have a good long run. It always makes the run more enjoyable when I remember to go at the proper pace (which is, on the average, 45 – 90 seconds slower than marathon pace) since it does what it is supposed to and I have enough energy left for runs in the next couple of days. However, there are two things that bother me on the long run. Runners Ahead I am competitive by nature and when I see another runner ahead of me, it is close... ...

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5K Friday: Have You Done The Color Run?

If you read about 5K races, you have undoubtedly seen advertisements or mentions of The Color Run. The Color Run says that it is “the happiest 5K on the planet” and continues to expand throughout the world. They currently are held in almost 100 cities around the world with another 25 coming soon. For a series that is only two years old, that is incredible. In fact, their first year saw over 600,000 participants! As popular as it is, it also has had a lot of controversy with it as well. With stories ranging from the photographer who accused them of using his work without permission (and received a settlement from it) to the way that various outlets view their charity work, there has been a lot of ink about a negative aspect to the event. Some of the people that have not positive things to say have their criticism rooted in the cost to run in it – $45 for an individual to run the 5K distance. Some of... ...

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The Wave of the Credit Card Future

There are many of us who have several different credit cards that we always carry with us, or at least know to grab before going to certain stores. There are cards that give bonuses at department stores, others that give bonuses at restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, and many others. I always want to use the best card to give me the most points back, but there have been sometimes that I have forgotten the card and always have a head-slapping moment. Then there is the other side – when I am out running and am not carrying any cards (or maybe just one). The last thing I want is a bulging wallet in my running clothes! So, I normally just take a couple dollars worth of currency and maybe a credit card, if I am going to be out running for a while. There have been some companies that have put out devices that could carry your credit card info for you, specifically for a runner, but never caught on... ...

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Using British Airways to Fly In America and Using American to Fly In Europe

Award travel can be a peculiar thing. Sometimes what we are used to being normal get slightly twisted when it comes to award travel. Take, for instance, the fact that (for many) the best miles to use for award travel in America are not those of an American carrier but British Airways. It return, some of the best award redemptions for travel in Europe is not with a European carrier but with American Airlines. How is that for different! Yet, it is true! Now, for some people that have a myriad of points in numerous programs, there are other programs that could offer a better option and selection, but for mainstream award travel, you will find that it can be more useful to use British Airways awards for travel in the US and to use American Airlines award travel for travel in Europe. Travel in Europe American Airlines offers one-way award travel within Europe for only 10,000 miles while British Airways offers flights under 650 miles (non-stop) for 4,500 Avios one-way. The problem is... ...

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10K Thursday: Cooper River Bridge Run

10K Thursday: Cooper River Bridge Run This week’s 10K Thursday pick is the self-proclaimed “best organized and the best conducted 10K race in the world.” To make a statement like that, they obviously have a lot of history and great comments about the race and the organization. The proof is in the pudding – the race consistently has over 30,000 finishers! They must be doing something right to continue to draw that amount of participation! The Cooper River Bridge Run takes place in Charleston, South Carolina. It takes place in early spring (this year was last week and next year’s race is at the end of March). Put those things together – South Carolina and March – and you have one of the convincing aspects of the race. Who doesn’t want to get away from winter in sunny South Carolina? The course is a point-to-point course that has almost two miles in the middle of the race taking runners over the Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge. This should give some great views of the... ...

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Save Up To 30% When Buying United Miles – But Is It A Good Deal?

United is running a promo (as they often do) on buying miles. This particular promo is offering up to 30% off your United miles purchase. It is a tiered promo, so the lowest amount will only give you 20% off (3,000 – 11,000 miles). I have written before about purchasing miles and just the other day about purchasing hotel points. While there are times for both, just because an airline has a “sale” on miles does not mean that it is the best deal around or that you should hurry up and buy. While it may sound like a decent deal, remember that the normal cost for miles is 3.7 cents per mile. That is a lot of money to spend on miles! That means if you were to purchase enough miles to allow you to fly in economy to Europe (60,000 miles), it would cost you $1,580! That is a lot of money for a ticket to Europe. In most instances, you can actually buy a ticket to Europe for less than that –... ...

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Will American Express Offer Different Bonuses For Repeat Customers After May 1?

It has been spread around that May 1 is the official date that American Express will use to prevent repeat customers from getting the same card and bonus again. So, for example, if you have had the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card before, under the current rules, you cannot get the bonus for that card unless it has been over 12 months since you last had it open. If it has been 13 months, you are fine and can get the bonus. Under the new rules, if you have ever had the card and received the bonus, you will be ineligible to get the bonus again – no matter the amount of time that has passed. What Is Changing? In fact, even though Amex reps cite the May 1st date, applications for American Express consumer cards (this new rule will not be applied to business cards) are already carrying the wording that you cannot have had the card before to be eligible for the bonus. This is a huge disappointment to... ...

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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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