Action Items For United Elites – Including Saving $100!

With the end of the United elite program year upon us (January 31), there are some action items that you should take care of, if you have not already done so. Action Items For United Elites Unfortunately, United does not bestow either of these benefits on the United Premier Silver so these items will not be of help to you. But, if you are a GS, Premier 1K, or Premier Platinum, you can take advantage of both of these items. If you are a Premier Gold, you can take advantage of one of them. Match Your United Status For Marriott Gold Status Marriott and United have a partnership that allows you to use your United Airlines status to receive mid-tier Marriott hotel status – the Marriott Gold level. Now, the Marriott program year is ending as well for elite status, but, I have found that hotel status sticks around much longer than airline elite status does. With airline elite status, you drop the day after the last program year ends.... ...

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Flying Etihad As An Etihad Elite Member And Etihad Economy Review

Flying on an airline as an elite member of that program is always a helpful thing. Often, when we travel in business or first class, that elite card does not do that much to improve our overall experience. However, when traveling in economy, being an elite member can make all the difference. If you got in on the Etihad mistake fare sale, this may be of interest to you. Flying Etihad As An Etihad Elite Member Last year, Etihad had run a matching program to their Etihad Guest Gold status (middle tier). I had matched to it but had not heard back anything and assumed it was just denied. Fast forward a couple of months after that and I received my Etihad Guest Gold card in the mail. Etihad Guest Gold As an elite tier, Etihad Gold does not offer as much as one might think. For instance, when flying economy, passengers must pay to change to a seat with more legroom. That includes Gold members! That is not a... ...

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Deal of the Day: Polaroid Action Video Camera For Under $100

The action video camera field has become very crowded over the years so that GoPro is not the only notable action camera game in town. Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is for one of these cameras – the Polaroid XS100 Extreme HD camera. – Amazon Purchase Link – Polaroid XS100 The retail price on this camera is $249 (though normal pricing is lower than this) but for today only, it is available for $95. If you are looking for a cheap way to capture HD footage on the run, this camera could do it for you! Here are the details about the camera: Professional Sensor With Low-Light Performance Very light, Just 4.8 oz. Vibrates: Confirms Functions When Visual Confirmation Isn’t Practical G-Sensor (Auto Rotation) for “which end is up” assurance Waterproof up to 30’/10m Distortion-Free Ultra Wide Angle Lens Provides a 170 Degrees of Coverage Aerodynamic Design and Shock-Proof Exterior Minimizes Wind Noise Single Button Record that’s Easy and Ready for Action Video Options: 1080p, 960p, 720p... ...

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My First Ryanair Flight Experience

For people that visit Europe, Ryanair presents a very inexpensive way to get around the continent. However, there is enough that is said about them and the onboard product that could scare some away from such an option – aspirational travel it is not! I have flown on Easyjet before and had a good experience with them (except for the fact that they made me check my normal carryon bag and then lost it – while charging me for it. Otherwise, good!) as an onboard experience. I had not yet had the chance to fly Ryanair but it was not something that I was rushing to try. My First Ryanair Flight Experience If you read my previous post on the subject (found here), I was actually “connecting” from Etihad’s Apartment class to Ryanair. Not exactly the airline transition everyone makes, but it worked for me. I decided to fly with Ryanair because they were the only option for a non-stop from a London airport to Thessaloniki and I needed a... ...

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My Last Day With Chase Links

Ok, I have to say first – I never thought I would write a post like this! Not because I didn’t think I could lose my Chase links but because I try to never write a post just because I get paid from the card I write about. But, perhaps because of that, I have not been able to produce enough results for Chase cards so my short tenure with that issuer as an affiliate on this site is coming to a close (tomorrow, Friday, afternoon). That does not mean I will not be able to have a shot at getting them back in the future, just for now they will be going away. So, why am I writing this post if I did not think I would ever write such a post? Fair question! For two reasons with the first being that many of you have been very generous expressing your desire to use links that would see me get some form of a commission. I wanted to be... ...

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50,000 United Miles w/ Business Card and (Targeted) 50K w/ Personal Card

The United credit card cycles through with various offers – the normal offer is 30,000 miles and the occasional offer is 50,000 miles. Last year, we saw the 50,000 mile offer a couple of times but since then, it has only been available as a targeted offer. HT to View From the Wing for the business card offer Until now! United and Chase are again offering the business card as a public offer of 50,000 United miles after spending $2,000 in 3 months. United 50,000 Mile Card Offer – Business   – Chase United Business Card – Application Link Card Benefits free first checked bag priority boarding no fees on foreign transactions† 2 united club passes per year 10,000 bonus miles when you spend $25,000 in net purchases on your card each year 5,000 bonus miles when you add an authorized user and make a purchase in the first three months earn 2 miles per dollar spent on tickets purchased from united earn 1 mile per dollar spent on all other purchases miles don’t expire Any Seat, Any Time on any United... ...

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That Special Moment When The Border Officer Says…

“You are going to have to help me out here because this makes no sense at all!” As a Global Entry participant, I have not had to speak with a US CBP officer at Passport Control in several years. While it is always a nice feeling reentering the US, being able to just blitz through the immigration/passport control/customs process is even better. Sure, I no longer get the “Welcome back the US” but I am willing to deal without it. Read more: Guide To Global Entry I do deal with border officers when I leave/return to the EU, but that is normally not an issue at all. The only place I ever really need to talk about my passport/visas/stays is Israel as they are quite thorough with their visitors when leaving the country. However, I had that interesting moment with a border officer the other day in London. Here was the exchange: Officer: Where did you come from? Me: Abu Dhabi Officer: How long will you be in the UK? Me:... ...

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Great Prices On Garmin 220 and 620 GPS Watches

Garmin has certainly set the bar higher for running watches over the last few months with the 920XT and the announcement of their new watches coming. But, it should not be forgotten that they still have excellent watches that came out just in the end of 2013 – the Garmin Forerunner 620 and 220 watches. These watches are fantastic for runners and have some very great features. Until I switched to the 920XT (for the battery life and notifications), I had the 620 from the time it started shipping and absolutely loved it. To check out detailed reviews on each of these watches, head on over to DC Rainmaker’s site for the review of the 620 and of the 220 watches. These watches are still priced at the original prices of $399 for the 620 (w/out the HRM-Run) and $299 for the 220 (w/out the HRM-Run). Some retailers may have cheaper pricing from time to time but that is the standard price. Well, finally, these watches are available from Garmin’s... ...

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Run One Of My Favorite Marathons This Year!

I have done many marathons and there are some that I have done more than once. One of the marathons in the column of “I would do it again and again” is what the fantastic Reykjavik Marathon in Iceland. 2015 Reykjavik Marathon If you have been to Iceland, then you can understand how beautiful it is to see it all from the ground – 26.2 miles worth of it. If you have not been to Iceland, you are missing out on one of the most beautiful countries to visit. I only spent a couple of days there and wish I had more time to spend. It is at the top of my list of places to take the family for a vacation sometime. Reasons To Run It! Registration for this fantastic race opened up this month for this year’s race. When I registered for 2013, it was not until July, so no worry of a sellout. But, it would be great to get your registration in and start planning your... ...

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