The Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two Has Crashed

The Virgin Galactic is Richard Branson’s project to bring tourism to space travel. It has taken several test flights and they have already had names added (over 700) to their waiting list of people ready to pay the $250,000 price for the opportunity. Of course, it is also the most expensive flight in the world for miles with a cost of 2 million Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles. ...

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Chase British Airways 50,000 Point Offer Update – Fee Free First Year

The Chase British Airways 50,000 point offers has been around for quite a while. The offer on the card will fluctuate from the standard 50,000 points (after spending $2,000 in 3 months) to 100,000 points – but that offer becomes a little complicated. It requires spending thresholds to get the bonuses with the full 100,000 Avios requiring $20,000 in spending (in the first year). Unless you are willing to put that much spending on that card, the 50,000 point offer will be sufficient for most people. British Airways 50,000 Point Offer Update – No Annual Fee For the First Year The update for this offer is that Chase is waiving the annual fee for the first year. That annual fee is normally $95. Disclaimer: I do earn a commission if you are approved using these links – thank you very much for your support! - Application Link – Chase British Airways 50,000 point card – $95 annual fee waived the first year Card Details British Airways Visa Signature Card 50,000 Avios after... ...

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Discounted Delta Award Tickets

Through November 2, Delta is offering a discount on award tickets that can save you as much as 10,000 miles. There was this offer not long ago but it was targeted to elites and cardholders. Now, it is open and available to everyone. Discounted Delta Award Tickets This offer works on both the saver level and standard level (though, most people will not be booking at the standard level!) and does have a few restrictions, but not many. For domestic tickets, you will be able to redeem for only 21,000 miles (as opposed to the normal 25,000 miles). To get the full 10,000 miles, you will need to redeem for travel to Southern South America. Full details can be found here.  Details Must book by November 2 For travel between December 3 and February 15 No minimum stay (except for Brazil, Argentina, and Chile which require a 7 day minimum) Blackout dates are December 19 – 24, December 26 – January 5, January 16 and 19th The blackout dates are not a... ...

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Good Deal: GoPro Hero 3 Black For $264

If you follow action video cameras, you know that the GoPro Hero 4 series was just released. They offer some of the greatest feature sets imaginable on a camera that small and produce incredible video quality. But, the enter GoPro series has great strengths when it comes to packaging good video footage into a small package. This deal is for a refurb GoPro Hero 3 Black for only $264 on eBay. I actually just sold one on eBay not long ago for more than that so to be able to receive a refurb model (essentially like new) for only $264 is a great price. The Black model for each series is the top end model. This one comes with the remote (a $79 item which does not comes standard with the newest models) and should provide great quality for anything you plan on doing in the field. - eBay Item Link – GoPro Hero 3 Black for $264 Here is some of the information about this camera from Amazon (don’t mind... ...

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Time Is Running Out To Run The World’s Largest Half Marathon!

I received an e-mail today from the Gothenburg (Sweden) race committee that entries have been coming in at a fast pace and they will be closing the registration window tomorrow, October 31. This race, held in Gothenburg, Sweden, is the largest half-marathon in the world with over 60,000 people running it. I will be running this race next year and it should be a wonderful time! It is easy enough to get to with various airlines and points (which I will write about at a later time) so don’t let the travel part keep you away. This should be a fantastic race and I would love to see some of you there! E-mail me if you register so we can make plans to get together there. Here is what I wrote about this race when I signed up. Obviously, the more the merrier when it comes to races! Well, I have just signed up to run the world’s largest half marathon next year and it would be really nice to... ...

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The Next Generation Business Class Seat?

Business class seats are a perfect way to travel by air. It gives a level of comfort that allows for comfortable sleep, work, and dining. Airlines are constantly trying to improve those seats to be in a better position to gain more revenue from their purchase. These seats could be perfect for that – and for us! Bicycle Seat? We have seen airlines removing first class seats to add more seats in their place. They have bumped up their premium economy seats as well as adding regular coach seats so they don’t mind sacrificing first class for adding more people. There was even a seat that has been built and floated that is really not passenger friendly at all, unless you like to ride bicycles for 12 hours. The Butterfly Seat But this new seat has won the IATA Passenger Innovation Award and the Crystal Cabin Award which should earn it a little bit of consideration by airlines. It is called the Butterfly and allows airplanes to adjust the seats... ...

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Tiberias, Here I Come!

My very first marathon was in January of 2007. It was in Tiberias, Israel and took place just a few short months after I started running. I ran it with the friend who encouraged me to run a marathon just a year before. First Time Running Tiberias I had begun my training in October of 2006 using a wonderful book (the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer) that gave a very simple training program. Right after I started, I ran my very first race – a 5K that I ran in 24:48. The amazing part was that two days before that 5K, I was unable to even run 1.5 miles without stopping. Just three months later, I ran my first marathon and did it in a time of 4:34. I headed out on the out-and-back course faster than I should have. I wanted to meet my friend on the turnaround as close to the halfway point as possible. It was a dumb move and cost me greatly. I reached the 13.1 mile mark in exactly 2... ...

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The New AAdvantage Program And Waiting For The Other Shoe To Drop

American Airlines today released their new AAdvantage program for the combine US Airways and American Airlines frequent flyers. The news has made many bloggers very happy as there are not any significant changes (for the American elite) and really will only affect the US Airway elites who are used to getting complimentary upgrades (or at least having the ability to receive them), no matter the elite level. To read the writeups about the new program, check out these posts at View From the Wing and One Mile At A Time. They are both Executive Platinum (AA’s highest tier) members and can provide the best analysis as one who is at that tier. While I have held top tier status on Delta and United, I have never made it past Platinum on AA so they would be able to give a better sense than I would. The New AAdvantage Program Some of the more significant (and nicer) changes that were made were things like: Complimentary upgrades on flights under 500 miles... ...

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Fly Short Thai A380 First Class For $650 ($1,050 R/T)

Yet another nice first class product is the Thai First Class on their A380. This is another product that is going to cost a lot of money to experience if you do not book it as an award. Yet, similar to the cheap Emirates First Class fare I wrote about yesterday, this is on the same route and can be had as a roundtrip for just about $1,000 or $650 for the one-way. I have not flown on it (yet, coming soon) so if you want to read a review on this product, check out One Mile At A Time’s review. If you fly the one-way in reverse (Bangkok to Hong Kong), it will cost you an extra $100. The best option is to use the roundtrip from Hong Kong ($1,050) so you can take advantage of the Royal First Lounge in Bangkok and the ground treatment that goes with. The lounge is reported to be spectacular and caters very well to their First Class passengers. FlightFox, a website of... ...

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