Flying Blue 50% Off Promo Awards To Europe

Flying Blue (the frequent flyer program of KLM and Air France) runs a program they call Promo Awards. I have discussed these awards before, but here is an overview. These promo awards are award routes that offer a 25% – 50% discount off of normal award mileage requirements for certain city pairs. The promo awards come out on a regular basis and are applicable for certain cities in the US to Europe. These awards must be redeemed on the Flying Blue airlines (such as Air France, KLM, etc). As a result, these awards come with large fuel surcharges/taxes. However, last year, Flying Blue announced a devaluation of their award program. With that devaluation came them dropping that fuel surcharge on economy award tickets (not everything in a devaluation is bad!). Now, these economy awards come with a flat 50 euro surcharge each way (plus any taxes). This makes the economy promo awards a lot more enticing if you live in or near the targeted cities. Business class awards, however, have retained the... ...

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How Can Flying Affect Fitness?

A couple of weeks ago, a study was released by the Mayo Clinic that used 2,223 participants to gauge just how much fitness was negated from sitting (which is what we are doing on airplanes). Obviously, this decrease in fitness or workout benefit extends beyond that of sitting on an airplane and includes any type of long-term sitting. It is not a pleasant thought to think that not doing anything can hurt our hard workouts! How Sitting Affects Fitness Derived From Activity The study (as  reported by Runner’s World) showed that, for runners, “each time unit of sitting cancels out 8 percent of your gain from the same amount of running.” That means that if you have a transcontinental flight (say, 5.5 hours) and you ran for an hour before your flight, you will have lost 55% of the fitness gained by that one hour run. And that percentage is just for an intense workout like running. For activities of less intensity, the loss is at a 16% amount for each hour of sitting.... ...

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7 Great Uses For Aegean Miles

The Aegean Airlines Miles & Bonus program probably has more US-based members than any other foreign airline elite program. This is due to their very low requirements to achieve their Gold status (their highest tier), and by it, Star Alliance Gold status. This gives flyers access to greater baggage allowances, priority lines, and, best of all, lounge access to Star Alliance lounges around the world. - Get Star Alliance Status With Aegean Airlines  - Mileage Run Report – Running For Aegean Gold – My First Aegean Flight As Aegean Gold – Earning Star Alliance Gold In One Trip To earn Aegean Gold status, you must credit 19,000 (because you earn 1,000 miles just for joining) miles of flying to Aegean’s Miles & Bonus program. Aegean has a somewhat generous value at what amount premium tickets from partners are credited, so your flying may actually be quite a bit less than the 20,000 miles. On the other hand, most cheap tickets with United will only earn 50% and some will earn nothing... ...

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Working An Airshow – Seeing The Planes Up Close

This is somewhat different of a post, but this time of year always reminds me of airshow seasons! I thought I would share a little secret for all of you fellow aviation fans to let you get up close and personal with some of the coolest planes around. Working An Airshow I worked my first airshow about 13 years ago and it was a total blast! I continued to work the same airshow for the next 6 years and each year enjoyed it a little more as I got to be around some of the most modern planes in the sky as well as the old classics. But, what did I do? Believe it or not, the first year, I worked in communications as they were using ham radio operators to link up the different law enforcement, emergency, and airport personnel. That actually used to be a very common job for ham radio operators – being the middle man between multiple agencies, because these agencies never had the technological way... ...

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Complete List of Churnable Chase Cards

Last month, I wrote that Chase had been updating the terms in their offers of credit cards. These updated terms now allow for churning, which means to sign up for a card again and again to take advantage of the sign-up bonus. Being able to do that can allow you to earn some huge points – and do it all over again another time! Complete List of Churnable Chase Cards Disclaimer: I do not receive a commission for any cards in this post. Chase used to be quite strict (at least in their terms) about the bonus being valid once per lifetime. Now, they have inserted this special language for almost all of their miles and point cards! This is great news for savvy customers who would like to be able to take advantage of some of the great offers from Chase again. Here is the “special” language that has been added to many cards: This new cardmember bonus offer is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this consumer credit card,... ...

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Review: Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort

Some of my favorite hotel/resorts are of the all-inclusive variety. This means that everything is covered in your room price (though some locations vary) – non-motorized water sports, food, drinks, minibar, internet, resort activities, etc. This is the perfect blend to go with point stays because what you pay (points) is all you have to pay for everything on your stay! My most recent all-inclusive stay was at the Hilton Papagayo Resort in beautiful Costa Rica. Here is my review of our stay. Please forgive me – my stay was so relaxing and enjoyable that there were many times I forgot to take photos of the resort. Rather than being a detriment to the review, I hope you will take that to believe that it is a sign of how enjoyable a place it really is that I forgot to take pictures! Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa The Hilton Papagayo is one of many resorts in the Papagayo region of Costa Rica. Located about 20 minutes from the Liberia Airport (LIR),... ...

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Get 20% Off Select Running Shoes (and many other items)

Amazon is running a promotion through August 1st. The promotion is to spend at least $100 and save 20%. The sale is valid on many types of clothing and shoes beyond the running shoe category, but it is a great time to lay in your supply of running shoes for the fall training season. Get 20% Off Select Items At Amazon I do earn a commission if you use my links – thank you very much! There is quite a variety of shoes available and eligible for this sale and I was pleased to see that my choice of running shoes (the Asics Kayano series) was available as well. In addition, they also had my favorite trail shoes (the Salomon Speedcross) and one of my favorite racing shoes (the Asics DS-Racer series). Now, you may need to play around a little bit as some of the great deals are already discounted and that brings them below the $100 minimum. In that case, just buy extra pairs or get some pairs for... ...

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Marathons With Olympic Finishes

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 places where these great events took place. To that end, I thought it would be a good idea to find all the marathons that had Olympic finishes. These are marathons that finish at or in Olympic stadiums. I posted this several months ago, but with the upcoming fall marathon season, I thought it might be good to revisit some of these in case you are trying to figure out a good marathon. It is always a cool time when running towards the finish line of a marathon. It always seems a bit cooler when the finish line is at someplace like a football stadium (Illinois Marathon) or baseball stadium (Akron Marathon) since it can fit so many people and they are... ...

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Avios – The King of Spontaneous Travel

For most people, a trip involving an airplane is more than just an afterthought. There is a lot of research and searching that goes into booking a ticket before the ticket is booked. Those same people would not even consider getting a ticket to leave today or tomorrow – the thought would be that it is not possible! This is where we say hi to our friend, Avios, the king of spontaneous travel! Using Avios for Spontaneous Travel Of course, I am talking about the frequent flyer currency of British Airways. There points, what they call Avios, are the perfect solution for short-term, single segment travel as it only costs 9,000 Avios for a round-trip within 650 miles of your departure! If booking within the US, that is 16,000 fewer miles than any of the legacy airlines would charge for such a trip. In fact, the trip you would take with those 9,000 Avios is actually on American Airlines or US Airways (Alaska Airlines as well, but must be booked... ...

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