On the Run: Greek Coast

As runners, we have the amazing and unique opportunity to see a lot of various towns, cities, and countrysides from the best possible angle – on the ground. We all run in interesting places at times and it is always nice to snap some photos of what we see and take in the beauty of the landscape or cityscape. In that spirit, I am going to start doing some posts of various places that I might run and photos of what I see on the way. If you would like, send me your cities and photos as well for others to see and so we all know what to look for when we run in those places! On the Run: The Greek Coast My options for running around my area are extremely limited due to crazy traffic and not good running surfaces. When I have to extend my run route in my area for a long run, that involves making a very long climb with switchbacks and traffic. Because I wanted... ...

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American Airlines Off-Peak Awards – North Asia

Off-peak awards are great – it gives you a chance to stretch your miles and be able to experience more places for less. Unfortunately, not every airline publishes off-peak awards. The good news is that American Airlines is one that does have these special awards. We will break down each of the zones that American Airlines uses for their off-peak awards. The first one we looked at was Hawaii. This time, we will look at North Asia. American Airlines Off-Peak Awards – North Asia American Airlines offers several off-peak awards and they actually have a couple of ways that their off-peak awards are better than US Airways. For example, the awards themselves do not only need to be on AA flights (US Airway off-peak awards must only be on US Airway flights) and you can book one-way awards with AA (US Airway awards must be round-trip). Given the amount of flights that these advantages give us at a decreased level, the American Airline off-peak awards should definitely not be missed. North America to North... ...

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Sunday Summary

Welcome back to our Sunday Summary Series where we review the posts that were covered throughout the week. Running For Charity While running itself can be very fulfilling, running for charity can make your training and the event an even more fulfilling experience. To find out more about this, check out this post. Read more… American Airlines Off-Peak Awards – Hawaii Off-peak awards can be a huge mile saver for your award travel. American Airlines has some of the best off-peak options and this post details the awards for Hawaii. Not only that, but there are a couple of surprises with this one as well. Read more… Did You Win the Google Chromecast Giveaway Round 2? Another giveaway winner for a Google Chromecast! Read more… Technology Shows Us How Many People Woke Up From the Napa Earthquake Thanks to a tech device, their is a chart showing how many people woke up during the earthquake and how far away from the epicenter people had sleep disturbed. Read more… JetBlue 20% Off Fall Sale JetBlue... ...

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Have You Visited More Countries Than the President?

Presidents do a lot of travel during their years in office. While many presidents have traveled internationally to some degree before taking office, the bulk of their international travel comes during their presidency. Fortunately, with the advent of Air Force One, these trips do not take quite as long as they used to. The longest international travel trip by a president was before the airplane and was done by Woodrow Wilson with his seven month trip to Europe after World War I! Presidents Bush and Clinton both visited 74 countries each during their terms. President Obama is currently at 45 countries during his presidency – 34 in the first term and 11 so far into his second. Here is the list of countries he has visited as president: Afghanistan Australia Belgium Brazil Cambodia Canada Chile China Columbia Costa Rica Czech Republic Denmark Egypt El Salvador France Germany Ghana India Indonesia Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Japan Jordan Malaysia Mexico Myanmar Netherlands Norway Philippines Poland Portugal Russia Saudi Arabia Senegal Singapore South... ...

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My Best Upgrade On A Free Night

I have received several nice upgrades on hotel stays over the years, but normally not on free nights. By free nights, I am not referring to award nights with points but free nights by way of certificates. In this case, it was my wife’s annual free night from the Hyatt card (to be fair, the night is not “free” in that there is an annual fee to be paid to receive the free night). We used it for a birthday celebration at the Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki – a hotel we have stayed at several times before (see here for my review). Best Upgrade on a Free Night As a Hyatt credit card member, my wife (as all card members) receives Hyatt Platinum status. It is a decent status that helps get a few perks at Hyatt but does not include an upgrades to suites. Instead, the terms say “Enjoy a preferred room including rooms on higher floors or larger rooms, based on availability upon arrival.” The same goes for a... ...

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3 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Placing in Races

With the last of summer/start of fall racing season here, I thought it would be helpful to repost this as you prepare for your races. Good luck throughout the season! Many runners are competitive by nature. The great thing about running is that you get to constantly compete against the best competition – yourself. Running is a great way to push yourself to be faster on this workout than you were last time or you can push yourself to PR at a distance that you have run before. Not only that, but by planning out ways to place better, it can teach you strategies in your running and planning for future races where the competition might be stiffer. However, not only do we try to be faster than we were last time, but we often start thinking about being faster than those we race with. If you run many local races, chances are that you know who your “competition” is. When you line up, you may pick that person out and... ...

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Want To Make $160,000? Write An Airline Jingle!

No, this is not one of those spam ads about how you can make $40,000 a week working 5 hours a week from your home. :)Though, you could do this from home and make more than that in less time if you are really, really good! Aeroflot, the Russian airline, is looking for people to write their English language jingle. They want some great ideas and they are willing to pay for it – to the tune of $160,000 for the tune/jingle. It is always nice to have some input into an airline, yet here is a chance to actually create the marketing tool to draw people by song and get paid! Here are the requirements (as reported by Mashable) “The song must include the word “Aeroflot,” must not include profanity, must be catchy and completely original, should have three verses and three choruses, and must not mention other brands. A Russian translation is also required.”  Do you think you have what it takes to market in music? The submissions can be... ...

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Great Deal: 25% Off Sale Shoes and Many Points

Here is another great deal on shoes. Of course, I am looking at the running shoes, but I know there are many readers that are actually not all that concerned with running shoes, so this has stuff for you as well! 25% Off Sale Shoes … Shoes.com is having another discount on their sale shoes – an additional 25% off! They have a huge selection of various category shoes so this should be a great help for many! Details: 25% off all sale items Use code SALE25 at checkout to get the 25% off Sale is valid through 11:59PM CST on September 2 … Many Points Of course, you are not going directly to Shoes.com! If you go through one of many shopping portals, you can earn many valuable points as well as getting the discount. Note: Portals always say that you will not get the points if you are using a code that is not on the website, but this code is published on the website. The portals that stand out are... ...

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A Great Perk Of The United MileagePlus Cards

Disclosure: I do not receive a commission for this card. The United MileagePlus cards have gotten a lot of blog ink over the last few weeks as the public offer has been hiked up to 55,000 miles (plus a $50 statement credit) for people who have not had the bonus in the last 24 months and do not currently have the card. That is a 66% increase over the regular offer so it is something to excited about! But, even with the attention on it, many people still might forget about one of the perks of holding a United MileagePlus card. A Great Perk Of The United MileagePlus Cards I will say up front – this “perk” is one that I have always thought was an insane use of miles and one that should never be considered for the savvy traveler. However, finding myself in a couple of travel situations recently, I saw the tremendous value that is possible with this and how it can be wonderfully suited for some... ...

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