Another Great Deal: Garmin Forerunner 910XT For $239

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway that ends tonight! Enter at this post here. Right after I posted the previous deal, a reader alerted me to the fact that the same eBay seller has another great watch deal – the perfect multi-sport watch, the Garmin Forerunner 910XT for only $239! That watch normally costs $399 new (though it has been as low as $299 new – with an extra $50 off rebate), so a refurbished model for only $239 is fantastic!  eBay Link for Garmin Forerunner 910XT – $239 I had this watch for a while and absolutely loved it. It was comfortable to wear, very accurate, big screen to give you all the metrics you could want, and a battery that just kept giving. The only reason I upgraded to the Garmin Forerunner 620 is that it gave me some different metrics I wanted to try and had a new HR monitor that it implemented. Also, it enabled livetrack, which is a great way to let my wife keep an... ...

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Great Deal: Garmin Forerunner 310XT For $99!

If you have seen the deals on the Garmin Forerunner 310XT before, you know that this price is the lowest we have (possibly) ever seen. This is an incredible watch that is great for running, but is also meant for multi-sport athletes (biking and swimming). This watch is fantastic and to be able to get it at a price of $99 is great! Garmin Forerunner 310XT For $99 This watch is a manufacturer refurb and is available from a sports reseller on eBay. I have zero problem buying a Garmin-refurbished watch and at this price, you are getting a lot of watch for a little bit of money. The Garmin Forerunner 310XT is an excellent running watch. In fact, it is an excellent biking and swimming watch as well! It has incredible battery life (20+ hours) and is a favorite amongst triathletes, ultramarathoners, and runners of all sorts. This is the best deal that I remember seeing on this very popular watch. In fact, it is at the price point... ...

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Are You Taking Advantage Of All Your Benefits With The Chase Sapphire Preferred?

I, as well as all other Chase Sapphire Preferred customers, received an e-mail last week asking that very question – “Are you taking advantage of all your benefits, Charlie?” Taking Advantage of the Chase Sapphire Preferred The e-mail goes on to list the headline benefits which we are all familiar with by this time: 2X points on travel purchases 2X points on dining at restaurants 1 point per dollar on all other purchases After clicking through the e-mail, it then talks about all the different facets of the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Ultimate Rewards program – all of these things that any good points collector knows about! The Earning and Spending Side The funny part, to me, about this e-mail was that Chase used the e-mail to concentrate on the earning aspect of the Chase Sapphire Preferred. Of course, that involves spending which is the aspect of the card that Chase likes. Of course, the earning is good if you are using this for dining and travel with 2 points per dollar.... ...

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Sunday Summary

Welcome back to our Sunday Summary Series where we review the posts that were covered throughout the week. Don’t forget about the giveaway for the perfect travel and running accessory – enter here! All You Can Eat Pasta For 7 Weeks – $100 This week started with the absolute carb booster – all you can eat pasta for 49 days for only $100! It did not take long to sell out, but you can still find the passes on eBay. If not, no worries – the all you can eat pasta is available for only $10 a meal. Fly To Europe For Under $500 Roundtrip While we love to use miles to get places for almost free, there are times when we are better off buying tickets. This post has some options for travel to Europe for under $500! Badwater 135 In Jeopardy The Badwater 135 ultramarathon is one of the most iconic ultramarathons out there. Unfortunately, the park authorities have made some new rules that put the classic Badwater route at risk. Today... ...

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JetBlue Extends Their Schedule To Summer Of 2015 And Why That Is Good

JetBlue just announced that their schedule has been extended through June 17, 2015. Southwest and JetBlue do a different system of schedule extension than others as they roll it out by periods instead of having it be continually rolling open. So, now you can book your tickets on JetBlue through next summer. The reason why that is good is because the American Express transfer bonus of Membership Rewards to JetBlue’s True Blue program expires tomorrow. The current bonus gives an even 1:1 ratio instead of the usual 250 MR points to 200 True Blue points. It gives you a good value for domestic and international award redemption on JetBlue with a normal redemption rate of around 1.5 cents per point on JetBlue (though that can actually be even better as seen in this post). Your True Blue points do not expire, so you can transfer your Membership Reward points over to JetBlue and leave them there until you need them. So, with a schedule currently open through the next 9... ...

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Do Colors Matter THAT Much?

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for the perfect travel accessory! Southwest, as reported widely last week,  is the latest of the airline carriers to roll out a new branding of the colors that appear on their aircraft. American Airlines did that before with United and Delta happening before that. Do the colors of airlines really matter that much? Is it a subliminal thing for customers to be drawn to something that looks like a Crayola exhibit? (For the record – I like the colors!) Southwest is really making a big effort to connect on a deeper level with passengers by going so far as to use a heart to express their LUV (their word and stock symbol) for passengers. At least from the aspect of media exposure, it has seemed like it has been taken very favorably with stories still being written about the change and commercials still airing as prime spots. Of course, I would rather them use the money to drop their fares even more, but they... ...

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Giveaway: The Perfect Travel and Running Accessory

Time for another giveaway! I enjoy doing these as it allows for great feedback on different topics as well as giving me a chance to give away some of the gear I personally use and enjoy for all facets of travel and/or running. Today’s giveaway covers both areas very nicely and I use it for such. Giveaway Item Last year, I wrote about the SPIbelt – an accessory by runners for runners, but one that I have found to be very useful in travel as well. The SPIbelt is a spandex/lycra blend that allows for it to be very lightweight and expandeable to carry all of your essential gear with you without weighing you down or even feeling it bounce. I never go on a run without my SPIbelt and it has become a permanent part of my gear and travel bag. SPIbelt has actually grown to make many varities of their product to allow for wrist straps (for small items) all the way up to messenger bags (to wear... ...

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