What To Look For And How To Track The London Marathon Tomorrow

Tomorrow is one of the iconic races in the marathon community – the London Marathon. More people attempt world records in this marathon than any other, and not for just time. There are records of all kinds that are set as runners participate in costumes, go backwards, crawl – anything you can think of. It is also a large fundraising race with many participants toeing the line having raised funds for others. London Marathon Details The marathon starts early for those in the US – it will begin in four separate stages for the various categories of participants: Elite wheelchair participants – 9:00am (4am on the East Coast) Paralympic athletes – 9:05am (4:05am on the East Coast) Elite woman – 9:20am (4:20am on the East Coast) Elite men and all runners – 10:10am (5:10am on the East Coast) Though the hour is early for US-based watchers, if you have friends or family running, you will likely want to track them during the race. Tracking Runners In the London Marathon There... ...

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Why I Chose The Cities And Routes For My Round The World Trip

Last week, I wrote about the major event I am doing later this year - running 6 marathon distances on 6 continents in 4 1/2 days. It is a pretty ambitious schedule and I wanted to show some of the reasons why I chose the cities I did for this trip. Why I Chose The Cities And Routes For My Around The World Trip Planning an around the world trip can be quite a logistics ordeal. It takes a knowledge of where you want to go, what airlines serve those destinations, deciding on how long you want to stay, and checking award availability. It can become an even bigger logistics ordeal when it involves a specific schedule like this. Precisely, I wanted to finish this event as soon as possible so it meant booking routes to cities to facilitate that tight schedule. My Checklist Airline Hubs This was important for a couple of reasons – one is that it allowed me to take single flights to reach these cities versus... ...

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The Credit Card Guide To Annual Free Nights

Annual Free Nights With Credit Cards To show you which cards offer what, here is an overview of the annual free nights with credit cards that you may or not know about. These free nights can include some very good hotels for the simple cost of paying the annual fee for the card. The hotel cards I have kept and paid the annual fee for I have done so because of the nice annual free night. I have found that my uses of those free nights are a great value at the cost of the annual fee. Please Note: I have added each Club Carlson card twice to reflect the new free night certificate that comes as the result of the spending of $10,000 on the card. That free night is in addition to the points that one receives as part of the anniversary bonus. The most unfortunate thing about that list is that 4 of those 7 cards are issued by Chase. Because Chase has so many great cards, not everyone... ...

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Calling Yourself An “Airline Hacker” May Get You In Trouble

The word “hacker” has long been used by many people in our hobby to describe the ways that award systems are used to advantage the end-user, the traveler. Some people call themselves “travel hackers” or “award hackers” or even hackers of airfare or airlines. What Is A “Hacker?” The problem is the actual definition of the word really does not accurately describe what we do as the description of the word speaks of these people: a person who is inexperienced or unskilled at a particular activity, an expert at programming and solving problems with a computer, or person who illegally gains access to and sometimes tampers with information in a computer system. So while we all know what someone is talking about when they say they are a “travel hacker” I do not think anyone would want to use that word in the definition of one who is inexperienced or unskilled. Also, we do not illegally gain access to airline/travel/hotel computers for any reason. FBI Takes The Hacker Part Seriously The word “hacker”... ...

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Get A Free Phone (Up To $650) With The Citi AT&T Access More Card

When it comes to sign-up bonuses for credit cards, I am selective in my picks (concerning the value of the bonus). When a cashier at any particular store tries to get me to sign-up for a credit card for that store, I am always amused when I hear the bonus. I have had such “offers” as a free $20 gift card for signing up, free 6-pack of Coke, a $25 credit, etc. In the miles and points game, we know that such an offer is not nearly enough to get us to sacrifice a hard credit pull for. As such, many of us stick to the big travel bonuses. But, I sometimes like to see a credit card bonus that offers a great bonus without having travel ramifications. The reason is this – the Chase Ink Plus gives a 50,000 point bonus that is worth a straight $500 cash or worth much more in travel redemptions. So, it is a no-brainer – do not use such a card for the cash. But,... ...

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Save 15% On Hyatt Hotels In Hawaii Through 2015

Earlier this year, Hyatt decided to not continue their My Elite Rate, a rate that gave a 20% discount on many hotels. For several customers, that was not the biggest of losses because they still used rate discounts like AAA which was good across the Hyatt brands. Save 15% On Hyatt Hotels In Hawaii Now, Hyatt is running a sale with what they call My Hyatt Rate and it is for a 15% discount on Hyatt hotels in Hawaii through the end of the year. The following hotels have the sale prices of 15% off the regular rate: Andaz Maui at Wailea Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach Hyatt Regency Maui Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa To book this special rate, you must book your reservation before June 30, 2015 for stays before December 31, 2015. To qualify for this rate, you must simple have a Hyatt Gold Passport account, an elite account is not required. You can book your reservation directly through Hyatt’s website... ...

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Google Launching Low Cost Cell Service With International Data Included – As Little As $30 Per Month

Cellular service has turned us very dependent on carrying the web in our pockets (and even on our wrists). That dependency can translate to convenience until the data is inaccessible or cost prohibitive. That is often the case for international travelers who face high roaming costs if using their US carriers (unless you are a T-Mobile customer and on a plan of $50 or more per month – free international data). It was only a matter of time before Google brought their weight into the cell service arena and they did it without having to build a single wireless tower. For US service, the new Google phone service, called Project Fi, will use Sprint and T-Mobile for phone service. In fact, it will automatically switch between carrier towers depending on the strength of the provider. The New Google Phone Service Signing up To sign-up, you will need to request an invite. These invites are only issued to gmail users, not users that have their own domain with a Google Apps... ...

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IHG’s Share Forever Promo And A Cheaper Way To Get The Points

IHG has launched their summer promo and it comes with a friendly twist – the ability to share some of the points with others. As other IHG promos, there are different tasks/goals that must be completed and they are given to account members with seemingly no real rhyme or reason. This time, however, the goals are tied to the number of nights that you must stay at IHG hotels instead of a mix of stays, brands, weekends, app bookings, etc. The awarded points are pretty lucrative, but it will take some work. IHG’s Share Forever Promo Share Forever Promo Details - IHG Share Forever Registration Link The registration for this promo is now open but actually does not begin for stay purposes until May 1. The valid dates of this promotion are from May 1 – September 7, 2015. All stays for this bonus must occur during those dates. This promotion requires you to stay a varied amount of nights to unlock the first bonus and then awards points for a varied number... ...

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Great Deal: Garmin 910XT For $121 At Best Buy Canada

This is a great sale, but it will likely only benefit our friends in Canada. It is available online (on the Canadian Best Buy site), today only, for $121 (USD) after the exchange from the $150 CAD price. That is a killer deal on this fantastic watch! - Best Buy Garmin 910XT Link It is not available to ship and only available in-stores at this point. There is a lot of availability at the various stores I looked at so if you have a friend/family member in Canada you could have them pick it up for you. If you live in Canada, finally you get a deal that is much better than US deals! This watch is a steal at $200 so to be able to get it at this price is a great deal! HT: Slickdeals ...

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