A Great Reason To Keep Your SPG Card

With the upcoming changes to the American Express consumer cards on May 1 being tossed around, many consumers may find that some of the cards have lost their value since they can no longer sign-up again for the bonus down the road. While there may be a possibility that American Express may continue to offer some customers a reduced sign-up bonus, we do not know that for sure yet. While I do find the American Express SPG card to be one of the most valuable when it comes to point currencies, there may be many cardholders who got the card for the bonus and have since found other cards to put their spend on. If that is you, don’t cancel your SPG card yet! One of the great reasons to keep your SPG card is to take advantage of the referral offers. That’s right, you can refer friends and family for the card and, if they are approved, you will receive 5,000 Starpoints for it. That is worth at least $90... ...

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Two Months Late – No Match For Me!

Back in February, Etihad Airways was running a promotion where they would match you to their Gold status if you sent them a copy and statement from another airline with which you had Gold or higher. I read about this on Loyalty Lobby and did it right away. Good thing, too, because they changed the terms within a couple of days to state that it was for UAE residents only. No Match For Me! To be honest, I had forgotten I had requested the match – until I received an e-mail from them today. Apparently, I am not good enough for them. Actually, not sure why they denied my request as they approved others. I have a feeling that it may be because I am not a UAE resident, but I applied when that was not a requirement. I guess I could go ahead and write back to ask why, but I really don’t care. I thought I might be using them more and it made sense, but plans have... ...

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Why Can’t Airlines Understand Same Names?

This is pretty much a rant, so you can just pass over it if you want. When you purchase an airline ticket (or redeem for an award), you have to put down your name as it appears on your government ID, your birthdate, and your gender. With those three bits of information, unless you have a twin and you both have the same exact name, it is easy to differentiate individuals. So, since airline systems require that information, why can their own systems not process that a family may have a SR and JR (or, in my case, a III and a IV), especially when I put down the suffix as well? Traveling with the same name (sr, jr, iii, iv, and v) This happened before when traveling with my father (the JR). The airline would not allow us to be on the same reservation because we had the same name. They said that we needed to insert some other character in one of our names to allow the system... ...

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Best Marathons To Qualify For Boston

In order to give more information on races of many distances, I am having different races on different days of the week. Monday will be Marathon Monday. I will certainly cover marathons on other days of the week as well, but you can always count on finding out some information about marathons on Monday. Marathon Monday: Best Marathons To Qualify For Boston With the 2014 Boston Marathon underway, there are many runners who are watching it or following it and already thinking of the day that they can toe the line in Boston as well. Part of being able to achieve the qualifying time necessary is training, part of it is weather, part of it is good race strategy – and part of it can be the course that you choose for your qualifying race as well. To some, it may sound like qualifying the easy way by choosing a fast course. But, a marathon time is a marathon time. The only time that a marathon time cannot be counted for something... ...

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Sunday Summary

Welcome back to our Sunday Summary Series where we review the stories that were covered throughout the week. Sunday Summary Boston Marathon Week: Last Minute Hotel Award Availability This is it – the week that tens of thousands of runners have waited for, some for many years. The Boston Marathon is in one week! People from all over the world will be descending on Boston for this great race and to support those who run it. With such a huge event, it is to be expected that most travel venues are full or way overpriced. I would hope that all of you have your travel arrangements secured by now, but in the event that some do not, I have put this list together of last minute hotel award availability. This list is not just for those of you who may not have booked travel yet. It can also be helpful to any of you who may currently have a hotel in a place that is not optimally located and this list may... ...

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Stay Connected With The Boston Marathon

Tomorrow is the highly anticipated Boston Marathon! I have several friends who are running it as well as some readers. I really wish I could have been there – if not to run, to volunteer or watch. However, since I am not in town, I am going to watch it. There are a few different ways that you can stay connected with the Boston Marathon. Stay Connected With The Boston Marathon Schedule of events: 8:50 a.m.: Mobility Impaired start 9:17 a.m.: Push Rim Wheelchair Division start 9:22 a.m.: Handcycle Participants start 9:32 a.m.: Elite Women’s start 10:00 a.m.: Elite Men’s start and First Wave 10:25 a.m.: Second Wave 11:00 a.m.: Third Wave 11:25 a.m. Fourth Wave The break time between Wave 1 and 2 is 3:12:52. The break time between Wave 2 and 3 is 3:33:34. Watching the Boston Marathon If you are local, you can watch the marathon on WBZ-TV (Channel 4). Their schedule calls for all day coverage of the race 7AM – 4PM. There will be a... ...

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Luxury At Home Or Away?

Disclaimer: None of the links in this post pay me a commission. Thanks to miles and points, many of us can enjoy a certain amount of luxury in our choice of hotels that we otherwise never would be able to. I realize that not ever high-end hotel would be considered a luxury hotel, but for the purpose of this post, will consider the top tier hotels to be “luxury” hotels. Free nights by way of sign-up bonuses, spending, or anniversary bonuses are a really nice thing to have. There is one problem that can stem from those free nights however – where and how to use them! Luxury at Home or Away? Ok, you have signed up for the Chase Hyatt credit card (one of the best hotel credit cards available) and you have your two free nights at any Hyatt hotel. Where do you use them? If you are fortunate enough to have a top-tier Hyatt in your city, then the choice might be a little easier – or... ...

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Two Things That Bother Me On The Long Run

For those who may not be familiar, a long run is the run in training of a distance of 16 or 17 miles and more. Typical long runs (for marathon training) are distances between 18-21 miles. It is one of the runs that runners tend to dread or love. Long runs can be monotonous and lonely but can also be a great time to just check-out and get some quiet. I normally like the time of a long run and love when I have a good long run. It always makes the run more enjoyable when I remember to go at the proper pace (which is, on the average, 45 – 90 seconds slower than marathon pace) since it does what it is supposed to and I have enough energy left for runs in the next couple of days. However, there are two things that bother me on the long run. Runners Ahead I am competitive by nature and when I see another runner ahead of me, it is close... ...

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5K Friday: Have You Done The Color Run?

If you read about 5K races, you have undoubtedly seen advertisements or mentions of The Color Run. The Color Run says that it is “the happiest 5K on the planet” and continues to expand throughout the world. They currently are held in almost 100 cities around the world with another 25 coming soon. For a series that is only two years old, that is incredible. In fact, their first year saw over 600,000 participants! As popular as it is, it also has had a lot of controversy with it as well. With stories ranging from the photographer who accused them of using his work without permission (and received a settlement from it) to the way that various outlets view their charity work, there has been a lot of ink about a negative aspect to the event. Some of the people that have not positive things to say have their criticism rooted in the cost to run in it – $45 for an individual to run the 5K distance. Some of... ...

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