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Chase Sapphire Preferred Retention Offer, Ryanair Is Flying To Israel, Sports Minister Misses Ceremony Flying To The Wrong City, And More

The following are some posts and stories that I have had in my feed and found to be interesting. I hope you do as well!

Solar Powered Airplane Flying Around The World

This is an incredible flight exploration that I have been following along and definitely worth looking at. Sure, it is not going to be something for passengers tomorrow but innovation is always needed and something like this is just fun to follow. Can you imagine being in an airplane without being able to stand up for almost 5 days (the length of the flight from Japan to Hawaii)!

Ryanair Landing In Israel

Ryanair has just announced that they are joining the company of other low cost carriers in servicing Israel. They will be doing it from three European cities – Kaunas, Lithuania (the country I get my last name from!), Krakow, Poland, and Budapest, Hungary. The cost of tickets will be from €29 for a one way flight. Keeping with Ryanair’s smaller airport theme, they will not be flying into Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport but rather to Ovda Airport, about 40 miles north of the resort city of Eilat (which is located at the bottom tip of the country). This will be a nice way to bring vacationers to Israel while also giving people a nice way to leave from Israel (without having to go through the much larger, busier Ben Gurion Airport).

Getting A Retention Bonus On The Chase Sapphire Preferred

It is always nice to get news on retention offers! I have been shot down every time I tried to get some offer on the Sapphire Preferred because they said they just don’t do that. I haven’t tried this year, mostly because the card offers value to me so I do not plan on giving it up (the primary rental insurance is a great benefit). Perhaps with the disappearance of the 7% dividend they are finally moving a bit? Anyway, check out Dustin’s report on this (at Waller’s Wallet) for the details and maybe try it next time your card comes up for renewal!

Sports Minister Flies To Wrong City For Sports Ceremony

This happens many times to cities that sound the same (and this article gives some examples of this) but this was a bit of a mistake to be sure! The sports minister for Jersey (UK) was going to Bucharest for a special ceremony to take the handoff of the flag for the World Dance Cup – except he actually flew to Budapest, Hungary. A couple of things in the story were interesting to me – one, that the cost of the ticket (or maybe both tickets?) was about $1,550! and the other was the minister’s remark about landing in Budapest – “the last thing I needed was a day trip to Budapest after a long week supporting the Island Games.” I am sure Budapest felt good about that! 🙂

The Apple Watch As A Fitness Device (as written by a runner)

This last one is one that had been in my feed for a while. I felt it was a good writeup and was glad to see the Apple Watch reviewed by a runner. I am glad I have my Garmin Fenix 3 and that it handles running beautifully – as well as giving me smart notifications and limited apps. Oh, and an amazing battery! 🙂

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.