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Sunday Summary

Sunday Summary
Written by Charlie

Welcome back to our Sunday Summary Series where we review the stories that were covered throughout the week.

Sunday Summary

Badwater 135 Ultramarathon

Last week was the start (and finish) of the 135 mile road race from the floor of Death Valley to the portals of Mt. Whitney. Run in the middle of July every year, it is undoubtedly one of the most difficult running events in the world. It is always quite an event! I had the privileged of pacing/crewing for a friend there one year and it definitely made me want to go back and run it myself – though I did not think that during the run!

My First Aegean Flight as Aegean Gold

Last month, I detailed how you can get Star Alliance Gold status by earning 19,000 miles on Aegean Airlines. Many people have done it but not many of the US flyers that hold Aegean Gold status actually use Aegean often. I was excited to test my experience with it after receiving Gold as this is my first non-US frequent flyer status that I have held and wanted to see how well it worked.

Marathon Maniac Monday – Asian Edition

On Monday, we headed to Asia for a double marathon trip. We looked at two great marathons within two weeks and how you can use your miles and points to get there. Great experiences for those who want to tackle an Asian Marathon double!

Tuesday Tools and Tips – Travel Apps

We looked at a variety of smartphone travel apps that are available for both iOS and Android systems. Having these apps at your fingertips can greatly improve your travel experience – before, during, and after!

Badwater 135 Results

This year’s Badwater ended with a rookie taking the top spot! In edition, an older runner who used to run the race years ago set a new record and had an amazing comeback! Check out the results!

My Marathon Challenge

I have been looking for some European marathons that I felt would be interesting to run and review and I found one – but it is less than 6 weeks away and my running has been almost non-existent! Follow me as I try to get ready for an amazing race and also get to this isolated country with as little money spent as possible.

United Infant Ticket Problems

My family recently took a trip to Europe and we had no end of problems with our infant’s ticket along the way. Some have told me they have had similar experiences. Read to find out what happened and what you can do to possibly prevent a similar incident. United did reach out to me after posting this and they are wanting to follow up with me about it. Hopefully they will be able to improve their system.

JetBlue Hot Seats Promo

JetBlue ran a promo last week where they took 90% off various routes if the temperature in Central Park hit 90 degrees. It did many times and JetBlue got overrun with customers hitting up the promo!

How to Get Hotel Mid-Tier Status – and Why You Want It

This is a comprehensive post on the major hotel chains that you achieve elite status with – without ever having to stay a night in the hotel first! This can come in very handy if you have a couple/few nights that you will be spending in a hotel, especially for a race. Read the list over and see how easy it is and what you can do to claim hotel elite status!

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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.