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Dubai Marathon
Written by Charlie

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

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Points Break Hotel List for Marathoners

IHG updated their Points Break hotel list last weekend and go into affect today. The Points Break list is the best deal in hotel awards. It allows you to receive a free night during the promotional period for 5,000 points (which is a good deal less than the normal cost). The list rotates every so often. This current list is good for hotel stays through March 31, 2014.

Dubai Marathon Race Report

This is my personal race report about the Dubai Marathon. Later this week/early next week I will post a detailed review about the marathon itself. I was really excited going into this race as I had a great training program, the training itself went well and it was a city that I had already ran in. Not only that, but the course was known to be very fast and was begging for a world record. That meant that the race committee and city organizers were going to do everything within their power to ensure that the course and race were ready and well-organized. I arrived in Dubai…

100K American Airlines Credit Card Offer

American Airlines is in the midst of their merger with US Airways. You can now book flights on both airlines with each other’s miles. American Airlines still has some of the best available premium awards (especially with the United and Delta devaluations). There are some great things that you can do with a bunch of AA miles. Thanks to an offer that is floating around now, you can get 100,000…

8 Races in Exotic Places

Active.com just put out their list of 8 races in exotic places. Their list is full of some spectacular destinations and give some places that we will break down over the next couple of weeks to show readers the best ways to get to these 8 races in exotic places! Many of these destination races offer a variety of distances so they may appeal to runners of all kinds.

Deal Alert: GPS Watches and GoPro Hero Cams 20% + Bonus Points

Here is an incredible deal available through L.L. Bean and for today only! The code below gives you 20% off many things, including the GPS watches they have in stock. I can confirm that the code works and brings some awesome devices down to great prices.

Miles to Soften the United Devaluation

As almost all frequent flyers know, February 1st marks the start of United Airlines new award chart that seriously hikes the cost (in miles) of premium award travel. With this date fast approaching, many are emptying their accounts to snag as many premium awards as possible. Part of the pain of the new award chart…

Aegean Gold Worth More Than Ever

Elite status has changed a bit just over the past couple of years. Most of the changes have not favored the traveler who is not a top-tier or big spender with their chosen airline. In addition, the miles accrued in the airline programs are now less valuable with what can be redeemed. As a result, many flyers have grown frustrated with frequent flyer programs and turned to just flying with the cheapest airfare instead of staying hooked to a particular program.

Dubai Fountains (VIDEO)

Dubai is quite simply an impressive city. The thought that continues to strike as I made my way throughout Dubai is just that its citizens go to great lengths to have the biggest, brightest, best, most expensive of everything in the world. They have the world’s tallest building, the world’s biggest mall (and second biggest), the world’s richest marathon, the world’s only 7-star hotel (self-appointed), the world’s biggest – basically, just fill in the blank. However, one of the things that overwhelmed me the most was the Dubai Fountains…

United Airlines Award Devaluation Postponed

February 1 is here – and United apparently has decided they are not as well prepared to handle the new award chart as they may have thought before. Instead of the new, huge mileage hikes kicking in today, they are now postponed until Monday (February 3). So, now you have…

Blog Giveaway: RoadID Gift Card

Here is another blog giveaway. This time, it is for one of the things I almost never run without – a RoadID product. referral link. I will get a small commission for items you purchase and that will help me to continue to have giveaways like this. Thanks for checking it out! To enter, leave a comment below that has something to do with safety while on the road…

Travel for the Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is now less than 80 days away! I know there are many of you who are running it and looking forward to it with great anticipation! Hopefully, your training is well under way and you are managing with the snow and cold. Travel for the Boston Marathon Hotels If you have not gotten your travel set yet, start working on that now! A quick look at some of the good point hotels showed that they are already full or without award availability.

MapMyRun App On Sale

There are a large number of fitness and running apps available for smartphones. One of the big ones is the MapMyRun app that combines GPS, tracking functions, and social connections among other things. For the next day or so, the Pro version of the app is on sale for $.99 down from $2.99.

It’s All About the Ground Game – Sort Of

There are a lot of people who have been feverishly booking premium . We have the United devaluation (that had been postponed until tomorrow) and a recent fare sale on Etihad Airways first class and business class travel (dead now, but details can be found here). Premium class travel is one of the reasons that people get into the miles and points game. It gives people the opportunity to travel…

FTU in Seattle – Group Run!

FTU stands for Frequent Traveler University and is a twice yearly event that takes place in different cities in the US. There are many great bloggers that will be presenting there and always has great posts about how wonderful it is to connect with individuals who are similarily interested in the world of miles and points. I have yet to be able to attend one…


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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.