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Written by Charlie

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

Sunday Summary

Guide To International Travel – Visas

Visas are given to travelers from different countries to allow entrance to another country. As an American passport holder, there are many countries for which you do not need a visa at all, others that you can receive a visa at the port of entry, while there are yet others that require a visa in your passport before travel to that country.  Since it so easy to enter the more popular destination countries, travelers get… Read more…

Great Deal: $20 Off Kindle E-Readers

I love my Kindle Paperwhite. It is light enough to carry anywhere and the battery lasts for a very long time. With the Kindle Paperwhite models, the built-in light helps for reading anyplace. These are especially helpful now that we can use electronics on the aircraft from gate-to-gate. Read more…

Working With Carry-Ons

As of March 1st, United Airlines has officially been stepping up their enforcement of carry-on policy. While different agents are meeting that enforcement in with varied degrees of seriousness, many travelers are heading to the airport now not knowing whether their “carry-on” bag will be allowed on the plane with them or if they are going to have to check it – at their expense.

The enforcement of carry-on size/weight is nothing new – the rest of the world, particularly Europe, has been fairly strict with carry-on luggage for a while. In fact, in Europe, you are only allowed one item to carry-on the plane (I still see people carrying a roller bag, laptop bag, and shopping bag, but there are times the one item is enforced). At least with United, you still get one carry-on item and one personal item.  Read more…

Did You Apply For One Of These Cards? If Not, No Rush!

Credit card bonuses come and go. Some of them go faster than others while others tend to linger around for quite awhile (the Barclay Arrival card is still listed as a Limited-time Offer even though it has been around for a year!).

There are some cards that you jump on when the bonus is good because it is doubtful as to when it will ever hit that point again – or ever. See citi executive aadvantage cardThen there are other cards that hit the high bonus mark almost on a dependable basis of every few months.  Read more…

Showing Your Child The World

I have three kids – aged 5 (girl), 4 (boy), and 2 (boy). I love taking them places. The problem is that I am not patient and can’t wait to show them some things that I know they would appreciate more when they are a bit older. For example, I wanted to take my boys to a Yankee game last year – good thing I finally realized that a 3 year old and 1 year old would not really enjoy it as much as I was thinking they would enjoy it. :)

One of the great things about miles and points is being able to take family to different…  Read more…

When Is 25,000 Miles To Fly Domestic A Good Deal?

Yesterday, Gary at view from the wing announced that Delta would be releasing their new award calendar today instead of the originally scheduled late 2014. There was a lot of speculation as to what the new award chart would look like and many people feared what it would mean to the miles that they had been saving up but not able to ticket with yet – for a trip that is in late 2015, for example. Delta had already done two devaluations in the last six months on the redemption side and one major devaluation on the earning side of the program. Would Delta deliver yet another blow to their Skymiles program?  Read more…

Have You Ever Missed Your Plane And Wished It Would Come Back For You?

How many times have we run up to the gate only to see the door closed and the plane slowly pulling away from the gate? It is a tough feeling to find that you missed your plane and need to make our next move for the next flight. I mean, airplanes have to operate on schedule right? We can’t just get them to come back for us and inconvenience everyone else on the plane, right? Actually, it turns out that you can have the plane come back to get you. And not just come back to the gate but actually fly back to the airport even when it is already en-route… Read more…

Earn 5,000 JetBlue Points For New Members

JetBlue is one of the original revenue-based award redemption programs. Basically, you will earn a fixed rate for every point you redeem. You can expect to get around 1.4-1.5 cents per point with awards starting at 5,000 points. Coincidentally, that is the amount of points that JetBlue is giving out to new members who register, book, and fly before April 30th! That is like getting about $70 in free airfare!   To earn these 5,000 points, you must sign-up for a new account before…  Read more…

Guide To International Travel – Global Entry

Thanks to miles and points, many people have traveled the world for what others pay to travel to a different state in the US. With them, many of us have gotten to enjoy learning and experiencing many countries and cultures. However, with all of those experiences, we sometimes forget that there are many aspects of international travel that can be confusing to people just starting out. Hopefully this multi-part Guide To International Travel will help to simplify things for…  Read more…

3 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Placing in Races

With the spring/summer racing season just around the corner, I thought it would be helpful to repost this as you prepare for your races. Good luck throughout the season! Many runners are competitive by nature. The great thing about running is that you get to constantly compete against the best competition – yourself. Running is a great way to push…  Read more…

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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.