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Use Miles To Enter The LA Marathon Or 5K – No Money Needed

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Written by Charlie

Now, you can use miles to enter the LA Marathon – and at a really good redemption value as well! If you are not up the for marathon, try out the Big 5K!

Recently, I wrote about Flying Blue’s program for runners and the possibilities there. From time to time, they add some marathons/running events that you can use your miles to enter and not have to pay the entry fee with cash. Well, they have recently added the great LA Marathon! Here is how to use miles to enter the LA Marathon and to do so without spending cash.

Use Miles To Enter The LA Marathon Or 5K

enter the LA Marathon

Use Flying Blue miles to enter the LA Marathon!

This very popular running event takes place in just a few weeks, February 14 for the marathon and February 13 for the 5K. To make it even better, the US Olympic Marathon Trials will be taking place right there as well on February 13! If I was in a position to go, I would definitely make this year’s LA Marathon because of the race and the Olympic Trials.

Value Of Redemption

While it may not normally be the best cent per mile value to redeem for race entries, this one is actually a pretty good redemption. The fee right now to enter the LA Marathon is $200! If you choose to use miles, it will only take 15,000 – giving you a value of 1.3 cents per mile! That is a good non-flight redemption with these miles, to be sure!

Here are the details:

  • LA Marathon – February 14
  • LA 5K – February 13
  • Miles to enter the LA Marathon – 15,000 Flying Blue miles
  • Miles to enter the LA 5K – 5,000 miles (regular cost is $40)
  • Link to purchase entry with miles

Getting The Miles

As I mentioned, Flying Blue is a transfer partner of American Express and their Membership Rewards program. While they have had transfer bonuses in the past, the normal rate is 1:1 for transfer.

You could also transfer from SPG Starpoints at a 1:1 with a 5,000 mile bonus when transferring 20,000 points. Also, you could credit flights on Skyteam airlines to Flying Blue.

Attending the LA Marathon Weekend

Air France, as an official sponsor of the marathon, will have a booth at the expo. If you are an aviation geek, make sure you stop by there as they will have their new business class cabin there and also a chance to win entry and airfare for the Paris Marathon, April 3. To read more, check here.

Check out this previous post for a detailed write-up on where you can stay and how you can view the US Olympic Trials Marathon as well.

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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.