I confess. I’m a travel bug. I’m a marathon bug. I want to travel everywhere. I want to run everywhere.
I’ve never been to Singapore, but it fits in the category of “I’ve never been there but would love to visit someday,” along with about a zillion other places. So, this morning I learned from a friend on a list-serve (hat tip to Michael Dunn) that there are flights on Delta from Newark (EWR) to Singapore (SIN) for around $700. The airfare to Singapore is generally much, much higher – at least $1,500!!
Back to the flight. As is often the case when I learn of a good airfare, I google and see if and when there’s a marathon at that destination. This explains how I ran the Panama City marathon in 2010, and the Barcelona marathon in 2011. I found a good fare, found the marathon, discovered the good fare was available for the marathon, and the rest is history. Such amazing experiences.
|Yup, that’s me in Old Panama City|
The Singapore Marathon will take place on December 2, 2012. Unfortunately, I’m already committed to run another marathon that weekend (the St. Jude Memphis Marathon), but I decided to do a search on Kayak to see if the cheap airfares were available that weekend. Sure enough, there is a flight available for $717:
Tokyo, Japan – Narita (NRT)”>2 stops (MSP…)
Minneapolis, MN – Minneapolis St Paul (MSP)”>2 stops (NRT…)
Incidentally, there is another marathon in Singapore called the Sundown Marathon on May 26, 2012. Sundown event also includes a 10K and a Half Marathon. I have another commitment that weekend (Memorial Day weekend) as well, but, if you are interested in running in Singapore, this is another option to explore.
On Delta (and all other airlines as well) any reservation – even a non-refundable reservation, can be canceled without penalty if canceled by midnight of the following day. So, if you might be interested in visiting Singapore, book it and think about it, because this airfare may not be there tomorrow. Cancel it by midnight tomorrow night if you decide against it (the full amount will go right back on your charge card).
As I mentioned above, I am not going to run either of the 2012 Singapore marathons, but I still want to go to Singapore on this incredible airfare. There are plenty of dates available for travel throughout the year – go to a website where you can do “flexible” searches to find the sale fares. I booked a trip for mid-November. You do know what that means, don’t you? It means I’ll have a whole 8 months to obsess about planning the trip!
One more thing – for those interested in attaining elite medallion status, this trip will earn you over 20,000 miles. That’s almost enough for a free domestic trip, and, if you fly 25,000 miles in any year on Delta, you will attain Silver Medallion status. Its their lowest level, but there are still many benefits.