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Travel + Leisure’s Costa Alegre Cover Story Is Everything That’s Wrong With Travel Writing

If you know me, you probably know that the area of Mexico’s western coast roughly between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo — know as the Costa Alegre — is one of my favorite places in the world. If you don’t know me or didn’t know that, well, now you do.

So when Maria recently got me a subscription to Travel+Leisure magazine as part of a school fundraiser for our niece,  you can imagine my excitement when the first issue arrived in the mailbox sporting a cover story devoted to the region.

But the article, titled “Mexico’s New Costa Alegre Hideaways,” is a new standard-bearer for all that is — or, I suppose, all that can be — wrong with travel writing. Continue reading

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Target Credit Card Breach Suspects Arrested Near Texas Border, Local Police Claim

The Associated Press is reporting that two suspects in the Target credit card breach case may have been arrested in Mexico near the Texas border, according to local police in McAllen, Texas. Continue reading

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Amex Offers $25 Amazon Refund On $75 Purchase

The fine folks over at Million Miles Secrets brought our attention to a deal yesterday that blows the Small Business Saturday $10 statement credit out of the water (though we truly did enjoy the nearly free pizza we had on Saturday!)

Now through the end of the year, American Express cardmembers can earn a $25 statement credit (read: refund) just by spending $75 or more on Amazon.com. Considering Amazon essentially sells everything, it shouldn’t be hard to figure out a way to funnel some holiday spend Amazon’s way and effectively get a third off your purchase.

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A screen grab from the official Amex signup page. Be sure to register your card(s) AND make your purchases before Dec. 31, 2013!

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Get 1,750 Southwest Airlines Miles for Valentine’s Day Flowers at 1-800-FLOWERS

We reported earlier today that you can earn 30X American Airlines miles for every dollar spent at FTD for Valentine’s flowers, gifts, candies, etc. But if AAdvantage miles aren’t your thing, here’s another deal that’s almost as good. You can earn 1,750 Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards miles for any order with 1-800-FLOWERS that’s $29.99 or more.

Million Mile Secrets, a very trusted name in the miles game, values 1,750 Rapid Rewards miles at about $29, so you’re clearly looking at a great discount!

Earn 1,750 Southwest Rapid Rewards miles when you buy flowers with 1-800-FLOWERS!
Earn 1,750 Southwest Rapid Rewards miles when you buy flowers with 1-800-FLOWERS!

Here are the details from the Southwest Airlines announcement:

Don’t forget Valentine’s Day is this Friday! Send your loved ones a Valentine’s “Wow!” with flowers, gifts, and sweet treats from 1-800-Flowers.com®’s Family of Brands. Choose from a beautiful selection of arrangements and gifts and earn 1,750 points on each order of $29.99 or more*.

Shop now or call 1-800-Flowers (1-800-356-9377). Make sure to mention the promotion code RR46 and provide your Rapid Rewards® account number.

* Prices and discounts are exclusive of applicable service and shipping charges and taxes.

Happy Valentine’s and Happy Miles Earning from Points of the Matter!

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