Target Credit Card Breach Suspects

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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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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No-Fee American Express Gift Cards Available Now

American Express is currently offering gift cards with no fees for the holidays. Typically, Amex gift cards can cost between $3.95 and $6.95 per card, so the offer is particularly good for those of us who want to buy gift card in lower denominations (thus raising the effective percentage fee) and for those of us who are just generally terrible at buying actual gifts for friends and family.

But perhaps the best part of these no-fee gift cards is that they can be used to meet the minimum spending requirements for a credit card sign-up bonus, meet spending thresholds, or just keep earning points on your rewards or airline miles cards. You can use any credit card to purchase the gift cards, which can be valued at $20 all the way up to $3,000.

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Discover it: 18 Months No Interest & 5% Cash Back Make For A Great Offer

You’ve probably seen the commercials by now promoting “real person” customer service, which is the real deal and a great feature of the Discover it credit card. But here’s the best part of the Discover it: 18 months no interest on balance transfers, 6 months no interest on purchases, and 5 percent cash back in rotating quarterly categories. Getting any sort of rewards back on a no-fee card is always great, and coupling this with the 18 month no interest balance transfer period makes this a great card for carrying a balance.

However, there are a few different offers out there for the Discover it card, all of which have slightly different terms. These differing terms are important depending on how you intend to use the card.  Continue reading

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