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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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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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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.

American Express Amazon Statement Credit
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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Transfer Hotel Points To American Airlines Miles And Get A 25% Bonus

The AAdvantage program is running a promotion now through March 31, 2014 in which anyone who wishes to transfer hotel points to American Airlines miles will receive a 25 percent bonus on those miles. So if you’ve got enough Marriott or Hilton points to get 20,000 AAdvantage miles, you’ll end up getting 25,000 miles, which is enough for a round trip domestic flight.

This can be a great deal if you have some hotel points lying around that don’t add up to enough for a hotel stay and you’re also working on building your airline miles collection.

Maria has some 20,000 Marriott point left over from when she got the Marriott Rewards Visa Signature credit card. We used the first 30,000 for a stay at the Adagio hotel in San Francisco — a boutique hotel we can’t recommend highly enough — and I’m working on getting together enough American miles to get us to Europe and back in business class. So we’re planning to take advantage of this and transfer her points over to American and get 5,000 AAdvantage miles. That might not seem like a lot, but often the points that put you over the top toward something like an intercontinental business class ticket can be the most valuable miles you’ll ever earn!

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Here are the details, straight from American Airlines’ email this morning: Continue reading

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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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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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