LAX Parking

LAX Thanksgiving Parking: Four Points Sheraton For The Win

Maria and I are headed to fabulous Atlanta to visit my family’s pig farm* for Thanksgiving and I — in perhaps one of my less enlightened moments — put us on a 6:30 a.m. flight out of LAX. True, we will get to the East Coast before dark, unlike most eastbound flights, but as someone known to throw punches when woken before 9 a.m., getting to the airport on time could present a problem. But if there’s one thing I love as much as sleeping until 10, it’s a night in a nice, clean hotel — and a deal.

So we set out on a mission to find said deal, perhaps redeem some points for a room, or at least earn as many points as we could in the booking process. Maria has the super slick Marriott Rewards Visa, so our first thought was to hit up the LAX-area Marriotts, as booking with that card earns us 5x Marriott Rewards points, which can be redeemed for future hotel stays, and allows us to be greeted, presumably, by singing clocks and tea cups as we waltz in with the card’s automatic Silver Elite status.

Our first find was the LAX Renaissance (part of the Marriott family), which at ~$137 out the door also offered a 5,000 point bonus just for booking the room for one night. Huzzah!

But wait. What about parking? Continue reading

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30 American Airlines Miles Per Dollar On FTD Valentine’s Flowers

American Airlines announced yesterday a special offer from FTD for AAdvantage frequent flyer members  which allows them to earn 30 AAdvantage miles for every dollar spent on Valentine’s Day flowers, toys and candies.

We value American miles at around two cents a piece, so that’s like getting 60 percent off your flowers. And don’t worry, we won’t tell your special someone that you got all those miles. It’ll be our little secret.

Buying the biggest version of this bouquet will get you 3,000 miles, which we value at around $60. Not too shabby at all.
Buying the biggest version of this bouquet will get you 3,000 miles, which we value at around $60. Not too shabby at all.

Citi® / AAdvantage® cardmembers also earn an additional 100 AAdvantage bonus miles from FTD with each transaction.

The offer is valid through Feb. 15, 2014, in case you’re one of those that likes to run a bit late.

If you’re not already an AAdvantage member, you can sign up here.

Link: Shop FTD and Earn American Airlines Miles

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Travel Leisure Mexico Costa Alegre

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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discover it: 18 months no interest on balance transfers

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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Amazon Prime Air: Drone Delivery Plan Revealed On ’60 Minutes’

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos revealed to “60 Minutes” on Sunday that his company’s R&D department is working on a new 30-minutes-or less delivery service that would employ the use of automated flying drones to deliver packages weighing up to 5 pounds, which Bezos said accounts for 86% of all purchases made on the site, according to The Huffington Post.

Bezos told Charlie Rose that his more “optimistic” estimate was that “Prime Air,” as the new service will be known, could be available to customers in the next 4 to 5 years. Unfortunately, that’s not soon enough to use in conjunction with the current American Express $25 statement credit offer, but we’re confident they’ll have something new lined up by then.

Watch the interview with Jeff Bezos below:

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