TSA Goes Organic, Discover Bonuses And Blog Changes

Hmm, let’s see, what’s new this week? A few credit cards, a few bonus and some fun stuff. Let’s do a little of each.

The TSA Wants Your Lunch


Prepare to remove these, at least until Amazon buys the TSA. Prime members will get a fast-pass. Photo Credit: Creative Commons.

Oh, good. In case security lines weren’t long enough. In the past, I’ve mentioned several of the items that the TSA is forcing passengers to remove from their bags for separate screening. One of those items was food. Sadly, it appears that the agency is moving ahead with a plan to force passengers to separate food from the rest of their carry-ons, with tests starting in Boston, Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles. I assume that it has something to do with an inability to screen organic material, although it’s just as likely that somebody posted it on the break room suggestion wall. Provenance of security ideas has never been a particular issue for the agency.

On the plus side, I do look forward to the first time some kid posts a YouTube video of a TSO wrestling a tomato to the ground.

Rack Up Discover Cash At Amazon


If you don’t have a Discover Card already, you’re costing yourself at least $300 per year. Every calendar quarter, Discover gives you a category in which it pays you back 5% on up to $1,500 in spending. The third quarter was restaurants. The fourth quarter will be all spending at Amazon and Target. With the holidays coming up and the return of back to school, when you run to the store because you bought the red three-ring binder instead of the purple one, you’ll surely spend $1,500 at those locations over three months. Okay, maybe not, but 5% back is unbeatable. And there’s no reason that you can’t stack this promo with JetBlue.

Discover already has the best customer service, a strong rewards program and a great cash back shopping site. The 5% is simply gravy.

And Some Sad News…

Sadly, you won’t be able to get that credit card from my site, as my relationship with my credit card vendor has ended. We broke up on a tough note but will try and remain friends. Thus, I’ve eliminated the “credit cards for charity” section of the blog (although I will continue to support Cradles to Crayons personally and encourage you to do the same). Any links going forward will be directly to the bank or travel provider’s page.


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