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Benét joined the team in February 2018 as associate editor. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Aviation Queen LLC, a freelance writing business. She has written extensively about the airline/airports and travel industries for more than 25 years. She has a journalism degree from American University in Washington, D.C.

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Best Ways to Redeem Your Delta SkyMiles

January 30, 2020

Those new to Delta Air Lines’ SkyMiles® loyalty program or who don’t spend much time earning and redeeming miles in the program may want to take a look at what it offers. The SkyMiles program is pretty robust, giving you myriad ways to redeem your miles, including via Delta’s membership in the SkyTeam airline alliance […]

Southwest Rapid Rewards Guide: Great Ways to Use and Earn Points

January 2, 2020

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® loyalty program points are among the easiest to earn and redeem when compared to other carriers. Points are earned based on the price of the ticket and those with elite status earn bonus points. Under the airline’s Transfarency program, travelers don’t have to worry about paying fees for up to two […]

How Quickly Do Credit Card Issuers Post Bonus/Welcome Offer Points to Your Account?

December 11, 2019

A credit card issuer announces a lucrative sign-up bonus or welcome offer that’s tempting enough for you to apply. But once you get it and do the required spending to qualify for that bonus, exactly how long do you have to wait before those points show up in your account? The short answer is that […]

10 Credit Cards That Cover Global Entry, TSA Precheck Fees

December 11, 2019

Savvy travelers know that expedited screening programs Global Entry and TSA Precheck help improve the passenger experience on the ground, thanks to separate security lines that require less scrutiny. If you have the right credit card in your wallet, those programs’ enrollment fees can be covered. Global Entry program members can skip long Customs and […]

The Best Ways to Redeem Points with IHG Rewards

December 11, 2019

The IHG® Rewards Club loyalty program gives travelers access to 13 brands at more than 5,600 hotels around the world. While it isn’t among the best when it comes to high-value, luxury redemptions, it does offer some good options in the low- to mid-tier hotel range. The club offers flexibility when it comes to redeeming […]

Chase Ultimate Rewards Program Guide: Why You Should Be Excited

August 26, 2019

If you have a Chase-branded credit card in your wallet, one of the big perks is access to Chase Ultimate Rewards®. The program allows cardmembers to use the points they earn for travel, including plane tickets, and hotel rooms, as well as for gift cards, merchandise, special experiences and even paying down your card or […]

Best Ways to Redeem Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles

July 29, 2019

London-based Virgin Atlantic, known for its cheeky yet fun branding in air travel, operates the Flying Club loyalty program for its best passengers. Delta Air Lines holds a 49 percent stake in the airline, while Air France-KLM owns 31 percent. That partnership means that travelers have more options when it comes to earning and redeeming […]

Marriott Bonvoy Cheat Sheet: Get the Most Out of Your Points

May 30, 2019

Marriott unveiled its new Marriott Bonvoy™ hotel loyalty program in January 2019 with major changes. Bonvoy replaced Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®®. Changes in the merged program now give members access to more than 7,000 properties in 30 hotel brands located in 130 countries and territories. There are now plenty of […]

ANA Mileage Club cheat sheet for using your miles

May 24, 2019

ANA Mileage Club, associated with Tokyo-based All Nippon Airways (ANA), is one of the most powerful airline loyalty programs available for international awards since it offers good award prices, a mix of Star Alliance and other redemption partners and a stopover policy that lets you piece together exciting trips. This guide will help you take […]

7 of the Best Marriott Rewards Caribbean Hotel Deals for Your Points

May 23, 2019

When it’s time to redeem your Marriott Bonvoy™ points for hotel room nights, you want to get as much value as possible. That can mean different things to different people, depending on their travel goals. If your goal is a nice Caribbean vacation, for example, we’ve found our favorite Marriott Bonvoy points redemption options based on […]