Articles & Advice from Benét Wilson

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 Jewelry Chain Financing Options

March 4, 2019

Financing an engagement ring may not seem like the wisest way to kick off a […]

Best Credit Union Credit Cards

November 20, 2018

If you’re looking for your first credit card or want to add another one to […]

Which Credit Cards Offer the Best Golf Perks?

November 5, 2018

Golf can be an expensive sport since you need to pay for things such as […]

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Earning Elite Status and Miles with Credit Cards

November 6, 2019

Airlines have revamped how travelers can earn frequent flyer status, going from a simple mileage-based system to a more complicated combination of miles traveled, segments flown and dollars spent on tickets. So what’s the landscape for elite airline requirements these days? Is it harder or easier than ever? Are miles worth more or less? In […]

Blue Delta SkyMiles vs. Gold Delta SkyMiles: Which Offers More Miles?

November 6, 2019

The Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express is the only $0 annual fee option that earns Delta miles with every purchase. But it comes with fewer benefits than the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, including key perks like priority boarding and free checked luggage. But which card is better for your wallet? Here’s the short answer: You can earn more miles from the Blue Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express […]

What Credit Card Should You Get?

October 21, 2019

More than 200 million Americans use credit cards, at a rate of 2.3 cards per consumer, according to a study by, another LendingTree-owned site. With so many credit cards available on the market, there’s a lot of confusion about which ones you should get and why. Your credit score, interest rates, rewards, payments and […]

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 […]

Apple Releases New Apple Card Details

August 22, 2019

The Apple Card is officially here. On Aug. 20, 2019, Apple announced that the much-talked-about card is now available to all US customers. Apple first announced its partnership with Goldman Sachs Bank USA on the card on March 25, 2019, coinciding with the debut of the company’s new video streaming service, Apple TV+. The Mastercard-branded card […]

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 […]

The 6 Best IHG Rewards Club Hotels in Southeast Asia for Your Points

May 24, 2019

Redeeming your hotel points for accommodations in Southeast Asia may not always be the best choice because the cash price to book rooms, at even luxury properties, can be quite affordable on their own. Even so, we managed to find some IHG® hotels in the region that are bargains when it comes to points redemptions. […]

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 […]