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 Travel Credit Cards for November 2019

November 8, 2019

You travel regularly and use your credit card to pay for a big chunk of […]

Best Rewards Credit Cards for November 2019

November 8, 2019

Whether you spend a large amount on groceries each month, have a long daily commute […]

Best No Annual Fee Travel Credit Cards for November 2019

November 6, 2019

For those who travel regularly, it only makes sense to have a credit card that […]

Best Grocery Credit Cards for November 2019

November 6, 2019

If you have a large family to feed or simply prefer cooking at home rather […]

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Best Airline Credit Cards for November 2019

November 6, 2019

Best airline credit cards Best overall AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® Best for Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card Best for Delta […]

Best Business Travel Credit Cards for November 2019

November 1, 2019

As your business grows, it may be time to do a review of the credit […]

Credit Cards That Offer Airline Fee Credits – November 2019

November 1, 2019

Are you tired of paying airline fees for doing just about anything but breathe? American […]

Credit Cards That Offer Entertainment Perks – November 2019

November 1, 2019

When looking at credit card features and perks, you may want one that gets you […]

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How to Use the Delta Companion Certificate

May 20, 2019

The information related to the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express has been collected by CompareCards and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card prior to publication. Terms apply to American Express credit card offers. See americanexpress.com for more information. A great perk that comes with the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express is […]

Best Ways to Redeem British Airways Avios

May 17, 2019

If you fly British Airways frequently, are a member of its Executive Club loyalty program or have a credit card that lets you transfer points into BA’s Avios currency, you want to know the best ways to get the maximum value from your rewards. Because BA is a member of the oneworld airline alliance, Executive […]

Best Ways to Redeem Emirates Skywards Miles

May 17, 2019

Emirates is an award-winning airline based in Dubai that operates the Skywards Miles loyalty program. It’s known for offering the ultimate in luxury service in business and first class, making it popular among global travelers. Despite not belonging to a global airline alliance, you can still travel the world on Emirates by redeeming miles on […]

Best Ways to Use Alaska Mileage Plan Miles

May 13, 2019

The Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™ is one of the best loyalty award programs in the business, thanks to great redemption rates, stopovers on one-way awards and reasonable routing rules. J.D. Power & Associates’ 2018 Airline Loyalty Program Satisfaction Study rated Alaska’s Mileage Plan third-highest in overall member satisfaction, with only Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards and […]

Best Ways to Redeem Your Delta SkyMiles

May 13, 2019

The information related to the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express, the Delta Reserve® for Business Credit Card from American Express, and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express has been collected by CompareCards and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card prior to publication.  Terms apply to American Express credit card offers. See americanexpress.com for more information. Those new to Delta Air Lines’ SkyMiles® loyalty program or who don’t […]

How to Read United Expert Mode Fare Codes

May 10, 2019

United Airlines’ Expert Mode gives experienced travelers access to a detailed view of fare class inventory at United.com that’s typically only seen by reservation agents. The cryptic combinations of letters and numbers are incredibly useful for determining which flights have space for upgrades, where award space is hiding, and whether you have a decent shot […]

How to Use Credit Card Points for Etihad, Qatar and Emirates Flights

May 3, 2019

Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Emirates — the big three Middle East carriers — have become airlines of choice around the globe, thanks to their superior in-flight experience in all three classes. If you’re traveling to the Middle East, India, Asia, Africa or even some parts of Europe, many times these airlines offer the most […]

The Best Ways to Redeem Points with IHG Rewards

May 2, 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 […]

Is Delta Silver Medallion Elite Status Worth Earning?

April 26, 2019

There was a time when having silver elite status on an airline’s loyalty program meant something. But in 2014, Delta Air Lines became the first U.S. carrier to have its loyalty program, SkyMiles®, go from members earning status based strictly on number of miles flown to a formula based on miles flown, segments flown and […]

What Are the Carry-On Pet Policies for Top U.S. Airlines?

April 24, 2019

In January 2018, United Airlines refused to allow a passenger to bring a peacock on board a flight departing from Newark-Liberty International Airport as an emotional support animal. This, along with a series of other aircraft pet incidents — including the alleged mauling of a child by a pit bull on an Alaska Airlines flight […]