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 Grocery Credit Cards for June 2019

June 3, 2019

Best grocery credit cards Best overall Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express Best for unlimited spending Discover it® Cash Back Best with no […]

Best Business Travel Credit Cards – June 2019

June 3, 2019

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

Credit Cards That Offer Airline Fee Credits – June 2019

June 3, 2019

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

Credit Cards That Offer Entertainment Perks – June 2019

June 3, 2019

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

Best Credit Cards for Sports Fanatics – June 2019

June 3, 2019

Sports are a huge part of American culture with die-hard fans rooting for teams ranging […]

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Best Travel Credit Cards for June 2019

June 3, 2019

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

Best Credit Cards With Premium Concierge Services – June 2019

June 3, 2019

Most major credit card issuers boast at least one premium-level card reserved for those who […]

Best No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards – June 2019

June 3, 2019

If you’re traveling abroad and using your credit card for purchases, foreign transaction fees can […]

More Tips & Resources

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 […]

Best Ways to Redeem Hilton Honors Points

April 24, 2019

Hilton unveiled a complete revamp of its Honors loyalty program, including scrapping its award redemption chart, in 2017. Now the number of points needed to redeem for an award room is based on factors including hotel brand, type of room and the date it’s booked. Below we outline how to make the most of your […]

Mixed-Cabin Awards on United: Tactics to Ensure You Sit in Business or First Class

April 24, 2019 is one of the more accessible airline sites to search for award flights and premium cabin upgrades. However, if you’re on the hunt for the hardest-to-score MileagePlus® loyalty program awards — business and first class seats — you’ll eventually run into the frustrating ‘Mixed Cabin’ message, as illustrated on the Chicago-Kahului, Hawaii, flight below: […]

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

April 22, 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 […]

How To Use Amtrak Guest Rewards Points – Sleeping Cars, Acela, and More

April 19, 2019

The information related to the Amtrak Guest Rewards World MasterCard® has been collected by CompareCards and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card prior to publication. For those who ride the rails regularly, the Amtrak Guest Rewards® loyalty program is one of the most valuable travel reward programs out there because of its high […]

How to Keep Your Airline Loyalty Program Miles from Expiring

April 16, 2019

Nothing lasts forever, and that includes the airline miles earned for flights. The question is: Can you get those miles back once they’ve expired? The short answer is it depends on the carrier, since each has its own reinstatement policies. Below, we outline how top U.S. airlines handle requests to reinstate expired miles. Alaska Airlines […]

The Best Marriott Bonvoy Hotels in Hawaii for Your Points

April 16, 2019

Dreaming of visiting the white sand beaches of Hawaii? With more airlines opening direct routes to these island shores, it’s easier than ever to turn those fantasies into reality. It may not be a cheap trip, but using miles and points can help defray some of the cost. Marriott is well represented in the Aloha […]