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 No Annual Fee Travel Credit Cards for September 2019

September 3, 2019

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

Best Grocery Credit Cards for September 2019

September 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 – September 2019

September 3, 2019

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

Best Credit Cards with Premium Concierge Services – September 2019

September 3, 2019

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

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Best Travel Credit Cards for September 2019

September 3, 2019

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

Best No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards – September 2019

September 3, 2019

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

Best Hotel Credit Cards – September 2019

September 3, 2019

As a regular traveler, you want a credit card that gives you the biggest bang […]

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Best Airline Credit Cards for September 2019

September 3, 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 […]

More Tips & Resources

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 […]

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

April 24, 2019

United.com 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: […]

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 […]

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 […]