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 Business Travel Credit Cards for July 2020

July 1, 2020

The content on this page is accurate as of the posting date; however, some of […]

Credit Cards That Offer Airline Fee Credits – July 2020

July 1, 2020

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

Credit Cards That Offer Entertainment Perks – July 2020

July 1, 2020

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

Best Credit Cards for Sports Fanatics – July 2020

July 1, 2020

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

Best Credit Cards with Premium Concierge Services for July 2020

July 1, 2020

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

Best Gas Rewards Cards for July 2020

July 1, 2020

You’ve decided to find a credit card that focuses on rewards for gas purchases. Now […]

Which Credit Card Is Best for Car Rentals in July 2020?

July 1, 2020

If you’re renting a car, you’d better have a credit card handy. Having one is […]

Best Credit Union Credit Cards of 2020

March 1, 2020

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

More Tips & Resources

How to Use the Delta Companion Certificate

May 20, 2019

A great perk that comes with the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card and the Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card is a free companion certificate for every year you renew either card. The certificate allows you bring a companion for free on a Delta flight in the 48 contiguous states, but you must pay the required taxes and fees (up to $75). That $75 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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

April 19, 2019

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 cents-per-points redemption rate. Whether you ride Amtrak for your daily commute or cross the Continental Divide in a famed California Zephyr sleeper car for a vacation, we […]