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 December 2019

December 2, 2019

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

Best Grocery Credit Cards for December 2019

December 2, 2019

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

Best Business Travel Credit Cards for December 2019

December 2, 2019

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

Credit Cards That Offer Airline Fee Credits – December 2019

December 2, 2019

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

Credit Cards That Offer Entertainment Perks – December 2019

December 2, 2019

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

Best Credit Cards for Sports Fanatics – December 2019

December 2, 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 December 2019

December 2, 2019

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

Best Credit Cards with Premium Concierge Services – December 2019

December 2, 2019

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

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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 […]

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 […]

How to Keep Your United MileagePlus Miles from Expiring

April 15, 2019

You’re a loyal United Airlines MileagePlus® program member and the worst happens — a pile of your precious miles expired. That begs the question: Can you get them back? MileagePlus miles expire after 18 months of inactivity, so if you don’t travel a lot, those miles can quickly disappear from your account. The good news […]

Which Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card Is Best for You?

April 12, 2019

Pairing your Marriott Bonvoy™ loyalty program membership with one of the hotel’s four branded credit cards is a great way to get an elevated experience. In addition to earning higher points for hotel spending and redeeming them for free room nights, air travel and unique experiences, Marriott Bonvoy cardholders enjoy automatic Bonvoy elite status, travel/purchase […]

10 Credit Cards That Cover Global Entry, TSA Precheck Fees

April 10, 2019

Savvy travelers know that expedited screening programs Global Entry and TSA Precheck help improve the passenger experience on the ground, thanks to separate security lines that require less scrutiny. If you have the right credit card in your wallet, those programs’ enrollment fees can be covered. Global Entry program members can skip long Customs and […]

Wyndham Rewards Cheat Sheet: How to Get The Most Rewards From Your Points

April 10, 2019

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts became the latest chain to revamp its loyalty program on April 4, 2019. While its Wyndham Rewards® isn’t the most popular loyalty program, it was known for having a flat room redemption rate of 15,000 a night, which covered everything from the budget Super 8 hotel to the luxury Trademark Collection […]

Frontier Airlines Cheat Sheet: How to Get the Most Out of Your Frontier Miles

April 10, 2019

Frontier Airlines, an ultra-low-cost carrier based in Denver, flies to more than 100 cities in the U.S., Canada, the Dominican Republic and Mexico via 350 daily flights. That’s a fraction when compared when Delta Air Lines’ 300+ destinations and 5,000 daily flights to more than 50 countries, but Frontier is appealing to bargain fare hunters […]