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

Where Can You Travel for 40,000 JetBlue TrueBlue Points?

February 22, 2019

As a member of JetBlue’s TrueBlue loyalty program, you may have managed to accumulate a nice stash of points and are ready to redeem them for a flight. If you have at least 40,000 miles, they may be able to take you all over JetBlue’s route network. TrueBlue is a dollar-based program with the price […]

Priority Boarding with United Credit Cards: How It Really Works

February 20, 2019

Airlines have tinkered with how to board passengers in the most efficient way possible for years — while ensuring that those efforts still take care of their best customers. In September 2018, United unveiled its Better Boarding program, which it says was designed to give customers more space at the gate, less time waiting in […]

Get Amtrak ClubAcela Access with United MileagePlus Club Card

February 15, 2019

Amtrak’s Boston/New York/Philadelphia/Washington, D.C., train corridor is the busiest in the country, serving as a quick, hassle-free option for those traveling between these cities. Thanks to a partnership between Amtrak and United Airlines, customers carrying the United Club℠ Card have access to ClubAcela lounges in all four cities. These lounges offer a nice space away from the […]

American AAdvantage Cheat Sheet for Using Miles: Airlines, Fees, Alternatives, and More

February 11, 2019

The content on this page is accurate as of the posting date; however, some of the offers may have expired. Travelers who fly American Airlines regularly know that when it comes time to book reward travel on the AAdvantage® loyalty program, you go to the airline’s booking website and hope for the best. American Airlines flies […]

United MileagePlus Cheat Sheet for Using Miles: Airlines, Fees, Alternatives and More

February 6, 2019

Editor’s note: United Airlines will no longer publish an award chart listing a set number of MileagePlus miles needed for flights booked on or after Nov. 15, 2019, according to an April 5, 2019, announcement. Award redemptions will be based on factors including travel dates. There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to maneuvering around the […]

Which Chase Ink Business Credit Card Is Right for You?

February 4, 2019

It’s time to choose a new credit card for your business, but with so many options out there, how do you decide? Chase offers three self-branded, business credit cards — Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card, Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card and Ink Business Unlimited℠ Credit Card — that could be a good fit. All three come with sign-up bonuses, different ways to earn cash back and travel/protection […]

Can you still get a United Presidential Plus credit card?

February 1, 2019

United Airlines stopped taking applications for its United MileagePlus Presidential PlusSM Card soon after its merger with Continental Airlines in May 2010 — so why is it still so popular almost 10 years later? Because it’s the only United-branded credit card that helps cardholders keep their MileagePlus Elite status, where they earn 1,000 Premier Qualifying […]

Will You Love or Hate Hertz Ultimate Choice?

January 30, 2019

Almost two years after unveiling Hertz Ultimate Choice, the program is now available at more than 55 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Hertz did away with assigned cars for most rentals, and instead, let Hertz Gold Plus Rewards®, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Five Star, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards President’s Circle, or The Platinum Card® from American Express Platinum members […]

What Can You Do About Credit Card Holds?

January 28, 2019

When you pay with cash, you either have enough to cover the purchase or you don’t. But with credit cards, it’s different, since when you make charges, merchants can place a hold on your account, rendering part of your credit line unusable. This happens most often at hotels, car rental agencies and cruise lines. These […]

Are United 1K benefits that much better than Platinum?

January 25, 2019

When it comes to airline travelers achieving and maintaining elite status on United or any other carrier, the higher you earn, the better the perks. United’s Premier 1K is the highest published Premier tier in MileagePlus, though the unpublished Global Services program, which requires tens of thousands of dollars a year in spending, trumps it. […]