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

The New Marriott Bonvoy Program: What You Need to Know

January 21, 2019

More than two years after Marriott International, Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. finalized their merger, the company consolidated its myriad rewards programs into one offering in August 2018. The new program was officially branded as Marriott Bonvoy in January 2019. Travelers are now covered by a unified rewards program that allows them […]

AAdvantage Aviator Red vs Aviator Silver – Is Silver Worth the Upgrade?

January 4, 2019

After US Airways merged with American Airlines in February 2013, the latter found itself with a portfolio of credit cards from Citi and Barclay. After some uncertainty about the future of the US Airways-branded Barclay cards, American announced in July 2016 that it had signed an agreement that would keep two Barclay credit cards — […]

Unusual Requests Made to Credit Card Concierges

January 3, 2019

Many credit cards, especially if they’re travel-branded, give you access to a concierge. However, most cardholders either don’t know their card comes with the perk or only use it during a travel emergency, so they’re missing out on a great benefit. Take travel writer Valerie Stimac, 31, for example, who encountered a major problem during […]

Delta Air Lines Lost and Found: How to File a Claim

January 3, 2019

There’s nothing worse than discovering after a long flight that you left an important item on the aircraft. Delta Air Lines partners with NetTracer, which handles lost-and-found items, to help reunite you with your possessions. The most popular items lost on planes include smartphones and tablets, books, glasses, scarves, travel pillows, water bottles and passports, […]

The United Explorer Card: Full Benefits Guide

December 20, 2018

United Airlines retired the old MileagePlus® Explorer Card on June 1 and unveiled the new United℠ Explorer Card with great fanfare and major upgrades. The changes were welcomed by travelers, especially those who belong to the United Airlines MileagePlus loyalty program. This benefits guide will outline everything you get with this card in your wallet. We’ll also […]

Traveling Abroad? Best Ways to Exchange Currency

December 20, 2018

Those who travel regularly outside the United States know that the best way to pay for items purchased abroad is via credit card, especially one that doesn’t charge a foreign transaction fee. Plus, a lost or stolen credit card can be replaced, while you’re out of luck if your cash is lifted by a thief. […]

Tips for Booking Travel on the Chase Ultimate Rewards Website

December 19, 2018

Those who love to travel and have certain Chase credit cards know a top benefit is redeeming points through the Chase Ultimate Rewards® website, considered one of the most generous and flexible rewards programs on the market. Cards covered under the program are: Chase Freedom® Chase Freedom Unlimited® Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card Chase Sapphire Reserve® Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card Ink Business Unlimited℠ Credit Card Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card We’ll see how to redeem […]

AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite vs. Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite – Which is Better for AA Miles?

December 18, 2018

For those looking at American Airlines-branded credit cards to boost mileage earning potential in the AAdvantage loyalty program, Citibank and Barclays offer cards that are worth careful consideration. We’ll put the two cards — the AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® and the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® from our partner Citi — in a head-to-head match-up to show off their pros and cons […]

Which Credit Cards Come With a Free Avis Preferred Membership?

December 14, 2018

One of the benefits that can come with select credit cards is a free upgrade in the loyalty programs for rental car companies. These programs offer perks such as bypassing check-in counters, choosing your own car and receiving discounts and upgrades. Rental car company Avis has partnered with select cards to encourage cardmembers to join […]

Cheat Sheet: How Long Airline Point Transfers take for Amex, Chase and Citi Points

December 12, 2018

It’s always fun to have a credit card that gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes time to redeem the points you’ve earned. The opportunity to transfer your card points to an airline frequent flyer program can add up, allowing you to do everything from book a business class reward seat to bid […]