Gabi Logan is a freelance travel writer based in New York City, but she spends more than half of the year on the road, capitalizing on flight deals and airline awards along the way. Her travels tips and tales appear in national and international newspapers and magazines, including USA Today, the Dallas Morning News, Italy Magazine, and Porthole Cruise.
Loyalty programs: American, United, NWA, Delta, and KLM for nearly two decades. Member of Miles & Smiles, Jet Blue, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, British Airways, and AirTran.
Favorite program: Domestically, I love Virgin America, because you can get flights for very few points if you piggyback a sale.
Favorite travel destinations: Italy and Turkey.
Most memorable trip: It changes every year. Currently it’s Calabria, the toe of the Italian boot.
Travel rewards credit cards: The Starwood Preferred Guest American Express and the Chase Sapphire Ultimate Rewards card.
Favorite rewards: Chase Sapphire Ultimate Rewards. You can use your points towards any flight and get a 20% discount.
Who Is Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Good For?In recent years Virgin Atlantic’s frequent flyer program hasn’t garnered any Freddie awards the Oscars of the airline frequent flyer industry but the airline has been consistently raking in accolades from Travel Weekly Globes for favorite airline to Business Traveler magazine for best premium economy.
Who Is Air France & KLM Flying Blue Good For?Though many Delta flyers end up on codeshare Air France and KLM flights, as the three airlines are technically one but operate like three independent carrier, not very many U.S.-based flyers take advantage of the Flying Blue award program, which is used by Air France, KLM and several other primarily European airlines.
Who Is Virgin America Elevate Good For?Depending on where you live or where you usually fly, you might never have the opportunity to fly Virgin America, let alone fly it often enough to use its frequent flyer program.
For points and miles travelers, upper-class travel is either the Holy Grail if you’re new to the game or an occasional dabbler, or the only way to go.
LATAM Airlines, which was formed from the LAN and TAM airline merger, is a Chile-based carrier that serves South America, Central America, North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Oceania. If you’re in North America, it can still pay to be a member of its frequent flyer program LATAM Pass, even if you don’t frequently fly to the south.
Who Is Southwest Rapid Rewards Good For?With its lack of seating assignments, checked bag charges, and change and cancellation fees, Southwest has never fit the mold of your average American airline. It’s gone even farther on its own path since its merger with AirTran.
Who Is Citi ThankYou Rewards Good For?As far as credit points programs go, Citibank is actually an old player in the game, more akin to American Express Membership Rewards than Chase Ultimate Rewards or the Capital One Venture program.
Who Is JAL Mileage Bank Good For?Asian award programs are largely underutilized by North American travelers, in no small part because of the difficulty of finding English-language (or even easily translatable) information on the program, and JAL is no exception. But with the changes in other oneworld partners, JAL has quickly become the best and in some cases the only place to turn for certain awards.
When the average consumer is shopping around for a credit card, their biggest consideration may be how much it will cost them. What’s the APR? Should I choose a
Who Is Air Canada Aeroplan Good For?Aeroplan is actually run separately from Air Canada, so it is more focused on profits than some other
Who Is Iberia Good For?Iberia Plus is a reward program that many casual awards travelers don’t consider, but should. Iberia and British Airways are actually one and the same. But like the Air France/KLM/Delta relationship, Iberia/British Airways operate their flights and their frequent flyer programs somewhat independently.
When you first start applying for
Who Is Lufthansa Miles & More Good For?For many North American
Last week was one of those weeks when I thanked my lucky stars that I keep so many points and miles on hand in different programs.
Who Is JetBlue TrueBlue Good For?One of the newer players in American aviation, JetBlue started right at the end of the last millennium as part of a new wave of domestic low-cost carriers, but has blossomed into a serious player in the last 15 years.
You landed here at RewardExpert because you are curious about points and miles. But if you’re not using them yet, or you’re just wading in the kiddie pool collecting miles on a bunch of different airlines when you fly, maybe using the same airline reward credit card you’ve had for a decade I have to ask, what’s holding you back?
Who Is Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Good For?Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan has an intriguing fan base. People who live in the Northwest, near the airlines hubs, love its availability, perks and pricing. But many people who don’t live near or regularly fly Alaska Airlines routes are also devoted Mileage Plan members.
One of the main things that keeps people from taking advantage of the myriad generous reward credit card bonus offers out there is the fear that applying for credit cards will have a negative impact on their credit score.
Capital One Venture Rewards are ideal for people who are NOT loyal to a particular airline or hotel and don’t want to spend time sifting through award inventory or waiting for award seats to open up.