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 American Express Membership Rewards Good For?Like Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards is a transfer program. It’s not intrinsically tied to any one hotel or airline, so
I’ve seen it time and time again.
Your friends do it.
You see them doing it and enjoying it!
And you get curious.
Who Is American Airlines AAdvantage Good For?Long a favorite among frequent flyers, American Airlines AAdvantage has garnered the Freddie Awards (the top honor for frequent flyer programs) for the Program of the Year and the Best Elite Program for three years straight. But it’s in a really interesting position these days for two reasons: its merger with US Airways and the huge changes going on with the United and Delta programs.
Who Is Starwood Preferred Guest Good For?Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) is much more than it seems. On the surface, it looks like a simple
Who Is Barclaycard Arrival Good For?The newest travel award program on the scene, Barclaycard Arrival, takes a very different approach than Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards. There are no transfer partners. No bonuses when you redeem for travel with airlines or hotels. Just use your miles to pay for travel directly.
Who Is Delta SkyMiles Good For?Delta has been taking flak from frequent flyers for years, for a variety of valid reasons: Their awards are much harder to come by than those of most major domestic airlines; you cant book one-way awards without a huge penalty; and its often a huge time suck to find the award you want to book on their website.
Who Is British Airways Executive Club Good For?If you take a lot of flights around America (North, Central or South), Avios may be the best program for you. Because of its close partnership with American Airlines, you can use Avios to book pretty much any American flight for a fraction of the miles, since the Executive Club uses distance-based awards rather than zone-based awards.
What holds you back from getting travel reward credit cards? It’s something I ask almost everyone I meet these days.
Who Is Chase Ultimate Rewards Good For?Unlike many airline programs that have been around for decades, the Chase Ultimate Rewards program is very new on the scene just five years old this month which may explain part of why it is such an attractive offering.
United Airlines has good domestic coverage, with several hubs in the middle of the U.S. for varied domestic and international routing options, and a very wide network of international air and hotel partners through Star Alliance and individual partnerships.
Congratulations! You’ve decided to take the plunge into miles credit card land. It’s a nice plunge. I promise. There are gourmet meals on airplanes, luxury hotel rooms with private Jacuzzis, and lounges with sleeping cabanas and massages in your future.
When you are trying to juggle a bunch of new credit cards to take advantage of lucrative sign-up bonus offers, there are some risks if you are balancing a few accounts.
For three years straight, American Airlines has won two of the top honors among frequent flyer programs: the Freddie Awards for Program of the Year and Best Elite Program.
One of the big disappointments with airline programs these days is that it seems almost impossible to be loyal enough to earn a reward ticket by flying without the benefit of some serious business travel. But it doesn’t mean you should write off traveling using points and miles.
Enough is enough. It’s time to set the record straight.
The credit card industry, especially during the recession, has done too good of a job selling consumers on the value of
As far as award bookings with domestic carriers go, United is one of the most straightforward. You have all the options you’d expect one ways, multicity tickets, unlimited less-than-24-hour stopovers and you’re able to make almost all bookings online without any inexplicable system glitches keeping you from seeing the seats you’re entitled to cough, cough, Delta.
While Delta’s recent announcements of their sweeping award program changes have caused an uproar among frequent flyers, one of the areas most likely to trip up leisure travelers are the airline’s new cash plus points awards.
Ever looked for an award ticket, thought you had found a great deal, and then were shocked when the taxes and fees cost hundreds of dollars?
Imagine checking your bag for free at a premium check-in desk with no wait and waltzing past the masses to go through security. Then settling into the lounge for a free meal before skipping the line to board your flight, where you get automatically upgraded to business class. All thanks to your elite status.