Air France and KLM's Flying Blue program is often overlooked by frequent flyers for award redemptions. But even if you've never flown either of these airlines, you can take advantage of the program, because it is a transfer partner of every major credit card's currency. Here are the best uses of Flying Blue miles around the world.
The Trump administration recently reversed a key Obama initiative, which opened up commerce ties between the U.S. and Cuba. This will have a serious effect on all future travel to the island, so if you have a trip to Cuba scheduled in the coming months, this could disrupt those plans.
Traveling comes with risks. Your flight could be delayed for mechanical reasons, inclement weather could ground every flight at the airport, and your hotel could shut down due to a hurricane. How many times have you opted out of spending a few bucks on travel insurance, sure you won't need it? Sadly, sometimes you will.
The American Express Platinum Card was once "the" travel charge card, as the first premium card on the scene. But lately, American Express has faced more competition from other card issuers, and as a result, the Platinum American Express card has gotten even better! The card is chock full of prestige and benefits, but weighed down by the hefty $550 annual fee. If you consider $550/year a deal breaker for you, we're asking you to reconsider.
Southwest Airlines was once known as a low-cost carrier, a way to fly the skies for less than what all the other airlines were charging. That was true for years, but the expansion of ultra-low cost carriers like Spirit and Allegiant airlines have recently made Southwest's prices seem nothing if not ordinary. While they might not be the cheapest ticket in the biz anymore, there are still some major benefits to flying Southwest.
One of the most common expenses in the average American's monthly budget is keeping gas in the tank. If you live in a car-centric city like I do, getting even a few cents per gallon off your gas costs can mean big savings over the course of a year. Fortunately, there are a few credit cards out there that can save you up to five percent on every dollar spent on gas purchases. For a more generalized roundup of great credit card deals, see our article on the Best Credit Cards of 2017.
Critics often bemoan Delta's SkyMiles program as being worthless. They have some genuinely valid concerns, and I wouldn't say that SkyMiles is the most valuable milage program out there by a long shot. But I'm here to tell you that there are benefits to be had from collecting SkyMiles, and there are powerful ways to use them around the world.
Using TSA PreCheck is one of the best tricks I recommend to anyone who wants a more enjoyable travel experience. It's easy to sign up for, and it currently saves me hours every year that would otherwise be spent waiting in line. If you need even more incentive to sign up, TSA announced today that they're adding seven new airlines to their list of participating partners.
Everyone loves flying first class and staying in lavish hotel suites, but unless you have endless cash on hand, these things can be hard for the average person to swing. Luckily, there are ways to hack your way to a luxurious getaway without having to pay a cent out of pocket. Gain elite status by signing up for the right credit cards, and you'll increase your chance for upgrades and freebies by a mile.
Hilton has a large global footprint, which makes the Hilton Honors program one of the most popular hotel loyalty programs out there. With brands that fit every budget, you'll likely come across Hilton in your travels. Here's how to maximize the Hilton Honors program.