After spending seven years in the U.S. Air Force as an Arabic linguist, Carissa set off to travel the world using points and miles to fund a four-year (and counting!) adventure. She worked as a reporter for The Points Guy prior to becoming a freelance writer. Her writing has since been featured in numerous publications, including Forbes, Business Insider, and The Balance. When she's not flying, you'll usually find her in a Priority Pass lounge somewhere, sipping tea and cursing slow Wi-Fi.
The latest from Carissa
John Hancock Travel Insurance Review: Is It Worth the Cost?
With three tiers of coverage and simple add-on options, John Hancock is a solid choice for travel insurance.
Best National Parks to Visit in December
Whether you're looking to escape the cold or embrace it, these parks offer plenty of adventure.
Why You Might Want Travel Delay Insurance This Year
Travelers turn to trip delay and luggage insurance as staffing shortages and other systemic issues plague airlines.
A Guide to Google Flights
The leader in search offers an extremely robust flight search tool to help find cheap and convenient fares.
6 Things to Know About Disney FastPass
The glory days of Disney FastPass are gone. Genie+ and Lightning Lanes are now your ticket to the front.
The Guide to ANA Business Class
ANA currently offers three different business class experiences across 787, 767 and 777 model planes.
The Best Uses of Marriott’s 85,000-Point Free Night Award
That 85K free night award could go a way toward making a stay at one of these dream properties more affordable.
6 Safety Tips for Taking Taxis When Traveling
Stick to official cab companies or use a rideshare app, if possible, for optimal safety.
TravelSafe Insurance Review: Is It Worth the Cost?
TravelSafe offers two tiers of coverage — compare these to the coverage your travel credit card provides before deciding.
How to Find Wheelchair-Accessible Vacation Rentals
Airbnb, Vacasa and Vrbo all allow users to filter vacation rental properties by accessibility requirements.
Epcot for Kids: What Parents Need to Know
Epcot has a reputation for catering to adults, but there's more than enough for kids to enjoy, too.
The Best Disney Resort for Adults
Disney's Yacht Club Resort offers adult-oriented amenities and activities. It's also just steps from Epcot.
Disney World Size vs. Disneyland
You'll find more parks and hotels at Disney World, but Disneyland offers plenty of Disney magic for its size.
The Guide to Disney Cruise Concierge
These luxury accommodations can cost at least three times more than the cheapest cabins but come with many perks.