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
The Guide to AmEx Car Rental Insurance
Many AmEx cards offer rental car insurance. Check the benefits guide to make sure you'll get the coverage you need.
The Guide to Blue Basic on JetBlue
This JetBlue fare is as basic as it gets, but holding Mosaic status could mitigate its toughest restrictions.
Why Travelzoo Shouldn’t Be Overlooked
Travelzoo offers an easy way to book all-inclusive packages and trips to bucket-list destinations at a discount.
Is Disney Vacation Club Worth It?
Timeshares are almost never worth it — and only a few will find value in Disney's version, Disney Vacation Club.
How to Not Get Sick on Vacation — Plus What to Do If You Catch Something Anyway
Take steps to avoid getting sick in the first place, and be sure you have medical insurance coverage just in case.
What Happens If an Airline Loses Your Luggage?
If your bags are lost or delayed, file a report with the airline, then purchase necessities and keep the receipts.
4 Things to Know About AmEx Trip Cancellation Insurance
Several AmEx cards offer up to $10,000 in coverage for qualifying trip cancellations.
Why Travelers Should Know How to Use Codeshare Flights
Codeshare flights are convenient for travelers and can help you work toward elite status on your preferred carrier.
The Guide to American Express Transfer Partners
Membership Rewards points will go further with some partners than others, but there's no shortage of options.
What is Alaska Elite Status Worth?
Exact value depends on tier, but overall, Alaska dominates when it comes to domestic airline loyalty programs.
The Guide to Chase Rental Car Insurance
Using a Chase card to pay for your rental car will get you some of the most generous insurance coverage out there.
How to Navigate Airbnb Cleaning Fees
Cleaning fees can vary widely, sometimes into deal-breaker territory. Don't take the sticker price at face value.
How Southwest Status Matches Works
If you complete six one-way flights in the 90-day status match window, you can keep Southwest status for 12 months.
Does State Farm Offer Travel Insurance?
State Farm doesn't offer travel insurance. Turn to other companies or a travel credit card for travel coverage.