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
Is Global Entry Worth It?
Consider enrolling if you travel internationally. With the right card, it might not even cost you anything.
When to Buy Annual or Multi-Trip Travel Insurance
Multi-trip insurance can be cost-effective for frequent travelers, just make sure the coverage meets your needs.
Is a Travel Insured International Insurance Policy Worth It?
This online travel insurance vendor offers single-trip in addition to annual, multi-trip policies at varying coverage levels.
6 Easy Ways to Check Out of a Hotel
Checkout procedures vary from hotel to hotel, but you probably don't need to line up at the front desk.
The Guide to Chase Sapphire Rental Car Insurance
Chase Sapphire cards come with primary rental car insurance covering damage and theft.
The Guide to Marriott Platinum
If you want Patinum status, you're going to have to work for it. Even co-branded cards only get you so far.
How Capital One Rental Car Insurance Works
Whether you get primary or secondary coverage will depend on which Capital One card you use.
The Guide to United Flight Delay Compensation
United isn't required to compensate for delays unless you're flying from, to or through the European Union.
Is There Wi-Fi on Planes That’s Actually Good? How to Know
Reviewing coverage maps and researching the provider your airline uses can give you an idea of Wi-Fi quality.
The Guide to Hilton Diamond Status
Holding the right Hilton credit card is the quickest way to access Diamond status benefits.
What to Know About Hyatt Status Matches
Focusing your elite efforts on MGM Rewards is the most attainable way to get a status match with Hyatt.
Can I Buy Travel Insurance After Booking?
Certain policies must be bought soon after booking, others can be bought up to a day before travel.
Can You Gift TSA PreCheck and Global Entry?
You can't gift membership in either program, but you can offer to cover the fee with cash or your credit card.
What to Know Before Flying United With Pet Cargo
The vast majority of passengers only have the option of bringing their pet as size-restricted carry-on luggage.