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
How the Disney Disability Access Service (DAS) Works
Disney's disability pass is granted on a case-by-case basis and requires an interview to determine eligibility.
How to Maximize Your Luggage by Understanding Suitcase Sizes
Avoid extra fees and hassle at check-in by confirming that your luggage meets carrier size and weight standards.
What Is the Social Security Special Minimum Benefit?
The highest special minimum benefit in 2023 is $1,033.50 per month.
What Is a Good Monthly Retirement Income?
A good monthly retirement income probably isn't that much less than your pre-retirement income.
Disney’s Pop Century vs. Art of Animation: How Do They Compare?
Larger groups should consider staying at Art of Animation because Pop Century does not offer suites.
Hotel Review: A Suite at the Grand Hyatt Nashville
This Music City property caters to business travelers but offers a central location that will appeal to tourists.
Being Pregnant at Disney World Is No Reason to Miss Out on Fun
There are rides that pregnant guests should avoid, but generally Disney World is quite doable while pregnant.
Is Universal Express Pass Worth It?
Prices vary widely depending on the park and time of year, but Universal resort guests get the pass for free.
Is There Wi-Fi on Cruise Ships?
Most cruise lines offer Wi-Fi, but quality and cost varies from ship to ship, even within a cruise company's fleet.
The Best Disney World Resort Restaurants
The parks themselves aren't the only places to enjoy a tasty Disney meal. These resort restaurants offer plenty to love.
Do You Need a Passport for a Bahamas Cruise?
Closed-loop cruises to the Bahamas — those that begin and end at the same U.S. port — don't require a passport.
The United Upgrade Clearing Order and Other Tips to Get Upgrades
People with elite status have the best chance of being upgraded on United flights, but there are other ways.
Best Travel Insurance That Includes Cancel For Any Reason Coverage
CFAR insurance can get expensive, but it's a surefire way to maximize your travel insurance coverage.
4 Times When You Should Renew Your Passport
Consider starting the renewal process if your passport is full, damaged or within six months of expiration.