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 to Choose a Credit Card for Europe Travel
Pick a card without foreign transaction fees and then by deciding what spending and rewards you want to prioritize.
Which Is Better, Hyatt or Hilton?
Hilton has more properties, but Hyatt's points are worth almost four times as much.
How to Purchase Theme Park Tickets With Points
Buying tickets with points isn't always the best value, but depending on your priorities, it could be a good call.
A Guide to Travel Credit Cards for Beginners
Ready to try travel credit cards, but aren't sure where to start? Here are the basics you should know.
The Best Lesser-Known Travel Credit Cards
While not as well known as some bigger names, these cards offer solid benefits that might be the right fit for you.
How to Go to Disney World for Cheap
You can use points and miles to book hotels and flights, but getting discounted Disney park tickets is not as easy.
When Is a Timeshare Presentation Offer a Good Deal?
Timeshare sales presentations can be long and boring, but sometimes offer perks that make them worth your time.
The Complete Guide to Emirates Skywards
Here's what you need to know about Emirates’ loyalty program, including how to use your miles on ultra-luxury cabins
Best Disney World Hotels to Book With Points
Many chains have hotels near Disney World, but only Marriott has properties within walking distance of the parks.
How to Find Cheap Flights to Disney World
Using miles or booking a flight on a lower-demand day can help you save money on your Disney World trip.
How to Earn Airline Miles When Booking Through Online Travel Agencies
Enter your airline loyalty program membership number when booking with an OTA to earn miles for your flight.
Is the United Quest Card Worth Its Annual Fee?
This United card can be worth it if you fly with United at least once a year.
How to Use the Hilton Points Explorer Tool
This search tool lets you filter for Hilton hotels based on how many points you have to redeem.