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
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
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.
5 Tips for Booking Group Travel Insurance
Shop around for group coverage, but purchase early to make sure you can get the most comprehensive plan possible.
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.