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 Traveling on Alaska With Pet Cargo
Low cost and flexibility make Alaska one of the most pet-friendly airlines in the industry.
How the Disneyland and Disney World Castles Compare
They look similar, but Disney World's Cinderella Castle offers more to do than Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle.
How Spirit Baggage Fees Work
With rock bottom fares, Spirit makes its money on fees. Plan your baggage use carefully.
The Guide to United Platinum Benefits
Among many other perks, the 40 PlusPoints that come with Premier Platinum status can pack incredible value.
How to Save 75% on Your Radisson Stays With Citi ThankYou Points
Favorable transfer ratios put Citi points holders in a good position to get a lot of value out of Radisson stays.
Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Auckland
Well-priced award nights, high-quality dining and a central location make this a solid option for Hyatt loyalists.
Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt Seoul
Better to pay in cash than with points, but this Hyatt property is worth the stay if you're visiting Seoul.
GeoBlue Travel Insurance Review: Is it Worth the Cost?
While it is strong on medical coverage — including hazardous activities and quarantine — GeoBlue falls short in other areas.
Are Cruises Worth It?
Cruises are most worth it for travelers who value convenience over flexibility in their travel experience.
The Guide to the Universal Express Pass
These passes aren't cheap, so weigh the benefits against the overall cost of your trip to decide if it's worth it.
Social Security and Early Retirement at Age 55: Rules to Know
Most retirement instruments don't allow penalty-free withdrawals at 55, but there are some exceptions to this rule.
6 Things to Know About Priority Pass Lounges
The Priority Pass network offers members more than just lounge access, but specifics vary by membership terms.
How the Disney World Payment Plan Works
If you book more than 30 days before your trip, you can make payments over time, interest-free.
How Norwegian and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Differ
These cruise lines cater to similar travelers — deciding on one might come down to where you want to go.