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 Much Does a Disney Cruise Cost?
The final cost of a Disney cruise depends on your sailing style, but base prices start at around $1,000 minimum.
Disney Cruise Review 2023
This travel Nerd fulfilled her Disney cruise dreams. It was expensive but worth every penny.
Maui vs. Honolulu
For an idyllic and outdoorsy island escape, choose Maui. If you want to sprinkle in city life, Honolulu's the way to go.
The Guide To Alaska Airlines Wi-Fi
Alaska offers passengers high-speed, satellite Wi-Fi on roughly 90% of its flights.
Epcot vs. Animal Kingdom
These Disney parks could not be more different, but each offers a unique and worthwhile experience.
The Guide to Lufthansa Business Class
The ticket's pricey, but you can get good deals on Lufthansa business class by booking with points.
Nationwide Travel Insurance Review: Is it Worth The Cost?
Nationwide's plans are thorough but pricey. Check to see what coverage you get from your travel cards first.
The Guide to Princess Dining at Disney World
There are five Disney restaurants that offer meals with a princess — and one that offers meals with the Beast.
The Guide to Alaska Airlines Basic Economy: Saver Fares
Booking a Saver fare means boarding last while also forgoing seat selection and full elite benefits.
6 Things to Know About JFK’s Terminal 5 Lounges
Weary flyers could do worse than Terminal 5, which offers a spa and rooftop dog park, among other lounge options.
Lightning Lane vs. Genie+
In addition to some fun in-app features, Genie+ includes Lightning Lane access on most rides.
7 Things to Know About Grand Floridian Club Level
With a private concierge, private check-in and included food and alcohol, this is as good as it gets at Disney.
6 Tips for Traveling with a Service Dog
To make things as seamless as possible, know the regulations at your destination and have your papers in order.
I Flew During the FAA Fiasco — and Elite Status Got Me Home
Happily for this Nerd, airline ultra-elites get preferential treatment when delays and cancellations strike.