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Carissa Rawson

Freelance Contributor

Carissa joined the AwardWallet team in 2023 as an editor and writer, though she’s been around the block a time or two when it comes to award travel.


Since first learning that there was such as thing as ‘free travel,’ she’s made her way to 60 countries and all 7 continents, though the last was a little bit frigid for her taste. She’s redeemed millions of miles and made more stupid mileage runs than one should ever hope, but all her friends and family love her anyway.


With a double handful of hotel and airline elite statuses (including United 1K and Hyatt Globalist), you can frequently find Carissa waxing lyrical about complimentary upgrades and free food.


When she’s not writing about points and miles, you can find her reading about points and miles or traveling using points and miles.

Flying Blue Changes Earnings on Partner Flights

Flying Blue is eliminating the ability to earn XP and Elite bonuses on certain partner flights starting April 1, 2024. Next April, non-SkyTeam airlines will not be eligible to earn the same level of rewards as other flights. This might impact your elite status strategy going forward.

Earning Rates and Benefits of the Citi Prestige® Card

The Citi Prestige® Card has excellent earnings and a generous annual travel credit. If you still have this card, we'll help you understand its benefits and perks. However, the card is no longer open to new applicants, so let's check out some alternatives for those looking to acquire a premium travel credit card.

Marriott and United Launch Dual-Earning Promotion. Register to Earn Points on Flights And Miles on Stays.

Marriott and United just launched a joint promotion allowing those enrolled in the Preferred Partnership to earn new rewards. Those with elite status in both programs will have the opportunity to earn United miles on hotel stays and Marriott Bonvoy points on United flights. But you'll need to register to take advantage of this promotion. Here are the full details and how to enroll.

Complete Guide to Capital One Shopping

Capital One Shopping offers both a website and an extension to allow users to earn cash back. Along with other shopping portals, Capital One Shopping tracks your purchases and offers rewards based on what you buy. These are its positives and negatives.

Hyatt Hotels’ Award Games Unfairly Impact Travelers With Disabilities

Several hotels participating in World of Hyatt have done their best to circumvent the rules for booking award nights. While in the past it's been a nuisance, these days it's overstepped the bounds directly into questionable legality. Blocking out rooms for sale is problematic, no matter how you slice it. But what's happening is extremely unfair for disabled travelers.

JetBlue Offers Status Match To Draw Unhappy Delta Elites

JetBlue has launched a new status match opportunity for those who have Delta elite status — many of whom may be unhappy with recent changes. With the ability to match to top-tier JetBlue status, members can maintain Mosaic through the end of 2024 through either of two activities. One of them is very easy.