You'll learn life-changing insider advice from our amazing line-up of travel and points experts.
Brandon Neth has visited 76 countries, over 700 cities, and has flown more than 750,000 miles, all for minimal out of pocket cost. He’s passionate about traveling on a budget. Brandon is now the FinanceBuzz ambassador of the amazing community FBZ Elite - Travel and Points. Brandon recently moved to Tulsa, OK, with his wife, Mariel, and their dachshund, Sophie.
The Credit Society
Brian Jung is a 22-year-old serial entrepreneur and the founder of The Credit Society. With over 1 million views on YouTube and a large millennial following, he teaches people about credit and personal finance. Jung is also a digital marketing and e-commerce expert. He's based in Washington, DC.
Caroline Lupini has been traveling the world on points and miles and writing about her experience full time since 2014. Her goal is to visit every country, but she isn't in a rush to do it. She travels internationally 50-75% of the year (86 countries and counting). Caroline’s expertise is in personal finance, travel rewards and travel, and her work has appeared on Business Insider, Lonely Planet, USA Today, NerdWallet, and more.
Lee is a former financial planner & corporate finance manager who now writes about credit cards, travel, & personal finance. He has been featured on sites like The Points Guy, Boarding Area, and BiggerPockets. When he's not flying around the world, he's researching how to earn more miles and points. Lee lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife, son, and daughter.
Travel Hacking Adventures
Deb Pollack has been using credit card points and miles to fund her family’s adventures since 2015. She specializes in stretching her points to take frequent trips, and she prefers staying in rentals such as Airbnb. Deb lives in Syracuse, NY, with her husband and two sons.
Jason Steele is a widely recognized expert in the travel, credit, and credit cards industry. He has written for publications like The Points Guy as a Senior Miles & Points Contributor, Business Insider, and Nav. Founder of the industry-focused CardCon event, Jason speaks often on travel and personal finance when he’s not traveling the world with his wife and three children. Jason is based in Denver, CO, and holds a commercial pilot’s license.
Ben's Big Deal
Ben Komenkul is a renowned figure in the loyalty rewards and credit card points industry. An expert in earning elite status and a hand-selected Hyatt ambassador, Ben has traveled the US and Asia extensively, flying over 150,000 miles per year and staying over 100 nights in hotels. You can find Ben searching for the best street food in every city he visits. Ben lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Karla, and their children.
Jason writes about all things related to points, miles, and credit cards. Since getting into the hobby in 2010 as a stay at home dad, he has traveled to more than 20 countries, 4 continents, and has flown over 250,000 miles. Jason lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with his daughter, Sydney. He moderates The Points Guy Family Facebook group. Jason and Sydney form the Instagram duo Ramen Points.
Angelina Aucello has earned and redeemed millions of miles and points for smart luxury travel around the world with her family. She is a renowned speaker on the subject, having spoken at Frequent Travel University (FTU) and being featured in multiple publications including InsideFlyer, ThePointsGuy, and BoardingArea where her blog, Angelina Travels, can be found. Angelina is based out of Newark, NJ, and provides corporate consultation on award travel.
Jamie Haas has over 15 years of experience in the finance industry. His expertise in travel focuses on high-value credit card and loyalty point redemptions for family travel, Disney, Caribbean, and luxury resorts. He is also an expert on maximizing gift cards and reward portals. Jamie is moving from Atlanta, GA, to Charlotte, NC, with his wife and two kids this Fall.
Kevin Song is a points and miles zealot who has been called by other experts in the space “one of the most knowledgable award travel experts I’ve ever met.” His expertise is focused on international travel, elite status, and high value OneWorld reward redemptions. Kevin has written for The Points Guy and speaks regularly about travel-related events. Points and miles has enabled him to travel to 32 countries, take countless first or business class flights, and enjoy a honeymoon valued at over $100,000. When he’s not traveling with his wife, he’s works in the hospitality industry as a cyber security specialist and is working towards his private pilot license.
Becca Borawski Jenkins has been living and traveling full-time in an RV for the past three years. In previous lives, she worked in Los Angeles in the film and TV industry, was an event producer for live MMA shows, and then raised chickens and rabbits on a mountaintop in Idaho. Her journey into finance was facilitated by her passions for minimalism, travel, and geographic arbitrage. You can find her, her cat, and her husband generally driving in a big circle around North America.
Travels With Luke
Paul Lanyi has booked over 200 trips and upgrades using credit card points and miles and has traveled to 35 out of the 50 United States plus 38 countries. He enjoys exploring new places with his wife and son. Recent trips include France, Japan, Hawaii, and safari in Tanzania. Helping old and new friends reap the benefits of points and miles (adjusting to the ever changing rules) is exceptionally satisfying for Paul. He and his family live in Los Angeles (.6 miles from LAX) and Paul is a marketing journeyman by day.
Greg Van Horn is a serial entrepreneur and digital marketer who got into the points space six years ago after realizing he had missed out on decades of points accumulation. Now he optimizes his personal and business spend for maximum value to take his wife and FinanceBuzz founder, Christine, to luxurious places around the world. Greg remains a Marriott loyalist. He is based out of Delray Beach, FL, and loves Palm Beach Airport and their Goldendoodle pup Nala. His goal is to overeat in every country he visits.
Texas Lifestyle Magazine
Marika Flatt launched her magazine writing career in 2002, combining her love of travel, journalism, and public relations. Marika has been travel writing non-stop since then. As an editor and co-publisher of Texas Lifestyle Magazine, she has developed a lucrative network writing reviews of her experiences in hospitality, cuisine, and transportation. Her “day job” is running a literary PR agency, PR by the Book. A cum laude graduate of Texas A&M University, she lives in Austin with her husband, Doug, and three kids who also love to travel. She can also be heard on the statewide NPR show "Texas Standard" offering Weekend Trip Tips.
Brian Felberbaum dove into the award travel space five years ago after researching how he and his family could travel more. Brian’s expertise is maximizing high-value point redemptions without breaking the bank. Brian is based out of Fort Lauderdale, FL, with his wife and two daughters.
Andres has been in the award travel world since early 2016 after researching how to travel in premium classes for less. Since then he and his family have traveled extensively across the US, Latin America, Japan and Europe using points. Andres believes earning points is easier than redeeming them and studies different hotel and airline loyalty programs to find sweet spots. Andres is a business owner and lives in Orlando, FL, with his wife Anna, son Nico and two cats.
Traveling for 10 months out of the year, Steve is a luxury award travel expert who takes to the skies using points, miles, or cheap cash fares if for no other reasons than the lie-flat seat, hotels, and food. He is currently is an Editor at UponArriving and is a Moderator of FBZ Elite - Travel & Points. You can likely find him at one of the 5 hotel chains in which he has top tier status (Marriott Ambassador, Hyatt Globalist, IHG Spire, GHA Discovery Black, Hilton Diamond). Steve’s goal is to try every first and business class seat in the sky.