Welcome to Thrifty Traveler! I’m founder Jared Kamrowski! I’m not like your average travel entrepreneur. My parents didn’t take me jet-setting around the world when I was a kid, nor do I have a big trust fund to travel with. When I got out of college I was broke and I had a mountain of student debt. My wife wanted to travel and I had to figure out how to do it on the cheap. Over the years Mrs. TT and I have devised a simple strategy that allows us to travel to amazing places, without emptying our bank account.
The trick to our strategy is finding incredible flight deals and covering our travel expenses using frequent flyer miles and hotel points, primarily earned from credit card sign-up bonuses. It’s a simple strategy that almost anyone can take advantage of, even if you don’t travel often. Flight deals and miles & points can be incredibly valuable if used right. Our hope is that readers will be able to utilize our tips to see more of the world for less.
I’m a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and my prior job required me to travel 100 nights a year, which quickly acquainted me with many airline and hotel rewards programs. I’ve spent years researching points and miles, and I hope to pass along some of that wisdom. Following this site will teach you how to find the cheapest flight deals and minimize costs by maximizing credit card and travel rewards.
This site primarily deals with travel, but there are so many other ways to save money. Thrifty Traveler will also include tips such as the best way to save on an engagement ring, cut your cable bill, reduce student debt, lower the cost of your phone bill, or even save on new appliances. My goal is to help readers save more of their paychecks, allowing them to travel more. If you love to travel and saving some coin, you’ve come to the right place!
Nick Serati is our co-founder and joined Thrifty Traveler in 2016. He is based out of Minneapolis, MN. Nick traveled extensively for work and became obsessed with points and miles in 2009 and since then he has earned over 5 million points from credit card sign up bonuses and maximizing his spending. These miles have afforded him and his wife Abbey many trips all over the world.
Nick developed a love for travel at a young age. His dad was a franchisee for a national restaurant chain that had conventions & meetings all over the United States in which Nick often got to tag along.
When Nick is not working, he is likely playing golf or planning his next vacation, using points & miles of course.
Mikhala Stutzman is our senior editor and joined Thrifty Traveler in February 2018. After studying abroad in 4 different countries in college, this Iowa born-and-raised girl moved to Chongqing, China for a year and fell in love with Chinese landscape, language, and most importantly, food! Her favorite city to travel to is Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Her top thrifty tip is to screenshot maps, addresses, and restaurant names in the native language while still on WiFi to confidently maneuver while you’re out and about. Don’t let your dreams be dreams: go book that flight deal and see the world!
Kyle Potter is our editor-in-chief and joined Thrifty Traveler in March 2018. A longtime Thrifty Traveler follower who believes in the power of miles and points, his goal is to help even the most novice traveler understand the sometimes confusing and complex world of credit cards and frequent flyer programs so they can see more of the world, for less money.
Kyle is a journalist by trade and a native Minnesotan who spends any time he’s not working or traveling with his wife Allie and their corgi, Mikka. His favorite city in the world is Hanoi, Vietnam.
Jon Shallbetter is our Flight Deal Analyst who joined Thrifty Traveler in March 2019. After living in Australia for a year he traveled throughout SE Asia and quickly became a travel addict. Visiting at least one new country a year became one of his top priorities. His favorite city in the world is Sydney, Australia.
When he is not working he typically spending time with his fiancé Sarah attending concerts, watching sports, or discovering new restaurants and breweries. His goal is to help everyone see the world regardless of their income. “I’d rather have a passport full of stamps than a house full of things.”