About Thrifty Traveler

Welcome to Thrifty Traveler – and to the world of cheap travel.

Our mission here at Thrifty Traveler is simple: to show you that travel doesn’t have to be expensive. Through finding flight deals, using credit card points and airline miles, and smart money-saving strategies, almost anyone can get out to see the world. We live to help you travel more for less.

That’s why we post flight deals every single day. That’s why we run Thrifty Traveler Premium, our paid subscription service for both domestic and international flight deals. And it’s why we try to break down the confusing world of airlines, hotel chains, points and miles, and more down to their bare essentials to make them understandable to the average and aspiring traveler.

The travel world is constantly changing … and that’s more true than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So from travel restrictions to testing requirements and the ins and outs of the airline industry, we cover the biggest news to help you make sense of it all – and how it may affect your travels.

What started off as a passion project and one-man operation in 2015 has blossomed into an entire team of Thrifty Travelers. Meet our team.

Questions? Email us at help (at) thriftytraveler.com

The Thrifty Traveler Team

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Jared Kamrowski

CEO and Founder

Jared Kamrowski is our founder and CEO, and he’s not like your average travel entrepreneur. After graduating from college with a mountain of debt, he and his wife wanted to travel – but had to do it on the cheap. Over the years he and Mrs. TT have devised a simple strategy to travel to amazing places – without emptying their bank account. And that’s what this site is all about.

A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) by trade, Jared’s prior job required him to travel 100 nights a year, which quickly acquainted him with many airline and hotel rewards programs. That led him to create Thrifty Traveler in 2015 as a way to pass on all his tips and tricks. Just two years later, he made Thrifty Traveler his full-time job – and it’s only grown since then.

But his goal hasn’t changed: Teach you how to find the cheapest flights and minimize travel costs using points and miles. And above all, show you that travel doesn’t have to be expensive.

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Nick Serati

Co-founder

Nick Serati is our co-founder and joined Thrifty Traveler in 2016. Nick traveled extensively for work and became obsessed with points and miles in 2009, piling up more than 5 million points since then from credit cards 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 by tagging along with his dad to conventions and meetings all over the United States. When Nick isn’t working, he is likely playing golf or planning his next vacation – using points and miles, of course.

Erica joined Thrifty Traveler in 2019 after spending a decade in the wine industry. Her love of travel started at 13 with a trip to France. She studied abroad in Montpellier, France in 2007. Jared and Erica met in 2011 and have been traveling the world together ever since. 

When she’s not traveling, Erica loves cooking, zumba, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

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Mikhala Stutzman

Member Experience Specialist

Mikhala Stutzman joined the Thrifty Traveler team in 2018 after returning from teaching English in Chongqing, China. She helps readers, followers, and members find answers to their travel questions and make the most of our flight deal alerts.

Her travel obsessions include booking quirky Airbnbs, creating color-coded Google My Maps for trips, and finding the best street food in every city. Some of her favorite trips include driving a campervan around Iceland, eating her way through Thailand and Vietnam, and going inside the Pyramids of Giza.

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Kyle Potter

Executive Editor

Kyle Potter is our executive editor who joined Thrifty Traveler in 2018. A longtime Thrifty Traveler follower who believes in the power of travel, his goal is to help even the most novice traveler understand the sometimes confusing and complex world of airlines, credit cards, and frequent flyer programs so they can see more of the world for less.

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.

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Jon Shallbetter

Chief Flight Analyst

Jon Shallbetter is our Chief Flight Analyst who joined Thrifty Traveler in 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. 

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Rhea Anabu

Flight Analyst

Rhea Anabu joined the Thrifty Traveler team in 2018.

She manages all of Thrifty Traveler’s domestic and international flight deals posted on the website daily, and helps find domestic and international flight deals for TT’s Premium members.

Rhea is an artist and loves to sing & build miniatures in her free time. She is also a home baker: she enjoys making cakes & pastries.

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Rae Noreen Blanco

Flight Analyst

Rae is a flight deal analyst and joined Thrifty Traveler in 2021. Her goal is to find cheap domestic and international deals to send to Thrifty Traveler Premium members.

She enjoys baking and cooking for her family. And during her free time, she loves watching travel and food vlogs.

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Gunnar Olson

Editor / Flight Analyst

Gunnar Olson helps readers digest the ever-changing world of flight deals and travel news. He joined Thrifty Traveler in 2021 after years working in local TV news in the Twin Cities.

He honed his cheap travel skills during years of last-minute ski trips chasing snow storms into the mountains. Gunnar’s favorite part of any trip is getting to the highest point and soaking in the view. His favorite places he’s ever been include the Swiss Alps, Vancouver, Iceland, Patagonia, and Antarctica.

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Roxanne Tronco

Member Experience Assistant

Roxanne joined the Thrifty Traveler team as the Customer Support Assistant in 2021. She is passionate about spending time outside hiking, camping, scuba diving, and visiting other countries. Her next travel bucket list item? Skydiving!

 

Have questions about your Thrifty Traveler Premium subscription or a media inquiry? Email us at help (at) thriftytraveler.com

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