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  • Name: Daniel Gillaspia 
  • Position: Founder of UponArriving, LLC (est. 2014)
  • Education: University of California, Berkeley, School of Law ’13; Texas A&M University ’10
  • Most used credit card: Amex Gold Card
  • Favorite travel destination: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Top airline redemption: Singapore Suites A380
  • Top hotel redemption: Conrad Maldives

Daniel is a former attorney with a background in white collar crime, fraudulent financial activity, and international affairs. Throughout his higher education career, he gained substantial travel experience by living abroad in places such as the UK, Australia, and Mexico and by constantly exploring new destinations. 

While earning and redeeming millions of miles and getting hooked by the amazing world of credit card rewards, he combined his passion for international travel with his analytical legal background to start producing thoroughly researched content in the intersection between personal finance, credit cards, and travel. 

After using miles and points to take multiple trips around the world and mastering a portfolio of over 20 credit cards for several years, he is now a a full-time credit card rewards and travel expert and spends his days researching the latest deals and news in the credit card rewards/travel space.

He also frequently calls upon his legal background to provide insight into commonly asked questions that deal with topics like TSA restrictions, immigrations and customs, and all things related to credit card terms and conditions. 

His travel and personal finance content has been featured in many prominent media outlets such as National Geographic, Forbes, Smithsonian Magazine, CNBC, ABC, Travel & Leisure, US News, Business Insider, and many more. He has also made several TV appearances discussing topics related to personal finance and travel. 

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  1. Thanks, that’s awesome to hear, and I’m glad you’ve found the info helpful. You are going to love Portugal — definitely one of my favorite places in the world!

    1. It can be ridiculous, but it’s not too asinine on a one way flight that departs from somewhere outside the UK and routes through LHR.

  2. Very nice blog and useful information about credit cards, airline reviews and travel tips in general! Are you still an attorney or are you a full time blogger for uponarriving now?

  3. I recently have had a flight cancelled on 3/23 by UA from TPE to SFO. They did send me a text and my travel agent also informed me about it. He also applied the refund for me. I had to rebook with Evaair to fly to SFO and connected with UA 5648 back to ABQ. I would hope that I will get the half of RT back the credit card. What is the liklyhood if UA take forever to make the refunds?

  4. Just read your article about cruise lines affected by the Corona virus. You left out the Celebrity Infinity that on March 8 and returned on the 14th. We found out 10 days after we returned that someone had the virus. We found out a crew remember died from the virus. Covered up by line. They were not transparent.

  5. In your article regarding glitches with IRS website and stimulus checks, it talks about error messages and possible solutions to assist with resolving them. My question is, my husband and I have filed tax returns for 2018 and 2019, but we OWE money for both years. How will we get our stimulus? The IRS has our bank info because they withdraw their payment, but we keep getting an error message and no option to input direct deposit information. Do we just wait for a check? Any information you can provide would be helpful. Thank you.

    1. If you owe taxes, it will not prevent you from getting the stimulus check. I’m not sure if you will need to input direct deposit details but my guess would be that you would need to since you only have payments set up and they probably are running this on a different system. So I would continue to check every day and try to input your bank details whenever you can finally get through.

      1. Hopefully the next time it doesn’t exclude people who owe back child support because they’re disabled and ordered to pay more in child support than they receive from SSI I get further behind every check I get and I give as much as I possibly can. I get that the money is to help with those effected and not being able to work but some of us need it also

  6. i was declined by chase business for, “insufficient balance in deposit and investment accounts with us”. How would you proceed? I have a 830 credit score and other accounts with them that I pay off most months.

    1. I can’t unsubscribe, you you will have to do that yourself. Simply click on the bell in the bottom right corner of the website and you will see the option to unsubscribe.

  7. My name is Shannon Jackson I over my son SSI will he get a Stimulus.check this month ?

  8. Daniel
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and insight. I’ve been looking for another credit card that has cash rewards on purchases without rotating categories. I presently have Capital One Quicksilver Visa signature card and Capital One platinum Mastercard. The Visa has cashback,no rotating categories, while the M/C has little to offer. May I ask what type of credit card would be best for me? What exactly does the “balance transfer” mean? I am not well versed in credit card information, but my credit is 803, and I pay every month on both with autopay set at minimum balance due. If the amount goes too high, I will pay it all at once.
    I am 62, diagnosed with breast cancer that doesn’t look good and I’m scared. I am trying for early disability as I dont think I will be well enough or alive at 67…My apologies for too many details, but I don’t know where to get answers…
    Any advice would be most welcomed. I really need the cashback rewards with no annual fees. Thank you!

    1. Hi Jane, very sorry about your diagnosis but I’ve seen remarkable turn arounds in health and there’s no reason that can’t be you. Balance transfer means taking the debt of one card and moving it to another, usually with a lower interest rate. It sounds like you would be perfect for the Citi Double Cash which offers 2% back with no annual fee. Check the latest article for more details on that card! Wish you the best!

  9. I had to cancel my flight due to significant changes. I was booked through cheapo air to a flight with Spirit Airlines. No Where can I find a resource to view refund status

  10. Just found your website today while researching the Hyatt Ziva Cabo. By far, the BEST info I’ve found…then understood why…WHOOP! Class of ‘85! We’re leaving for Cabo soon to celebrate my daughter’s HS Graduation. She’s starting at TAMU in July! We travel frequently (on a budget!), and generally cruise. Have never been to Cabo nor stayed at an AI, but figured it would be the closest thing to a cruise we could do right now. Thanks for all the amazing information!

  11. Trying for the Mexico tourist card and entering a smaller airport that is not listed? There is no “other” button to click to allow me to complete my entry. Why do I do now?

  12. How would you suggest proceeding with a IHG Staybridge that has not had a fully functioning toilet since checkin approximately three months ago? The manager was informed about it immediately but even with brief power outage, no air conditioner in hallways or lobby and hot water going out for 24hrs he seems hesitant>unwilling to offer anything. Living in hotels due to forced medical tourism and attempting to get immunotherapy cancer treatment as well as clinical trial stem cell study participant.

  13. Hi Daniel,
    Great coverage of the USS Arizona Memorial Gardens at Salt River. I’d love to share more as I work for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

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