Author Profile

  • 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 redemptionSingapore Suites A380
  • Top hotel redemptionConrad 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.