Dear Reader! Welcome to the newest part of Wonder, Learn, Invest, "Lou's Reviews."
I'm Louis, the creator of this site. I was originally driven by my desire to encourage people (family, friends, the world) to invest money at a young age: for wealth, for security, for happiness. Then, I ran out of advice and started the blog. Until now, I've avoided writing in first-person like the plague: this site is for you, not about me. But some narratives need a voice...
I'm now traveling more than ever. Sustaining a long-distance (read: transatlantic) relationship requires either misery or many plane tickets. I chose the latter. Airlines and airports have a funny way of establishing some f*cking frustrating classist nonsense. Every time I've walked by a luxury lounge or through the first-class section of a plane, I've felt unfairly left out and annoyed.
Some would say, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." I decided to beat them and join them. Ha! How? Well, I travel for free (usually). You can read about that here, here, and here. My tally is more than $6,000 in free flights. I churn through credit cards to stack up hundreds of thousands of points and miles, which you can read about in summary here. I stockpile as many benefits as possible so that I'm usually entitled to most of the "elite" privileges of travel.
"Lou's Reviews" is the new outlet for my storytelling urges. I'll be reviewing the various lounges I visit and first-class flights I take. I won't be taking anything seriously, I will be sneaking into places I shouldn't be, and I will keep allowing Citi, Barclays, Chase, and American Express to fund my wanderlust and my long-distance love. I know nothing about wine, never dress up for flights, and really get under the skin of the old white dudes who paid to be where I show up. Am I a hero? That's for you to decide.*
*correct answer: yes.