About PointsLounge

I’m Chris Carley and I created PointsLounge because I love talking about travel points and travel in general (just ask my long-suffering family, friends, and coworkers)!

I began traveling at an early age, visiting places I affectionally term “the usual suspects” (destinations many people visit): Orlando, Los Angeles, and Hawaii.

After several years of working 60-hours a week, my wife — who practically grew up on cruise ships and once interned in Europe —  persuaded me to spend less time at a desk and more time exploring the world.

While traveling can be very expensive and stressful, we learned it doesn’t have to be.

PointsLounge founder Chris Carley and his wife Randee sitting in business class on an Air France 777.

Randee and me (the one with the geek-out smile) sitting in business class on an Air France 777. These seats cost as much as $10,000 each. Ours were free, thanks to Delta and American Express Membership Rewards points.

We dove head-first into the world of travel points and miles. We read blogs, attended meet-ups, traveled to points and miles seminars, and spent God know how much time literally learning on the fly.

Most of our trips are funded using airline, hotel, and credit card reward points. We also developed a fondness for airport and hotel lounges. (That’s how the title “PointsLounge” came into existence.)

Since joining the points and travel hobby in 2014, our travels have taken us to Japan, China, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and almost 20 of the United States. We love mileage runs (trips spend solely on airplanes and in airports) and quick trips that earn us elite airline mileage and hotel stay credits — yet have us home in time for work on Mondays!

A quick sightseeing trip to the Great Wall of China during a day-and-a-half mileage run/mini-vacation to Beijing.

A quick sightseeing trip to the Great Wall of China during a day-and-a-half mileage run/mini-vacation to Beijing.

We love helping people new to the points, miles, and travel hobby learn how to get started. We’re still somewhat new to the game — and with frequent flyer and hotel loyalty programs constantly changing, there’s always some sort of a learning curve.

Contact us at chris@pointslounge.com or on our Twitter page!

 

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