Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly

Founder and CEO

Brian Kelly is The Points Guy, a leader and influencer in the industry of points, miles and travel in general. As a passionate traveler since childhood, Brian used his knowledge and insight to start ThePointsGuy.com during his time as a Wall Street road warrior while traveling the globe for up to six months a year. Brian was able to book exciting and extravagant trips for next to nothing through his hard-earned loyalty points and airline miles, flying first class and... Full Bio

Our Team

Cliff Fleiser

VP of Marketing & Communications

Cliff Fleiser recently joined The Points Guy as Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Previously he held the role of Global Communications Director for a luxury retail company where he lead, developed and executed all North American PR and Global Marketing, Advertising, Event and VIP initiatives. After graduating with a degree in Business and Communications from Wilfred Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, Cliff moved to New York... Full Bio

James Cury

Editorial Director

James Oliver Cury is a native New Yorker and the editorial director of ThePointsGuy.com. He manages the site's writing, reporting, video, social media, and audience development. Over the last decade, he led digital teams at Condé Nast's Details.com, Hearst Digital, and Epicurious.com—winning numerous awards including a James Beard, Webby, MIN, NY Emmy, OMMA, and MPA. Cury was also the food/restaurant editor at Time Out New York. James has... Full Bio

Kate O’Brien

Director of Marketing & Compliance

Kate O’Brien graduated in May of 2012 from Marist College in New York where she studied information technology and accounting. Kate caught the travel bug early in life while enjoying countless vacations with her family, including trips to Hawaii, Canada and the Caribbean. She also spent the spring semester of her junior year studying abroad in Florence, which she regarded as the most rewarding semester of her college career. Some of Kate's... Full Bio

Zach Honig


Zach Honig is Editor-in-Chief of The Points Guy, responsible for the site’s editorial content. He’s a lifelong aviation enthusiast and a private pilot, although he prefers to spend his time in the air in a lie-flat bed, catching up on the latest flicks while dining on caviar and Champagne. Zach has traveled to more than 40 countries by redeeming miles and points. He enjoys helping readers learn to book complex First and Business Class awards... Full Bio

Kaeli Conforti

Senior Editor

Kaeli Conforti is thrilled to be Senior Editor at The Points Guy, where she manages and writes travel content, works with contributors to develop story ideas and promotes new projects like TPGtv, among other things. As a points and miles rookie, she’s excited to learn tips and tricks from the best in the biz and use them to take amazing trips. Originally from Queens, New York, Kaeli also grew up in Kailua, Hawaii and St. Petersburg, Florida.... Full Bio

Emily McNutt

Associate Editor

Emily McNutt is an associate editor at The Points Guy. At TPG, she's responsible for pitching stories and writing and editing content, among other things. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and from New York University in 2015 with a master's degree in magazine writing. From a young age, she's always enjoyed traveling — from family trips to Cape Cod to countless hot summers at Disney... Full Bio

Nick Ellis

Editorial Intern

Nick recently joined The Points Guy as an Assistant Editor. He will be responsible for monitoring TPG’s social media activity, writing news posts, and more. He graduated in May 2015 from the University of Michigan with degrees in International Studies and Spanish. From a young age, he has been fascinated with aviation and travel. His travels have brought him to many beautiful destinations in the United States, as well as to Europe and South... Full Bio

Sarah Silbert

Points & Miles Editor

Sarah manages TPG's points and miles content, and she still can't believe how lucky she is to get to read and write about travel every day. She's always had the travel bug, but since entering the points and miles game several years ago she's been passionate about showing others how they can vastly improve their trips. Her hobbies include singing karaoke in Tokyo, biking in Berlin, wandering around Paris and trying to convince family and friends... Full Bio

Lori Zaino

International Contributor

Lori has been living in Madrid, Spain since 2008 when she left New York City in search of an adventure. She shares her travel knowledge and tips on the Points Guy in addition to traveling around Europe and Asia to report on and photograph fashion, travel and lifestyle for a number of different outlets. Lori is a lover of boutique hotels, red wine, foreign languages, yoga and anything and everything Italian. Despite her love for fashion and... Full Bio

Nick Ewen

Senior Points & Miles Contributor

Nick Ewen has always loved traveling, but his passion for seeing the world took off after a college semester studying abroad in London and traveling throughout Europe. After graduating from Wake Forest University with a degree in business and theater and completing a two-year commitment with Teach For America in Las Vegas, he joined the ranks of the traveling consultants, regularly racking up over 100,000 miles in the air and 100+ nights in... Full Bio

Peter Rothbart

Senior Points and Miles Contributor

Peter Rothbart joined The Points Guy as an editor and contributor in 2014. He produces a variety of points and miles content, including strategy guides, industry news and more. Peter became an award travel enthusiast when, prompted and encouraged by TPG’s own storied voyages, he earned his way to a free Hawaiian vacation in 2011. After years of road-tripping across North America and Europe as a touring musician, his interest in loyalty... Full Bio

Richard Kerr

Senior Points & Miles Contributor

A simple internet search for cheap airfare led Richard to chasing the proverbial white rabbit down the hole towards points and miles. Richard’s passion is exploring the inner workings of loyalty programs in order to provide readers the best strategies for maximizing their loyalty account balances. Richard has traveled to over 40 countries and has lived in the UK and Japan. His wife, Emily, and son, Thomas, are his favorite travel companions.... Full Bio