About

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly

Founder and Editor-In-Chief

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

Leigh Rowan

Chief Operating Officer

Leigh Rowan brings a wealth of travel expertise, marketing savvy and organizational prowess to the TPG team. He joins us as a senior leader dedicated to growing TPG readership and engagement. Originally hailing from the Bay Area, Leigh has lived on three continents and in dozens of cities over the past ten years. His favorite travel destinations include Italy, Indonesia, Japan and Kenya. It's only fitting that Leigh met his wife on an... Full Bio

Kate O’Brien

Director of Marketing

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

Ryan Gaines

Content and Community Manager

Ryan joins The Points Guy full time after having spent several years interning and writing while attending New York University.  Ryan has a degree in Hotel and Tourism Management and has held positions with Ritz-Carlton, Starwood as well as other travel blogs. Ryan loves to seek out elite status and flies over 100,000 miles a year primarily on Delta. Some of his favorite destinations are Rome, London, Hawaii and the Caribbean islands. As the... Full Bio

Peter Rothbart

Managing Editor - Points & Miles

Coming from a family of travelers at heart, Peter’s wanderlust was a genetic inevitability. From his first trip overseas, a 3 week jaunt through Europe and Morocco, he was hooked. Having studied aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, he lived abroad conducting research on behalf of the European Space Agency, but later abandoned his field of study to focus on creative endeavors, working with his brother to produce the acclaimed... Full Bio

Melanie Wynne

Travel Editor

Melanie Wynne lives in Los Angeles and writes about travel, food and wine, sharing tips on enjoying the good life with limited vacation time. Before launching her career as a writer, she was a professional artist specializing in multi-media and sculpture. However, the lure of travel led her down a new path — and so far, to more than 50 countries. In addition to running her own travel blogs (including the couples/friends-focused Travels With... Full Bio

Lori Zaino

International Correspondent

After graduating from University of Arizona in 2006, Lori headed straight for New York City. A couple years later she decided to leave her desk job as a fashion buyer behind, and move to Madrid to get a master's degree in Spanish and simultaneously explore as much of Europe as possible. Lori has been residing in Spain for the past 6 years and travels around the world to report on fashion shows and menswear trends for online magazine "Best... Full Bio

Jason Steele

Senior Points & Miles Correspondent

Jason Steele lives in Denver where he writes full-time about the credit card industry and travel rewards. He began his career as a software consultant and a frequent business traveler, but was infected by not just the urge to travel, but to be a pilot. After earning his commercial pilot's license, and flying for a small commercial operation, he chose the more pleasurable path of traveling for fun rather than for work.Trying to travel affordably... Full Bio

Nick Ewen

Senior Points & Miles Correspondent

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

Miles Kelly

TPG Mascot

Miles Kelly is a jet setting Blue French Bulldog originally from the Los Angeles area, however he currently splits his time between Miami Beach and New York City. As a dog on the go, Miles knows the best way to maximize his life by telling his dad, The Points Guy, which card he should be using at the pet store to get him his food, treats and toys. He enjoys globetrotting, lying in the sun, playing with his neighborhood puppy friends and watching... Full Bio