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 staying at luxury hotels all for less than the cost of a coach ticket and a hostel bed. Due to the immense interest in his tips and advice, Brian left his Wall Street job in June 2011 to grow his site and travel the world full-time.
Scott Kidder is the Chief Operating Officer of The Points Guy, one of the largest travel and credit card sites on the web. Owned by publicly traded Bankrate, The Points Guy reaches over 3 million people a month and helps people travel around the world for cheap. As COO, Scott oversees revenue, technology & product, data and analytics, and whatever else he sticks his nose in.
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.
James Oliver Cury was born and raised in Manhattan, and has lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, and Brooklyn. He has written about foreign cultures--and flavors--as a food writer for Time Out New York, and spent many years judging restaurants and cooking competitions as executive editor of Epicurious.com. He’s visited small wineries in Tuscany and Piedmont, sampled rare African fruit on safari in Cape Town, climbed up waterfalls in the Dominican Republic, consumed way too much vodka in Warsaw, and actually enjoyed haggis at a Scottish castle—bagpipes blaring in the background.
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 other memorable trips from her time in Europe include Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Corfu, the French Riviera and Munich. In October of 2015, Kate travelled to Cape Town, South Africa with The Points Guy while filming TPGtv and (not surprisingly) found her new favorite travel destination.
Zach 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 50 countries by redeeming miles and points. He enjoys helping readers learn to book complex First and Business Class awards while maximizing hotel redemptions once they arrive at their destination.
Originally from New York, Kaeli also grew up in Kailua, Hawaii, and St. Petersburg, Florida, before moving back to the Big Apple in 2011. Some of her favorite places on earth are the Blue Mountains and Great Ocean Road in Australia, Machu Picchu, Lake Como, Paris and the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota, a truly underrated-but-beautiful part of the country. Kaeli loves hearing Aussie accents, traveling solo and that feeling you get while wandering aimlessly in a new city. Follow along with all her travel adventures on Twitter and Instagram: @KaeliTravels and #WhereInTheWorldIsKaeli.
Emily McNutt has been an avid traveler from a young age. From the annual family trip from Upstate New York to Disney World (and forever being scarred by the "It's a Small World" song on repeat), to the summer getaways in Cape Cod, Emily's affinity for venturing to new places has only grown. Since those summer days on Wellfleet's beaches, Emily's traveled to experience all four seasons in one day in Cape Town and the frigid Nordic air in Tromsø, Norway. In all, she's visited six continents (still looking for that one Antarctica opportunity!). Some of her favorite destinations to date include Tallinn, Estonia; Cape Town, South Africa; and Auckland, New Zealand — and, of course, Cape Cod! Her travel bucket list includes Namibia, Rwanda, exploring more of New Zealand, Georgia (the country), Vietnam, Bolivia, Chile, Greenland, Iceland, Tanzania and Madagascar.
You can reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @emm_mcnutt
Sarah's been obsessed with travel ever since age six, when her family took a cruise trip to Mexico — though she quickly learned she prefers traveling by plane and staying on land, ideally at a Hyatt or SPG property. Her favorite destinations include Bermuda, Cambodia, Ireland and Japan, and she's been able to visit each multiple times thanks to the points and miles hobby. In addition to helping TPG readers book their dream trips, she enjoys acting as an unofficial credit card consultant to friends and family.
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 programs paired well with his profound appreciation for air travel and any bed that wasn’t the back seat of a van.
When he’s not writing, traveling or performing, Peter can often be found working with his brother to produce FOUND Magazine, raking in poker chips at Vegas casinos, or ruling the dodgeball courts of the Pacific Northwest with lethal marksmanship.
An 8 year veteran naval officer, Richard has been on the road since leaving Georgia to attend high school in the United Kingdom. Richard’s journeys have taken him around the world from serving onboard a nuclear submarine to living in Japan for three years. He has flown 12 different international first class products, visited 40 countries, and spends his spare time dissecting loyalty program award charts in order to maximize the value of his points and miles. Richard is COO of TravelingDad.com and founder of the Travel Hacking 101 Facebook community. Richard holds a BBA in International Business from The Georgia College.