Brian Kelly

Founder and Editor-In-Chief

Brian Kelly

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.

Through his earning strategies and travel savvy, ThePointsGuy.com now has grown to over 1 Million unique monthly visitors, with a growing staff of ten editors and writers keeping their readers up to date on important points and travel news.

Brian has been featured in over 100 publications and news outlets including The New York TimesCondé Nast TravelerThe Los Angeles TimesThe Independent, CNN, and The Today Show, among others. He has presented at various travel conferences including the LA Times and New York Times Travel Shows, and the annual Chicago Frequent Flyer Seminars.

Brian dishes out more of his signature tips and advice and inspiration on Twitter and Instagram, follow him @ThePointsGuy

 

Articles by The Points Guy

How Should I Use Chase Ultimate Rewards for Hotel Stays?

October 19, 2014

TPG reader Ali tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”I am looking to book a trip to the Caribbean in January and sitting on a lot of Chase points. Any recommendations on hotels?” Winter is coming, at least for those of us who live in colder climates like the Northeast. A nice getaway to the Caribbean may […]

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Which Delta Choice Benefit has the Most Value?

October 19, 2014

TPG reader Ryan sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “I will achieve Platinum status on Delta this year. Which is the best option of the choice benefits?” We’re more than halfway through October at this point, which means there’s not much time left before the end of the year. If you’re going for […]

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How Can I Use Amex Membership Rewards at Ritz Carlton?

October 19, 2014

TPG reader Scotty tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”What’s the best way to use rewards points earned from my American Express Platinum card toward staying at The Ritz-Carlton?” I love Amex points, but I almost never use them for hotel stays. Generally, the transfer partners aren’t that lucrative, and you get less than one cent per […]

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What Are The Best Sites To Purchase Airline Tickets?

October 19, 2014

TPG reader Victoria tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”Are there pros/cons to purchasing tickets directly from an airline versus an online travel agency like Expedia or Travelocity?” I spend a lot of money on airfare, whether it’s for me or for my employees, so it’s extremely important that I maximize every dollar. When deciding where to […]

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Last Chance for Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus

October 18, 2014

As a reminder, Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card a couple weeks ago, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the normal sign-up bonus of 50,000 points. Previously this offer was only available in Chase branches, but was suppose to end last week. However, this offer is officially […]

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250 Free AAdvantage Miles, New United WiFi, Earn 5,000 SkyMiles

October 18, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 250 Bonus AAdvantage Miles For Joining e-Rewards Earn 250 AAdvantage bonus miles for enrolling in the e-Rewards Opinion Panel. You can then earn more miles for taking surveys that have been selected to match your particular interests. When joining the […]

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Contest Roundup: Free Hyatt Nights, Mexico, Argentina, Fiji

October 17, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win trips to Texas for the NCAA football playoffs, Mexico, Argentina, Fiji or a five night getaway in Hyatt property. Win a Five Night Getaway Courtesy of Kiwi, Hyatt, Afar and Ghurka Enter the Jetset the World contest by clicking on your dream destination […]

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Earn 18 United Miles Per Dollar at eBags Today Only

October 17, 2014

For today only (October 17, 2014), the United MileagePlus shopping portal is offering a huge bonus for purchases from Ebags.com. Normally Ebags purchases earn 4 miles per dollar through MileagePlus shopping, but today you’ll earn 18 miles per dollar spent. While this offer isn’t as impressive as the 35 miles per dollar bonus we saw last […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 33% Transfer Bonus to Hilton (Targeted)

October 17, 2014

Following yesterday’s announcement of a targeted 50% transfer bonus to Starwood, American Express Membership Rewardshas also launched a targeted offer for a 33% transfer bonus to Hilton through November 30, 2014.  Membership Rewards is the points program of American Express credit cards such as the Platinum Card, Premier Rewards Gold Card, and the new EveryDay cards, and Hilton HHonors is one of its four hotel […]

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Maximizing Credit Card Bonus Categories to Earn More Points

October 17, 2014

Many of the best points-earning credit cards offer cardholders the opportunity to earn bonus points or miles in certain merchant categories, whether they be grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, or others. With the diversity of credit cards out there and the sheer variety of purchases the average person makes over the course of a year (or even a […]

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Atlantis Paradise Island Now Bookable With Marriott Points

October 16, 2014

Back in July it was announced that the family of Atlantis resorts would become Autograph by Marriott properties- meaning you’d be able to earn points on paid stays and also redeem points for free nights. At that time I guessed they’d range from hotel category 6-8, but it looks like they’ll be 7-9). Per Marriott’s […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 50% Transfer Bonus to Starwood (Targeted)

October 16, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the new EveryDay cards is currently offering a 50% transfer bonus to Starwood Preferred Guest (targeted) through November 30, 2014. Starwood Preferred Guest is one of the four hotel transfer partners of American Express, but the normal transfer ratio is a dismal 3:1, […]

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Earn 7,500 AAdvantage Miles with a Cadillac Test Drive

October 16, 2014

Following last week’s news that American Airlines and Cadillac have partnered to provide a tarmac-to-gate airport transfer program for elite customers with tight connections, the two companies have launched another joint promotion that offers 7,500 AAdvantage miles to all AAdvantage members who test drive a Cadillac at a participating dealership. This is a limited-time offer, but no end date has yet been announced. To […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 American Express Gift Card

October 16, 2014

Earlier this week, we posted that there were some fairly cheap flights available on US Airways to a select group of European destinations for as little as $400 roundtrip. Whether you were planning a trip to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day or Madrid for a last-minute fall trip, these deals were definitely worth it. Although it […]

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Last Chance for Citi Prestige Companion Fare & 15% Discount

October 15, 2014

As I reported back in August, Citi is completely overhauling its flagship Citi Prestige card, adding benefits like a free 4th hotel night, a $250 annual statement credit for airline purchases (including airfare), and Priority Pass lounge access. The card will also lose some benefits, such as the flight points program, the worldwide companion coach class ticket, and […]

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Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Bonus Still Available Until October 19

October 14, 2014

As a reminder, Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the normal sign-up bonus of 50,000 points. Previously this offer was only available in Chase branches, but now you can apply online. This limited-time offer was supposed to end last Friday; however, […]

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Win Tix to the TPG Los Angeles Reader Meet Up and App TPG To Go Launch!

October 14, 2014

My top two resolutions this year have been to release an app with useful new functionality and to host more reader meetings. So far this year we’ve had reader events in NYC and Chicago I’m excited to announce that in two weeks we are headed west to cross off yet another one of my resolutions- releasing my first […]

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Deal Alert: Cheap Southwest Flights from $49 or 2,200 Points

October 14, 2014

Southwest Airlines is currently running a winter fare sale, where you can score some cheap flights from $49 each way to many of their destinations. These fares are based on distance, and one-way fares start at only $49, $99, $129 or $149. To take advantage of these cheap fares, you must book by October 16 for travel […]

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3X Membership Rewards at Restaurants Until 2015 (Targeted)

October 13, 2014

American Express is offering bonus Membership Rewards points to targeted cardholders for purchases made at restaurants in the U.S. through the end of 2014 (promotion landing page). For each dollar you spend, you’ll earn 2 bonus points in addition to the points you normally earn, for a total of 3 points per dollar spent at U.S. […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best for Groceries?

October 12, 2014

TPG reader Chris tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “In your opinion, what is the best credit card for making purchases at the grocery store?”  Credit card spending bonuses can be an easy way to rack up miles. These days, you can find cards that offer bonuses in a wide variety of spending categories, from office supplies […]

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Can I Get the Chase Sapphire Preferred Sign-Up Bonus Twice?

October 12, 2014

TPG reader AnneMarie messaged me on Facebook to ask: “Are you allowed to get the Chase Sapphire Preferred sign up bonus more than once? Is there a certain time that you can wait between cards to get the bonus more than once?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been one of my go-to travel cards […]

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How Does the Economy Affect the Value of Points and Miles?

October 12, 2014

TPG reader Eric tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “With all the major devaluations recently, I was wondering if there are often positive valuation changes when the economy weakens?” I’m generally a positive person, but I feel like lately I’ve been a Debbie Downer, writing constantly about devaluations, programs making negative changes to benefits, and becoming less […]

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Will a Lower Credit Limit Help Me Get Approved for Cards?

October 12, 2014

TPG reader Blake messaged me on Facebook to ask: “Do you ever recommend calling in to receive a lower credit limit than what is granted to you after an instant approval? Is it advantageous to keep limits lower to make room for more cards with the same bank?” I’ve got a huge amount of credit […]

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Free 750 Avios, TrueBlue 50% Bonus, IHG Elite Check-In

October 11, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Purchase 5,000 or More TrueBlue Points and Get a 50% Bonus You can earn a 50% bonus when you purchase a minimum of 5,000 points in JetBlue’s loyalty program TrueBlue. You can earn the bonus on a maximum of 30,000 points. […]

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