Brian Kelly

The Points Guy

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 2.6 Million unique monthly visitors and 1.3 million followers on social media, with a growing staff of 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, TED 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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, follow him @ThePointsGuy.

5712 Articles by The Points Guy

What Time Should I Depart for Asia to Avoid Jet Lag?

TPG reader Brandon sent me a message on Facebook to ask about jet lag: “My wife and I are flying from San Francisco to Hong Kong this fall. What’s easier on the body: arriving in the morning or evening?” There are entire books on the subject of how to avoid jet lag, and you can find all kinds…

Can I Earn Points for Hotel Stays If Someone Else Checks in?

TPG reader Jeff sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning hotel points: “On an upcoming trip, my wife will arrive at our hotel 10 hours before me. Can I still make the reservation and earn points for our stay with Marriott?” Award travel is a great multi-player game, and a lot of opportunities open…

Does the Chase Amazon.com Rewards Card Offer Good Value?

TPG reader Matt sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning rewards for Amazon purchases: “What do you think of the Amazon branded Visa from Chase. I know I can use the points for cash back and travel; is that a good option?” There are a lot of cash-back credit cards out there, offering a variety of…

Will I Earn AAdvantage Miles Based on Distance or Price?

TPG reader Ben emailed me to ask about earning AAdvantage miles: “I know American Airlines is changing how miles are earned in the second half of 2016, but if I purchase a ticket now for a flight in October, will I earn miles based on the current system (flight distance) or the new system (ticket price)?” Last fall, American Airlines…

Do Refunds Count Against Spending Toward a Sign-up Bonus?

TPG reader Lance sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning a credit card sign-up bonus: “If I’m trying to meet the spending requirement for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, will refunds count against my total? The terms and conditions don’t mention refunded purchases in the list of non-qualifying transactions.” The top credit card sign-up bonuses can…

TPGtv Episode 12: Spending My Birthday at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

Never miss an episode: Click here to subscribe to The Points Guy on YouTube! Costa Rica’s all about doing active things, so I couldn’t wait to spend my birthday soaking up the Costa Rican sun with some of my friends at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort and checking out some of the area’s activities like…

Can I Use Award Booking Services for Help Redeeming Miles?

TPG reader Karen sent me an email to ask about award booking services: I read your post about not using brokers, but what do you think about paying someone to help me figure out how to use my own points? I’ve learned a lot about award travel, but I’m still a newbie, and I think it’s…