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

British Airways Fare Sale $1,575 r/t Business Class from UK

November 28, 2014

British Airways has just launched a great fare sale for holiday travel originating at London Heathrow (LHR) or Manchester (MAN), which enables you to book two Club World business class fares for £2,014/~$3,15o (or one for £1,007/~$1,575, inclusive of all taxes, fees and carrier charges, to a wide variety of destinations. Fares must be booked by December 4, 2014, outbound […]

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Contest Roundup: 20K From Barclaycard, Shop in Beverly Hills, Paris

November 28, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to see Jersey Boys in Las Vegas, walk the red carpet at the Empire Premiere in Los Angeles, win up to $20,000 from Barclaycard, shop in Beverly Hills or sport a new Baume & Mercier watch in Paris.  Win up to $20,000 From […]

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Holiday Shopping Portal Deals for Black Friday/Cyber Monday

November 28, 2014

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest shopping days of the years, and while you can get some amazing hotel offers, in-store deals and other discounts, it’s also a perfect opportunity to maximize points and miles earning for shopping via online portals. What are Shopping Portals? Shopping portals act as middlemen, inviting customers to shop at specific retailers […]

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Earn Bonus Miles with the United MileagePlus X App

November 27, 2014

Just in time for Black Friday, United Airlines has launched MileagePlus X, a new app for iOS and Android mobile devices that enables MileagePlus members to earn up to 4 miles per dollar for shopping at participating merchants. Presently targeted to select MileagePlus members by email, the free app will be made more widely available throughout the holiday season. If you’ve been […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Year Free of Silvercar, a $9000 Value!

November 27, 2014

The internet has been buzzing lately with the introduction of a new car rental service called Silvercar, a unique service which offers only fully loaded Audi’s to all customers at its airport locations around the country. Founded with a mission to eliminate typical frustrations that have plagued its industry for decades, Silvercar is paving the way […]

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Singapore & Virgin Australia Launch Point Conversion Option

November 26, 2014

Last week, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia enhanced their partnership by launching a new feature that enables KrisFlyer and Velocity Frequent Flyer members to convert points and miles between the two programs. This new (and pretty unique) conversion capability offers frequent flyers greater access to upgrades and award seats across the combined network of the two airlines. Velocity Frequent Flyer members can now […]

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Citi ThankYou Rewards 100% Transfer Bonus to Hilton HHonors

November 25, 2014

For a limited time, Citi ThankYou Rewards is offering a 100% bonus on points transferred to hotel partner Hilton HHonors. Normally ThankYou Points transfer to Hilton at 1:1, but through January 8, 2015, you’ll get 2,000 HHonors points for every 1,000 ThankYou Points you transfer. Since Citi added 9 airline transfer partners this year Citi, Hilton is […]

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IHG Releases PointBreaks List for November 24-February 28

November 25, 2014

IHG just released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for November 24- February 28, 2015. PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels (Intercontinental, EVEN Hotels, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 Rewards Club points for a free night, and change every few months. While many of the participating properties are in fairly mundane destinations, there are always a few […]

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Delta to Launch London – Philadelphia Route in 2015

November 24, 2014

In an expansion of the code-sharing partnership started almost one year ago, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic will introduce non-stop service from London Heathrow (LHR) to Philadelphia (PHL). Starting on April 8, 2015, this daily service will be Delta’s eighth destination to the U.S. from Heathrow. The news of this Delta service to PHL (which has long been […]

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Deal Alert: $19 Frontier Airlines Fares

November 24, 2014

Frontier Airlines is having a one day sale today with flights starting at $19 from Atlanta, GA; Bloomington/Normal, IL; Chicago-O-Hare; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland; Denver; Harrisburg, PA; Madison, WI; Omaha, Phoenix, Trenton/Princeton; Washington-Dulles, and Wilmington, DE  for select dates this December. If you are interested in scoring any of these fares for $19, be sure to book […]

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When Must I Meet the Spend Threshold for a Sign-Up Bonus?

November 23, 2014

TPG reader Sophia tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Must the minimum spending requirement be met when my third statement closes or exactly 90 days after opening the account in order to earn a sign-up bonus?” In order to get lucrative credit card sign-up bonuses, you often have to hit spend thresholds. For example, the BarclayCard Arrival Plus, […]

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Will Delta MQMs Roll Over If I Don’t Qualify on MQDs?

November 23, 2014

TPG reader Scott tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Do Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles roll over if you haven’t qualified on Medallion Qualifying Dollars? I have 65k MQMs this year but am only a Silver Medallion.”  In 2014, both Delta and United instituted revenue requirements to qualify for elite status. For example, if you fly 100,000 miles […]

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Should I Get the Southwest Companion Pass Now or in 2015?

November 23, 2014

TPG reader Mike tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Is now the best time to get the Southwest credit card if I want the Companion Pass, or should I wait until 2015?”  The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most amazing airline perks out there. It lets you bring a designated companion along on any Southwest […]

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What are the Most Aspirational Hotel Award Redemptions?

November 23, 2014

TPG reader Krassi tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What are the most aspirational hotel award redemptions out there?” Over the past year, we’ve seen a lot of hotel programs devalue, meaning you need to use more points than ever for award nights–especially at the higher end properties. Krassi is curious about my top picks for hotel awards, so I put […]

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Double Points To Asia, Bonus HHonors, Discounted Starpoints

November 22, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Double Business Extra points with American Flying to Asia from the USA American Airlines has partnered with Japan Airlines to offer double Business Extra points when you travel on American Airlines or codeshare (AA) flights operated by Japan […]

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Chase VIP Shopping Mall Lounge for United Cardmembers

November 21, 2014

This holiday season, Chase is offering VIP lounges for United MileagePlus cardholders at two major US shopping malls, one in San Francisco, and the other in Short Hills, NJ. These lounges will be accessible to primary cardholders of any Chase United card (including the MileagePlus Explorer, the MileagePlus Club card, and business versions), along with up […]

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Contest Roundup: Win Air France Miles, London Trip, Relax in Puerto Rico

November 21, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win a wine trip to France, win thousands of Air France miles, see relax in Puerto Rico, eat your way through Palm Beach & tour London. Win Thousands of Miles From Air France Play the Mr. Miles game and have a chance […]

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Delta Announces New Airbus A350 and A330-900 Orders

November 21, 2014

In a blow to American aviation manufacturer Boeing, Delta announced yesterday that from 2017 to 2019, the airline will replace its older Boeing 747-400s and 767-300ERs with 25 long-haul A350-900s and 25 medium-haul A330-900neos from European-owned Airbus, which feature Rolls Royce engines, and are expected to save 20% per seat in operating costs. The retail cost of these 50 new […]

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What Are Points & Miles Worth? November Monthly Valuations

November 21, 2014

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers […]

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My Favorite Use of Points Ever? VIP at the Knicks With SPG

November 20, 2014

As airlines and hotels programs devalue their points by increasing the amount of points needed for free flights and rooms, redeeming for non-travel experiences is becoming more and more appealing. Especially for road warriors, sometimes a vacation is not traveling. I’m in a similar situation where I have tons of points, but the real pleasure […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 TodayTix Broadway Ticket Voucher

November 20, 2014

One of the great cultural perks of New York City, is it’s amazing theatre scene. From classics by Ibsen to dazzling showstopping productions like Kinky Boots, there is something for everyone! Unfortunately, some theatre ticket prices have recently reached stratospheric heights and buying a ticket requires a lot of planning and funds. Now, the app TodayTix offers […]

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JetBlue Adds Checked Bag Fees and More Seats, Loses Legroom

November 20, 2014

In a move designed to satisfy its shareholders rather than its customers, JetBlue will soon begin charging checked bag fees, and in mid-2016, will begin adding more seats to its popular Airbus A320s. Having seen the success, however controversial, of budget carriers who charge individual fees for everything from carry-on bags to seat assignments, JetBlue projects that […]

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Starwood Preferred Guest 25% Discount for Buying Starpoints

November 19, 2014

Starwood Preferred Guest is offering a 25% discount on purchased Starpoints now through December 31, 2014. Much like the last time this promotion was offered, the discount is tiered. To get the full 25% off, you’ll need to purchase the maximum amount of 20,000 points. The tiers are set up as follows: • Buy 500–9,500 Starpoints, get 10% […]

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Earn 4,000 United MileagePlus Miles with Softcard

November 19, 2014

Through February 28, 2015, you can earn up to 4,000 United miles when you connect a Chase United MileagePlus card to the Softcard contactless payment app for Android and Windows phones, and make purchases via the app with the linked card. You’ll earn 2,500 United MileagePlus miles for connecting a United card and making your first Softcard purchase; then earn an additional 500 miles for each month (through February […]

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