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 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 1.5 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

5054 Articles by The Points Guy

Starwood Giveaway, Drink Wine in Italy & Cruise the Amazon

Check out this week’s travel contests and sweepstakes to try your hand at winning Starwood stays & points, a getaway to Amelia Island,  wine tasting in Italy, a tour through Spain or a cruise the Amazon! Win Starwood Points, Stays and Concert Tickets From SPG Register for the “Hear The Music” promotion and you could…

4 Reasons Why US Airlines Are Better Than Singapore First

After my recent journey in Singapore Airlines’ new first class aboard their Boeing 777-300ER, I’ve finally figured out what makes domestic carriers so fantastic—and boiled it down to these four simple things. 1. They encourage sobriety. By offering a poor selection of wines and Champagnes, U.S. carriers create fewer hangovers. Also, think of all the empty calories…

As Profits Soar, Delta Plans International Flight Cuts

As the dollar continues to soar against foreign currencies and the price of oil continues to slump, Delta Air Lines has announced it is significantly scaling back its international network during the fourth quarter of 2015. Certain regions will be impacted more than others, with some areas being cut by as much as 20% and other…

Save 20% on Marriott Hotel eGiftCards – Today Only

Today only, you can buy discounted Marriott Hotel electronic gift cards through the Daily Getaways, an assortment of daily discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs sponsored by the US Travel Association. Today’s deal goes live at 1 pm ET. Here’s what’s being offered: $100 Marriott eGiftCard for $80 — 410 available (maximum purchase limit…

Thursday Giveaway: $500 Hilton Gift Card

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we are giving away a $500 Hilton Gift Card in celebration of the limited offer on the Citi Hilton Reserve card offering two free weekend nights plus a $100 statement credit. Hilton Gift Cards are valid at more than 4,200 hotels and resorts worldwide for room charges, including purchases at on-property restaurants, retail shops, golf courses and…

4 Ways to Use the Citi Hilton Reserve $100 Statement Credit

On Monday I wrote about an improved sign-up bonus for the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card, which is currently offering a $100 statement credit when you spend $100 or more on a Hilton stay in the first three months — that’s in addition to the two free weekend nights you earn by making $2,500 in purchases in the first…

Starwood Launches Tribute Portfolio

Today Starwood Hotels & Resorts introduces the Tribute Portfolio, its 10th brand and second collection of independent hotels. A complement to Starwood’s five-star-focused The Luxury Collection, the Tribute Portfolio will initially focus on four-star properties in the U.S., eventually expanding to Europe and beyond. To celebrate the launch of Tribute Portfolio, SPG is offering members up to 10,000 bonus points for stays at the…

Up to 60% Bonus for Buying IHG Rewards Club Points

IHG Rewards is offering a bonus of up to 60% for purchasing up to 60,000 points through May 8, 2015. The promotion is partially targeted, as the maximum bonus is only 50% for some members. Log in to your IHG account to see what bonus you’ve been offered. Like past buy points promos from IHG, this is a tiered bonus that…

Follow My Whirlwind Trip to Seoul and China

Well, it looks like I’m on the road again—and I want to invite my awesome TPG readers to follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! The first stop of my trip was São Paulo, Brazil for Amfar’s Inspiration Gala São Paulo. I’ve been before, and it’s an incredible party for an amazing cause. My flight there was…