Brian Kelly

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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

Citi Launches New Expedia Credit Cards

September 18, 2014

Hot on the heels of the launch of its newly revamped Expedia+ Rewards program this summer, the online travel agency has unveiled two new credit cards in conjunction with Citi, and Team TPG got all the details at a launch event last night. Here are the details on each card and the benefits they include. […]

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How To Maximize Current Club Carlson Promotions

September 18, 2014

Club Carlson, the loyalty program of brands including Radisson, Radisson Blu and Park Inn, is running a few different promotions right now that make it possible to rack up thousands of points and miles. 7,500 Bonus American AAdvantage Miles Now through December 15, 2014, when you book and complete two eligible stays at Radisson hotels, […]

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Earn Triple Southwest Points Through November 20 (Targeted)

September 18, 2014

Southwest recently launched a targeted offer where Rapid Rewards members can earn triple points on flights between now and November 20, 2014. You must register by November 20 and then book and fly by that day as well. The terms are clear that the offer is targeted to recipients of the email that Southwest sent […]

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Thursday Giveaway: 75,000 Hyatt Gold Passport Rewards Points

September 18, 2014

Last year, Hyatt and MGM Resorts formed a strategic partnership in Las Vegas between their two in-house loyalty programs. Hyatt Gold Passport members are able to earn and redeem points at 12 M life destinations in Vegas, and members are also be able to earn credit toward tier status for eligible stays and eligible nights at participating […]

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Six Top Credit Cards For International Travel

September 17, 2014

International travel often involves extra planning to make sure your trip goes smoothly. TPG Contributor Eric Rosen recently wrote about how to prepare for international travel, and among his considerations was the importance of bringing the right credit card. There are some obvious factors to consider, like whether a card levies foreign transaction fees, and some less obvious ones, like whether it […]

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Deal Alert: $19 Fares on Frontier Airlines To and From Phoenix

September 17, 2014

Frontier Airlines is making a push for the Phoenix market and just announced 3 new non-stop routes from Phoenix Sky Harbor to Salt Lake City, Houston, and San Francisco. To celebrate, they’re offering a limited number of $19 fares for flights from December 2nd through January 27, 2015 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, for travel purchased by 11:59pm Eastern tonight, September 17, 2014. […]

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Why Elite Upgrades Are Harder to Get & How To Work Around It

September 16, 2014

Earlier today, the New York Times published an article by Billy Witz titled, “Flight Upgrades Much Harder to Secure, Even for Elite Travelers,” in which I was quoted. As I point out, airline upgrades are behaving much like the rest of the economy where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, […]

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35,000 Bonus Miles on United & Air Canada to/from London

September 16, 2014

Star Alliance partners United Airlines and Air Canada are presently running a joint promotion that will allow MileagePlus and Aeroplan members to earn up to 35,000 bonus miles on non-stop flights between the US or Canada and London Heathrow (LHR). Miles can be banked to either United or Air Canada. To take advantage of this offer, you must purchase tickets in eligible fare […]

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Win Hyatt Gold Passport Points & Trips to New Zealand and New York

September 16, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win trips to New Zealand, New York, Los Angeles, Honolulu or Southern California. Win 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport Bonus Points From MakeVegasYours.com You have five chances to win a set of 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points, and five winners will be selected at random. […]

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Last Chance: 100K Ritz-Carlton Rewards & Double Elite Nights

September 15, 2014

Ritz-Calrton usually flies under the radar a bit, since you are limited to only having a Ritz-Carlton or Marriott account, but they currently a lucrative bonus offer that is going on through the end of October. If you’ve already met status requirements for the year with other chains like Hyatt or Starwood and want to expand your elite horizons, […]

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IHG Rewards Club 100% Buy Points Bonus

September 15, 2014

IHG Rewards is offering up to a 100% bonus for purchasing 50,000 or more points through September 22, 2014. IHG offers bonuses for points purchases every so often, ranging from 25% to 100%, so this is one of the better buy points promotions you’ll see from them. You can purchase points in increments of 1,000: 1,000 – 10,000 points for […]

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How Can I Earn AAdvantage Platinum Status Besides Flying?

September 14, 2014

TPG Reader Tim tweeted me to ask: “‪@thepointsguy: Does American Airlines offer alternatives to obtain Executive Platinum status? If so, who do I call? I am currently an AAdvantage Platinum member.” We’re more than halfway through 2014, and I know that many elite travelers (myself included) are looking at their elite status qualification requirements, as we only […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best for Economy Awards to London?

September 14, 2014

TPG Reader Steven tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy: “I value free/low-cost economy flights to London Heathrow. On which credit card should I concentrate my spending? I have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus, and the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard.” I usually use my miles and points to book business class flights or […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best for Miscellaneous Travel Expenses?

September 14, 2014

TPG reader Gisele emailed me to ask: “I’m organizing a trip to Italy in the spring and would like to know if there’s a good credit card for less obvious travel expenses, such as Eurorail passes, museum tickets, tour buses, etc. I also would like to use Airbnb instead of a hotel. Do you have […]

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Should I Call if I Don’t Get Instant Credit Card Approval?

September 14, 2014

TPG reader Brian asked me on Facebook: “If my online credit card application isn’t approved instantly, is there any benefit to calling the reconsideration line right away rather than waiting until I receive a yes or no decision? Would it be better to wait and then call if the decision is no?” Applying for credit cards […]

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Bonus Club Carlson Points, BA Adds SFO A380 Service, & More

September 13, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Club Carlson Bonus Points For Bookings Via App: You can earn 3,000 bonus Gold Points for each stay booked through the Club Carlson mobile app. You must book AND stay via the app by November 14, 2014. The app […]

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GoGo WiFi Offering Free Texting for T-Mobile Customers

September 12, 2014

Gogo WiFi and T-Mobile have partnered up to offer T-Mobile customers free text messaging on Gogo WiFi equipped planes starting next Wednesday,  September 17th. This means T-Mobile customers will be able to send and receive text messaged aboard over 2,000 commercial aircraft including those from Delta, American, United, US Airways, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines. Here’s what […]

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Southwest Airlines Announces New Service to Costa Rica

September 12, 2014

Earlier this year I visited the Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica and fell in love with the “pura vida” lifestyle. Traveling there, I flew into Liberia Airport, though newly minted international airline Southwest just announced that they have plans to serve the countries’ other main airport, San Jose. Southwest Airlines is planning to launch new service to San Jose, Costa Rica next […]

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Quarterly 5% Bonus Categories: Chase Freedom & Discover It

September 12, 2014

In my ongoing quest for award travel, I tend to be pretty mindful of which credit card I use for various purchases. A card that offers a good return on groceries might offer only a pittance for hotel spending, so to maximize points and miles earnings, I’m keenly aware of which cards have the best bonuses in each category. For most […]

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Is Upgrading to the American Express Platinum Worthwhile?

September 11, 2014

I recently helped my parents book an epic trip to Italy using 125,000 Delta SkyMiles each for Alitalia business class from New York (JFK)- Rome and returning from Milan back to JFK. My parents used their miles from the Barclaycard Arrival Plus to pay for some nice bed and breakfasts in Italy, and then used Hyatt and Starpoints to […]

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Thursday Giveaway: US Open Gift Pack & $200 Amex Gift Card

September 11, 2014

Every year, tens of thousands of tennis fans descend upon Flushing, Queens, New York to watch athletes compete for our nations biggest prize at the US Open. Officially touted as the World Largest Attended Annual Sporting event, the two-week long event brings together the world’s greatest players, from lauded champions like Roger Federer to up-and-comers like Belinda […]

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Win Trips to Mexico, Belize, Mauritius & New York City

September 10, 2014

Here are some of this week’s fun travel contests and sweepstakes from around the Web – and here’s hoping you win a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go! Win a Trip to Baja California From Discover Baja  Follow these steps: Follow @Discoverbaja on Twitter Send a tweet to share how you Do Baja, including the hash tag #DoBaja (e.g., […]

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Hotel Deals This Week: SPG Hot Escapes, Marriott, Travelzoo

September 10, 2014

Looking for a last minute vacation? Each week, I’ll note some great deals, including some of the SPG Hot Escapes and other promotions that you can take advantage of to save money on your next getaway. SPG Hot Escapes Top Picks For September 10-13, 2014 SPG Hot Escapes is a promotion that offers weekly hotel discounts at […]

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Apple Launches New iPhones, Apple Pay and Apple Watch

September 9, 2014

When it comes to travel gear, my phone is one of my first considerations. I’m on my phone a lot, even when traveling internationally, and with the amount of use I get out of it, I put a fair amount of thought into which models and features I choose. I’ve been an iPhone user for years […]

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