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

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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Chase Freedom Increased 20,000 Sign-Up Bonus

November 18, 2014

I’ve had the Chase Freedom card for years now and it becomes even more powerful when combined with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and/or Ink Plus and Bold cards. The standard sign-up bonus on the Freedom card is $100 (10,000 points) when you spend $500 within the first three months of card membership, however for a limited-time they are offering a $200 (20,000 points) sign-up bonus. […]

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Redeeming United Miles for Airport Purchases

November 18, 2014

As part of $120 million worth of ongoing renovations to Terminal C at Newark Liberty Airport (EWR), United passengers can now pay for on-site food and merchandise with their MileagePlus miles rather than cash. To facilitate this new process, the high-traffic terminal is providing public use iPads at various seating areas that enable MileagePlus fliers to scan their boarding passes or enter […]

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American Express Centurion Studio at Seattle Announced

November 17, 2014

Today American Express announced plans to create a Centurion Studio Lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at some point in 2015. I asked for clarification on the date, but none was available, nor are there concept pictures available. It will be located right off the main terminal toward concourse B, post-security and easily accessible to all terminals.  This […]

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Book an Orbitz Flight and Get a $100 Hotel Promo Code

November 17, 2014

From now through November 23, 2014, when you book a round-trip flight through Orbitz using Visa Checkout as your payment method, you’ll receive a promo code for a $100 discount on an Orbitz hotel stay completed between now and June 30, 2015. To participate in this promotion, you’ll have to sign up through Orbitz for Visa Checkout, an encrypted digital wallet service […]

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Registration Now Open for Amex Small Business Saturday

November 17, 2014

Registration is now officially open for the American Express’s annual Small Business Saturday, a shopping event that will occur on Saturday November 29, 2014. On this day, American Express cardholders will receive up to three $10 statement credit on purchases of $10 or more for up to $30 in statement credits per registered card at local businesses (an even better […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best For Multiple Programs?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader John tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “My employees and I have at least 100 flights and hotel stays annually with various airlines and hotel chains. What credit card should I use?” Back when I was traveling a lot with Morgan Stanley, I luckily had my choice of airlines (most of the time). However, when it comes to […]

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Can I Use Amex Membership Rewards to Book Travel for Others?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader Darlene emailed me to ask: “My mother-in law has a ton of American Express Membership Rewards points, and she wants to use them to send me and my husband on a vacation. Can she book the travel through her account and put our names in?” Over the years, credit card programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards […]

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Can I Get Both Cash Back & Miles from Shopping Portals?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader Marc tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “Can you blend shopping portals? For example, can I use the Southwest portal to get miles and still use Ebates to get cash back, or must I choose one or the other?” Shopping portals are one of the easiest ways to rack up points and miles for […]

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Is Hyatt’s Cash + Points Booking Option a Good Value?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader Victoria tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “What do you think of Hyatt’s Cash + Points booking option versus just paying full price or saving up points to book rewards? I  always like having options when it comes time to redeem my points, so I was happy when Hyatt introduced the Cash + […]

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Bonus AAdvantage Miles, Hyatt Discounts, $50 off Emirates

November 15, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: American Airlines Offers 1,050 Bonus Miles for Shopping In order to get in the game and compete with all the other current pre-Thanksgiving shopping bonuses, American has launched a shopping portal bonus where you can earn 350 bonus miles […]

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Redeem Amex Membership Rewards Points at McDonald’s

November 14, 2014

American Express recently announced a partnership with McDonald’s that lets you redeem Membership Rewards points to pay for your purchase when you use your eligible Amex card at participating locations. This service — which follows a similar Amex partnership with Uber earlier this year, and one with Amazon last year — is available at some locations now, and will be […]

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Contest Roundup: China, St. Lucia, Fiji, California & the Super Bowl XLIX

November 14, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win trips to China, Saint Lucia or Fiji, a chance to see the 2015 Super Bowl or a foodie getaway to California. Win A Trip To Saint Lucia From Yahoo Travel To celebrate Wellness Month, Yahoo Travel is giving away two trips […]

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Discounted United Economy European Awards for 48,000 Miles

November 13, 2014

Similar to a recent award sale offered by Delta, United MileagePlus just launched a winter sale to a handful of major cities in Europe, allowing you to book round-trip saver award seats in coach for only 48,000 miles round-trip (a 20% discount from the usual 60,000 miles). Book by December 4, 2014 from destinations in Canada and the U.S. (excluding Hawaii) […]

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United Raising Premier Qualifying Dollar Thresholds in 2015

November 13, 2014

On the heel’s of Delta’s announcement increasing Medallion Qualifying Dollars needed for status in 2015, United just announced that they are also increasing the amount of Premier Qualifying Dollars you’ll need to spend in order to qualify for elite status starting in 2015 for 2016 Premier qualification. United is increasing the PQD requirements for earning 2016 Premier status, which is based […]

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