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.

5786 Articles by The Points Guy

Should I Pay to Transfer Points or Miles to My Account?

TPG reader Krupa sent me a message on Facebook to ask about transferring points: “I have A-list and Companion Pass status with Southwest. Meanwhile, my husband (who is my listed companion) has accumulated about 20,000 points in his Rapid Rewards account. It would cost around $200 to transfer them to me. Is that worthwhile?” Most airline and hotel loyalty programs…

Will the AAdvantage Program Waive Revenue Requirements?

TPG reader Alex sent me a message on Facebook to ask about AAdvantage elite status: “If my address is not in the US, do I still need to meet American’s EQD requirements to earn status in 2017?” After holding its ground for several years, American Airlines recently announced that it will follow Delta and United by adding a revenue component…

Does the Amex Platinum Airline Credit Cover Lounge Access?

TPG reader Louis sent me a message on Facebook to ask about getting into the Admiral’s Club: “Can I use the airline fee credit on my Amex Platinum card to get into the American Airlines lounge in Chicago?” There are a number of travel rewards cards that offer credits for airline incidentals. These can help you cover expenses like checked bag…

Should I Fly Business Class to Europe or on the Way Back?

TPG reader Ali emailed me to ask about transatlantic flights: “I’m planning to fly from Miami to Madrid with my wife and three young children. I have enough miles to fly business class in one direction; would you recommend we do that on the way to Europe or on the way back?” I try to fly in business…

Can I Lock in an Award While I Wait for Points to Transfer?

TPG reader Ahmed sent me a message on Facebook to ask about transferring points: “I’ll be transferring Amex points to Etihad Guest to book an award on American Airlines. I confirmed the availability, but how can I make sure it will still be there once the transfer goes through? I don’t want my points to be stuck with…

Review: Delta One (767-300) from New York to Accra, Ghana

Earlier this week, I wrote about my trip to Africa and what will truly be the trip of a lifetime. I’m taking my parents and Kate and Cliff from the TPG team to Accra, Ghana, for a PeaceJam conference with 450 PeaceJammers and Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee. From there, my parents and I will…

JP Morgan Palladium Card: Is It Worth It?

I’m not your average credit card consumer — I currently have 26 credit cards and spend more than $6,000 in annual fees. But, I run a website that’s focused on evaluating credit cards, so it’s my job. The thing is that I’m here to test out these cards and relay that information to you, our readers, who can use…

Follow Along as I Head to Africa This Week!

I don’t like to play favorites, but I have to say that I get most excited traveling to Africa. I fell in love with the continent when I first went to South Africa several years ago on safari, seeing the Sabi Sands in Kruger National Park and staying at the Savanna Lodge. The whole experience was eye opening. Since…

10 Cards with Sign-Up Bonuses That Get You at Least $500 in Value

Update: I’m adding a No. 11 to this list — see below. If you’ve spent any time on this site or are at all interested in the points and miles hobby, you know that credit card sign-up bonuses are a great way to quickly earn points or miles that can be used toward flight, hotel and…