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

7,500 Bonus AAdvantage Miles, Delta Upgrade Sale, Qatar A350

October 25, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn up to 5,000 Bonus QMiles To Celebrate Qatar’s One Year Anniversary with Oneworld Qatar Airways has officially been a Oneworld alliance member for one year, and to celebrate, the airline is offering bonus Qmiles for its Privilege Club members […]

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Contest Roundup: Amex Getaway, Ireland, Italy, Skiing in Chile & Vail

October 24, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win an American Express getaway, ski trips to Chile and Vail, a seven night cruise, and trips to Rome and Ireland. Win A Getaway for Two From American Express Travel Take a travel quiz and win a trip to your choice of […]

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Delta Testing Early Valet Baggage Service

October 24, 2014

Over the past year, Delta has made a number of negative changes including Mileage Accrual Based on Spending, Additional Revenue Requirements for Medallion Status, Reduced SkyClub Guests and Increased Fees, A Tighter Same Day Confirm Policy, Blocked Access to ExpertFlyer, and Limited Partner Transfers to SkyMiles. However Delta’s latest update seems to be one that customers might actually benefit from. Per this […]

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US Airways Barclaycard Updates and Targeted Offer

October 23, 2014

The US Airways World Premier MasterCard has had a number of different sign-up bonuses within the last year- usually in the range of 30,000 to 40,000 miles, but US Airways is currently sending out targeted offers for 50,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 within the first 90 days. While there’s no public link for this offer, be sure to […]

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Free Flu Shots via UberHealth Today Only

October 23, 2014

As a frequent traveler, I’m careful to get a flu shot every year, and today in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C., my favorite car service, Uber, is making getting a flu shot both easy and free. Today only, Thursday, October 23, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET, Uber is partnering with national website Vaccine Finder, New […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 Visa Gift Card

October 23, 2014

This year is simply flying by, I can’t believe it’s nearly November already! It seems like just yesterday that I was lounging at the Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica and celebrating New Years with friends. Soon enough, the holiday’s will be rolling around, which means massive sales to take advantage of! With that in mind, […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: WOW Air Iceland & London $250 Roundtrip

October 22, 2014

Iceland’s low-cost carrier WOW Air is launching service from to Reykjavik from Boston (BOS) and Baltimore (BWI), beginning in March and June of 2015, respectively. And WOW are they doing it in style, offering great deals on flights from both destinations not only to Iceland, but also to other European destinations like London and Copenhagen. You can now book […]

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West Africa Travelers Now Required to Enter US Through 5 Airports

October 21, 2014

The following is an update of last week’s coverage the CDC’s new Ebola airport screening program. The Department of Homeland Security announced today that starting Wednesday October 22, all travelers coming to the U.S. from West Africa nations affected by the Ebola outbreak will be required to enter through one of five U.S. airports where enhanced screenings are […]

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China Airlines’ New Boeing 777-300ERs Look Amazing

October 21, 2014

Taiwan’s largest carrier, China Airlines, has recently taken delivery of their new Next Generation 777-300ERs, which feature such high-quality, fashionable interiors that you might just think you’d wandered into, as Yahoo Travel put it, “a nice, hip, hotel bar.” These 358-seat, twin-engine, long-haul jets feature three cabin classes: Premium Business, Economy, and the airline’s newly created Premium Economy. The new interiors of the […]

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United and Hertz Launch New Partnership with Elite Benefits

October 21, 2014

United Airlines and Hertz announced today that they’ll be launching an exclusive partnership beginning November 1, 2014, where United MileagePlus members can receive exclusive perks when renting with Hertz, including the ability to earn complimentary elite status. With this new partnership, MileagePlus members can earn the following bonus miles with each Hertz rental: 1,250 miles – MileagePlus […]

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TPG Los Angeles Reader Meet Up and TPG To Go App Launch Winners!

October 21, 2014

Last week we announced a very special contest for our Los Angeles readers to attend a reader meet-up, as well as the launch of our new TPG To Go app! The event will be held on Tuesday, October 28th, and in typical TPG fashion, no one will walk away empty-handed. In fact, we’re working on several monster […]

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What Are Points & Miles Worth? October Monthly Valuations

October 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 Chicago Seminars Presentation: Maximizing Credit Cards

October 20, 2014

This weekend, I had a great time speaking at the Chicago Seminars in Elk Grove, Illinois (about 20 minutes from O’Hare), meeting and greeting tons of other highly engaged (and slightly obsessed) frequent flyer and points hounds including The Frugal Travel Guy, Rick Ingersoll, and about 500 frequent flyer enthusiasts in attendance and several informative sessions for everyone […]

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How To Still Get The Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Sign-Up Bonus

October 20, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card a few weeks ago, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the normal […]

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How Should I Use Chase Ultimate Rewards for Hotel Stays?

October 19, 2014

TPG reader Ali tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”I am looking to book a trip to the Caribbean in January and sitting on a lot of Chase points. Any recommendations on hotels?” Winter is coming, at least for those of us who live in colder climates like the Northeast. A nice getaway to the Caribbean may […]

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Which Delta Choice Benefit has the Most Value?

October 19, 2014

TPG reader Ryan sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “I will achieve Platinum status on Delta this year. Which is the best option of the choice benefits?” We’re more than halfway through October at this point, which means there’s not much time left before the end of the year. If you’re going for […]

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How Can I Use Amex Membership Rewards at Ritz Carlton?

October 19, 2014

TPG reader Scotty tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”What’s the best way to use rewards points earned from my American Express Platinum card toward staying at The Ritz-Carlton?” I love Amex points, but I almost never use them for hotel stays. Generally, the transfer partners aren’t that lucrative, and you get less than one cent per […]

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What Are The Best Sites To Purchase Airline Tickets?

October 19, 2014

TPG reader Victoria tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”Are there pros/cons to purchasing tickets directly from an airline versus an online travel agency like Expedia or Travelocity?” I spend a lot of money on airfare, whether it’s for me or for my employees, so it’s extremely important that I maximize every dollar. When deciding where to […]

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Last Chance for Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus

October 18, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  As a reminder, Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card a couple weeks ago, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than […]

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250 Free AAdvantage Miles, New United WiFi, Earn 5,000 SkyMiles

October 18, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 250 Bonus AAdvantage Miles For Joining e-Rewards Earn 250 AAdvantage bonus miles for enrolling in the e-Rewards Opinion Panel. You can then earn more miles for taking surveys that have been selected to match your particular interests. When joining the […]

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Contest Roundup: Free Hyatt Nights, Mexico, Argentina, Fiji

October 17, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win trips to Texas for the NCAA football playoffs, Mexico, Argentina, Fiji or a five night getaway in Hyatt property. Win a Five Night Getaway Courtesy of Kiwi, Hyatt, Afar and Ghurka Enter the Jetset the World contest by clicking on your dream destination […]

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Earn 18 United Miles Per Dollar at eBags Today Only

October 17, 2014

For today only (October 17, 2014), the United MileagePlus shopping portal is offering a huge bonus for purchases from Ebags.com. Normally Ebags purchases earn 4 miles per dollar through MileagePlus shopping, but today you’ll earn 18 miles per dollar spent. While this offer isn’t as impressive as the 35 miles per dollar bonus we saw last […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 33% Transfer Bonus to Hilton (Targeted)

October 17, 2014

Following yesterday’s announcement of a targeted 50% transfer bonus to Starwood, American Express Membership Rewardshas also launched a targeted offer for a 33% transfer bonus to Hilton through November 30, 2014.  Membership Rewards is the points program of American Express credit cards such as the Platinum Card, Premier Rewards Gold Card, and the new EveryDay cards, and Hilton HHonors is one of its four hotel […]

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Maximizing Credit Card Bonus Categories to Earn More Points

October 17, 2014

Many of the best points-earning credit cards offer cardholders the opportunity to earn bonus points or miles in certain merchant categories, whether they be grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, or others. With the diversity of credit cards out there and the sheer variety of purchases the average person makes over the course of a year (or even a […]

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