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

4990 Articles by The Points Guy

Changes to Lounge Club Program for Chase Ink Customers

Chase just sent a letter to Chase Ink cardholders informing them of upcoming changes to the Lounge Club program. Currently, new Chase Ink customers receive 2 complimentary passes to airport lounges through the Lounge Club program; however, this benefit will be discontinued effective April 30, 2015. If you’re currently a Chase Ink customer — including the Ink Plus…

IHG Rewards Card 70,000 Points Offer Ends Soon

Update: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card 70,000 point offer has been extended, though there is no confirmed end date. Chase has been offering a sign-up bonus of 70,000 points for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card after you spend $1,000 in the first three months. While there have been targeted offers for 80,000 points from time…

Daily Getaways Deals — Best Western, Vegas, Choice Hotels

Last week marked the return of the Daily Getaways, an assortment of daily discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs sponsored by the US Travel Association. Over the next few weeks, the Daily Getaways will offer hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car discounts, and more. Last year’s Daily Getaways included some great deals, and there are…

Deal Alert: Los Angeles-Copenhagen Still Available From $600+ R/T

A few weeks ago, we highlighted some great fares from Los Angeles to Copenhagen on American Airlines which at the time were starting at under $700 roundtrip. Not only are those sale fares still available, other airlines have also jumped in and are offering comparable fares on the route. The best way to search for…

Is Amex Platinum Worth It If I’m Not Near Centurion Lounges?

TPG reader Mel tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “Is it worth replacing my Citi Prestige card with an American Express Platinum Card if I typically fly out of Newark, which does not have a Centurion lounge? Are there any other benefits I should consider?” Unfortunately, there is no Centurion Lounge at Newark (EWR), and the…

Are US Airways Companion Tickets Valid After the Merger?

TPG reader Kent tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “Are US Airways companion tickets still valid after the AA/US Airways merger is fully completed?” This weekend, American Airlines and US Airways are finally merging frequent flyer mile programs. There are lots of changes coming, but the most frequent question I’ve been getting is about the…

Can I Use My Household Income on a Credit Card Application?

TPG reader Alan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “When applying for a Chase Sapphire Preferred card, can my wife and I both apply so it shows our combined income?”  When you apply for a credit card, the card is either for you or your wife, so the answer would be no. However, you can…

Should I Earn Points or Miles with Marriott Rewards?

TPG reader Andrew tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “I am signing up for Marriott Rewards; should I set my earning preference for points or airline miles?” If you set your account to earn Marriott Rewards points, you’ll earn about 10 points per dollar spent at most Marriott brands. I value Marriott points at about 0.7 cents apiece…

Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Freedom for Dining in Q2?

TPG reader Suzanne tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “For next quarter, is it better to use the Chase Sapphire Preferred card and earn 2X on dining plus the 7% dividend, or use the Chase Freedom for 5X?” To be a real points pro, you need to learn how to maximize the earning of points,…

How Should I Use AAdvantage Miles to Fly to Sydney?

TPG reader Kyle tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “I’m trying to book business class with American Airlines miles to Sydney (SYD) in November and there are almost zero flights. Is it a lost cause? Any advice?” If you want to use American Airlines miles to go to Australia, the easy option is to redeem them…