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

4881 Articles by The Points Guy

American Airlines & US Airways up to 40% Buy Miles Bonus

American Airlines and US Airways have just rolled out yet another buy miles bonus offer. The two carriers have released multiple promos offering a bonus when you purchase miles, such as the ones offered late last year and more recently just last month. The current promotion offers a bonus of up to 40%. Both airlines are offering this promotion separately…

Virgin America Offers 20% Discount for Last Minute Flights

If the start of the busy Spring Break season isn’t what comes to mind when thinking about cheap, last-minute flights, then think again. Virgin America is currently offering 20% off all flights from March 6 until April 29, 2015 — a great opportunity for a last minute deal! Act fast, because this offer is only valid through Sunday, March 1,…

Bonus AA/US Miles & Marriott Points, Double Etihad Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: 1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles and 25% Off National Car Rentals You can save up to 25% and earn 1,000 bonus AAdvantage miles for renting any car for two days or more with National Car Rentals. Make sure to request Contract…

Hotel Review: Andaz Maui at Wailea

Back in 2012, I took a hardhat tour of the Andaz Maui, and ever since it opened in September of 2013, I’ve wanted to go back and check it out as a full-fledged guest. On my most recent trip to Hawaii, I figured I’d do five nights in Maui and three in Kauai (to re-visit the St. Regis Princeville,…

Win a New Zealand Adventure, Shop in NY, Cruise the Caribbean

Check out this week’s travel contests and sweepstakes to try your hand at winning a dream trip to New Zealand, a shopping weekend in NYC, a Caribbean cruise, a Southwest Las Vegas vacation or a trip to New Orleans. Win Your Dream Trip From Air New Zealand You could win a vacation in New Zealand….

Marriott Hotel Award Category 2015 Changes – 27% Going Up

Similar to other major chains, Marriott periodically adjusts the hotels within each of its award categories, and it has just released their list of hotels that will be changing categories in 2015. Over one-fourth of Marriott’s properties are moving up in categories, and those new rates will kick in for reservations after March 18, 2015. Any…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? February Monthly Valuations

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—both…

Amex Premier Rewards Gold New Benefits and Increased Fee

Today, American Express announced upcoming changes to bonus categories and benefits on the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card, including increased points earning at restaurants, a new $100 airline fee credit, and no foreign transaction fees, beginning June 1, 2015. The annual fee will also be increased from $175 to $195. While the value of the benefits outweighs the…