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 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

5290 Articles by The Points Guy

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for July 2015

Loyalty programs are constantly changing, and so are the credit cards associated with them. In the world of frequent flyer miles and hotel points, sign-up bonuses rise and fall and benefits are added and subtracted, often with little or no notice. Offers that are available today could be gone tomorrow (or even later today!). Because the cards you…

Earn 75,000 AAdvantage Miles with the Citi Executive Card

It seems hard to believe that we’ve reached the halfway point of 2015! To celebrate the start of the third quarter, I’m excited to share a lucrative new offer for TPG readers for one of my favorite co-branded airline cards. For a limited time, the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard is offering an increased sign-up bonus of…

Making Family Vacations Affordable: TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all made possible by points…

Seattle Amex Centurion Studio Lounge Opens Today

The new Amex Centurion Studio Lounge is officially open for business at SeaTac International Airport as of this morning. This is the sixth US lounge in the Centurion network, joining others in Las Vegas (LAS), Dallas (DFW), New York (LGA), San Francisco (SFO) and Miami (MIA). It’ll be open for business every day from 5am to 10pm. Centurion Lounges…

Do I Earn Miles on Flights Booked with Citi ThankYou Points?

TPG reader Kevin tweeted me to ask a question about Citi ThankYou points: @thepointsguy – “If I’m redeeming Citi ThankYou points with the Citi Prestige card, does that count as a revenue ticket?” Fortunately, the answer is yes! Flights booked through the Citi ThankYou Travel Center using points from the Citi Prestige and Citi ThankYou…

What Are Your Tips for Avoiding Jet Lag?

TPG reader MacKenzie tweeted me to ask about how to deal with jet lag: @thepointsguy – “Do you have any suggestions for avoiding jet lag? I’ve been to Europe several times the past few months and it kills me every time.” In my experience you can’t completely avoid jet lag, but as I travel around the…

Should I Upgrade to Delta Comfort+ Between NYC & Chicago?

TPG reader Craig tweeted me to ask a question about Delta Comfort+: @thepointsguy – “Is it worth the $29 to upgrade from Economy to Delta Comfort+ from NYC to Chicago?” If you’re trying to save money, then no. It’s a short flight, so if you aren’t very tall, just bring your own entertainment and don’t bother with the…

Can I Use Points for Hotel Stays in The Hamptons?

TPG reader Carly messaged me about travel in the Hamptons: “I love all your Instagram pictures from the Hamptons, and want to head out there myself this summer. Do you have any recommendation on where to stay? It doesn’t look like there are any hotels where you can use points (or many hotels in general), so…

What’s the Difference Between Connections and Stopovers?

TPG reader Tiffany tweeted me to ask a question about air travel lingo: @thepointsguy – “What is the difference between a connection and a stopover?” A connection is when you change planes in an airport, but you’re only there for (typically) 4 hours or less on a domestic flight, or 24 hours or less on an international…