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

Discounted SkyMiles Redemptions Starting at 21,000 Miles

October 30, 2014

Now through November 2, 2014, Delta is running a limited-time award travel sale which means discounted SkyMiles redemptions. Last month, Delta launched a similar sale which was only for Medallions and Delta credit cardholders including those with the Delta SkyMiles American Express Gold card, but it seems like this current offer is open to everyone meaning you can […]

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Southwest Airlines Ends Airtran A+ Rewards Program

October 30, 2014

As one of the final steps in its merger with Southwest, AirTran will ending the A+ Rewards loyalty program on November 1, 2014. You can still earn and redeem A+ Rewards credits until that date, after which all accounts will be converted to the Southwest Rapid Rewards program, and credits will be converted to Rapid Rewards points. It […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Win 1 of 5 iPad Minis

October 30, 2014

This was a big week for us at The Points Guy as on Tuesday we launched our new app TPG To Go. After over a year of hard work and planning, we finally saw the app come to life and I couldn’t be prouder. The app is very easy to use, and it’s filled with robust […]

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Flight Review: JetBlue Mint New York (JFK)- Los Angeles

October 29, 2014

This June JetBlue officially launched their premium transcontinental business class product: Mint on the lucrative JFK-LAX route. These retrofitted A321s started with a single daily flight between New York’s JFK and Los Angeles’ LAX. It’s already been so popular that they plan to expand to seven routes between these two hubs by year’s end, and this past Sunday, the carrier rolled out its […]

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One Year of Amazon Prime with Amex Everyday Cards

October 29, 2014

Earlier this year American Express launched two new cards which were the American Express EveryDay Credit Card and the American Express EveryDay Preferred Credit Card. What’s great about both of these cards is that they earn full Membership Rewards points and have the potential to earn 20-50% bonuses on everyday purchases (hence the name) if you used them on […]

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Earn Up To 25,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles With Partners

October 28, 2014

Every so often, Aeroplan (the loyalty program of Air Canada) offers bonuses when you convert points from the program’s partners into Aeroplan miles, and now through November 24, when you transfer points from select partners, you can earn up to 25,000 bonus miles. As with past promotions, the bonus is tiered based on how many […]

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Announcing Our New App: TPG To Go, Available For Download Now!

October 28, 2014

After over a year of planning, I’m super excited to announce the release of our new app TPG To Go! The app has a ton of awesome features that are going to help you maximize your credit card spend and get the most for every dollar you spend and the best news is that you can download for free! […]

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American Airlines Announces New Combined AAdvantage Program

October 28, 2014

American Airlines just announced one of the major aspects of the bigger, (hopefully) better carrier, after the merger with US Airways: the new AAdvantage program. Essentially, American will adapt the legacy American AAdvantage program to incorporate some features of the Dividend Miles program. US Airways Dividend Preferred members will see the biggest change as their elite structure will be down […]

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Fast Track to Alaska MVP Elite Status (Targeted)

October 27, 2014

With increased competition in the Pacific Northwest from Delta, Alaska has been aggressively wooing new flyers and potential elites with a series of promotions and developments including the ability to earn elite-qualifying miles on all its airline partners, double miles on Emirates, and various double EQM offers. Now the airline has launched a targeted promotion offering […]

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7,500 AAdvantage Miles with Cadillac Test Drive Update

October 27, 2014

Earlier this month, I wrote about how American Airlines and Cadillac had partnered to provide a tarmac-to-gate airport transfer program for elite customers with tight connections as well as how they launched a joint promotion where you could earn 7,500 AAdvantage miles for test driving a Cadillac at a participating dealership. I decided to take them up on this offer as I actually was interested in some […]

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JetBlue Launches Mint from New York (JFK) to San Francisco

October 27, 2014

Back in March 2013, JetBlue announced that it would create a new lie-flat business-class product for its transcontinental routes from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles and San Francisco called Mint. The move was a major departure (pardon the pun) for the airline, who had previously operated only single class aircraft. JetBlue realized if they wanted […]

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BarclayCard Launches AAdvantage Aviator Silver Card

October 27, 2014

There have been a lot of unknowns with the American Airlines and US Airways merger- especially when it comes to the frequent flyer program. We still don’t know exactly when the two programs will merge and what the new combined program will look like. As far as co-branded credit cards, we know that Barclaycard will still […]

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Will Citi Executive AAdvantage Offer 100,000 Miles Again?

October 26, 2014

TPG reader Chris tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Do you think that American Airlines and Citi will offer the 100,000 miles sign-up bonus again for the Citi Executive AAdvantage credit card?” 2014 has been a great year for credit card sign-up bonuses across the board, and a lot of the issuers are really upping their […]

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What Are The Best Sites To Book Hotel Rooms?

October 26, 2014

TPG reader Denise tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “When booking a hotel stay, is it  better to go directly through SPG, or should I book on a third party website like Orbitz or Expedia? Will I earn elite benefits if I book through a third party site?” Just like with airfare, there are plenty of options […]

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Which Delta Diamond Medallion Choice Benefits Are Best?

October 26, 2014

TPG reader Issac emailed me to ask: “I will be achieving Delta Diamond Medallion status again before the end of the year, and was wondering which are the best Choice Benefits to choose? Last year the international upgrades worked well, but do you have any better suggestions?” One of the unique things about Delta Platinum […]

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When Does Elite Status Reset and How Long Does It Last?

October 26, 2014

TPG reader Keith tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Can you clarify the reset dates for United Premier status? If I earn elite status this year, how long will it last?”  Tick tock, tick tock…hear that? That’s the elite status qualifying clock, and you have until December 31, 2014 to get your elite miles in. Keep in mind […]

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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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