Brian Kelly

Founder and CEO

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

5218 Articles by The Points Guy

My 5 Hottest Credit Cards for Summer 2015

I carry a lot of different credit cards in my wallet. With each one offering a unique collection of benefits — such as category bonuses, extra points with certain hotel chains and perks like lounge access and waived foreign transaction fees — it pays to diversify. Last week I wrote about the cards I use for most of my spending, from dining to…

Thursday Giveaway: $500 United Airlines Gift Card

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we have a $500 United Airlines gift card that can be used anywhere United flies in celebration of the increased 50,000 sign-up bonus for this card, which ends June 2, 2015. You’ll earn 50,000 United MileagePlus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months with the United MileagePlus Explorer Card To enter this giveaway, visit our Facebook Page….

Points Intervention: Using a Cash-Back Business Credit Card

In Points Intervention, I help people get their awards earning on track. This month I’m working with small-business owners — just in time for them to take advantage of the Chase Ink Plus Business card’s current offer of 50,000 bonus points after a spend of $5,000 within the first three months. Intervention: Christophe Carón Episode…

Points Intervention: Saving on Foreign Transaction Fees

In Points Intervention, I help people get their awards earning on track. This month I’m working with small-business owners — just in time for them to take advantage of the Chase Ink Plus Business card’s current offer of 50,000 bonus points after a spend of $5,000 within the first three months. Intervention: Christophe Carón Episode 1…

One Week Left for the 50,000 MileagePlus Explorer Bonus Offer

Back in April, Chase relaunched the 50,000-mile sign-up bonus offer for its United MileagePlus Explorer card. For a while, the sign-up bonus had been just 30,000 miles, so this was a much better offer with a minimum-spending requirement of just $3,000 in the first three months, and the $95 annual fee waived the first year, plus…

Points Intervention: Create a Points and Miles Action Plan

I get a ton of e-mail from readers asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business or both. This week, we’re featuring a new Points Intervention series where I help individuals and small-business owners get their awards earning on track — just in time to take advantage…

Points Intervention: Using an Elite Status Match or Challenge

I get a ton of e-mail from readers asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business or both. This week, we’re featuring a new Points Intervention series where I help individuals and small-business owners get their awards earning on track — just in time to take advantage…

Maximize the Southwest Card’s 50,000-Point Bonus on Flights to the Caribbean

Last winter was a brutal one for much of the US. So if you’ve been contemplating a tropical getaway in anticipation of next winter, the new 50,000-point sign-up bonuses after $2,000 spent within the first 3 months from Chase on all its Southwest co-branded cards — including the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card personal and business versions,…

How Can I Use Chase Rewards Points to Fly on American?

TPG reader Kareem tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I have a Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card but I want to redeem for American Airlines. What are my options?” If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card, meaning you have a bank of Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you have two main options if you want…