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 2.6 Million unique monthly visitors and 1.3 million followers on social media, with a growing staff of 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, TED 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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, follow him @ThePointsGuy.

5880 Articles by The Points Guy

When Does the Sapphire Reserve Travel Credit Expire?

TPG reader Gilbert emailed me to ask about the timeline for using one of his credit card benefits: “Does the $300 travel statement credit on the Sapphire Reserve card have an expiration?” Several of the top rewards credit cards offer statement credits for travel purchases, which can help offset a large portion of the annual fee. The terms and conditions…

When Should I Transfer Points to Airline and Hotel Partners?

TPG reader Sai sent me a message on Facebook to ask about transferable points programs: “What’s the advantage of transferring Ultimate Rewards points to partners rather than booking through Chase?” There are a lot of benefits to redeeming Ultimate Rewards points through the Chase travel portal. For starters, Chase tends to offer competitive prices and lets you use points to cover a…

Can I Earn a Sign-Up Bonus With One Program From Two Banks?

TPG reader Faraj sent me a message on Facebook to ask about co-branded credit cards: “Can I earn separate bonuses for opening credit cards with the same brand, but from different banks? For example, can I sign up for one Hilton HHonors card from Citi and another from Amex, and earn a bonus in each case?” Many airlines and hotels…

A Post-Merger Q&A with Marriott’s Thom Kozik and SPG’s David Flueck

While many SPG members were dreading a doomsday scenario once the Marriott-Starwood merger became finalized, that’s absolutely not the case. With today’s news that the two brand’s loyalty programs can now be linked for status-matching, points transfers and more, we finally have answers to many of the questions that have been on our minds —…

Review: Inside My Jaw-Dropping Suite at the Andaz Tokyo Hotel

On my most recent trip to Japan, I stayed at several amazing properties — the St. Regis Osaka and the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Roppongi, among others. One of my favorite properties was the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, and for good reason. After being upgraded to a Large Tower King room thanks to my Hyatt Diamond status,…

Review: A Comfortable Stay at the St. Regis Osaka Hotel

After a couple of great stays at some of Tokyo’s best properties — the Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt and the Andaz — it was time to check out what Osaka had to offer with a stay at the St. Regis Osaka. I was really impressed with my luxe stay. Everything from the welcome amenity for…

Getting Over a Fear of Flying — 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…

Can Someone Else Use My Global Entry Application Credit?

TPG reader Michael sent me a message on Facebook to ask about getting expedited security: “If I already have Global Entry, can I still use a statement credit to cover someone else’s application?” I love having access to expedited security programs, and I highly recommend signing up if you travel frequently. Global Entry membership (which includes TSA PreCheck) normally costs $100, but there are…

Should I Keep the Hyatt Visa If I Get the Sapphire Reserve?

TPG reader Austin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about co-branded credit cards: “Since Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Hyatt at 1:1, does it make sense to have both the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Hyatt Visa card?” When you’re deciding whether to keep or cancel a credit card, it’s important to look at the big…

How Should I Convert Hotel Points Into Airline Miles?

TPG reader Santohsh sent me a message on Facebook to ask about using Marriott Rewards points: “I have some Marriott points that I don’t plan to use for hotel stays. What are the best options to convert them to airline miles?” Many hotel loyalty programs give you the option to convert points to airline miles, but you’ll generally sacrifice…