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.

5946 Articles by The Points Guy

Grand Cayman: A Blast From My Past

While going to Grand Cayman for the Cayman Cookout was one of the most memorable culinary experiences of my life, arguably the highlight of my trip was going back to the place where it all began. When I was 12 years old, I booked my entire family on a trip to the Caribbean island using my…

Talking Travel With Chef Eric Ripert

Aside from the crystal clear blue waters of Grand Cayman and the super-luxe accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, one of the best parts about the Cayman Cookout is the access to world-famous chefs like Eric Ripert. When I was at this past year’s event, I sat down with the chef to talk about everything…

Will I Earn Elite Credits From an Airline Status Challenge?

TPG reader Moe sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning elite status: “If I complete an airline status challenge, how many elite credits will I need to reach the next elite level? For example, if I challenge for AAdvantage Gold status, will I still have to meet the normal requirements to reach Platinum, or…

Do Delta Medallion Elite Miles Roll Over for Multiple Years?

TPG reader Patrick emailed me to ask about earning Delta status: “I fly with Delta a lot and rack up a ton of Medallion Qualification Miles. I currently have over 470,000 MQMs, 280,000 of which rolled over from 2015. If I don’t earn any more elite miles from here on out, but I have a credit card to waive the spending requirements,…

Can I Use My Annual Travel Credit for an Airline Lounge Membership?

TPG reader Benjamin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about redeeming a credit card benefit: “I know the Sapphire Reserve card comes with Priority Pass, but I’m also interested in getting Admirals Club access. If I purchase a membership, can I use my $300 annual travel credit to help cover the cost?” The Chase Sapphire…

Delayed Flight With a Split Itinerary — Reader Mistake Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about all the positive ways award travel has affected their lives. That being said, while I love hearing about your successes, I think there’s also a lot we can learn by sharing our mistakes, and I’m calling on readers to send…

Hotel Review: Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

The Cayman Cookout is one of my favorite events to go to, and it’s not just for the food. Purchasing a package at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman as a Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card holder is one way to make sure your time at the Cookout is a complete gastronomic and luxurious experience. The four-night package during the Cayman…

How the Amex Business Platinum Card Has Changed the Way We Book Business Travel

When it comes to Amex Membership Rewards points, I’ve been saying for years that the best value is when you transfer them to airline partners. However, that’s all changed recently, and I’ve been using the Pay with Points feature more than ever thanks to the new changes to the Amex Business Platinum Card. With the…

How Starpoints Saved My Trip to Aruba — 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…

Should I Use Global Entry or the Mobile Passport App?

TPG reader Troy sent me a message on Facebook to ask about expedited security programs: “Do I need Global Entry if I have Mobile Passport?” If you’re looking for ways to get through airport checkpoints more quickly, you have some options. Global Entry is a great service for frequent flyers, and my membership has saved me from long lines…