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.

5852 Articles by The Points Guy

Where to See Stunning Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo and Osaka

In Japan, there’s a special word meant just for celebrating nature’s gorgeous display of pink and white cherry blossoms each spring — hanami, which translates to “flower viewing” and means enjoying the beauty of the cherry blossoms. I didn’t really get what all the fuss was about, but after experiencing the glory of the blossoms in full bloom, I…

My Trip to the Googleplex Headquarters — Plus My Google Talk (Video)

I’ve traveled all over the world, to some truly hard-to-reach locales, but one destination right here in the US had eluded me until recently: the Googleplex. The tech company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, is made up of a sprawling spread of buildings, bicycles (more on that later) and busy people — and feels more…

Dramatic Drone Shots Over Tokyo

If you’ve ever been to Tokyo, you know how busy a city it can be. But it’s amazing to see how different — and calm — everything is when you view it from above. We traveled to Japan earlier this year at the height of cherry blossom season, which is a beautiful time to visit. Check out the video…

Chase Sapphire Reserve Review and Application Link

Official Chase Sapphire Reserve Application: Link When I first heard the details of the new Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, I had to sit down, because it sounded way too good to be true. When I evaluate new credit cards, I look at three factors: sign-up bonus, points (earning and redeeming) and perks — and this card blows…

Do I Have to Book Directly with Southwest to Use the Companion Pass?

TPG reader Matt sent me a message on Facebook to ask about using a companion ticket on flights booked through a third party: “If I book a Southwest flight using ThankYou points, can I still add a companion to that reservation?” You can get a lot of value out of companion tickets, but many of them come loaded with…

Do Hotels Charge Taxes and Fees on Cash + Points Awards?

TPG reader Jonathan sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking hotel awards: “Do you have to pay taxes and fees on Hyatt Points + Cash stays?” One of the biggest advantages of redeeming points for hotel rooms is that you typically don’t pay taxes on award stays. That sets hotel loyalty programs apart from airline…

Which Delta Platinum Choice Benefit Should I Select?

TPG reader Jason sent me a message on Facebook to ask about elite benefits: “I recently hit Delta Platinum for the first time, and I wasn’t sure which Choice Benefit to take. Should I go for the $200 voucher or the 20,000 miles?” Choice Benefits are a fairly unique feature of the Delta SkyMiles program….

Inside Tokyo’s Bizarre Robot Restaurant

What’s the quirkiest place you’ve ever been to? Take that, multiply it by 1,000 and you’ll get Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant, a whimsical dinner theater where you can watch bikini-clad warriors save the world from invading alien robots — plus performances by Japanese singers, go-go dancers, Taiko drummers and Samurai along with a few other characters. Note that…