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

Should I Get Amex Gold Premier or Southwest Rapid Rewards?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Noah tweeted me to ask:  @thepointsguy “Which card should I get? The American Express Gold Premier Rewards credit card with the 50k bonus or Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier credit card with the 50k bonus?” I generally don’t answer questions like “Which credit card is better?” because there are so many factors to take into […]

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Will I Earn a Bonus for Upgrading to Citi Executive Card?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Marty tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “Does American Airlines ever give mile bonuses to upgrade your existing credit card from Platinum Select AAdvantage to Citi Executive AAdvantage?” The Citi Executive AAdvantage credit card is one of the most lucrative deals out there. This year alone, I’ve gotten two different Citi AAdvantage cards; both are […]

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How Can I Keep Delta Medallion Status If I’m Short MQDs?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Julie tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “Any ideas for someone who has enough Delta MQMs but is about $1500 short on MQDs? I want to maintain Silver Medallion Elite status and I have an Amex Platinum Delta card.” For United and Delta flyers, the elite status game got a little bit harder in […]

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Will Delta Reserve MQMs Qualify for Platinum Challenge?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Matt tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “I’m on a Delta Platinum Challenge, can I sign up for the Delta Reserve American Express credit card and have those MQM’s qualify for the challenge requirement?” Airline Elite status matches and challenges are a great way to leverage your current status and quickly earn similar status on another […]

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Hyatt 50% Off in China, Bonus Southwest Rapid Rewards & More

August 30, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Get a $50 Visa Gift Card For Holiday Inn Stays: If you stay three nights or more at a Holiday Inn Resort, you can get a $50 Visa Gift card via the Hold On To Summer promotion from IHG. You […]

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Citi Double Cash: a New Cashback Credit Card Option

August 29, 2014

Citi just announced the launch of a new cash back credit card with a unique twist on earning. Unlike most cards, which offer rewards based solely on spending, the Citi Double Cash Card awards 1% cash back per dollar spent, and then offers another 1% cash back as you pay down your balance. The earning structure is […]

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SPG Free Nights, Starpoints & More with Tap Into Luxury Game

August 29, 2014

SPG has created a new online game called Tap Into Luxury, where SPG members can play to win prizes like free night stays, Starpoints, iTunes gift cards and Ticketmaster cash codes. One grand prize winner will get 250,000 Starpoints to take a dream vacation at any of 1,100 Starwood hotels and resorts across nine brands worldwide, […]

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Win Trips to Cartegena, New Zealand, Dublin & More

August 29, 2014

Here are some fun travel contests and sweepstakes from around the Web this week – and here’s hoping you win a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go! Win a Trip to Cartagena, Colombia: Agree to receive email communication from LAN and TAM airlines and you could win a trip to Cartagena, Colombia. The prize package includes […]

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Hotel Deals of the Week: SPG Hot Escapes, Marriott & More

August 28, 2014

Looking for a last minute vacation? Each week, I’ll note some great deals, including some of the SPG Hot Escapes and other promotions that you can take advantage of to save some money on your next getaway. SPG Hot Escapes Top Picks For August 27-31, 2014 SPG Hot Escapes is a promotion that offers weekly hotel discounts […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 United Airlines Gift Card

August 28, 2014

As we have been talking about all week, there is a huge 50,000 point sign-up bonus for the United MileagePlus Explorer Card which is a limited-time offer ending on September 2nd. There are many perks of this card, including a $50 Statement Credit after your first purchase, Priority Boarding, free first checked bags, 2 United […]

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First Class Dining Policies of the Major Domestic Airlines

August 27, 2014

Over the last few years – and even in recent weeks - major domestic airlines have been attempting to up their First Class dining game, achieving varying degrees of success. With food, wine and cocktail and service options going through some changes this fall, I thought it was a good time to take a look at the landscape […]

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Chase Freedom Ends 10% Annual Bonus & Other Changes

August 26, 2014

On the heels of the recent Chase Sapphire benefit changes (like the addition of primary auto rental insurance and the elimination of the annual 7% points dividend), Chase is making some major changes to the Chase Freedom program as well. However, unlike the changes to Sapphire Preferred (which were a mixed bag), these appear to all be negative. Per the […]

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Alaska Airlines 40% Buy Miles Bonus & Award Redemption Sale

August 26, 2014

Alaska Airlines is running a Buy Miles promotion through October 14, 2014, where you can buy miles with up to a 40% bonus. It’s a tiered bonus, and the amounts are as follows: Buy 5,000 – 19,000 miles, get a 20% Bonus Buy 20,000 – 34,000 miles, get a 30% Bonus Buy 35,000 – 40,000 miles, get […]

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Battle at 30,000 Feet: Seat Reclining vs. Leg Room

August 26, 2014

I just read a story that struck a chord with me. The AP reported that on Sunday, a fight broke out between two passengers over leg room on a United Airlines flight from Newark  that caused the flight to be diverted. A man utilized a Knee Defender,  a gadget that attaches to your tray table and prevents the person in front of you from […]

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Flight Review: US Airways Envoy Class PHL-Athens

August 25, 2014

Last week I took my first trip to Greece, meeting up with old friends on the Cyclades island of Mykonos. I left directly from a family visit in Philadelphia, and in order to take AAdvantage of my stash of American Airlines miles, I chose to redeem on the US Airways nonstop flight from PHL to Athens’ ATH, on a US Airways-operated A330. […]

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Flying Blue Added as Citi ThankYou Transfer Partner

August 25, 2014

Last month, Citi ramped up the value of their Thank You program by adding 8 new transfer partners, including Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Cathay Pacific Asia Miles. While most of these Asian/Middle Eastern frequent flyer programs are not as lucrative as programs based in North America, there are still great values to be had, as we […]

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How Can I Get Elite Status By Doing Starwood Transfers?

August 24, 2014

TPG reader Andrew asks on Facebook: “I have approximately two million SPG points that I can transfer to airlines. I’d like to know if you have any strategies on how I can get airline elite status by doing Starwood transfers?” I love the innocence of newbie questions, and today’s newbie question of the week comes […]

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Can I Earn an Additional 1Point/ $1 By Booking Via Amex’s Travel Website?

August 24, 2014

TPG reader Dan tweets: @thepointsguy– “Can you still earn an additional 1pt/$1 by booking travel via AMEX’s online travel center? Paying for travel with a credit card can be very lucrative. I really try to discourage people from going directly to airline and hotel websites because you rake in tons of extra points by booking […]

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Will I Lose Points Earned on a Chase Card If I Close the Account?

August 24, 2014

TPG Reader William emailed The Points Guy asking: “I have all three Chase cards now (Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, Ink Plus) and have points balances for each. I was thinking about cancelling one of the Ink cards and possibly the Sapphire so as not to pay the annual fees on three cards. Would I be […]

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Will I Have an Issue Booking Hyatt Visa Free Reward Consecutive Nights Separately?

August 24, 2014

TPG reader Adam emailed The Points Guy to ask: “I recently obtained two free nights via the Hyatt Visa card. My girlfriend and I will be visiting Europe next year and I planned to use the two nights to stay at the Park Hyatt Vendome in Paris. When I went to book a two night […]

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30% Bonus on Hyatt Points, Uber Partners with United & More

August 23, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Hyatt Gold Passport 30% Bonus on Purchased Points: Now through September 15, 2014, you can earn up to a 30% bonus when you buy Hyatt Gold Passport points. Purchase between 5,000-19,000 points and you’ll earn a 10% bonus; purchase 20,000 to 39,000 and your […]

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Virgin Atlantic MasterCard 75,000 Mile Bonus Offer

August 22, 2014

The Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard usually comes with sign-up bonuses of 20,000 miles after the first purchase and 25,000 miles after a spend of $2,500, with the ability to earn 5,000 miles with an authorized user and 15,000 miles every year you spend $25,000. They just launched one of the most lucrative offers I’ve seen, but […]

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SPG Weekly Hot Escapes Top Five Picks

August 22, 2014

The SPG Hot Escapes is a promotion that offers weekly hotel discounts, allowing customers to stay at Starwood properties for a more economical price. Each week, I will select and feature some of the best deals and options. How It Works The SPG Hot Escapes go live every Wednesday at 6:00 am EST and must […]

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British Airways Launches 72-Hour Hold Option

August 21, 2014

British Airways has launched a new hold option that allows potential customers to buy a little time when considering flights for purchase. For a $10 deposit fee, you can now lock in the fare on a flight and put it on hold for 72 hours. If you purchase your flight within those 72 hours, your hold deposit is refunded. This hold option is […]

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