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 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

5343 Articles by The Points Guy

Flight Review: Etihad 777 First Class (Jet Airways), Abu Dhabi-JFK

The “ME3″ Middle-Eastern airlines — Emirates, Etihad and Qatar — are known for their premium products, especially in first class. All three of these airlines even provide a decent economy experience, which has rankled US carriers so much they’ve launched a crybaby coalition to complain about “unfair” competition. Until last month, I had only had an opportunity…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? August Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

Which Cards Pair Well with Chase Sapphire Preferred?

TPG Reader Dana tweeted me to ask about earning points for gas and grocery expenses: @thepointsguy — “Which flexible points card should I pair with the Chase Sapphire Preferred to maximize rewards in the gas & grocery categories?” For me, the clear answer is the American Express Everyday Preferred card, because you earn 3 points per dollar…

Do All Citi ThankYou Points Transfer to Airline Partners?

TPG reader Andy wrote in to ask about transferring Citi ThankYou Rewards: “Can I transfer ThankYou points earned with my Citi Forward card to partner airlines?” When it comes to cards with no annual fee, the Citi Forward card is one of the best. Unfortunately, you can no longer apply for it, but those who already have it earn five…

Which Airline is Best for Low-Tier Elite Status?

TPG reader Jonathan wrote in to ask about earning low-tier elite status: “New business traveller here. If I’m just starting to fly and would only hit low-tier elite status (around 25,000 miles), would you recommend American, Delta, or United?” Hi Jonathan! Let me first say that out of the three airlines you mentioned, United and Delta…

Where Should I Transfer Points If I’m Closing My Amex Account?

TPG reader Candace tweeted me to ask about an American Express account she’s closing: @thepointsguy — “I’m closing my Amex card with 80,000 Membership Rewards points, but they don’t partner with my preferred airline. What should I do with my rewards?” To pre-emptively transfer your valuable points to a partner airline is risky. What happens if your…

Which Airline Should I Fly to Hawaii?

TPG reader Sarah tweeted me about flying to Hawaii this fall: “@thepointsguy — I’m trying to find flights to Hawaii from Texas in October. Do you have airline recommendations?” Hi Sarah, and thanks for your question. Hawaii is one of the top travel destinations, and for good reason — it’s pretty much amazing all year…

Bonus AAdvantage & Alaska Miles, Delta Deals and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Air France Business Class Transit Passengers Can Stay Free Overnight in Paris If you’re flying business class on Air France and have a stopover in Paris, the airline is offering a complimentary hotel stay along with limousine service to and…

A First Class Cabin to Myself: Qatar Airways A380, Paris-Doha

It’s been my goal for quite a while to fly the three Middle Eastern carriers — Emirates, Etihad and Qatar. I’ve already had the opportunity to fly Emirates’ first-class product a couple times, so it was time for me to finish the trio with Qatar and Etihad. As much as I love Emirates, I find that…