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.

5747 Articles by The Points Guy

Can I Use a Companion Ticket Without the Primary Passenger?

TPG reader Paige sent me a message on Facebook to ask about the Southwest Companion Pass: “My husband, children and I are flying from Boston to Dallas on Southwest, with me flying on a companion ticket. There’s a plane change in Baltimore, where my husband needs to be the following day for business, so he was…

Which Rooms Can I Book with Hyatt Free Night Certificates?

TPG reader Jay sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking Hyatt awards: “I have two free nights from the Chase Hyatt card, and I’d love to use them at the Park Hyatt Paris with my wife and our two-year-old. When I try to reserve for two adults and one child, no rooms are ever available, because…

Should I Get Chase Credit Cards First Due to Restrictions?

TPG reader Aaron sent me a message on Facebook to ask about credit card applications: “As someone new to the points game, would it make sense to target Chase cards first given the more stringent application restrictions?” The major credit card issuers often limit how many accounts you can have open and how frequently you can apply for new ones. In order…

Singapore Airlines Partners with Points for Peace, Matches Reader Donations Up to 250K Miles

Points for Peace is off to an amazing start. If you’re not familiar with Points for Peace, it’s an initiative that allows people to donate points, miles, cash or time to PeaceJam, an organization that encourages peace among youth around the world. Earlier this week, I was excited to announce two new donation opportunities that benefit Points for…

Our Million-Point Asia Experience — TPG 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…

And the Winner of 1,000,000 TrueBlue Points Is…

When I first announced our Into the Blue: Marathon to a Million contest a couple of weeks ago, only two things were certain — that we would get some excellent photo submissions from readers’ travels and that one person would be walking away with one million JetBlue TrueBlue points. After selecting our five semifinalists, flying cross-country in…

TPGtv Episode 14: Heading to Vietnam for the First Time on Vietnam Airlines’ A350

For a while, Vietnam was in the number one spot on my travel bucket list — I’d always seen photos of the country’s amazing landscapes and heard about its friendly people and delicious food. I’m also a huge AvGeek and wanted to make sure I got there in the coolest way possible. My options were to fly…

How Can I Avoid Losing My Points When Closing a Card?

TPG reader David sent me a message on Facebook to ask about transferring points: “I was thinking of closing my ThankYou Premier and Amex Premier Rewards Gold cards, but I’m not sure what to do with the points. My initial thought was to transfer to Singapore Airlines, but I don’t have a specific redemption in mind. Where…

Should I Transfer from Chase Freedom to Sapphire Preferred?

TPG reader Trevor sent me a message on Facebook to ask about combining Ultimate Rewards points: “I was about to transfer all the points from my Chase Freedom card over to my Sapphire Preferred account. I don’t necessarily need them now; is there any reason to wait?” One nice aspect of the Ultimate Rewards program is that…