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.

5712 Articles by The Points Guy

Can I Get Full JetBlue Mosaic Benefits with the New Cards?

TPG reader Brian sent me a message on Facebook to ask about JetBlue Mosaic benefits: “I saw that spending $50,000 or more on the new JetBlue Plus or Business cards gets you Mosaic status for one year. Does that include the 15,000 bonus JetBlue points normally offered to Mosaic members?” Earlier this year, Barclaycard introduced three new co-branded JetBlue…

How Does Star Alliance Gold Differ from United Premier Gold?

TPG reader Doug sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Star Alliance elite status: “Does United distinguish between Star Alliance Gold and Million Miler lifetime Premier Gold?” Airline alliances offer a lot of opportunities to award travelers, including more ways to earn and redeem miles, and the chance to earn elite benefits across multiple carriers. However,…

Does Amex Platinum Still Offer Starwood Gold Elite Status?

TPG reader Wissam sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Amex Platinum benefits: “I had SPG Gold status from my Amex Platinum card, but for some reason I was recently demoted back to Preferred Guest. Did that benefit disappear?” One valuable benefit of the Platinum Card and the Business Platinum Card from American Express is that…

Should I Earn Miles with Two Airlines in the Same Alliance?

TPG reader Sujay sent me a message on Facebook to ask about airline partnerships: “I tend to use United for domestic flights and Lufthansa for long-haul travel to Europe/Asia. Does it make sense to earn miles with different airlines in the same alliance?” As much as I preach the importance of diversifying your travel rewards, it’s also important not to spread yourself…

Enter the Epic Race to Win One Million JetBlue TrueBlue Points with “Into the Blue: Marathon to a Million”

In celebration of reaching one million fans on Facebook, we’re excited to partner with JetBlue and Barclaycard on an epic journey. With our “Into The Blue: Marathon to a Million” photo contest, five semifinalists will be entered to win one million JetBlue TrueBlue points by participating in a scavenger hunt. Readers can enter for a chance…

5 Reasons I Decided to Get The Amex Centurion Card

Disclaimer: This is not a post explaining why you should get the Centurion Card (if offered). It’s simply the reasoning behind why I decided to take the plunge in my unique circumstances. If you saw last Friday’s video, you probably know by now that I accepted an invitation to get a Business Centurion “Black Card” from American…

Maximizing Points from SPG Promos — 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…

TPGtv Episode 11: Touring TWA’s Abandoned Terminal and Finding Economy Seats I Fit in on JetBlue

Never miss an episode: Click here to subscribe to The Points Guy on YouTube! So, there’s this rumor floating around out there that I don’t fly coach, and that’s not entirely true — I’ve taken a seaplane to the Maldives before and sometimes you just have to take regional jets. I generally do avoid coach though, but really because…

What’s the Highest Sign-Up Bonus for the Gold Delta Amex?

TPG reader Chelsea sent me a message on Facebook to ask about sign-up bonuses: “What is the highest bonus you’ve seen for the Gold Delta Amex? I’ve been a cardholder for 15 years, but I want my fiancé to sign up as we get ready to book our honeymoon. Every mile counts, so I’d love for him to get…

Do Million Milers Get a Head Start on Elite Qualification?

TPG reader Erica sent me a message on Facebook to ask about million miler status: “I’m about to hit one million miles flown with United, and I’m a little confused about lifetime Premier Gold status. Does this mean that I only have to fly 25,000 miles each year to get to Premier Platinum, or 50,000 miles for…