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

Atlantis Paradise Island Now Bookable With Marriott Points

October 16, 2014

Back in July it was announced that the family of Atlantis resorts would become Autograph by Marriott properties- meaning you’d be able to earn points on paid stays and also redeem points for free nights. At that time I guessed they’d range from hotel category 6-8, but it looks like they’ll be 7-9). Per Marriott’s […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 50% Transfer Bonus to Starwood (Targeted)

October 16, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the new EveryDay cards is currently offering a 50% transfer bonus to Starwood Preferred Guest (targeted) through November 30, 2014. Starwood Preferred Guest is one of the four hotel transfer partners of American Express, but the normal transfer ratio is a dismal 3:1, […]

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Earn 7,500 AAdvantage Miles with a Cadillac Test Drive

October 16, 2014

Following last week’s news that American Airlines and Cadillac have partnered to provide a tarmac-to-gate airport transfer program for elite customers with tight connections, the two companies have launched another joint promotion that offers 7,500 AAdvantage miles to all AAdvantage members who test drive a Cadillac at a participating dealership. This is a limited-time offer, but no end date has yet been announced. To […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 American Express Gift Card

October 16, 2014

Earlier this week, we posted that there were some fairly cheap flights available on US Airways to a select group of European destinations for as little as $400 roundtrip. Whether you were planning a trip to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day or Madrid for a last-minute fall trip, these deals were definitely worth it. Although it […]

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Last Chance for Citi Prestige Companion Fare & 15% Discount

October 15, 2014

As I reported back in August, Citi is completely overhauling its flagship Citi Prestige card, adding benefits like a free 4th hotel night, a $250 annual statement credit for airline purchases (including airfare), and Priority Pass lounge access. The card will also lose some benefits, such as the flight points program, the worldwide companion coach class ticket, and […]

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Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Bonus Still Available Until October 19

October 14, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  As a reminder, Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the normal […]

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Win Tix to the TPG Los Angeles Reader Meet Up and App TPG To Go Launch!

October 14, 2014

My top two resolutions this year have been to release an app with useful new functionality and to host more reader meetings. So far this year we’ve had reader events in NYC and Chicago I’m excited to announce that in two weeks we are headed west to cross off yet another one of my resolutions- releasing my first […]

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Deal Alert: Cheap Southwest Flights from $49 or 2,200 Points

October 14, 2014

Southwest Airlines is currently running a winter fare sale, where you can score some cheap flights from $49 each way to many of their destinations. These fares are based on distance, and one-way fares start at only $49, $99, $129 or $149. To take advantage of these cheap fares, you must book by October 16 for travel […]

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3X Membership Rewards at Restaurants Until 2015 (Targeted)

October 13, 2014

American Express is offering bonus Membership Rewards points to targeted cardholders for purchases made at restaurants in the U.S. through the end of 2014 (promotion landing page). For each dollar you spend, you’ll earn 2 bonus points in addition to the points you normally earn, for a total of 3 points per dollar spent at U.S. […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best for Groceries?

October 12, 2014

TPG reader Chris tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “In your opinion, what is the best credit card for making purchases at the grocery store?”  Credit card spending bonuses can be an easy way to rack up miles. These days, you can find cards that offer bonuses in a wide variety of spending categories, from office supplies […]

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Can I Get the Chase Sapphire Preferred Sign-Up Bonus Twice?

October 12, 2014

TPG reader AnneMarie messaged me on Facebook to ask: “Are you allowed to get the Chase Sapphire Preferred sign up bonus more than once? Is there a certain time that you can wait between cards to get the bonus more than once?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been one of my go-to travel cards […]

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How Does the Economy Affect the Value of Points and Miles?

October 12, 2014

TPG reader Eric tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “With all the major devaluations recently, I was wondering if there are often positive valuation changes when the economy weakens?” I’m generally a positive person, but I feel like lately I’ve been a Debbie Downer, writing constantly about devaluations, programs making negative changes to benefits, and becoming less […]

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Will a Lower Credit Limit Help Me Get Approved for Cards?

October 12, 2014

TPG reader Blake messaged me on Facebook to ask: “Do you ever recommend calling in to receive a lower credit limit than what is granted to you after an instant approval? Is it advantageous to keep limits lower to make room for more cards with the same bank?” I’ve got a huge amount of credit […]

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Free 750 Avios, TrueBlue 50% Bonus, IHG Elite Check-In

October 11, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Purchase 5,000 or More TrueBlue Points and Get a 50% Bonus You can earn a 50% bonus when you purchase a minimum of 5,000 points in JetBlue’s loyalty program TrueBlue. You can earn the bonus on a maximum of 30,000 points. […]

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Reminder: Amazon Payments Free Monthly Transfers End Monday

October 10, 2014

As a reminder, next Monday, October 13, Amazon Payments will remove the ability for users to send up to $1,000 each calendar month using a credit card with no fees. Previously, this had been a useful way to earn credit card points for expenses that might otherwise be paid in cash or by check, like a house […]

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Contest Roundup: Kenya, Disney, Honolulu, New York City

October 10, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win trips to Kenya, Disney Resorts, California, Honolulu or New York City. Win an Adventure for Two in Kenya From Sobek Travel Enter to win a free trip for two including economy airfare on Sobek’s Travel “Undiscovered Kenya” adventure plus a daypack and duffel […]

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Delta Raising Medallion Qualifying Dollar Thresholds in 2015

October 9, 2014

In yet another bold move to undermine its frequent flyers, Delta is increasing the amount of Medallion Qualifying Dollars you’ll need to spend in order to qualify for elite status starting in 2015 for 2016 Medallion qualification. Delta is increasing the MQD requirements for earning 2016 Medallion status, which is based on flights flown between January 1, […]

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Starwood Redemptions at Caesars Hotels Up to 40% Off

October 9, 2014

Starwood is running a promotion where you can get up to a 40% discount when you redeem your Starpoints at Caesars Hotels for stays between November 7, 2014-December 30, 2014. Starting now, you can also redeem for SPG Moments exclusive Caesar experiences. Make sure to first register for the promotion in order to access the best rates and deals. Hotel […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 American Airlines Gift Card

October 9, 2014

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus From free-checked bags to expedited boarding, earning elite status can be worth its weight in gold (or platinum!) on different airlines. With the announcement earlier this week that American Airlines has partnered with Cadillac to offer their Concierge Key members free plane-side tarmac transfers, elite […]

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Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus Ending Soon

October 9, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here. As a reminder, Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card last week, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the […]

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Free $10 Uber Credit from American Express Sync

October 8, 2014

Uber is one of my all-time favorite travel apps because it allows you to hail private cars and taxis directly from your smartphone without having to wait out on the street. It’s easy to locate nearby vehicles, it gives you the option to choose between low-cost UberX cars (which actually just lowered fares in 16 markets) and SUV’s when riding with […]

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Bank of America Launches New Preferred Rewards Program

October 8, 2014

The travel rewards credit card market is always evolving, with new opportunities popping up just as fast as others disappear. While this year will spell the end of some cards and benefits, we’ve also seen new ones arise, like primary rental insurance on the Chase Sapphire Preferred, and the launch of the new Citi Double Cash card. This week it’s Bank of America’s […]

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Cheap Winter Flights to/from Miami: $59 Chicago, $60 NYC, $69 PHL, $99 Denver

October 7, 2014

Frontier Airlines is set to shake things up in Miami later this December when they start non-stop service to Miami from New York (LaGuardia), Philadelphia, Chicago and Denver. Miami, an American Airlines stronghold, doesn’t see much low-cost competition since Southwest and Spirit don’t serve the airport, instead opting for Ft. Lauderdale, just up I-95. Frontier […]

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Bonus Virgin America Elevate Points with Feel the Earn Promo

October 6, 2014

Just in time to celebrate the start of new service out of Dallas Love Field (DAL) next week, Virgin America has launched its largest ever promotion, Feel the Earn, which allows Elevate members to earn 3x points on First Class bookings, 2x points on Main Cabin Select, and up to an additional 25,000 bonus points for all flights in all cabins, for […]

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