Brian Kelly

Founder and Editor-In-Chief

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

4760 Articles by The Points Guy

Amex PointsMatch Promotion: Redeem on AA, United (Targeted)

Select American Express business cardholders have been targeted for a sweet pilot deal called PointsMatch, which allows you to essentially redeem Membership Rewards points for awards on American Airlines and United. If you have an Amex small-business card like the Business Platinum, Business Rewards Gold, Plum, etc., and receive an e-mailed invitation for this offer, I recommend jumping…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? January 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?” That question 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—both…

Where and How to Book Hotels in Havana, Cuba

My recent weekend in Cuba was absolutely amazing! If you haven’t done so already, check out my recent posts on Who Can Go to Cuba?, Tips For Traveling to Cuba, and How to Get to Cuba (and Back): Flight and Award Options. Also, know that I’ll soon be publishing more travel info about what to do/see/eat once you’ve arrived, and hotel and lounge reviews—so please…

Thursday Giveaway: $500 American Airlines Gift Card

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we are giving away a $500 American Airlines Gift Card that can be used anywhere American flies in honor of the two lucrative credit card sign-up bonuses currently going on!  Currently, you can earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles after spending $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months with both the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard and the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum…

Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Adds Two New Benefits

Citi has sent out flyers notifying cardholders that the  Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature has added some new benefits. Annual Loyalty Bonus You’ll now earn a bonus of 10,000 Hilton HHonors points when you spend $1,000 or more annually on stays within the Hilton Portfolio, and pay with your Citi Hilton Visa. In my latest monthly valuations I list HHonors…

United Enhances Premium Cabin Dining Options

In the wake of switching their MileagePlus frequent flyer program to a revenue-based system, it looks like United is hoping that the way to its most loyal customers’ disillusioned hearts is through their stomachs. As of February 1, United will be rolling out enhancements to its premium-cabin dining policies on flights within the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, and some markets in…

How to Get to Cuba (and Back): Flight and Award Options

My recent weekend in Cuba was absolutely amazing! If you haven’t done so already, check out my recent posts on Who Can Go to Cuba? and Tips For Traveling to Cuba, and know that I’ll soon be publishing more travel info about where to stay, what to do/see/eat once you’ve arrived, and hotel and lounge reviews—so please stay tuned for more posts. As incredible…

Travel Tips For Cuba: What You Need To Know

My recent weekend in Cuba was absolutely amazing, and for those who plan on seeing the country for themselves, the following are some useful travel tips—mostly things I wish I’d known before I even left the U.S. Be sure not to miss my post on Who Can Go to Cuba?, and know that I’ll soon be publishing more travel info—your options…

Citi ThankYou Premier Changes Bonus Spending Categories

Citi is modifying the bonus spending categories on the Citi ThankYou Premier card, some for the better and some for the worse. Beginning on April 19, 2015, cardholders will earn 3 ThankYou Points per dollar spent on a wide range of travel expenses (including gas), and 2 points per dollar spent on dining and entertainment, while continuing to…