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.

5781 Articles by The Points Guy

Compassion in the Wake of the Orlando Crisis and My Thoughts on LGBT Rights

In times of crisis, tragedy and grief, it’s amazing to see when people and companies have a heart and do the right thing. Watching JetBlue take action — flying the victims’ families down to Orlando following the attacks and seeing its flight attendants spontaneously consoling the grandmother of one of the victims — made me think about my…

5 Reasons Why I Love Guatemala

Last month, PeaceJam held its first conference for the year in conjunction with Points for Peace. With help and generous donations from you, our readers, we were able to fly PeaceJam staffers to Guatemala City for the conference. I was completely in awe of the experience, and each time I attend a PeaceJam conference, I become…

One Year of Travel with Citi Prestige — 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 18: Staying at the Park Hyatt Saigon and Making My Acting Debut

I’d started off my first-ever trip to Vietnam by spending a few nights checking out the nightlife and learning to cook my favorite dish in Hanoi, then flew by seaplane to Ha Long Bay for an overnight cruise. Now it was time to head south to Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, as it’s called today, where I…

My Credit Card Inventory: Summer 2016

At the beginning of the year, I took stock of my current credit cards and decided to add a few while axing some others. Now that we’re halfway through 2016, I thought it would be a good time to revisit this subject with an updated look at the pieces of plastic (and metal!) in my…

Can I Stack Elite Status and Credit Card Baggage Benefits?

TPG reader Ken sent me a message on Facebook to ask about checked bags: “Can I combine the benefits of my AAdvantage Gold status and my AAdvantage Platinum Select card to get two free checked bags?” There are plenty of ways to avoid fees for checked baggage. Many co-branded airline credit cards offer a free checked bag for the cardholder…

Should I Redeem Citi ThankYou Points for Hotels on Expedia?

TPG reader Chad emailed me to ask about a new Citi ThankYou Rewards partnership: “Is there a way to maximize the value of ThankYou points by booking hotels with Expedia, or are there better options?” Citi’s partnership with Expedia extends back nearly a decade. For most of that time, the partnership has been defined by various co-branded credit cards, but it expanded…

Do I Have to Pay Taxes on Cash Back Rewards?

TPG reader Tina sent me a message on Facebook to ask about taxes: “Are cash back rewards that get deposited directly into a bank account taxable?” Credit card rewards can be incredibly lucrative; not only do the points and miles you earn from everyday spending offer a solid return, but also the top sign-up bonuses can easily be worth over $600…

Is Amex Platinum or Delta Reserve Better for Delta Flyers?

TPG reader Jimmy sent me a message on Facebook to ask about two premium credit cards: “I travel nearly every week, mostly on Delta. Which card offers better value in those circumstances: Amex Platinum or Delta Reserve?” Using the right credit card is an easy way to maximize the points and miles you earn on spending, but there are other factors to…

Should I Take a Mattress Run to Complete a Status Challenge?

TPG reader Hunter sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning Marriott elite status: “I’m currently two stays away from completing the Marriott Platinum challenge. I normally spend about 50 nights each year with Marriott, but I don’t have any plans to travel before my challenge period ends. I found a local hotel where I can…