Brian Kelly

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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

Buy AA Miles and Earn up to 16,500 Bonus Miles

July 16, 2014

Earlier this month American Airlines launched yet another offer to buy miles at a bonus, through July 31, 2014 and frankly, I thought I had written about it, but apparently not. It isn’t really an earth shattering promotion, but if you need to top up your AA account, it could make sense. In order to maximize this promotion, […]

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Ryanair Launches Free Electronic Boarding Pass App

July 16, 2014

I’ve made no secret of my feelings about Irish budget airline Ryanair, from my own horrible experience flying Ryanair last year to TPG Contributor Lori Zaino‘s tongue-firmly-in-cheek post on 10 Ways to Survive a Ryanair Flight. However, if I’m going to criticize, then in fairness I have to praise when the low-cost carrier does something right. Rather than being charged for the privilege of printing out a […]

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Starwood Extends 35% Discount on Resort Award Redemptions

July 16, 2014

Last summer, Starwood launched a “Paradise is Closer” promotion for 35% off select resort free night redemptions, valid for bookings made through March 1, 2014. This offer has now been extended through March 3, 2015 for bookings made at select Starwood resorts. Be aware that bookings through this offer can’t be made online – you have to call Starwood […]

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Hotels.com and Sapphire Preferred UR Portal = Power Combo

July 15, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here. In my opinion, hotel loyalty programs have lost some luster over the past couple of years, with promotions getting weaker and most programs devaluing- sometimes significantly (ah, hem Hilton). […]

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500 Free Virgin America Points + Refer A Friend Promo

July 14, 2014

There have been major upheavals in the world of frequent flyer programs in the past year, with first Delta and then United announcing huge changes to their mileage programs and how flyers will earn elite status. Hoping to capitalize on uncertainty and shifting loyalty among frequent flyers, Virgin America recently launched a new promo meant […]

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Citi Executive AAdvantage 100,000 Mile Offer Going Strong

July 14, 2014

One of the best deals out there is the 100,000 mile offer for the Citi Executive AAdvantage, which I posted about earlier this month. I myself have gotten 3 of them (yes, that’s right, 3), and all three accounts are still open. You might wonder why I would keep all three cards when each one incurs a […]

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Maximizing Points and Miles on Summer Road Trips

July 14, 2014

Summer is in full swing, and that means Americans are on the move. According to surveys by both Orbitz and Trip Advisor, nearly 90% of Americans plan to take a summer vacation this year, hardly surprising given the Arctic conditions that had a death grip on much of the country this winter. Over 40% traveled […]

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What Are the Fees to Transfer Points to Airline Partners?

July 13, 2014

My favorite kind of points are those that you can transfer to numerous different programs. The three key transferable-points programs that I bank to are Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest. I love educating fellow travelers about these programs, so I was glad when TPG reader Therese messaged me on Facebook this week […]

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What’s the Best Way to Redeem Ultimate Rewards for Travel?

July 13, 2014

This past week, TPG reader Hareesh tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Is it better to redeem Ultimate Rewards directly through the Chase portal, or should you transfer points to a partner and then redeem?” When you redeem Ultimate Rewards (earned from Chase credit cards like the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold Ink Plus, Chase Freedom, and Sapphire) through the Ultimate Rewards travel portal, your points […]

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Which Credit Card is Best for Large Business Expenditures?

July 13, 2014

TPG reader Mark sent me a question on Facebook: “I’m a business owner and charge between $100,000-$200,000 per month. I’ve been using the Citi AAdvantage & Executive Mastercard, but they don’t have high enough limits. Any suggestions?” As a business owner, it’s awesome to be able to put all of your business expenses on a points earning credit […]

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Should I Use the Delta Amex to Get Silver Elite Status?

July 13, 2014

TPG reader Joe emailed me to ask: “My new husband and I have both the Platinum Delta Amex and the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (both in my name with him as an authorized user). We currently don’t have status with any airline, but primarily fly Delta from Kansas City, and have been working towards our $50,000 spend […]

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Win Hilton HHonors Points, Free Trips to Tulum, Aspen & More

July 12, 2014

There are a few fun travel contests and sweepstakes going on around the web this week. Here are my top picks to win some great travel prizes! Win 100,000 Hilton HHonors Points: Each time you stay at a participating Hilton properties in China, you’ll be entered to win 100,000 HHonors points, in addition to receiving  2X or 3X […]

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Bonus AAdvantage, Skymiles, Wyndham, IHG Points & More

July 12, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder: Buy AA Miles and Earn Up to 16,500 Bonus Miles: American Airlines has a limited time offer for AAdvantage members to purchase up to 80,000 miles and receive bonus miles based on how many you buy. In order to maximize this promotion you […]

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Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall Drops Travelocity and More

July 10, 2014

Online shopping portals are a no-brainer. Never, ever shop online by directly going to a retailer (whether that be Neiman Marcus or American Airlines). Always go through a portal so you get extra miles or cash back. American Express shut their earning portal down last year, but luckily Chase has a pretty generous portal (Ultimaterewards.com […]

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Expedia Launches Expedia+ Rewards

July 10, 2014

Expedia has had a rewards program for a few years now, where members can earn up to 2 points per dollar on flights, hotels, activities and vacation packages. These points can then be redeemed for travel with no blackout dates, or can be used to bid on special redemption offers. This week Expedia announced that they […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $400 Amex Gift Card

July 9, 2014

For the past few weeks, we have been highlighting our team here at TPG and getting an insight into their home cities, what they love and what they think are the must see hotspots. We’ve heard from our Foreign Correspondent Lori Zaino and her take on Madrid, Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz and her look at sunny […]

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Gilt City & Delta Launch First Class Flight Sale on July 10

July 9, 2014

Since 2013, discounted couture shopping portal Gilt and Delta Air Lines have partnered to offer SkyMiles for purchases on the Gilt and  Gilt City websites. Their first joint promotion is an exclusive sale of up to 57% off first-class flights to/from Austin (AUS) and Los Angeles (LAX) or New York City (JFK), with each flight purchase earning 500 bonus […]

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8,000 Free FreeSpirit Miles for Nothing

July 9, 2014

“Speaking of eating, I’d rather eat broken glass than deal with @SpiritAirlines ever again. Worse customer service imaginable.” This is just one of the many “hate” tweets Spirit Airlines recently received during their ongoing “Unleash the Hate” Campaign,which encourages Spirit passengers to, how shall we say, voice their dissatisfaction, and in exchange Spirit offers 8,000 frequent flyer miles.  […]

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Atlantis Resort to Become a Marriott Autograph Hotel

July 9, 2014

The Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island in the Bahamas is set to join Marriott’s Autograph Collection in fall 2014. To expand their reach into the luxury/high-end marketplace, the Autograph Collection was launched by Marriott in 2010. Today it includes 60 unique properties around the world, including the Algonquin and Carlton hotels in New York City and Blue Moon and Turnberry Isle […]

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Ticketing Errors, Schedule Mix-ups, and Wrong Destinations

July 8, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at common ticketing errors, how to avoid them, and how to survive them if they happen to you. As a travel enthusiast and die-hard soccer fan (still smarting from last week’s dramatic US-Belgium result), I couldn’t help but cringe when I read about the Australian couple who thought they had booked […]

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Buy US Airways Dividend Miles with 100% Bonus (Targeted)

July 7, 2014

US Airways is again offering a bonus of up to 100% on gifts or purchases of Dividend Miles through July 31, 2014, though unlike recent similar promotions, this one is targeted. Check your email for a notice from US Airways to see if your account is eligible. The bonus amounts are as follows: Purchase 10,000-19,000 miles, […]

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Will Hyatt to Southwest Transfers Count Towards the Companion Pass?

July 6, 2014

TPG reader Kristen tweeted this week asking: “I’m trying to get the Southwest Companion Pass by transferring Hyatt points. Does the article you posted still work?“ I’ve said time and time again that the Companion Pass is an incredible benefit of Southwest’s Rapid Rewards program since it lets a companion fly free with you for […]

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Which Credit Cards Are Best for Free Hotel Stays in Europe?

July 6, 2014

I love Europe (I was in London last weekend, and I’m actually filming this week’s reader questions in beautiful Madrid, Spain), and I thought it was topical that TPG reader Anthony tweeted me to ask: “What are your thoughts on the best credit cards for free hotel stays in Europe?” Hotels can be expensive in […]

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Can I Use British Airways Avios to Travel in North America?

July 6, 2014

This week’s “rookie” question (no offense–we all have to start somewhere with the points game) is from TPG Reader Suzy, who tweeted: “@thepointsguy Can you use British Airways Avios points to book airfare within North America?” Suzy is wondering if she can use her British Airways Avios to book airfare within North America. She lives in Vancouver […]

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