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

4986 Articles by The Points Guy

Is Virgin America Going To Expand to Hawaii?

Per WallStreet.org, it appears that Virgin America may be considering launching service to Hawaii in the near future. Currently, Virgin America has west coast hubs in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, so most likely the service to Hawaii would launch from those cities. However, when it comes to Hawaii, the competition is fierce. Currently from Los Angeles, Allegiant Air, American…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? March 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…

Thursday Giveaway: $500 American Airlines Gift Card

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, in celebration of merger of the US Airways and American Airlines frequent flier programs this weekend,we are giving away a $500 American Airlines Gift Card that can be used anywhere American flies. If addition, if  you’re looking for ways to increase your AAdvantage mileage balances, you can earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles after spending $3,000 in purchases within the…

Germanwings Co-Pilot May Have Deliberately Caused Tragedy

In a horrible turn of already tragic events, it appears that Tuesday’s crash of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 over a remote, snow-bound stretch of the French Alps may have been intentionally caused by its 28-year-old co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz. All 144 passengers and six crew aboard the Airbus A320 were killed. After recovering one of the black box voice recorders from…

Aer Lingus Business Class Awards to Europe This Summer

With the summer travel season fast approaching, many folks are starting to think about their travel plans, especially to Europe. Unfortunately, many airlines black out awards to Europe during the summer months, especially July and August and especially premium cabins. Per One Mile at a Time, one airline appears to be bucking the trend for…

How to Book Cheap Cathay and Emirates Business Class Awards

I don’t often recommend buying airline miles because frequent flyer programs often charge around 3-3.5 cents per mile, a value that can be hard to recoup on most awards. However, Alaska Airlines is currently offering a promotion now through April 3 where you can get up to a 40% bonus on purchased miles that might…