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

Contest Roundup: Arizona Weekend, European Cruise, $10,000 Cash

December 12, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win a relaxing weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona, a stay at the Shangri-La of your choice, or even $10,000 in cash towards your next vacation or to visit a WOW destination.  Win a Weekend Getaway To Arizona From Forbes Win a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona […]

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Book Hotel Tonight With MasterCard & Get $25 Credit

December 12, 2014

Hotel Tonight, a hotel booking app, is running a promotion where you can get a $25 credit if you make a booking of over $75 or more with your MasterCard. The way the app works is that it allows you to book hotel rooms up to seven days in advance at a lower price in […]

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Free $5 Statement Credit for Amex Cardholders with Mobile App

December 12, 2014

American Express is offering targeted cardholders a $5 statement credit for downloading its iPhone or Android Amex Mobile app and logging into it for the first time from their smartphone by December 31, 2014. To get the $5 statement credit, you must be a first-time user of the app, you must not have logged into […]

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15,000 Bonus United Miles on Transatlantic Flights

December 11, 2014

With the new winter promo from United Airlines and Air Canada, you can fly non-stop between the United States or Canada to multiple European cities, and earn 7,500 bonus miles. The transatlantic flights must be completed between January 16, 2015 and March 10, 2015. To earn the 7,500 bonus miles, make sure to register for the promotion before […]

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Delta Reverses Decision to Limit Partner Transfers

December 11, 2014

After a year of negative changes to the Delta SkyMiles program, such as Mileage Accrual Based on Spending, Additional Revenue Requirements for Medallion Status and Reduced SkyClub Guests and Increased Fees, the airline finally has some good news for its members, just in time for the holidays. In October, Delta announced that it would implement a cap on transfers from partners beginning January […]

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More Changes to Hyatt Gold Passport in 2015

December 11, 2014

Soon after I shared yesterday’s Hyatt Gold Passport category changes for 2015, the hotel chain’s loyalty program announced three more impending differences for the coming year: Hyatt will be extending its popular Points + Cash rates, is eliminating its fledgling My Elite Rate, and starting January 1, 2015, will guarantee that all guests will receive their confirmed bed type upon check-in. Offering Hyatt Gold […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Delta Air Lines Silver Medallion Status

December 11, 2014

On the heel’s of Delta’s announcement that they would be selling Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) at prices as high as 10,000 MQMs for $2,095, we decided that for this week’s Thursday Giveaway we would be giving away Silver Medallion status which will be valid for 12 months, from the time that it’s gifted.  As a Silver Medallion in the SkyMiles […]

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Earn 500 Bonus Starpoints for Booking through SPG App

December 10, 2014

Starwood Preferred Guest just launched a new offer, where you can earn 500 points just for booking your next stay through their SPG mobile app on your phone, as long as you pay with an American Express card. Promotion Details:  Earn 500 bonus Starpoints per stay, up to 3 stays, when you register for this offer and use […]

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American Express Membership Rewards New Partner Airbnb

December 10, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards just announced their new partnership with Airbnb, which means that Amex cardholders, based in the United States, that have an eligible card which earns Mermbership Rewards points, will now be able to redeem for Airbnb eGift Cards, which will be avaiable in $100 and $250 denominations. Airbnb is a website that allows you to book […]

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Hyatt Gold Passport Announces Category Changes for 2015

December 10, 2014

Hyatt is implementing some category chart changes for 2015, but luckily so far, no word on devaluations. After the 2014 devaluation, I am relieved to hear that the 2015 changes will simply be re-categorizing a total of 70 Hyatt properties. Effective on January, 22, 2015, Hyatt will be shifting 48 hotels to a lower category and 22 […]

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Korean Air Flight Delayed Due To Macadamia Nuts

December 9, 2014

Last Friday at New York’s JFK Airport, Korean Air’s vice president of in-flight services, Heather Cho, delayed a Korean Air flight in order to boot off the supervisor of a steward who improperly served Cho’s pre-flight macadamia nuts. This action, which caused the Seoul-bound Airbus 380′s 250 passengers to arrive at Incheon Airport (ICN) 11 minutes late, has proved so unpopular […]

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Chase Freedom 5% Bonus Category Calendar for 2015

December 9, 2014

Today Chase released a preview of next year’s 5% cash back calendar for the Chase Freedom card. As previously announced, the 2015 categories (which allow cardholders to earn up to 5 points per $1 spent) will include grocery stores, movie theaters, Starbucks, restaurants, gas stations, and Amazon.com; additional categories or merchants will be announced before the start of each […]

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Discounted United Award Redemptions in North America

December 9, 2014

Earlier this week, United was pricing certain partner awards at a discount, and now it appears that the airline is offering a 20% discount on economy awards to certain destinations within North America just in time for a winter beach getaway or ski season at some of the US’s best resort areas. Here is a […]

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Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for December 2014

December 9, 2014

The sign-up bonuses and other benefits of travel credit cards are constantly changing. Bonuses increase and decrease all the time; cards introduce new benefits or take others away, sometimes with little or no notice. An offer that’s available today could be gone…well, later today. That is why it’s useful to stay current on the credit card marketplace […]

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5 Reasons to Plan a Trip to Europe This Winter

December 8, 2014

Missing Europe? Well, happily, this winter is a great time to get yourselves to the Continent – and here’s why: 1. The euro is low. Last month, the euro fell to $1.22 US, its lowest value in more than two years, and has held steady ever since; today it’s been valued at $1.23 US. After a brief dip to $1.17 US […]

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Order Food Delivery Through Uber with UberFresh

December 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 and SUV’s when riding with a group, the vehicles are kept to […]

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Earn up to 5x Points per Dollar on Flights Via Hotels.com?

December 8, 2014

I’ve written previously about online travel agency Hotels.com and the potential for maximizing rewards by booking rooms there via the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal. However, only recently I discovered that Hotels.com offers flights in addition to hotels, and according to a TPG reader’s report on Twitter, those flights are equally eligible to earn portal bonuses. I’m cautiously optimistic that […]

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Can I Use the Amex Platinum Airline Credit for Gift Cards?

December 7, 2014

TPG reader Stan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What is the current 2014 success rate of getting an Amex Platinum reimbursement for purchasing airline gift cards?” One of my favorite perks of the American Express Platinum card is the annual $200 airline fee credit. Every year you get to select a different airline of your […]

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Should I Credit To American If I’m Already Executive Platinum?

December 7, 2014

TPG reader Brendan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’ve already re-qualified for American Executive Platinum for 2015, but still have a few trips this year, should I credit elsewhere?” December is crunch time for those of us who value airline elite status. You’ve got until December 31, 2014 to embark on a flight that will […]

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What’s the Best Strategy For Redeeming Family Award Tickets?

December 7, 2014

TPG reader Hung asked me on Facebook: “I’m planning a trip to Vietnam next summer with my family of four, but can’t book United award tickets for four people at the same time. When I select two people, there are many award seats available. Can I redeem points for two seats first, and then immediately redeem another […]

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Why Are British Airways Fuel Surcharges Still So High?

December 7, 2014

TPG reader Donald emailed me to ask: “Has anyone asked British Airways why they continue to charge those outrageous fuel surcharges when fuel costs have dropped more than 20% in the last few months? How do they continue to justify this?” There are a lot of things that don’t make sense when it comes to […]

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What’s the Best Way to Get Free Hotel Club Lounge Access?

December 7, 2014

TPG reader Adam tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What are some of the best ways to get club lounge access at hotels without paying for it?” We always talk about airline lounge access, but to be honest, hotel lounges can be even better, including much nicer spreads and open bars. Some of my personal favorite […]

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Discounted United Partner Awards in Business to Europe, Asia

December 6, 2014

Right now, United.com is showing discounted saver level awards on partner airlines in business class to Europe. Instead of the usual 70,000 miles each way to Europe, you can book for 57,500 miles one-way, or 115,000 miles round-trip. That equals savings of about 17%. You can also find discounted awards to Central Asia, which are normally […]

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1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles, 2,000 Bonus SkyMiles, & More

December 6, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Save 50% on Starwood Properties in Asia Pacific You can save 50% on Starwood stays in Asia Pacific properties. The offer is available to book online, or call 877-782-0150 and ask for rate plan DAILY50. You must book by […]

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