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

30% Bonus on Hyatt Points, Uber Partners with United & More

August 23, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Hyatt Gold Passport 30% Bonus on Purchased Points: Now through September 15, 2014, you can earn up to a 30% bonus when you buy Hyatt Gold Passport points. Purchase between 5,000-19,000 points and you’ll earn a 10% bonus; purchase 20,000 to 39,000 and your […]

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Virgin Atlantic MasterCard 75,000 Mile Bonus Offer

August 22, 2014

The Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard usually comes with sign-up bonuses of 20,000 miles after the first purchase and 25,000 miles after a spend of $2,500, with the ability to earn 5,000 miles with an authorized user and 15,000 miles every year you spend $25,000. They just launched one of the most lucrative offers I’ve seen, but […]

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SPG Weekly Hot Escapes Top Five Picks

August 22, 2014

The SPG Hot Escapes is a promotion that offers weekly hotel discounts, allowing customers to stay at Starwood properties for a more economical price. Each week, I will select and feature some of the best deals and options. How It Works The SPG Hot Escapes go live every Wednesday at 6:00 am EST and must […]

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British Airways Launches 72-Hour Hold Option

August 21, 2014

British Airways has launched a new hold option that allows potential customers to buy a little time when considering flights for purchase. For a $10 deposit fee, you can now lock in the fare on a flight and put it on hold for 72 hours. If you purchase your flight within those 72 hours, your hold deposit is refunded. This hold option is […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Deluxe Package from Genius Pack

August 21, 2014

Like most people, I do not like to check my luggage, and bringing a carry-on means that I will need to be both smart and efficient about what I pack in my bag. Between my clothes, toiletries and other travel needs, space is limited and I need to make sure that I am maximizing every […]

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National’s One Two Free Car Rental Promo Is Back

August 20, 2014

National Car Rental’s “One Two Free” promotion returns today, August 20, 2014. This year’s promo invites Emerald Club members to earn Free Rental Days after every two qualifying rentals or after earning 600 points, and will run through January 31, 2015. In order to to take advantage of this promotion, you’ll have to be enrolled in National’s Emerald […]

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Best Travel Credit Card Offers for August 2014

August 20, 2014

Sign-up bonuses for travel credit cards are always changing, and as part of your strategy for maximizing points and miles earning, it pays to stay informed so you don’t miss the best deals out there.  To help you weigh your options, I like to provide an updated monthly list of the top travel credit card offers. Below you’ll […]

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Earn Up To 50,000 Bonus Hyatt Gold Passport Points

August 19, 2014

Hyatt has launched a new targeted promotion, which will run from September 1 through November 30, 2014, where some Gold Passport members will have the opportunity to earn up to 50,000 bonus points for eligible nights spent at all Hyatt properties worldwide. Here’s a look at the bonus structure, based on eligible nights spent at Hyatt properties: Stay […]

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American Express Removes Secure Message Center

August 19, 2014

A great feature that used to be offered by both American Express and Chase was the Secure Messaging option, which enabled you to log into your account for either credit card issuer and and easily send either company a message without having to actually call them. This was especially useful if you signed up for a credit card offer and then […]

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Top 0% APR Credit Cards That Earn Points & Miles

August 19, 2014

Generally when I write about credit cards, it’s to tell readers about the sign-up bonuses and other benefits they offer that can help enable and enrich your travels. But there are other important factors to consider when getting a new card – most critically, the impact that opening an account has on your credit score, and how applying for and using a card fits […]

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What Are Points and Miles Worth? August Monthly Valuations

August 18, 2014

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 old and new – some context, I’ve included […]

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Will I Earn Points If I Pay My Credit Card Bill Early?

August 17, 2014

TPG reader Sean emailed me with a question this week: “My research suggests that I can make charges and pay them off multiple times during the billing cycle. If I do that, will I earn points based on the total I spent in the month, or are points awarded based on my balance when my statement closes?” Paying your credit card […]

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SPG Amex or Sapphire Preferred for Rental Cars?

August 17, 2014

We’ve seen some significant changes to the Chase Sapphire Preferred card’s benefits in the last few weeks, prompting me to answer a question from TPG Reader Victor: “@thepointsguy Which credit card is better for rental cars – Starwood Preferred American Express or Chase Sapphire Preferred?” Quite frankly, I admit that I also chose this question […]

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Should I Get the US Airways Card Before the Merger?

August 17, 2014

The US Airways and American Airlines merger is not one of the fastest airline mergers that we’ve seen; we still don’t exactly know when the frequent flyer programs are going to merge, but we’ve been told sometime in 2015. That has an impact on the co-branded credit cards, like the Barclaycard US Airways MasterCard. TPG […]

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Should I Downgrade My Amex Platinum to the Everyday Card?

August 17, 2014

If you use Delta lounges or Priority Pass Select, or if you live or fly out of one of the cities has has a Centurion Lounge (New York, Dallas, Las Vegas or later this year, Miami and San Francisco), it makes the Amex Platinum card much more attractive. The $200 a year airline credit automatically […]

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New US Airways Award Policy, Hyatt MLife Bonus & More

August 16, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: US Airways Now Charging the Average of One-Way  Mileage Costs for Roundtrip Award Tickets: Though the soon-merging airline has historically charged the roundtrip cost for the highest class of service flown, their brand new policy is to charge the average between each cabin flown, […]

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Win Trips to Nassau, Scotland, Japan, a River Cruise & More

August 15, 2014

Here are some fun travel contests and sweepstakes from around the Web this week – and here’s hoping you win a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go! Win a Diving Trip in Nassau’s Paradise Island: Sponsored by Southwest and the Discovery Channel to promote Shark Week, the “Dare to Dive” sweepstakes is giving away a trip […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 25% JetBlue Transfer Bonus

August 15, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards is running a promotion offering a 25% transfer bonus to TrueBlue, the frequent flyer program of airline partner JetBlue. The usual transfer ratio is 5 Membership Rewards points to 4 TrueBlue Points, but with the 25% transfer bonus, the ratio will instead be 1:1.  This offer ends September 15, 2014. The best use of […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 Office Depot Back-To-School Gift Card

August 14, 2014

Much to the chagrin of kids all over, summer is slowly coming to an end which mean’s it’s back-to-school shopping season! Every day you open your mailbox to new mailers advertising sales left and right for items ranging from mechanical pencils to steals on laptops and tablets. All of these items are necessities for the beginning of […]

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Top 10 Labor Day Weekend Destinations for 2014

August 14, 2014

If you’re still trying to figure out your Labor Day weekend travel plans, Kayak.com has been watching ticket sales, travel search trends and airline news to come up with some of the hottest Labor Day Weekend destinations for 2014. Amongst their findings, they’ve identified six cities with the lowest average hotel rates, as well as a few destinations where airfare […]

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Airline Credit Cards That Offer Elite Status and Benefits

August 13, 2014

While many airline co-branded credit cards simply offer award-redeemable miles that have no bearing on elite status, there are several out there that do offer elite airline status, benefits, and/or qualifying miles, either as part of the sign-up bonus or as a spending threshold bonus, or both. For example, Amex just announced sign-up bonuses of 50,000 miles for several of its co-branded Delta […]

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How To Maximize Delta SkyMiles for Valuable Awards

August 12, 2014

They keys to a successful miles and points strategy are to diversify your balances (especially in programs that have numerous transfer partners), and to educate yourself on the ins and outs of each program. As I write about each month with my monthly miles/points valuation series, some currencies are much stronger than others. That being said, the value […]

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50,000 SkyMile Bonus for Amex Delta Gold & Platinum Cards

August 12, 2014

Today American Express launched limited time signup bonus offers of 50,000 Delta SkyMiles for three of its co-branded Delta Airlines cards: the Gold Delta SkyMiles credit card (both personal and business versions) and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card (personal version only). The signup bonuses for these cards are normally 30,000 SkyMiles for the Gold cards and […]

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Amex Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia Airport Now Open

August 12, 2014

The Amex Centurion Lounge at New York’s LaGuardia airport opened its doors today, making it the third US Centurion lounge along with the ones at McCarran airport in Las Vegas and in Dallas (DFW). Two more Centurion Lounges are set to open in San Francisco (this fall) and Miami (early in 2015). I had a chance to […]

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