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

5094 Articles by The Points Guy

Save up to 25% with Starwood Buy Points Promo

From now through May 31, 2015, you can purchase Starwood Preferred Guest points at up to a 25% discount with the new SPG buy points promo. As with recent buy points promotions, this one is tiered to provide a greater discount when you elect to purchase more points. Offer Details Get 10% off 5,000–9,500 Starpoints  Get 15% off 10,000–14,500 Starpoints Get 20%…

4 Things I Can’t Wait To Do With My Apple Watch

Today’s the day—Apple Watch is here! But only if you pre-ordered it, like I did: my $699 model, the 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Black Classic Buckle, is supposed to come sometime between today and May 8. Some people say “the Apple Watch is the same thing as the iPhone,” but it’s actually more. I’ll be doing a full review later, but…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? April 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…

Google to Launch Wireless Network—Project Fi

On Wednesday, April 29, Google will launch its version of a wireless cell phone carrier, Project Fi, which will take the form of a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). Using the T-Mobile and Sprint networks, Project Fi aims to make it easier and faster for you to use Google anywhere by improving WiFi speed and cell coverage in the United States…

Citi ThankYou Rewards 25% Transfer Bonus To Etihad Guest Miles

Last July, Citi dramatically improved its ThankYou Rewards points program by adding a number of new airline transfer partners, including Etihad Guest Rewards. ThankYou points normally transfer at a 1:1 ratio in increments of 1,000, so 1,000 ThankYou points = 1,000 Etihad Guest miles. However, Etihad is currently offering a 25% bonus on miles when…

Free Business Class Trip to Asia: TPG 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 made possible by points and…

8 Reasons Why I Love Singapore Airlines First Class

As I took off on my whirlwind trip to Seoul and China, I got to experience one of the most sought-after experiences in the skies: Singapore Airlines first class on its Boeing 777-300ER. Last week I joked that US airlines were better, but in reality flying Singapore First Class is a truly exceptional experience. Here are the eight things that…