Brian Kelly

The Points Guy

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 2.6 Million unique monthly visitors and 1.3 million followers on social media, with a growing staff of 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, TED 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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, follow him @ThePointsGuy.

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Official: Chase Announces the Sapphire Reserve Card with 100,000-Point Bonus

Official Chase Sapphire Reserve Application: Link Update: Chase has clarified that some Visa Infinite perks, such as a $100 airfare discount, are not included with this card. We’ll have a full list of included Visa Infinite benefits to share within the next few days. There have been excited rumblings about a new credit card from Chase for…

Are Seat Changes Allowed On Board Due to Unruly Passengers?

TPG reader Marjorie sent me a message on Facebook to ask about changing seats: “Can I request another seat if I get on a plane and the row behind me has a toddler in it? I just had an awful trip from Frankfurt to LAX that involved the children behind me screaming the whole flight and kicking my chair.”…

When Can I Downgrade My Credit Card Account?

TPG reader Paul emailed me to ask about the timeline for downgrading a credit card: “My wife and I both have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, but we were thinking of downgrading her card to the Chase Freedom Unlimited for the higher base earning rate. Her account is only a few months old; can she downgrade immediately, or does she have to wait?” Credit…

How Do I Choose the Best Routing to Maximize Elite Miles?

TPG reader Andrew emailed me to ask about routing: “I have the Gold Delta Amex Card, and I’ll be traveling from Los Angeles to London soon. It will likely be one of two big trips I take this year, and I want to maximize the trip in terms of MQMs/MQDs. Would you recommend flying through Detroit, Minneapolis or Atlanta?” With…

Inside the “Lost in Translation” Hotel: Park Hyatt Tokyo

While many movie buffs will recognize the Park Hyatt Tokyo as being Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson’s stomping ground in the 2003 award-winning film “Lost in Translation,” that wasn’t the only reason I wanted to stay there. The Category 7 Park Hyatt Tokyo is one of the city’s best Hyatt properties, plus I’m a Hyatt…

Christmas Family Vacation in Hawaii — 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…

Which is the Best Hyatt in Tokyo: Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt or Andaz?

If you haven’t already guessed by now, I’m a really big fan of Hyatt-brand hotels. Big enough to stay at three different Hyatt properties in Tokyo during my epic trip to Japan. With Hyatt Diamond status and perks like free breakfast, suite upgrades and bonus points to help sweeten the deal, I eagerly booked two nights at…

Get Luxury Suite Access to See Adele in New York with SPG Moments

Update: This SPG Moment is no longer available. SPG Moments are, by far, one of my favorite uses of Starpoints. With SPG Moments, you can redeem Starpoints for access to a variety of culinary, cultural, musical and sports-related experiences. In the past, for instance, I’ve gotten two VIP tickets to take my dad to a New…

Will I Earn Miles If I Don’t Complete My Full Itinerary?

TPG reader Bert emailed me to ask about earning airline miles: “If I book a round-trip flight and don’t use the return, will I still be credited for the outbound portion? What if I book a flight with a layover and simply end my trip at that point?” It seems counterintuitive, but you can sometimes save money by purchasing more airfare than…