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 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

5289 Articles by The Points Guy

6x AA Miles with Hertz, 5,000 Club Carlson Points Per Night

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 5,000 Bonus Club Carlson Points for Radisson Nights Club Carlson members can get 5,000 bonus Gold Points each night at select Radisson hotels throughout the US, Canada and Latin America. You must book the Summer5K rate and use the…

The Gay-Friendliest Airlines in the Skies

In recent years, many airlines have woken up to the truth that our gay brothers and sisters are here, they’re queer and they love to travel. As we wrap up National LGBT Pride Month — and celebrate SCOTUS’ momentous ruling for gay marriage —I’m taking an in-depth look at which airlines are showing their true rainbow colors. While…

Thursday Giveaway: One-Year Delta Sky Club Individual Membership

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Business Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card *Delta Air Lines is neither a sponsor of, nor affiliated with this contest or the The Points Guy. For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we are giving away a…

One Day Left to Earn 20,000 Bonus Points with Chase Freedom

Earlier this month, Chase launched a lucrative limited-time bonus offer for the Chase Freedom card of 20,000 points when you spend $500 in the first three months. That offer is set to expire June 24, so if you’ve been waiting to apply, today is the day! The Freedom card’s sign-up bonus is usually just 10,000 points…

Exciting New Airline Routes for Summer and Beyond

From here on, the TPG team will periodically share news of exciting new airline routes, including ones that have just launched, will soon launch, or are slated to launch in the future. Read on to see several new routes to look out for this month through the middle of next year. NEW ROUTES LAUNCHED IN JUNE 2015 Toronto (YYZ) –…

Should I Get the SPG Amex or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card?

TPG reader Thomas messaged me to ask for my help choosing between two travel rewards cards: “I currently have the Amex Platinum card for access to Delta and Centurion lounges, but am not getting the most value from my spending. I was thinking of getting either the SPG Amex or Chase Sapphire Preferred; which would you recommend?”…

How Can I Earn SPG Gold Status Without Hotel Stays?

TPG reader Mark sent me a message to ask about hotel elite status: “I’m currently Hilton Gold, but am thinking of switching over to Starwood. What’s the easiest way to get SPG Gold status without the 25 nights/10 stays?” The easiest way is to get the Platinum Card from American Express, which offers SPG Gold status as a…

Which Citi ThankYou Rewards Transfer Partner Is Best?

TPG reader DJ tweeted me to ask a question about Citi Transfer partners: @thepointsguy– “I recently got the Citi ThankYou Premier card with the 50k bonus. What is the best Citi transfer partner in your opinion?” One of the hottest credit cards on the market right now is the Citi ThankYou Premier card. I recently…

Do Delta Elites Get Upgrades on Transcontinental Flights?

TPG reader Alyssa messaged me to ask about Delta upgrades: “What’s the deal with Delta upgrades on transcontinental flights? Do Diamond or Platinum Medallions get upgraded anymore?” Sadly, the official answer is no. As of December 2013, Delta no longer offers complimentary upgrades to Diamond or Platinum Medallion members on premium transcontinental Delta One flights. I typically…

Should I Get the Discover It Card for Cash Back?

TPG reader Zach messaged me to ask about cash-back credit cards: “Should I sign-up for the Discover It card since it has a new offer?”  I don’t talk a lot about Discover cards because generally cash back isn’t my main priority. I prefer to earn points and miles to redeem for airfare and hotels instead…