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.

5882 Articles by The Points Guy

Should I Keep the Hyatt Visa If I Get the Sapphire Reserve?

TPG reader Austin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about co-branded credit cards: “Since Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Hyatt at 1:1, does it make sense to have both the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Hyatt Visa card?” When you’re deciding whether to keep or cancel a credit card, it’s important to look at the big…

How Should I Convert Hotel Points Into Airline Miles?

TPG reader Santohsh sent me a message on Facebook to ask about using Marriott Rewards points: “I have some Marriott points that I don’t plan to use for hotel stays. What are the best options to convert them to airline miles?” Many hotel loyalty programs give you the option to convert points to airline miles, but you’ll generally sacrifice…

How I Was Able to Get Approved for the Chase Sapphire Reserve

For me, the past month has caused major FOMOP (Fear of Missing Out on Points). While I’ve been happy that TPG readers have been pulling in millions — if not billions — of Ultimate Rewards points, I’ve felt like I’ve been missing out on something. I applied for the Chase Sapphire Reserve the first day…

How United Poorly Handled an Aircraft Swap

Update: As a reader points out, United knew about the aircraft swap more than 24 hours in advance: @thepointsguy and @united knew of your equip swap 31 hours in advance, which might be time enuff to nab another 1st pic.twitter.com/reAg5HktjB — NotAtAllUnited (@NotAtAllUnited) September 14, 2016 If you follow me on Twitter or Snapchat, you…

What to Eat, Drink and Do in Osaka

After spending a few days in Tokyo, one of my favorite cities, it was time to move on and see what else Japan had to offer. After a 2.5-hour bullet train ride that really flew by, I arrived in Osaka ready to explore all the sights and sounds of the former capital of Japan. If you have a flexible schedule, consider…

Taking a Family Vacation to Ireland — 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…

When Does the Clock Start on a Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus?

TPG reader Tyler sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning sign-up bonuses: “When does the clock start on the spending requirement for a credit card sign-up bonus?” I often get questions like this when a lucrative sign-up bonus pops up, like the one currently being offered for the new Chase Sapphire Reserve Card. Not spending enough or…

How Can I Maximize Flight Deals If I Live in a Smaller City?

TPG reader Bryant sent me a message on Facebook to ask about finding cheap flights: “I see a lot of deals for international flights from New York and LA, but none from here in Buffalo. What’s the best way to capitalize on flight deals if you don’t live in a hub city?” It’s been a while since we saw a truly sensational…

Can I Use a Second Priority Pass Membership for a Guest?

TPG reader Brandon sent me a message on Facebook to ask about lounge access: “I have the Amex Platinum card, and plan on getting the Chase Sapphire Reserve. Since both cards offer Priority Pass, can I use one membership for myself and the other for a guest so they don’t have to pay the admission fee?” Most…

9 Things to Try on Your Next Trip to Tokyo

If you haven’t already guessed it by now, Tokyo is one of my favorite cities. There’s always something fun to do, whether you’re in the mood for karaoke or feel like seeing an awesome show by a Japanese Beatles cover band — on this trip, we had a blast doing both of those things and even got…