Brian Kelly

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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

Does Delta Amex Platinum Still Offer Bonus MQMs?

September 7, 2014

TPG reader Chris tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “What happened to the bonus Medallion Qualifying Miles that I used to get with my Delta American Express Platinum card? Is this another SkyMiles casualty of Delta 2014?” I think my heart stopped for a moment when I read Chris’s question, wondering whether something had in fact happened […]

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Will I Lose Miles by Canceling the US Airways MasterCard?

September 7, 2014

TPG reader Chris asked me on Facebook: “The US Airways Premier World  MasterCard says my account must be open for miles not to expire.  If I pay the annual fee, earn the bonus, and then cancel the card shortly thereafter, will I lose my miles?” Wording on credit card applications and marketing material can be confusing, and I’m constantly […]

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How Can I Book Two Award Seats When Only One Is Available?

September 7, 2014

TPG Reader Sara sent me this message on Facebook: “I’m trying to book a flight from Chicago to Rome using AAdvantage miles. The direct flight is only available when I search for one passenger, but not for two. If I buy the award flight for myself, will another spot open up?” Italy is a top tourist […]

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Can I Fly Korean Air and Bank the Miles Earned to Delta?

September 7, 2014

TPG reader Adam emailed me to ask: “I have a Chase Sapphire Preferred card, and I can book Korean Air tickets through the Ultimate Rewards site. I live in Korea and plan on visiting home in the next few months. Because Korean Air and Delta are in the SkyTeam alliance together, can I book my flight […]

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IHG Free Nights, Delta SkyMiles at Hawaii Hilton & More

September 6, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Reminder: Targeted US Airways 100% Bonus on Purchased Miles: US Airways is again offering a bonus of up to 100% on purchased Dividend Miles now through September 30th, 2014. However, unlike some recent promotions, this one is targeted. Check your email for a notice from […]

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New Virgin Atlantic Routes and Booking Tips

September 5, 2014

Virgin Atlantic recently announced the addition of some new routes and changes to existing service. The airline asserts that the heart of its network lies in transatlantic flights, and that its goal is to continue growing that sector of the business. The not-so-great (old) news is that award flights on Virgin Atlantic typically don’t offer good value due to the high cost of […]

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Win 250K Starpoints, Trips to San Francisco, Europe & More

September 5, 2014

Here are some fun travel contests and sweepstakes from around the Web this week – and here’s hoping you win a great prize or a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go! Reminder: Play SPG’s Tap Into Luxury Game and Win 250,000 Starpoints: SPG has created a new online game called Tap Into Luxury, where SPG members can play to win […]

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The Best Lobster Rolls In the US: TPG Staff Favorites

September 5, 2014

To celebrate the first Friday of each month and the lucrative 3x points on dining on the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, we’re excited to kick off a monthly dining roundup. To get things started, we’re sharing our picks for the best lobster rolls around the country. Summer may be coming to an end, but lobster rolls are […]

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IHG Rewards Into the Nights Promotion Open for Registration

September 4, 2014

Yesterday, IHG Rewards announced its fall promotion called Into the Nights, and registration is now open. IHG Rewards (formerly known as Priority Club) is the loyalty program of brands such as Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo and more. To register for the promotion, log into your IHG Rewards account here. As with past IHG promos, […]

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Buying Miles and Points: Promotions Roundup

September 4, 2014

There are several buy miles and points promotions going on at the moment, so I thought I would round them all up into one post for folks who were thinking about taking advantage of them. Included below are the current bonuses, the promo periods, the per-point cost, and my thoughts on whether each offer is worthwhile. […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 Delta Air Lines Gift Card

September 4, 2014

This coming Monday marks the end of the limited time offer for Amex 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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Awesome Deal Alert: Fall Europe Business Class Under $2,000

September 3, 2014

Per this FlyerTalk thread, there are some amazing business class airfares from several US cities to European destinations this fall and winter. Reported itineraries include departures from West Coast cities on carriers in both SkyTeam (Delta, Air France, Alitalia) and Oneworld (American, British Airways, Iberia and US Airways). No Star Alliance price matching has been […]

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Hotel Deals of the Week: SPG Hot Escapes, Marriott & Hilton

September 3, 2014

Looking for a last minute vacation? Each week, I’ll note some great deals, including some of the SPG Hot Escapes and other promotions that you can take advantage of to save money on your next getaway. SPG Hot Escapes Top Picks For September 3-6, 2014 SPG Hot Escapes is a promotion that offers weekly hotel discounts at […]

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Save With American Express Twitter and Facebook Offers

September 2, 2014

American Express loves to engage with its customers on social media, and Amex cardholders can save a lot of money by taking advantage of the company’s ongoing promotions like Sync on Twitter and Like Link Love on Facebook. To take part in these deals, simply connect your Amex card with your Twitter or Facebook account, then follow the American Express Twitter feed or like […]

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US Airways 100% Bonus on Purchased Dividend Miles (Targeted)

September 2, 2014

US Airways is again offering a bonus of up to 100% on purchased Dividend Miles now through September 30th, 2014. However unlike some recent promotions, this one is targeted. Check your email for a notice from US Airways to see if your account is eligible. The bonus amounts are as follows: • Purchase 1,000-9,000 miles, get a 25% Bonus • Purchase 10,000-19,000 miles, get […]

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Flight Review: Emirates Business Class Milan-JFK

September 2, 2014

I recently took my first trip to Greece – with the flight over on US Airways’ Envoy Class from Philadelphia to Athens and a stay at the Hotel Belvedere Mykonos – and for my journey home, I bought an Air Italia coach ticket to Milan, then flew Emirates from Milan’s MXP to New York’s JFK. My favorite way to book one-way […]

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Roundup of Credit Card Bonuses and Promotions Ending Soon

September 1, 2014

With summer coming to an end, I wanted to give a quick round up of credit card offers and promotions that will be ending soon. Expiring Credit Card Offers United Explorer: Ending September 2, 2014 • Earn 50,000 miles after $2,000 spent on purchases in the first 3 months. • Earn an additional 5,000 miles […]

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Should I Get Amex Gold Premier or Southwest Rapid Rewards?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Noah tweeted me to ask:  @thepointsguy “Which card should I get? The American Express Gold Premier Rewards credit card with the 50k bonus or Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier credit card with the 50k bonus?” I generally don’t answer questions like “Which credit card is better?” because there are so many factors to take into […]

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Will I Earn a Bonus for Upgrading to Citi Executive Card?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Marty tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “Does American Airlines ever give mile bonuses to upgrade your existing credit card from Platinum Select AAdvantage to Citi Executive AAdvantage?” The Citi Executive AAdvantage credit card is one of the most lucrative deals out there. This year alone, I’ve gotten two different Citi AAdvantage cards; both are […]

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How Can I Keep Delta Medallion Status If I’m Short MQDs?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Julie tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “Any ideas for someone who has enough Delta MQMs but is about $1500 short on MQDs? I want to maintain Silver Medallion Elite status and I have an Amex Platinum Delta card.” For United and Delta flyers, the elite status game got a little bit harder in […]

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Will Delta Reserve MQMs Qualify for Platinum Challenge?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Matt tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “I’m on a Delta Platinum Challenge, can I sign up for the Delta Reserve American Express credit card and have those MQM’s qualify for the challenge requirement?” Airline Elite status matches and challenges are a great way to leverage your current status and quickly earn similar status on another […]

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Hyatt 50% Off in China, Bonus Southwest Rapid Rewards & More

August 30, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Get a $50 Visa Gift Card For Holiday Inn Stays: If you stay three nights or more at a Holiday Inn Resort, you can get a $50 Visa Gift card via the Hold On To Summer promotion from IHG. You […]

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Citi Double Cash: a New Cashback Credit Card Option

August 29, 2014

Citi just announced the launch of a new cash back credit card with a unique twist on earning. Unlike most cards, which offer rewards based solely on spending, the Citi Double Cash Card awards 1% cash back per dollar spent, and then offers another 1% cash back as you pay down your balance. The earning structure is […]

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SPG Free Nights, Starpoints & More with Tap Into Luxury Game

August 29, 2014

SPG has created a new online game called Tap Into Luxury, where SPG members can play to win prizes like free night stays, Starpoints, iTunes gift cards and Ticketmaster cash codes. One grand prize winner will get 250,000 Starpoints to take a dream vacation at any of 1,100 Starwood hotels and resorts across nine brands worldwide, […]

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