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

5379 Articles by The Points Guy

Can I Transfer Miles to Earn Airline Elite Status?

Today’s newbie question of the day comes from TPG Reader Dave via twitter: @thepointsguy — “If I transfer 25,000 miles to American Airlines, will I earn AAdvantage Gold status?” The Starwood Preferred Guest program allows you to transfer Starpoints to miles with over 30 airline partners, including American Airlines. One of the best aspects of the…

Which Cards Offer Gogo and Boingo Wi-Fi Access?

TPG Reader Bryce tweeted me to ask about staying online while traveling: @thepointsguy — “Which cards will get you free Wi-Fi like Boingo and Gogo?” Boingo allows you to connect to Wi-Fi in hundreds of airports and other public locations, while Gogo gives you Wi-Fi access from 30,000 feet. In-flight Wi-Fi is both a blessing and a curse, allowing you…

Which Points Hotels Do You Recommend in Istanbul?

TPG Reader Mike sent me a message looking for hotel recommendations: “What is your favorite points hotel in Istanbul?” Istanbul is a fascinating city. It’s huge and bustling, at the crossroads of Asia and Europe — part of the city is actually in Asia, and you can get to it by ferry. Whether you’re traveling on points or…

Can I Use a Global Entry Fee Credit to Pay for Someone Else?

Today’s first question comes from TPG reader Tim, who tweeted me to ask about using Global Entry application fee credits: @thepointsguy — “Can I get the Global Entry reimbursement on my Amex Platinum card for my spouse if I already have it?” I love Global Entry, and if you don’t have it, you should really look into getting…

Delta Bug Fixed, Etihad’s Concierge Service, AA’s Flights to Cuba & More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Delta Fixes Korean Air Award Booking Bug Delta’s done a bit of work on its website to fix a bug that previously blocked access to Korean Air awards when the airline had blackout dates in any region. Blackout dates…

Should I Get the Starwood Amex with 30,000 Bonus Points?

TPG reader Jonathan wrote in to ask about Starwood and the co-branded Amex card: “I just started staying at Starwood hotels — should I get the Amex SPG with the 30,000 bonus points?” Every August for the last several years, Starwood and American Express have increased the sign-up bonus for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card,…

How Does the Global Entry Renewal Process Work?

TPG reader Donald wrote to ask me about Global Entry renewals: “My five year membership in Global Entry ends in two months. Do you know anything about the renewal process? Do I have to go back to the airport for another interview?” I’ve had Global Entry for years, and I can’t count how many hours…

Does A Credit Card Invitation Mean My Application Is Guaranteed?

TPG reader Kevin tweeted me a question that I’m sure many of you have also wondered about: @thepointsguy — “If you receive an invitation to apply for a credit card, does that mean you’ll be accepted automatically?” These days, some of the most lucrative credit card offers are those you get in the mail. (Yes, it’s 2015…