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.

5949 Articles by The Points Guy

How the Amex Business Platinum Card Has Changed the Way We Book Business Travel

When it comes to Amex Membership Rewards points, I’ve been saying for years that the best value is when you transfer them to airline partners. However, that’s all changed recently, and I’ve been using the Pay with Points feature more than ever thanks to the new changes to the Amex Business Platinum Card. With the…

How Starpoints Saved My Trip to Aruba — 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…

Should I Use Global Entry or the Mobile Passport App?

TPG reader Troy sent me a message on Facebook to ask about expedited security programs: “Do I need Global Entry if I have Mobile Passport?” If you’re looking for ways to get through airport checkpoints more quickly, you have some options. Global Entry is a great service for frequent flyers, and my membership has saved me from long lines…

How Can I Find out About Chase Sapphire Events in Advance?

TPG reader Gail sent me a tweet to ask about VIP experiences through Chase: “How do I find out when Chase Sapphire events become available so I don’t miss out?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve Card routinely rank among my favorite travel rewards cards. Both offer lucrative benefits and transfer partners that get plenty of attention,…

Which Credit Card Maximizes Rewards With Uber and Lyft?

TPG reader Cole sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning rewards for Uber: “Is Uber considered a travel expense, and if so, which credit card should I use to pay for Uber charges?” One important step to maximizing your rewards is knowing how each purchase is categorized. Credit card issuers don’t always agree about what qualifies as…

The Luxury of the Grand Cayman Cookout with the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card

My first ever trip to Grand Cayman was one of my most memorable trips — it’s where my points and miles hobby first started a little more than 20 years ago. The island holds a place close to my heart. So when I had the opportunity to go to the Cayman Cookout event as a Ritz-Carlton Rewards…

Getting Distracted Before a Flight — Reader Mistake Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about all the positive ways award travel has affected their lives. That being said, while I love hearing about your successes, I think there’s also a lot we can learn by sharing our mistakes, and I’m calling on readers to send…

The Ultimate Sundance Film Festival Experience

I’ve gone to the Sundance Film Festival for each of the past three years and have had an incredible time. For each of the festivals I’ve gone to, I’ve had special access through my Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. Although some packages for this year’s event for Sapphire Preferred cardholders are sold out (they went on sale…

Enter to Win a 1:1 TPG Consultation at Tomorrow’s WeWork Chicago Event

Last week I mentioned that we’re launching our first annual TPG Small Business Week. The program begins this Tuesday in Chicago, where I’ll be hosting the first Small Business Week session and explaining everything you need to know about how to maximize travel and points. After the Q&A — and refreshments and light bites — we’ll…