Brian Kelly

Founder and Editor-In-Chief

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

Thursday Giveaway: $100 iTunes Gift Card – Five Winners!

November 13, 2014

Just a few short weeks ago, we launched our new TPG To Go app, and the response has been amazing! Speaking to readers and learning about how they utilizing the app to help maximize their life, learn about their spending and earn points and miles faster than ever! Our new app is free to download […]

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SPG Select Member Exclusive Bonus (Targeted)

November 12, 2014

This week, Starwood Preferred Guest began emailing select members about a targeted promotion, inviting them to register by December 31, 2014 for the opportunity to earn bonus Starpoints or up to two free nights on points-earning stays completed between November 3, 2014 and January 31, 2015. Though I’m an SPG Platinum, I unfortunately didn’t receive an offer via this promotion, but if you receive […]

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Ski for Free with Your Alaska Airlines Boarding Pass

November 12, 2014

Winter is almost upon us, which means ski season is inching closer too. What better way to celebrate this polar vortex than a ski trip? Alaska Airlines flies to some of the most popular ski destinations, and is working with different ski resorts in various destinations to offer opportunities to ski for free by simply […]

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American AAdvantage 2015 Elite Status Boost Options Now Live

November 11, 2014

Last year as part of its restructuring efforts, American Airlines introduced elite status requalification “boost” options. The idea was that flyers who might fall short of qualifying (or requalifying) for status could pay either to “boost” up to the next status level if they had already earned a certain amount of elite-qualifying mileage, or to renew […]

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Chase Restricts Ultimate Rewards Transfers Between Members

November 11, 2014

Chase recently updated the Ultimate Rewards website with a whole new look and some new features. Aside from the aesthetic updates, there’s one significant negative change, as Chase is making it more difficult to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to friends and family. New Look When you login, you’ll see a points balance menu that lets you view point balances for […]

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Earn 500 Bonus Starpoints by Updating Your SPG Profile

November 11, 2014

Back in September, Starwood Preferred Guest launched its More For You promo, where you could earn double or triple points on stays this fall. With the recent refresh of the Starwood website, however, the program added another little bonus to the promo where you can earn 500 points just for updating your stay preferences. Per the […]

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Starwood Preferred Guest Launches New Partnership with Emirates

November 10, 2014

Following last year’s Crossover Rewards partnership with Delta Air Lines, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and Emirates Skywards have just announced a new partnership called Your World Rewards, providing reciprocal benefits to elites of both loyalty programs when they fly with Emirates or stay at participating Starwood properties. Registration for the new partnership begins on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, and you can sign […]

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30% Bonus for Buying Hyatt Gold Passport Points

November 10, 2014

Now through December 10, 2014, Hyatt Gold Passport is running a promotion offering up to a 30% bonus on purchased points. While a 30% bonus is pretty standard for Hyatt buy-points promos, the current offer is better than past promotions, since the bonus isn’t tiered based on how many points you purchase. You can score the 30% bonus when buying as few […]

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Citi Prestige: 30,000 ThankYou Points, $250 Credit, & More

November 10, 2014

A few weeks ago Citi updated the benefits on its premium card in the ThankYou Rewards program, the Citi Prestige. While the card lost some valuable benefits like a worldwide coach companion ticket and 15% discount on airfare, it gained others that are equally lucrative, like an annual $250 air travel credit and a 4th hotel night […]

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Roundup of Current Shopping Portal Bonuses

November 10, 2014

Shopping portals are an easy way to earn bonus points or miles on your everyday online purchases. Usually, shopping portals pull out the big bonuses and offers for Black Friday/Cyber Monday, as well as other prime shopping periods like Mother’s Day or back-to-school season. This year there seems to be a new trend, as some shopping portals […]

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Should I Take 75,000 Point Offer for Amex Business Rewards?

November 9, 2014

TPG reader Matt tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”I just got an offer for a 75,000 point sign-up bonus for the American Express Business Gold Rewards Card. Should I take it?” Matt, you should absolutely take advantage of this offer! The current public offer for the American Express Business Gold Rewards is for just 25,000 Membership Rewards points after […]

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Should I Drop the Admirals Club for the Centurion Lounge?

November 9, 2014

TPG reader Adam tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Is it worth keeping my Admirals Club membership, or should I drop it for the new Centurion Lounges?” I generally don’t think it’s worth paying for lounge access. Spending $500 for a membership alone doesn’t make sense when you could get that same Admirals Club membership through either the Citi […]

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What Should I Do with My Amex Points if I Cancel My Card?

November 9, 2014

TPG reader Dror sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “I have 170,000 Membership Rewards points through my Amex card spending. I’m planning to close my credit card, but I don’t want to lose those points. What are my options?” Dror, your best option is to simply downgrade your card to the American Express Everyday card, […]

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How Can I Get a Better Airplane Seat at the Last Minute?

November 9, 2014

TPG reader Albertina tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Is there a way to get a better seat last minute? I got stuck in the back in a middle row from Buenos Aires to Miami! Ugh!”  Getting a bad seat on a long flight is no fun. Airlines typically block off a lot of window or […]

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Earn Bonus Southwest and Marriott Points, Hyatt Gift Card Sale

November 8, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn up to 7,500 Bonus Marriott Reward Points for Canada Stays You can earn 1,500 bonus Marriott Reward Points per night (with a maximum of 7,500 points per stay) at select Marriott properties in Canada. The offer includes stays […]

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Contest Roundup: Win 100,000 Starpoints, 250,000 United Miles

November 7, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win 100,000 Starpoints, 250,000 United MileagePlus miles, a Hawaiian getaway, a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and a Delta flight and hotel from Expedia. Win 100,000 Starpoints from Sheraton Club Win 100,000 Starpoints for sharing a photo of an amazing city […]

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Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for November 2014

November 7, 2014

Credit card sign-up bonuses are constantly changing; an offer that’s here today might be gone tomorrow, and bonuses on a single card can rise or fall 50,000 points overnight. It pays to stay on top of the current credit card market so you can take advantage of the best bonus offers when they become available. To help you […]

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18 Best Fried Chicken Restaurants from Coast to Coast

November 7, 2014

To take advantage of Chase Sapphire Preferred’s lucrative 3x points on dining offer on the first Friday of the month, we’re rounding up the best in dining. For November, comfort food is on the brain as we gear up for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. And what’s more comforting than down home Southern comfort and fried chicken? Read on […]

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New Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Resorts for Winter Getaways

November 6, 2014

Hyatt recently launched two new all-inclusive brands, Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara, and to celebrate, they’re offering a special promotion for Hyatt Gold Passport Members of 50% off the daily rate and the fifth night free at any of five new properties. The daily rates may seem high, but keep in mind that they’re all-inclusive, so the […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Sol Republic Headphones

November 6, 2014

Whenever I travel, be it for work for pleasure, one thing is assured, and that is that I bring music with me wherever I go. Now that I can keep my phone in airplane mode from the moment I take off to the moment I land, music can always be my accompaniment at 39,000 feet. […]

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American Express San Francisco Centurion Lounge Preview

November 5, 2014

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend a preview of the Amex Centurion Lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which officially opens tomorrow morning and will be the fourth Centurion lounge in the U.S. and the first location on the West Coast, which is located in Terminal 3 past security, and open daily from 5am to 11 pm. The other three Centurion […]

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50,000 Points Sign-Up Bonus for Southwest Cards Is Back

November 5, 2014

Chase is once again offering increased sign-up bonuses of 50,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points for the Southwest Premier and Plus Visas – both the personal and business version of the Premier and the personal and business Plus cards. To get the full bonus on any of these cards, you must spend $2,000 within 3 months of account opening. Aside from the value of […]

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Upgrading to JetBlue Mint from Coach

November 5, 2014

I recently had the chance to fly JetBlue’s Mint Business Class between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles. While I wasn’t able to sit in one of the private, closed-door suites, I was impressed with the lie-flat seats and overall service, and am hopeful that JetBlue will expand Mint to a wider route network. Aside from getting […]

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Citi AAdvantage Platinum 50,000 Offer Plus 2 Admirals Club Passes

November 4, 2014

Citi periodically offers sign-up bonuses of 50,000 miles or more for its co-branded American Airlines AAdvantage cards. However, there’s a new offer for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard that comes with 50,000 AAdvantage miles and two Admirals Club one-day passes when you spend $3,000 in the first three months of account opening, with the $95 annual fee waived the the […]

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