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

Which Credit Card Is Best For Multiple Programs?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader John tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “My employees and I have at least 100 flights and hotel stays annually with various airlines and hotel chains. What credit card should I use?” Back when I was traveling a lot with Morgan Stanley, I luckily had my choice of airlines (most of the time). However, when it comes to […]

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Can I Use Amex Membership Rewards to Book Travel for Others?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader Darlene emailed me to ask: “My mother-in law has a ton of American Express Membership Rewards points, and she wants to use them to send me and my husband on a vacation. Can she book the travel through her account and put our names in?” Over the years, credit card programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards […]

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Can I Get Both Cash Back & Miles from Shopping Portals?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader Marc tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “Can you blend shopping portals? For example, can I use the Southwest portal to get miles and still use Ebates to get cash back, or must I choose one or the other?” Shopping portals are one of the easiest ways to rack up points and miles for […]

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Is Hyatt’s Cash + Points Booking Option a Good Value?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader Victoria tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “What do you think of Hyatt’s Cash + Points booking option versus just paying full price or saving up points to book rewards? I  always like having options when it comes time to redeem my points, so I was happy when Hyatt introduced the Cash + […]

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Bonus AAdvantage Miles, Hyatt Discounts, $50 off Emirates

November 15, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: American Airlines Offers 1,050 Bonus Miles for Shopping In order to get in the game and compete with all the other current pre-Thanksgiving shopping bonuses, American has launched a shopping portal bonus where you can earn 350 bonus miles […]

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Redeem Amex Membership Rewards Points at McDonald’s

November 14, 2014

American Express recently announced a partnership with McDonald’s that lets you redeem Membership Rewards points to pay for your purchase when you use your eligible Amex card at participating locations. This service — which follows a similar Amex partnership with Uber earlier this year, and one with Amazon last year — is available at some locations now, and will be […]

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Contest Roundup: China, St. Lucia, Fiji, California & the Super Bowl XLIX

November 14, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win trips to China, Saint Lucia or Fiji, a chance to see the 2015 Super Bowl or a foodie getaway to California. Win A Trip To Saint Lucia From Yahoo Travel To celebrate Wellness Month, Yahoo Travel is giving away two trips […]

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Discounted United Economy European Awards for 48,000 Miles

November 13, 2014

Similar to a recent award sale offered by Delta, United MileagePlus just launched a winter sale to a handful of major cities in Europe, allowing you to book round-trip saver award seats in coach for only 48,000 miles round-trip (a 20% discount from the usual 60,000 miles). Book by December 4, 2014 from destinations in Canada and the U.S. (excluding Hawaii) […]

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United Raising Premier Qualifying Dollar Thresholds in 2015

November 13, 2014

On the heel’s of Delta’s announcement increasing Medallion Qualifying Dollars needed for status in 2015, United just announced that they are also increasing the amount of Premier Qualifying Dollars you’ll need to spend in order to qualify for elite status starting in 2015 for 2016 Premier qualification. United is increasing the PQD requirements for earning 2016 Premier status, which is based […]

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Deal Alert: $22 Fares on Frontier Airlines

November 13, 2014

Frontier Airlines is having a one day sale today with flights starting at $22 from Trenton, NJ to several cities including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago-Midway, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Meyers, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, Orlando, Raleigh, St Louis, St. Augustine, Tampa and West Palm Beach for select dates this December. If you are interested in scoring […]

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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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