We Have Landed: Meet the TPG UK Team

Apr 25, 2019

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The Points Guy UK has officially landed. The London-based team is going to bring UK residents the best points and miles advice so they can maximize their travel. And to do that, they’ve assembled a team of passionate experts. You can follow the team on Instagram to stay up-to-date on all things TPG UK. And, before you do that, here’s a look at each team member who’s going to be on this adventure.

Ben Smithson — Senior Writer

Originally from Australia, Ben has been living in London for the past three years, and is completing his mission to visit every country in Europe. Ben joins TPG UK as a full-time Senior Miles & Points Writer, after working as a freelance writer for One Mile At A Time.

Favourite aircraft: Airbus A380
Window or aisle? Window, always
Favourite destination: Hong Kong
Most memorable flight: Qatar Airways Qsuite from Doha to London

 

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The beautiful Moroccan blue city of #Chefchaouen

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Christian Kramer — General Manager

Christian leads the London-based TPG team, and was one of the original TPG UK hires. After a 16-year career, Christian left the banking world, allowing his inner AvGeek to come through.

Favourite aircraft: Queen of the Skies (Boeing 747)
Window or aisle? Window
Favourite destination: San Francisco
Most memorable flight: Thai first class when I was the only passenger in the cabin.

Dan Ross — Content Producer

Daniel’s passion for all things aviation started as a kid, going on day trips with his dad and younger brother to Newcastle Airport to simply watch the planes. He later turned his passion for aviation and travel into a career by getting a Masters in Air Transport Management at Loughborough University. Fluent in French, Portuguese and Spanish, he’s lived all over the world, in spots like Annecy, São Paulo and Barcelona. As a Content Producer for TPG UK, he cannot wait to get the UK excited about points, miles and all things planes.

Favourite aircraft: Airbus A380
Window or aisle? Window — always
Favourite destination: Rio de Janeiro
Most memorable flight: When a Brazilian woman told me that I must have been Brazilian in a past life because I have a Brazilian soul.

Emily McNutt — Global News Editor

As TPG‘s Global News Editor, Emily is responsible for coordinating news efforts between the US and UK offices. Got a tip? Share it: emily@thepointsguy.com

Favourite aircraft: Airbus A380
Window or aisle? Window
Favourite destination: Cape Town
Most memorable flight: Emirates first class — even if only for 49 minutes.

 

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Emirates First Class lived up to my expectations and then some — even if I only got to fly it for 49 minutes.

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Jean Arnas — Head of Video

Jean creates and directs all the video content for TPG UK. Jean has taken his camera to over 80 countries in the past 10 years, developing a unique and heavily AvGeek-inspired approach to video storytelling.

Favourite aircraft: Boeing 747 — upper deck please
Window or aisle? Window, always!
Favourite destination: Bangkok
Most memorable flight: Flying my boyfriend to São Paulo and back for his first time in Brazil. The return in a fancy flat bed with BA Club World was £27, a few Avios and an upgrade voucher.

 

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Next stop: Bermuda ?? #flyba #firstclass #bermuda

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Kathleen Porter Kristiansen — Family Writer

Kathleen writes the family content for TPG UK. She’s a mum of two and dual-national Brit/American who lives in London. She earned over a million miles travelling as a City solicitor and maximised both her maternity leaves traveling the world with her family.

Favourite aircraft: British Airways Boeing 787
Window or aisle? Aisle (kids take the window)
Favourite destination: Vietnam
Most memorable flight: First overseas at 19 — Boston to Brussels on Sabena (RIP)

Liam Spencer — Social Media Editor

Liam’s initial eagerness to travel stemmed from watching a young Leo DiCaprio explore a remote tropical paradise in Danny Boyle’s The Beach back in 2013. He was en route to a university open day at the time, and while the course wasn’t right for him, he did make it to Koh Phi Phi and Maya Bay four years later. In between all that, Liam dived into the world of sports journalism before joining News UK brand Dream Team FC as Social Media Manager. There, he was responsible for growing and engaging an audience of over 3.5 million passionate sports fans.

Favourite aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Window or aisle? Aisle
Favourite destination: Los Angeles
Most memorable flight: Scenic tour of Fraser Island in a GA-8 Airvan

 

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I work at Heathrow now

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Lori Zaino — Senior Writer

Lori’s eclectic travel tastes and sense of adventure have taken her to almost 50 countries over six continents, some of her favorites being Cuba, (Southern) Italy, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Senegal. She left her job in New York City working in fashion for a more nomadic lifestyle, moving to Madrid, Spain in 2008. Lori is bilingual in Spanish and English, and writes all sorts of useful and fun lifestyle, points and travel content. Her travel advice is to hang with the locals and always politely ask for an upgrade.

Favourite aircraft: Airbus A380 — it’s large and in charge
Window or aisle? Aisle — I’m restless
Favourite destination: It’s hard to pick just one! Trinidad, Cuba is one of the most colourful and vibrant places I’ve ever visited. Borneo was a true wildlife adventure. And Sicily for the food, wine and local culture.
Most memorable flight: Emirates first class on the A380. When will I ever get a chance to shower at 30,000 feet again?! Back on Ryanair now…


Nicky Kelvin — Director of Content

Nicky is the Director of Content for and face of TPG UK, and oversees the creation of UK focused content. Nicky spent years as a record label lawyer and avid traveler sharing his miles and points tips under the guise ‘Miles Mogul’.

Favourite aircraft: Boeing 74-
Window or aisle? Window always!
Favourite destination: Tel Aviv
Most memorable flight: After having had all my belongings stolen and bumped off two flights, I finally got on an evening BA departure from Tel Aviv to London and got upgraded from economy to experience my first time in first class!

 

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Hanging out under Jumbos. ??✈️ @british_airways #BA100 #landor #avgeek

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