Brian Kelly is the founder and CEO of The Points Guy (TPG), the preeminent voice when it comes to loyalty programs, credit cards and travel. Kelly launched TPG in 2010 during his time as a Wall Street road warrior, where he developed his keen sense for maximizing travel experiences while minimizing spending. Since then, Kelly has grown the company into a powerhouse travel and lifestyle media platform with a team of distinguished editors and freelancers that spans the globe.
Scott is the executive editor of TPG, overseeing the travel site’s news, aviation, features, points and miles and credit card coverage. Prior to joining TPG in 2019, he was deputy global business editor at The Associated Press. Scott also spent six years covering the airline and travel industries for AP. Before that, he covered travel and business at ABC News and Rhode Island politics for the Providence Journal.
Some of Scott’s earliest memories involve his face pressed up to an airplane window, watching the world below pass by. His love of travel only grew when he learned how to do it for free using points and miles. Some of his best redemptions include trips to Italy, Japan and Greece — all in the pointy end of the plane and at luxury hotels.
Favorite city: Montevideo.
Where to next: Switzerland, Ecuador, Australia.
Nicky is a senior director at The Points Guy and heads up and is the face of TPG UK. He is a die-hard AvGeek and industry-leading miles, points and travel expert, and you'll often find him on the TV and radio and in the papers discussing these topics on behalf of TPG.
Before launching TPG UK, Nicky spent years as a record label lawyer and avid traveler sharing his points and miles tips under the guise "Miles Mogul." He is also an award-winning photographer, with work published in Vice, National Geographic, Vogue, MSN, Tatler, the Times and more.
Favorite city: Tel Aviv.
Summer, who is leading a variety of special projects at TPG, grew up with the travel bug thanks to exploring the country (mostly by car) with her family during school breaks as a kid. While studying at NYU she started racking up frequent flyer miles flying on deals, often visiting friends and family back home in Texas. Now mom to two daughters, she launched the Mommy Points blog in 2011 to show families like hers that miles, points, and loyalty programs weren’t just for business travelers. In 2018, Mommy Points was acquired by TPG.
When she isn’t at her computer hunting for travel deals, she can be found eating shave ice on the North Shore of Kauai, maximizing her time at Disney World, admiring castles in Scotland or just swimming at home in Texas with her family.
Favorite city: Hanalei, Hawaii.
Where to next: Somewhere warm and sunny or cold with skiable powder.
Eric first joined The Points Guy in 2011 as one of the site's first full-time employees and served as the original managing editor for three years. In 2014, Eric became a special contributor to TPG, covering everything from credit card deals to hotel reviews. At the same time, he began contributing regularly to major publications including Bloomberg, Conde Nast Traveler and National Geographic Traveler. Eric rejoined TPG as a director of content in 2021 and now helps guide our coverage of credit cards, points, miles and travel across the site.
Most recently, Eric launched a podcast titled "Conscious Traveler" with fellow travel writer Kathryn Romeyn, dedicated to telling stories of conservation, community, culture and sustainability from around the world.
Andrea is director of operations at The Points Guy. During her 30-year career as a travel journalist, she's trailed an orca pod from a skiff in Alaska’s Inside Passage, had an allergic reaction to a cheetah she met at a South African rehabilitation center, hiked the Borneo rainforest to glimpse orangutans in the wild, has crossed both the international dateline and equator by cruise ship and launched a "wish" into the sky during Taiwan's Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival. And, she's written about it all.
Today, her focus is on ensuring TPG publishes the most relevant content for its readers and mentoring new teammates.
Favorite city: Paris.
Where to next: Taormina (Sicily), Italy and Vienna, Austria.
Ben is TPG’s senior aviation editor, overseeing a team of reporters who cover the day-to-day news of the airline industry. He joined The Points Guy in March 2019 after nearly two decades at USA Today, where he was best known for launching the long-running, industry-leading Today in the Sky blog in 2002. Ben’s covered it all during his two decades as an aviation journalist, everything from mergers to fledgling startups -- remember Independence Air?
He’s been a regular guest in the media to talk about the latest aviation news, featured on outlets such as NBC’s "Today," "CBS This Morning," CNN, NPR and more.
Benét, known as the Aviation Queen, is a senior editor at TPG who is best known for being an aviation journalist for 25-plus years. Her love affair with travel and aviation began at age 6, when her Air Force family moved from California to a military base outside of London. The family flew from JFK to London on a pretty new Pan Am 747. She was amazed when, in 1992, she got her first aviation journalism job.
Benét has traveled to all 50 states and more than 60 countries. She is a huge fan of Southwest Airlines -- she even has a Southwest bed set, earrings and face masks.
Favorite city: San Francisco.
Where to next: Orlando; Delhi, India.
Clint worked in broadcast news for more than 20 years -- including stints at ABC News, Fox and MSNBC -- before landing his dream job at TPG in 2019. He was raised in California and Montana but has called New York home for nearly 20 years. His goal is to travel to every country on the planet, but he can only claim 50 so far. He's been featured on CNN, Bloomberg, Fox, NBC News, "Today" and "Morning Joe."
He currently holds Alaska's new top-tier 100K status. He's Platinum on Delta and has Globalist status with Hyatt. He flies around 150,000 miles a year and is probably working on updating the country-by-country guide to coronavirus reopenings as we speak.
Favorite city: Hong Kong.
Where to next: Egypt, Fiji, South Africa.
Nick is a director of content at TPG who was one of its first-ever contributors back in 2012. He has written extensively on virtually every loyalty program and credit card out there, and his knowledge has allowed him to travel to over 50 countries for little to no out-of-pocket cost. He currently holds 21 different credit cards but maximizes every single one of them. After several years as a road warrior, he (mostly) hung up his business travel shoes when his daughter was born in November 2014 — but his globe-trotting hasn't stopped: She has now visited 24 countries, including ringing in her seventh birthday above the Arctic Circle in Finland.
Nick has been featured in numerous print and video outlets, including Good Morning America, Wake Up with Cheddar, ABC News Tonight, the New York Times and AARP Magazine.
Favorite city: London.
Where to next: Colombia, Vietnam, Cambodia.
Melanie is currently the managing editor for global features at TPG, where she oversees daily travel and lifestyle news, destination coverage, travel features and reports. Prior to TPG, Melanie was an editor at Travel + Leisure magazine, and her work has appeared in Bloomberg Pursuits, Yahoo Travel, Jetsetter, Boston Common magazine, Luxe City Guides, Thrillist and Saveur magazine, among others.
She has been recognized for her journalism, poetry, prose and playwriting in various competitions and festivals, and has been featured as a travel expert by notable outlets across radio, podcasts, in print and on television, including "Good Morning America," MSNBC, Fox Business and The Weather Channel.
Favorite city: Santiago, Chile.
Where to next: New Zealand, Botswana, Myanmar.
Tanner is a senior hotels reporter for TPG. A native Texan, Tanner entered travel media after working in the music industry in Nashville, inspired by a trip around the world planned with the help of TPG. Over the years he’s joined National Geographic to help film a documentary on cheetahs, interviewed legends like Ian Schrager and Pierce Brosnan, eaten at all three Michelin-starred restaurants in the Four Seasons Hong Kong in one night and written a song for (and starred in) a Snuggie commercial.
Before joining TPG, Tanner served as the experiences editor at Travel + Leisure, where he ideated, launched and guest-hosted the diversity-focused podcast “Let’s Go Together.” He’s also worked in editorial roles at Culture Trip and Thrillist.
A chicken fried steak-lover, he currently lives in Brooklyn with his boyfriend and their corgi, Splenda.
Favorite city: Tokyo.
Where to next: Egypt, Brazil, Hawaii.
Ben is a leading U.K. points and miles expert with more than four years of experience writing for some of the world's leading loyalty resources, including TPG and One Mile at a Time. He has visited more than 80 countries, including almost every country in Europe, and enjoys sharing his knowledge of lesser-known destinations, from Kuwait to the Caribbean.
With a legal background, Ben reads the small print of the terms and conditions of credit card offers and airline and hotel loyalty programs so you don't have to.
Originally from Australia, he has a lifelong affinity with Singapore Airlines, but regularly travels with British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and their partner airlines. Ben has flown everything from ultra-low-cost carriers back in seat 29E to the Etihad A380 Apartment.
Favorite city: Hong Kong.
Where to next: Paris; Nice, France.
Madison is a content operations editor for TPG focused on helping our broader editorial team bring news, features and advice to our readers. Learning to travel on a budget using points and miles changed her life, and she's passionate about sharing that knowledge to help others book their dream trips, explore the world and learn about other cultures.
Arkansas born and raised, Madison graduated from Arkansas State University (Go Red Wolves!). Prior to joining the TPG team, initially as a credit cards reporter, she worked on an assortment of personal finance brands for TPG's parent company Red Ventures, including Bankrate and CreditCards.com.
When she’s not working, you’ll find her planning trips to visit unique filming locations, historic libraries and thrilling theme parks.
Favorite city: Jelsa, Croatia.
Where to next: Mexico.
Gene oversees cruise content at TPG, which he joined in early 2020. Before that, he spent more than two decades as a travel writer and editor at USA Today, where he founded the outlet's cruise subsite, USA Today Cruises. He's also served as a cruise expert for the Travel Channel and written cruise guides for Frommer’s.
When not traveling the world in search of the coolest cruise ships, he lives with his wife, two daughters, three horses, two cats and a regularly visiting black bear in the mountains of North Carolina.
Favorite destination: The Arctic.
Where to next: Greece, Egypt, Norway.
Andrew is an editor at TPG covering credit cards and loyalty programs. He's been a miles and points fanatic since 2014 and previously wrote for Upgraded Points and Credit Karma.
Andrew joined TPG as a contributor in 2017 and has been on the team full time since early 2020. He frequently travels the world for work and pleasure, with his favorite regions to visit being Central and Eastern Europe. Some of his favorite travel memories include backpacking in Hungary, frequent visits to see family in Prague and exploring Lithuania.
Outside of the travel world, Andrew is a cyclist, craft coffee aficionado and — despite now living in NYC — a Chicagoan at heart.
Favorite City: Prague.
Where to next: Hong Kong (again), Singapore, Tel Aviv and Victoria, British Columbia.
Katie began writing for TPG in November 2015 and joined the team full time in June 2019. After completing her Computer Science Ph.D. thesis in June 2017, she and her husband sold or donated most of their possessions, moved out of their Austin, Texas, apartment and transitioned to a digital nomad lifestyle.
While traveling full time and living out of hotels, Katie uses points, miles, cards and loyalty programs on a daily basis. She and her husband have a total of 42 active card accounts — along with a long list of elite statuses — and they keep each card for a specific purpose. Although she only flew 108,810 miles in 2021 and 106,156 miles in 2020, in 2019 she flew 253,114 miles — and uses all of those personal experiences to inform and color her writing.
Favorite city: Tokyo.
Where to next: Cancun, Mexico; London; Amsterdam; Stockholm.
Zach is a senior reporter at TPG who joined the editorial team in 2019. His contributions range from news about the airline industry to travel and product reviews to deep dives into loyalty programs. He's been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post and HuffPost, and he's been featured on Fox 5 NY, CBS 4 Miami and the Axios Daily podcast, among others.
Zach has been an avid traveler since 2012, when he first redeemed miles for a last-minute, business-class ticket to the Middle East. He’s since been to 52 countries — and can’t wait to keep writing about his travel experiences.
Favorite city: Tel Aviv.
Where to next: Singapore.
Benji joined TPG as a contributor in 2016 and is now on the team full time as a senior reporter. His coverage ranges from flight and hotel reviews to deep dives into loyalty programs and credit cards, guides on flying private, breaking news about the airline and hotel industries and much more. Regardless of the topic he's covering, Benji always has one goal in mind: helping readers make more strategic decisions on their travels and spending.
He's been an avid traveler his entire life, taking his first transatlantic flight when he was just 2 months old.
Favorite city: Tokyo.
Where to next: Sydney, Cape Town and, in true TPG fashion, the Maldives.
David is a senior aviation business reporter and photographer for TPG. He is based in Boston and was previously the senior airline reporter at Business Insider. He has been featured on CNN, NBC, Sky News, the BBC, the Weather Channel and more. He's a bona fide travel junkie, an avid photographer and a cocktail enthusiast (the Polaris Lounge’s Paper Plane is among his favorites). He’s also a certified EMT and picks up occasional ambulance shifts in the Greater Boston area.
David graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with a bachelor's degree in media and communications, and from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland with a master's degree in history. A frequent flyer, David holds elite status with three airlines and numerous hotel rewards programs.
Favorite cities: Edinburgh, London, Tokyo, Paris.
Where to next: Italy, Australia, Argentina, Vietnam.
Ethan joined TPG from Yahoo News in 2021, where he served as senior audience development editor, overseeing social media and audience development strategy. Prior to joining the Yahoo News team in 2018, Ethan worked at HuffPost.
Ethan attended American University in Washington, graduating with a double major in journalism and political science. Wanting to further his aviation studies, he later attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and received a master’s in aviation and aerospace operations. Ethan also holds an FAA aircraft dispatcher certificate.
Ethan, who is currently based in Houston, has been an #avgeek for as long as he can remember. As a kid growing up in Queens, his parents would take him to what was then called the USAir Terminal at LGA — today’s Terminal C, where he’d spend many an afternoon plane spotting.
Favorite city: Osaka, Japan.
Where to next: Australia.
Ashley writes sponsored content for TPG and is also a family travel advocate. Formerly a contributor at Condé Nast Traveler and Matador Network, Ashley also had a family travel blog for four years before coming to TPG in 2021. She travels almost exclusively with her husband and two young kids but can also be seen enjoying solo trips to far-flung places like Costa Rica and Austria.
Ashley loves storytelling and any opportunity to share travel stories at TPG. A hopeful polyglot, Ashley has a graduate degree in Spanish and currently studies French. Next up: Italian.
Favorite city: Venice, Italy.
Where to next: Cairo.
Stella is a full-time writer with expertise in credit cards, points and miles, and all things travel. She is a journalism graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and previously worked as a copywriter at JetBlue Airways and as a credit cards writer at LendingTree. Whether it's finding a 12,500-mile business-class flight to Morocco or a $30 flight to Los Angeles, she's an expert at travel hacking.
While Stella is based out of New York City, she's always on the go and has set the ambitious goal of hitting 100 countries before she turns 30.
Favorite destinations: South Korea, Greece.
Where to next: Argentina.
Ashley has spent nearly 15 years writing about cruises. With more than 50 sailings under her belt, she brings expertise that runs the gamut from well-known cruise lines like Royal Caribbean and Carnival to more obscure river and expedition brands. You can find some of her other work -- which includes thousands of ship reviews, industry news pieces, and planning and tips features -- on Cruise Critic, Cruise.blog, Cruise Radio, USA Today, the Associated Press, NBC News, the Miami Herald and Huffington Post.
Now that she's joined TPG, she spends her spare time learning all she can about points and miles (and earning them with her shiny, new Amex Platinum). She also enjoys cats, lawn gnomes, CrossFit, pizza and musical theater.
Favorite city: London.
Where to next: Nepal.
A classically trained news reporter, Caroline is a former political journalist who traded the halls of Capitol Hill for the aisles of planes. She authors a weekly column answering frequently asked reader questions and specializes in beginner-friendly content for fellow points and miles newbies. She holds journalism degrees from both Mizzou and Northwestern.
You can find her drinking iced lattes year-round, and rest assured that ginger ale is always in her fridge.
Favorite cities: Montreal, Amsterdam, London, Chicago.
Kyle is a points and miles reporter who joined TPG in January 2022. Kyle is a successful entrepreneur who started his own travel consulting business at the age of 13 and, more recently, used his skills to respond to the need for student housing that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kyle created business partnerships with 21 hotels in the Washington, D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles areas, generating over $5.5 million in revenue and housing more than 450 students.
Exploring the world and understanding people is what he loves doing most. His vision is to make travel more sustainable and more accessible. When not traveling, Kyle enjoys learning languages (he speaks five), spending time with friends and family and going for long walks.
Favorite cities: London, Singapore and Buenos Aires.
Where to next: Mauritius, Cape Town and Jakarta.
Erica has been writing about travel for more than 20 years, from her college days as a Let’s Go guidebook editor to a decade-plus stint leading the features team at Cruise Critic.
She has lived in Edinburgh, Scotland; crossed Australia by bus; camped in the Serengeti; and taken luxury cruises through Europe and the Caribbean.
When traveling, Erica can be found testing out the local chocolate and climbing to the top of the nearest tower, cathedral or mountain.
Favorite cities: Boston, Rome.
Where to next: Switzerland; Antarctica; Machu Picchu, Peru.
Christine Smith is a coordinating editor for TPG, where she edits reviews, features, news briefs and other kinds of content across the site. Her goal is to help writers perfect their stories while staying true to their unique voices and perspectives.
Before joining TPG in 2021, Christine was a senior travel editor at U.S. News & World Report, where she managed the Best Vacations and Best Travel Rewards Programs rankings. She also edited content about hotels, cruises, tours and more.
Christine is a Florida native who has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in African studies from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston University. She has lived in and traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region thanks to her academic career and love of exploring far-flung places.
Favorite city: Auckland, New Zealand.
Where to next: South Africa, Greece, Turkey.
Tarah is a family travel writer for TPG. Whether she’s sharing tips for planning the perfect theme park trip or finding a kid-friendly hotel, her goal with every story she writes is to inspire families to get out and explore the world.
Before joining TPG, Tarah was a freelance theme park and family travel writer for outlets such as Travel + Leisure, Yahoo, Fodor’s Travel, Insider, Afar and USA Today. She also wrote a monthly theme park news column for FamilyVacationist.
Favorite city: Venice, Italy.
Senitra is a credit cards editor at TPG, joining first as a contributing writer in 2020 and full time as an editor in 2022. She handles coverage of all things credit cards, from the latest welcome bonuses to the best ways to maximize your spending.
A frequent solo traveler, she began using points and miles from credit card rewards in 2012 to travel the world on a shoestring budget. Her most memorable solo travel experiences using points and miles include traveling to South Africa and going on safari at Kruger National Park, redeeming Alaska Airlines miles for a trip to New Zealand in business class with a three-day stopover in Fiji and a trip to Morocco that included three days in the Sahara Desert.
Senitra spent seven years working in marketing, has been a freelance writer for numerous websites and worked as a full-time reporter and editor for several daily and weekly newspapers in Texas, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Favorite city: London.
Where to next: Utah, Costa Rica, Egypt.
Caroline is an editor for TPG, where she edits and writes travel content across the site. Before joining Red Ventures, she wrote and edited travel guidebooks for Frommer's, Rough Guides, Footprint and Fodor’s, as well as producing editorial and marketing content for newspapers, magazines, tour companies and websites. Originally from the United Kingdom, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from Manchester University (U.K.) and a master’s degree in literature from Northwestern University.
She has traveled to 67 countries (over half with her 12-year-old son) and some of her most memorable travel experiences include gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, snorkeling in French Polynesia, cycling through Cuba and watching the sunrise at Angkor Wat.
She currently resides in one of her favorite places on the planet: Park City, Utah.
Favorite city: Buenos Aires.
Where to next: Japan, South Africa.
Kristy Tolley is an editor for TPG. Before joining TPG, she served as editor for Red Ventures Puerto Rico, working with a team to create a content road map for — and eventually launch — the newly-created Platea English website. The Puerto Rico travel site showcases the almost limitless lures of the “Island of Enchantment.”
She formerly was the editor for AAA Carolinas, overseeing two club publications as well as planning (and often writing) the club’s digital travel content. Over the past two decades, Kristy has written and edited a bevy of travel content -- destinations, hotels, cruises, tours and road trips. During the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown, she wrote a travel guide about Asheville, North Carolina, that was published last year.
She and her husband are this close to being empty nesters as parents of a college senior and a college freshman. Extensive travel will likely fill the void.
Favorite city: Amsterdam.
Where to next: Ireland.
Sean joined TPG after spending eight years as a local television news reporter. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, Sean’s career includes 4 1/2 years as lead evening reporter at Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate WHIO-TV, the top-rated station in Dayton, Ohio. Sean's reporting career includes coverage of major news stories, including a large-scale tornado outbreak and a mass shooting in the Dayton area in 2019.
Sean has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists in its categories for education, business and investigative reporting, as well as being a finalist in 2019 for the Ohio chapter’s "best overall reporter" category.
Along with Sean's passion for journalism, he has a strong interest in all things travel, and enjoys finding ways to use points and miles to book trips. He's excited to blend his passion for storytelling with his love of discovering new places.
Favorite cities: Boston, Paris.
Where to next: Florence and Venice, Italy.
Cynthia Paez Bowman is a data writer for TPG, a role that’s focused on deciphering governmental and industry data, then transforming the findings into timely news and forecasts.
Previously, Cynthia was a freelance writer for many of the Red Ventures brands including Bankrate, CNET, Freshome, creditcards.com, ZDNet and MyMove. In addition, she specialized in reporting on insurance, banking and credit cards for GOBankingRates and insurance.com.
Originally from Miami, Cynthia is a digital global nomad with her family in tow. Her husband is a Saharan tribal nomad from the edges of the frontier between Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania, yet her two daughters are typical California girls. Together they’ve lived on several continents as a way to maximize family travel by region. They’ve learned the art of balancing life (and each of their unique needs/perspectives) to feel at home everywhere from an off-the-grid bivouac in the sand dunes to a seven-star hotel in Seoul or Dubai.
Favorite cities: Marrakech, Morocco and Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland.
Where to next: Motorcycle tour of Mauritania.
Christina is an SEO writer for TPG with a focus on credit card and travel content. Her goal is to help produce content that will inspire others to travel freely and widely.
Prior to her 9-5 endeavors, Christina studied environmental science at UCLA.
While she is currently located in Austin, Christina spent the first 22 years of her life in California.
Favorite city: Seoul, South Korea.
Where to next: Australia.
Daniella joined TPG through the Red Ventures Launch Program, which helps current and recent graduates begin their career — fast. She studied journalism and mass communication at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, where she gained her editing experience at The Daily Gamecock (the school newspaper) and worked for the Garnet Media Group's marketing team. During her senior year, she was a part of the Carolina News and Reporter, where she published multiple articles every week. It was an immersive five-day-a-week schedule designed to provide students with a “real world” newsroom experience.
Daniella was born in Bogotá, Colombia and raised in Indian Land, South Carolina. As Red Ventures, the parent company of TPG, has grown in her small town, she has seen the company make a powerful impact in her community.
Daniella spends her spare time learning all she can about points and miles and improving her editing skills. She's also a fitness enthusiast: CrossFit and all things nutrition are her go-to topic of conversation.
Favorite cities: Bogotá; San Juan, Puerto Rico, Miami.
Where to next: California and Europe.
Liz Steinke is a copy editor who joined TPG in 2019 after working for many years as a daily newspaper reporter and editor. While her travels have yet to approach the epic journeys of her colleagues, favorite trips include a honeymoon to Burgundy and the Rhone region in France, exploring Rioja country and the Basque region in Spain, and taking her children on their first trip to London in 2020 — just weeks before the pandemic shutdown.
The travel bug runs in her family: Most notably, her grandparents held around-the-world tickets on TWA for several years after they retired, checking off a bucket list of memorable destinations.
When not at work you can find her wrangling her two kids, cooking, gardening, boating, kayaking and otherwise enjoying life near the Connecticut shore.
Favorite city: Paris.
Where to next: Anywhere in Europe, Costa Rica, Nantucket.