Inside the wild world of ‘The Points Guy,’ Brian Kelly

Inside the wild world of ‘The Points Guy,’ Brian Kelly

Business·2020-03-16 21:52


Brian Kelly, founder of The Points Guy, has built an impressive travel and rewards recommendation business. And he has a lavish lifestyle to prove it.


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Brian Kelly is the founder and CEO of The Points Guy, a travel and credit-card-rewards website also known as TPG.

Kelly lives a lavish lifestyle of first-class flights and luxury hotel suites in destinations including the Maldives, Venice, and Japan.

Some former and current TPG employees described a workplace atmosphere they saw as toxic, including allegations of verbal abuse and public shaming by Kelly.

This past holiday season was a busy one for Brian Kelly.

First, he hopped aboard a first-class flight from New York to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in a private cabin with butler service and its own bathroom. Then came a stay at a $3,000-a-night five-star resort in the Maldives, replete with sunrise yoga and Champagne, before moving on to a luxury resort in Jaipur, India, for Christmas.

It may sound extravagant, but for Kelly, the founder of The Points Guy, it’s just another week on the job.


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