Talking Points

By The Points Guy

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Rene Avendano
 Aug 13, 2019
Great podcast!

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Join Brian Kelly, The Points Guy, as he sits down with people who are changing the way we travel. Each week, you’ll get exclusive interviews from Brian with top executives in the travel industry, influencers and TPG staff. Hear insights and glean tips into your favorite loyalty programs, pick up on the latest travel trends and become a smarter and more in-tune traveler along the way.


Episode Date
Understanding Your Credit Score, Sign Up Bonuses, and Premium Rewards with TPG's Credit Cards Editor
00:37:42

Tune in for a credit card low-down with TPG's credit card editor Benét Wilson. Wilson's an AvGeek at heart, but she's also a credit card warrior. She explains everything from building your credit and avoiding FAKO scores to choosing the right premium rewards card and identifying the most valuable sign-up bonuses. Plus, she even throws in what she thinks is the number one underdog card. 

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Aug 14, 2019
Hospitality Icon Danny Meyer on Travel, Tipping and Elevating Business Class Meals on Delta
00:32:52

Meyer details his quest to eliminate tipping — at his own restaurants and beyond, explains how travel influences his "Enlightened Hospitality" M.O., and evaluates the role of technology in the ever-evolving global dining world.

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Aug 07, 2019
Maximizing Delta Miles, Award Chart Sweet Spots and Tips for Military Travelers with Richard Kerr
00:26:39

Brian welcomes Richard Kerr as the latest full-time addition to the TPG team. You'll learn all about his new role at The Points Guy, along with some of Richard's favorite points and miles topics, including transferring points to airlines, disputing resort fees, making the most of Delta SkyMiles and where to invest your loyalty if you've had enough of Marriott Bonvoy.

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Jul 31, 2019
How to Stay Off the 'Passenger Shaming' Naughty List
00:24:17

Does common sense go out the window when people get on an airplane? We've seen passengers end up in jail for painting their nails, play barefoot footsies and even use the air vent to dry their underpants. There is a place where these passengers can be held up for internet ridicule. On this episode of Talking Points, Brian Kelly — The Points Guy — sits down with Shawn Kathleen "SK", the woman behind the hilarious and cringe-worthy Instagram account Passenger Shaming.

 

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Jul 24, 2019
TPG Hotline: Listener Q&A
00:30:05

Your questions answered! Host Brian Kelly answers your points & miles questions from the TPG Hotline. Callers from all over the US asked: how to watch out for phantom availability; when to choose a co-branded card over a travel rewards card; and the best ways to redeem Avios. Plus, we do a deep dive around LGBTQ travel inquires. If you have a question, give us a call at 1-877-TPG-TRVL

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Jul 17, 2019
Sara Nelson: "The World's Most Powerful Flight Attendant"
00:36:35

Sara Nelson explains why she won't fly the 737 MAX, whether she thinks Delta's flight attendants should unionize, and how she fights for workplace equality as the President of the Association of Flight Attendants.

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Jul 10, 2019
Randi Zuckerberg on Travel, Tech, and Startup Culture
00:24:53

Zuckerberg shares her career trajectory, experience as a United Airlines Global Services member, and how the travel industry could improve as a whole.

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Jul 03, 2019
President of American Express Travel: Audrey Hendley
00:21:47

The President of American Express Travel, Audrey Hendley, explains the decision behind making prepaid Fine Hotels & Resorts stays bookable with Membership Rewards points, as well as the benefits of booking through Amex travel. If you've been thinking about getting the The Platinum Card® From American Express, you won't want to miss this episode.

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Jun 26, 2019
Rainbow Railroad: Saving LGBTQI Lives
00:20:31

Kimahli Powell, Rainbow Railroad's Executive Director, joins Brian Kelly on this special episode of Talking Points. Powell explains the details behind Rainbow Railroad's mission and life saving work, including how they identify cases, the costs it takes and the challenges that come along the way in helping LGBTQ refugees seek asylum.

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Jun 20, 2019
RuPaul's Drag Race All-Star Trixie Mattel
00:20:07

In honor of International Pride Month/Stonewall 50, Talking Points is celebrating. This episode features the inimitable Trixie Mattel, a RuPaul's Drag Race All Star and named one of the Most Powerful Drag Queens in America by NY Magazine in 2019. Trixie chats with Brian Kelly about traveling in drag, her flight rituals, and why she's are ultra brand-loyal to Delta.

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Jun 12, 2019
Martha Stewart on MSC Cruises, Uber, and her World Travels
00:24:26

Martha Stewart gives TPG the rundown on her partnership with MSC Cruises, tells us about her worldly travels, and shares what she's been up to with Snoop Dogg.

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Jun 05, 2019
Best Of: Lady Bosses
00:41:59

Talking Points now drops on Wednesdays! Toady we have another 'Best Of' to highlight the women who are dominating the travel space. On this episode, you'll hear interviews with Caryn Seidman-Becker, the CEO and co-founder of CLEAR, Kristin Lemkau, the CMO of Chase, and Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue's president and COO.

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May 29, 2019
Best Of: Hotels
00:34:28

We bring you a Talking Points 'Best Of' this week. Today is all about hotels! Hear a quick break down of some favorite Talking Points episodes - from Hilton Honors, the World of Hyatt program, and everything you need to know about timeshares with Wyndham Destinations.

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May 21, 2019
TPG's Evolution as a Company
00:24:50

Today's episode is all about how TPG is growing, from who we want to join our team to how we’re changing what we write about. Kate O'Brien, our director of business development, details our relationship with our affiliate partners and why she loves being on the revenue side of the operations. From the editorial side, Scott Mayerowitz, our executive news director, highlights our editorial growth, the jobs we’re hiring for, and what we prize in TPG employees.

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May 14, 2019
Heather McMahan: Forever Loyal to Delta
00:21:55

Brian Kelly sits down with the hilarious comedian and actress Heather McMahan. Heather, who has aviation in her blood, details how two generations of family members influenced her love of Delta Air Lines. Brian gets the scoop on Heather's plans for her own travel show and her flying pet peeves — like passengers who wear open-toe shoes and go commando under sweatpants. Plus, learn Heather's tricks on what to pack for two weeks in one carry-on for your favorite global destinations.

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May 07, 2019
The Points Guy UK
00:22:29

For this episode, Talking Points is on location from London to help celebrate the launch of TPG’s newest office. Nicky Kelvin, the Director of Content of TPG UK sits down with Brian Kelly to explore the points and miles space in Britain. As the ‘Miles Mogul’ on Instagram, Kelvin spent several years as a record label attorney and photographer sharing his passion for miles and points tips. Now, he’s thrilled to oversee UK focused content for TPG, explore the burgeoning British credit card landscape, and provide much needed tips around making the most of those Tesco Clubcard points. Help us spread the word about TPG UK to our friends across the pond by sharing this episode far and wide.

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Apr 30, 2019
American Airlines VP of Planning: Vasu Raja
00:25:56

Vasu Raja, the Vice President of Planning at America Airlines shares details about growing DFW to 900 departures, the why and how around scaling back NYC flights, and explains why you won't be flying on any 767s to your international destinations this summer.

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Apr 23, 2019
JetBlue's UK Expansion
00:24:51

JetBlue's President and COO, Joanna Geraghty, details plans to expand routes to the UK. She also explains what it was like to work her way up through the company, shares advice for women in aviation, and why she thinks customers love the Mint product.

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Apr 16, 2019
Why You Might Want to Add a Citi Rewards Card to Your Wallet
00:16:01

Mary Hines, Citi's managing director for customer engagement and innovation, shares proprietary research behind what drives consumer loyalty, explains how customers will have more options to pay with points via PayPal in June and why Citi cards are great for everyday spend.

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Mar 19, 2019
Finding Affordable Airfare with Scott's Cheap Flights
00:29:46

CEO and founder of Scott's Cheap Flights, Scott Keyes, tells us how he started his company, shares some of the best mistake fares he's ever booked and updates us on what members can expect in the future.

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Feb 26, 2019
Bonus Episode: Set Sail With Virgin Voyages and Richard Branson
00:40:01

On this special episode of "Talking Points," host Brian Kelly, The Points Guy, leads a panel with the Virgin Group to hear what you can expect from Virgin Voyages.

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Feb 14, 2019
Saving Money on Car Rentals
00:24:30

On this episode of "Talking Points," Autoslash CEO Jonathan Weinberg talks about the ins and outs of car rentals. Weinberg explains how AutoSlash saves consumers thousands of dollars on car rentals each year, warns about costly fees to watch out for, and compares the top rental companies.

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Feb 12, 2019
Turn Your Money Dial to Travel
00:30:54

On this episode of "Talking Points," host Brian Kelly, The Points Guy, brings on the New York Times bestselling author of "I Will Teach You to Be Rich," Ramit Sethi. Sethi shares personal finance wisdom on how to earn more in the long term without having to cut back on what you love. He also shares his experience traveling through India and Thailand, and offers advice for first-time travelers to India.

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Feb 05, 2019
Why Timeshares Might Not Just Be For Your Parents
00:45:33

On this episode of Talking Points, host Brian Kelly, The Points Guy, learns quite a bit about timeshares from Wyndham Destinations' chief brand officer, Noah Brodsky, and TPG contributor Ed Pizzarello. Brodksy shares Wyndham's perspective on investing in their properties, the difference between hotel stays and timeshare stays and why timeshares are great for millennial families. Pizzarello is a timeshare owner; he debunks the myths, breaks down the fees and explains how the resell market works.

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Jan 29, 2019
Everything You Need to Know About CLEAR
00:37:08

On this episode of Talking Points, host Brian Kelly, aka The Points Guy, brings on the CEO of CLEAR, Caryn Seidman-Becker. Seidman-Becker shares CLEAR's plans to expand to more stadiums and airports, talks about the importance of biometric technology and breaks down membership pricing.

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Jan 22, 2019
What to Expect from United Airlines New App
00:38:17

On this episode of "Talking Points," host Brian Kelly, aka The Points Guy, and Linda Jojo, United Airlines' technology and chief digital officer, break down what passengers can expect from the carrier's updated app. Afterward, Kelly brings on TPG editor-at-large and United 1K member Zach Honig to talk about finding award availability and upgrades, and the state of the airline's lounges.

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Jan 15, 2019
Hanging out with Girl With No Job: Claudia Oshry
00:30:02

On this special Talking Points episode, host Brian Kelly, The Points Guy, sits down with comedian Claudia Oshry. You might recognize her by her hilarious meme account @girlwithnojob on Instagram. Oshry shares her travel pet peeves, the cards she loves and why she thinks LaGuardia (LGA) is the best airport ever. 

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Jan 08, 2019
Getting the Most out of the World of Hyatt Program
00:41:36

On this episode of Talking Points, Host Brian Kelly, The Points Guy, talks to Amy Weinberg, the senior vice president of the World of Hyatt program, to find out what members can expect in 2019, like more Small Luxury Hotel properties and more digital interaction. Afterward, TPG's senior points and miles editor, Nick Ewen, explains the best ways to earn, redeem and find value as a World of Hyatt loyalist.

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Jan 01, 2019
Introducing Miles Away
00:09:53

Today we bring you a first look at our new podcast launching in January hosted by TPG's Editor-at-Large Zach Honig.

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Dec 25, 2018
Citi Experiences with Luke Bryan
00:29:24

TPG sits down with Citi's Global Consumer CMO Jennifer Breithaupt and country star Luke Bryan to show you some of the experiences you can access just by being a cardholder. After, TPG’s Associate News Editor Brendan Dorsey explains how to earn, redeem and find value using Citi ThankYou Points, and the changes coming to the Citi Prestige card.

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Dec 18, 2018
Travel Tips From The Youngest Person to Visit Every Country (and Pole)
00:26:52

On this special episode of Talking Points, TPG sits down with travel expert Lee Abbamonte, aka the youngest person to travel to every country in the world — plus the North and South Pole. Abbamonte shares his story, travel tips and advice to those looking to do the same. You can learn more about Abbamonte's travels at leeabbamonte.com.

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Dec 11, 2018
Dead Duck Diamond
00:37:12

Hilton's senior vice president and global head of customer engagement, loyalty and partnerships, Mark Weinstein, tells The Points Guy about what you can expect from Hilton stays in the future and what it's like being an Honors loyalist. After, TPG senior writer Darren Murph explains the best ways to redeem points at Hilton properties and earn elite status.

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Dec 04, 2018
Space Travel with Richard Branson, How to Maximize Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles and More
00:37:21

TPG sits down with Virgin Group founder, philanthropist and "doctor of yes" Richard Branson to find out what you can expect from Virgin in the coming months, like Virgin Fest and Virgin Voyages. Afterward, TPG points-and-miles expert Richard Kerr reveals insane redemptions using Flying Club miles and a must-visit destination.

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Nov 27, 2018
Chase-ing Ultimate Rewards: with JPMorgan Chase's Kristin Lemkau and TPG's Sarah Silbert
00:28:05

Kristin Lemkau, chief marketing officer at JPMorgan Chase, tells The Points Guy about the marketing and evolution of the Chase Sapphire products and what customers can expect from Sapphire lounges. Afterward, Sarah Silbert, TPG's senior credit cards editor, breaks down Chase Ultimate Rewards, transfer partners and booking through the Chase Travel Portal.

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Nov 20, 2018
Talking Points with Matt Knise from Capital One
00:30:04

On this episode of Talking Points, Brian Kelly sits down with Matt Knise, Capital One's Business Analysis and Product Management Director and Julian Kheel, TPG's Editorial Director. Knise reveals some game-changing news and a special offer on TPG that you won’t see available on any other partner site. Later, Kheel and Kelly discuss what this news means for Capital One card holders.

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Nov 13, 2018
Introducing Talking Points
00:00:56

Get ready to hear from The Points Guy, Brian Kelly, every Tuesday as he sits down with CEOs, CMOs and executives from the top loyalty programs and credit card companies. You'll also get insight from TPG editors and writers to find out how you too can travel the world for a fraction of the cost.

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Nov 08, 2018