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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 onRead more

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Matt Kepnes “Nomadic Matt”

Mar 18 • 40:52

Nomadic Matt is an American travel expert, author, founder of TravelCon, and blogger. In 2008, Kepnes started to archive his stories and monetize his traveling. The blog offers practical travel tips — from how to score cheap flights and accommodations with frequent-flyer miles and credit card points, to how to frugally navigate more than 90 far-reaching des...

Dining with Singapore Airlines

Mar 4 • 28:57

Airplane food is often unpalatable or even inedible, but anyone who has flown with Singapore Airlines knows there can be haute cuisine at 35,000 feet! SIA's culinary mastermind, Antony McNeil, is the director of food and beverage at the airline. He talked to us about their farm-to-flight initiative, how an "air sommelier" might help you choose a secret vintage and why you ...

The Super Woman approach to personal finance

Feb 26 • 18:20

As a journalist and author of several New York Times bestsellers, finance expert Nicole Lapin is determined to help millennials learn the language of money. On this week's Talking Points, Lapin discusses how to take practical steps to manage your finances, the differences between good and bad debt and how breaking old habits might be the way to become a "rich bitch," as sh...

How the TPG mobile app will change your travel strategy

Feb 19 • 21:54

This week, Talking Points shines the spotlight on one of the biggest things coming out of TPG in 2020 - something will undoubtedly help anyone who needs help with their travel strategy. Senior product manager Drew Macomber chats with Brian Kelly about what you can expect from our much-anticipated mobile app. A true points-and-miles enthusiast himself, Macomber and his team...

The Battle of the Hotels: Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott and IHG

Feb 12 • 28:50

If you’re in the midst of planning your vacation, a few getaways, biz trips and hotel stays for the upcoming year, you’re going to want to listen to this episode. A few of our in-house experts are here to debate four major hotel chains — Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott and IHG. They dive into some of the more technical aspects of each of these brands and how you can earn and redee...

Experts share what you need to know about traveling during the coronavirus outbreak

Feb 4 • 35:04

On this episode, experts share what you need to know right now about traveling during the coronavirus outbreak. First, Dr. Hanh Le, the head of Healthline Media Medical Affairs, discusses the origins and concerns around the rapid and global spread of the virus, and how the medical world has responded to this global emergency. She shares sound tips you can use today to prot...

The emotional psychology around money with behavioral finance expert Michael Liersch

Jan 29 • 29:50

Michael Liersch is the global head of wealth planning and advice at J.P. Morgan. He stresses the importance of being transparent about money matters with your family, partner, or friends and how to prevent financial regrets from holding you back from your goals. He also offers advice on mitigating financial anxiety around wedding planning and how to broach conversations wi...

Tips and advice for small business owners

Jan 22 • 21:49

TPG's Richard Kerr shares what you can find in our TPG Small Biz Facebook lounge, talks about the pros and cons of business credit cards and offers valuable tips any small business owner can put to use. PS: If you're collecting revenue from a side gig, you may be eligible for a small business credit card without even realizing it....

Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee

Jan 15 • 34:26

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee is no stranger to turning anger into activism. She joins the show to discuss how war and destruction during her teenage years fueled her women's movement, which eventually helped end Liberia's 14-year civil war. For more information on how to support the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa or other charities to mark the 25th anniversary ...

Head of AAdvantage shares how you can make your loyalty more rewarding

Jan 8 • 23:19

Today, we're chatting with the president of the American Airlines AAdvantage program, Bridget Blaise-Shamai, a roughly 25-year AA veteran. We discuss topics on every frequent flyer's mind, including dynamic award charts, upgrades and attaining elite status. Listen for free where ever you get your podcasts, and make sure you subscribe to never miss an episode....

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