My Video Interview: Amazing Brian Kelly The Points Guy #TPGtv


The Points Guy tv Lisa NiverThank you to Brian Kelly from the Points Guy. I was invited not only to his premier party, “One Night in Tokyo” for the re-launch of his digital travel series #TPGtv but also to interview him. I loved getting to sit down and learn more about the man behind this incredible website.

Kelly really wants you to travel more and better. His digital travel series has 90 second shareable segments packed with action tips so you can experience the travel treats he has discovered. He told me on camera how he paid only $23 and 74,000 miles for his Singapore Suites airline travel to Japan. Kelly stayed at three Hyatt properties in Japan and shares how many points it takes and how to book them.

I loved when Kelly told me:

“I am living my dream! The fact that this is my job and I can help so many others do the same [live out their dreams and travel more and better]–it’s a cause for celebration and that’s what tonight is.”

Here is a clip from our video interview together at Quixote Studios on July 26, 2016:

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Lisa Niver interviews Brian Kelly, The Points Guy

From The Points Guy “POINTS FOR PEACE:”

The Points for Peace initiative invites TPG readers to participate in a program with the goal of spreading peace in the world.

I am excited to launch the program in partnership with the PeaceJam Foundation. I have experienced the power of their work first hand in Monaco, Ghana and South Africa and it is one of the most inspiring organizations I have ever worked with. You can see some of the wonderful work they do in the PeaceJam episode of TPGtv–view it here!

TPG has committed $150,000 to get the program off the ground in 5 countries including India, Guatemala, Ghana, South Africa, and East Timor. I have personally committed $50,000 as a 1-to-1 match for donations to this campaign to encourage the TPG community to get involved. 

I am not only excited to go to each destination, but to have the opportunity to take some of you with me– donate to this initiative and be entered to win an all-expense paid trip to Guatemala or South Africa! ” from Brian Kelly’s site TPG

I loved spending “One Night in #Tokyo” with Brian Kelly @ThePointsGuy #tpgtv

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The “One Night in #Tokyo” premier of #tpgtv #Japan! Thank you Brian Kelly @thepointsguy

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Yes I did have great time @Quixotestudios with @ThePointsguy #japan #travel #tpgtv

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.7 million views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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