Prior2Boarding – Give New Blogs a Chance

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BoardingArea has grown and grown and has now branched off into a sister site, Prior2Boarding to give exposure to new blogs.

Some of the Prior2Boarding bloggers are friends of mine, some I have followed online, and many are totally new to me.

Mark at TravelBlawg looks at the nexus of travel and law and mixes in topics like 9 Tips When Traveling With An Alzheimer’s Dementia Companion.

Garrett at Miles to Go does fascinating travel and is helping review the award options for Christmas and Cocos Islands.

Travel with Grant as great how-to guides on manufactured spend, including a lot of stuff I will never try. Those having trouble with US Bank should read Freezing Your ARS and IDA Reports. I may even Sell My First Item on eBay someday.

Travel Summary has long been a favorite of mine and Kathy from Will Run for Miles is a pillar of the NYC miles and points community.

I have no stake in BoardingArea or Prior2Boarding beyond my own blog , however want to share since is really hard to gain and audience and I am sure each of these bloggers deserves an audience in their niche. I look forward to new discoveries.

The full stable of blogs:

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@Joey, I definitely agree. Most travel hackers know when to pull the trigger and know a good deal when they see one. Others are more cautious and end up missing great deals because they wait too long. For me, I bought my ticket ASAP, got pretty good flights on SWA from SNA with SWA points, and booked 2 nights at the DoubleTree down the street from the Kimpton with Hilton Points. My older brother lives in PHX and he said I could stay with him, so I will cancel my hotel reservations closer to the event. Therefore the only real… Read more »

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Joey

@RTC and Grant, as far as these smaller events selling out, unfortunately I think it attracts the “addict” types moreso than newbies. I tried to get a friend to register but after visiting the event website that only states the dates & registration link (no schedule of events, no explanation of who the speakers are, no list of session topics, etc.) she told me she had her reservations and would wait until those are published before registering since costs would easily be $500 for a newbie (registration, flights, hotel, etc.) since, after all, they most likely have not mastered the… Read more »

milesglu
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Thanks for the shout-out Stefan! Keep me posted on how the Christmas Island/Cocos Islands planning goes!

Grant
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I agree. I was checking Twitter in the morning and saw FM’s post. I barely read the post and grabbed a ticket without thinking twice. It is strange that people are trying to unload tickets for FTU Advanced. Hard to buy a ticket and then find cheap airfare to Chicago. Maybe some locals from Chicago will get to go now.

Joey
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Joey

That is a neat idea but is there a timeline when a new blog in prior2boarding.com will be a part of boardingarea.com or will they be forever in prior2boarding (thus creating another miles/points blog group like upgrd.com and first2board.com)

Grant
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That’s true. but if you tell everyone tickets are going on sale at XX:XX, then you end up with a AMEX Daily Offers kind of craziness. If you truly want people not to game the system, you have to do some kind of raffle and randomly select people. Which might be a good idea in the future.

John
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John

I respect your post but do we need this many blogs discussing the same topics?
All blogs start out with no ads, extremely friendly
Then once they build readership they add tne links!
Hat Tip should be defined as I’m stealing your post for the day since I don’t have any original info of my own!!!
Just my 2 cents

Grant
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Time travel = easy. Barclays approval = hard.

Grant
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No advanced FTU for me. Too many trips from CA to ORD this fall. Teach me how to get one Barclays card, that is the hardest thing in the world for me to get.

Grant
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Thank you for the mention Stefan. I have always enjoyed your writing style and listening to your presentations, especially at the last FTU. I may someday venture to some of the remote places you mentioned. Will you be at the #westcoastdo, bacon2, or Chicago Seminars?

P.S. I am currently running a contest going on for two $10 Amazon eGift Cards if anyone is interested.

Have a great weekend!

Melinda
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Thanks for the newbie shout out!

Mark (@palmerlaw)
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Thanks for the mention (and top billing)! Hope to see you again in person soon. Best, ~Mark

Ric Garrido
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Ric Garrido

Great post Stefan.

The blogs have been coming into BoardingArea and Prior2Boarding so quickly the past couple months. There are many blogs in your P2B list I have not checked out yet. Time to add to my summer reading list.