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Yay! Had a bit of the boost in the #travel1k rankings to start our morning off right today: last week we were at #109, and for the week of March 13th up 13 places, which makes us #96! Woo-hoo, TOP 100! bragging rights! For a very loose definition of “bragging” but hey, we’ll take it!

This week we saw the biggest climbs from Fran Opazo (up 796 places to 78th), Mary Charie (up 604 places to 178th), and Yoshke Dimen (up 552 places to 140th).

Well done to this week’s top three Charles McCool (McCool Travel)Matt Matt, and Lisa Ellen Niver.

And for our new blog to check out this week, here’s one with a huge leap from #361 all the way up to #24: @martinjcowling’s Wild About Travel!

And this, this is a complete novelty on this list: It doesn’t have it’s own domain name, wildabouttravel is a subdomain of BoardingArea.com! Well, that’s intriguing, who are they?

BoardingArea was developed by the same people who founded some of the most popular business travel and frequent flyer websites on the Internet including InsideFlyerFlyerTalkSeatExpert, and other pioneer travel websites.

For more than 25 years, we have been providing news, information and advice for frequent flyers. Our goal has always been to provide frequent travelers with the information needed to make the most of their travel.

Today, millions of people write blogs, hundreds of thousands write travel blogs, and hundreds write blogs focused specifically on subjects of interest to business travelers and frequent flyers. A select few of these are quite good, but your chance of finding them in the ocean of information known as the Internet is about the same as that of being struck by lightning while picking up your lotto check.

This is where we come in. In our years covering topics of interest to the frequent flyer, we bookmarked the best frequent flyer blogs we stumbled across and even hosted one of the first blogs in this arena – View From the Wing. Now we’re sharing those bookmarks with you, the time-crunched traveler, by featuring all of the best frequent flyer blogs, all in one place.

Well, that’s interesting, and they do have quite a selection of bloggers — and how do you join that club?

Share the insights and knowledge you’ve gained during your time as a road warrior, the adventures you’ve experienced, and the opinions you’ve developed with your very own BoardingArea blog.

On BoardingArea your blog about business travel won’t get lost in an ocean of blogs about cooking, relationships, technology and what have you. Visitors come to our site because they know BoardingArea contains the very best business travel blogs on the Internet. And your blog will be featured right alongside many of the web’s leading business travel blogs.

We provide free hosting, and will assist you with everything you need to ensure your blog is a success. And if you already have a business-travel blog that is getting lost in the thousands of blogs hosted on sites such as Blogger.com and WordPress.com, we will help you move it to BoardingArea where it can receive the attention it deserves…

Well, if you’re looking for a low cost way to get into blogging, you certainly can’t beat FREE! — but we do wonder if the benefits to you of helping their brand work out to be worth it. Probably in the case of this particular blog, which is geared directly at the frequent flyer with flight reports like this:

Hong Kong Airlines revisited – Trip Report Bangkok – HK return

This is a follow on from last month’s trip report on Hong Kong Airlines. Prior to trying them late last year, I had not heard much about Hong Kong Airlines. Their Partnership with Virgin Australia (which I have  Platinum status with) was the motivation to fly them and now after four delightful flights with them, I am hooked. The only issue is the on-going speculation, that  they may not survive financially. This promopted me to ask the question in my last report ” are they a great airline but a lousy business? …

Goes on to rate bookings, checkin, lounge, etc…

The Verdict: 

My Flight Rating: 86%-which is consistent with my last rating of them. By comparison, my average rating of Cathay Pacific is 96% and Thai is 95%

And that’s the kind of posts that fill it up, along with news from the travel world such as that recent 737s dropping like flies thing that’s got everybody all scared.

Well, when we’re picking flights it’s generally a tradeoff between price and travel time, and quality of service is so far down the list that we can just barely see it in the distance…

… wait, no. No, we actually can’t. There’s a big “which flight is better for accumulating miles?” blocking it out.

So whilst this has been a fascinating discovery of the BoardingArea.com ecosystem —

— and that’s why we do this weekly research, to find out about things like that! —

— this blog (and BoardingArea.com in general, from quick glances at other bloggers) is pretty much a dead zero overlap with our travel style, so we’re unlikely to find much of interest here.


p dir=”ltr”>But if you, Dear Reader, are a frequent flying travel warrior who makes your purchasing decisions taking things like quality of lounge service into account — why then, this blog is just the place for you!

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