In the News

Here are all the posts I've ever written on travel-related news stories.

WSJ Weekend Interview with Uber CEO

I was going to take the day off, but reading The Wall Street Journal this morning I came across an interesting interview with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Uber is a car hire service many BoardingArea bloggers love to use. I'm lukewarm. It's a cool idea, but I don't use taxis or town cars very … [Read more...]

Train Enthusiasts Have Their Own MegaDOs!


Actually, the first thought that came to mind was "mileage runs for trains," but these people are very clearly not traveling at a discount. If anything, it's a more expensive hobby than mine and can involve last minute flights to remote parts of the country to travel on tracks rarely seen … [Read more...]

Is Loyalty Worth Silver Status? Not Really

Image from the Wall Street Journal, "Silver Status Loses Its Luster for Frequent Fliers"

Just a quick word on today's Middle Seat column from WSJ journalist Scott McCartney. In his piece, "Silver Status Loses Its Luster for Frequent Flyers," Mr. McCartney confirms what many of us have known for a while. As credit card benefits increase to lure bank customers, airlines have had … [Read more...]

Discovery Channel Crashes a 727 on Purpose!

Photo Credit: Vance Jacobs / Discovery

Just a quick note since there really aren't many details, but the LA Times reports the Discovery Channel apparently crashed a Boeing 727 in Mexico's Sonoran desert on purpose while filming a documentary. The goal was to "re-create a serious, but survivable, passenger jet crash landing with … [Read more...]

Interesting Speculation about the Future of Google and ITA

120424 GoogleFlightSearch

There's an interesting article on Google's acquisition of ITA published yesterday in Xconomy, an online business magazine. While a review I wrote a few weeks ago agreed that Flight Search is still in its infancy (I need to cover Hotel Finder at some point), it has incorporated a few tools … [Read more...]

Visit to the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum


For those of you unaware, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum will be switching out the Space Shuttle on display at their Udvar-Hazy facility this Tuesday, April 17. Here's a photo spread of the shuttle's decommissioning by The Atlantic. Last November I was in Washington, DC, at the … [Read more...]