40 Responses

  1. Ben
    Ben at |

    This post is quite refreshing, actually.

    1. Oliver
      Oliver at |

      Yes, I was going to say the same thing. I have long stopped reading most “travel” blogs, though. WA is one of the few survivors, and deservedly so.

      1. Ben
        Ben at |

        I love, love, love BoardingArea….

        But I’m quite sick of the page loading just to find 70% of the main articles are hocking the same item.

        If I have to hear about Uber/First Fridays for the CSP one more time……

        Wish BoardingArea would go for a tad more diversity in what they’re offering (ya hear me BA?! I’d like to write for the site!!)

  2. Michael W Travels
    Michael W Travels at |

    Some people swear by Uber, I can’t say that I see the big deal about it. I guess if it was always free then I would love it too!

    Here is my post about the one time we tried Uber: http://michaelwtravels.boardingarea.com/2014/05/uber-can-someone-please-explain-big-deal/#sthash.CWrrsWIT.dpbs

  3. Ben
    Ben at |

    where’s the like button on this page?

  4. Scott C
    Scott C at |

    feel free to use mine too:


  5. Joey
    Joey at |

    Hilarious post! Definitely refreshing to read.

  6. Truthiness
    Truthiness at |

    Here’s my referral link if anyone wants to support my Uber addiction in NY. Use my Uber code, pr2a9, and get $30 off your first Uber ride. Redeem it at https://www.uber.com/invite/pr2a9.

  7. Seth
    Seth at |

    Does BoardingArea have any standards anymore? It seems like the influx of new blogs are mainly geared toward shameless plugs and referral links. I think that you, Gary, and Lucky should breakaway and form your own network.

    1. WA fan
      WA fan at |

      Don’t put Gary and Lucky in the same category as WA. The first two are shills and are a shadow of what they use to be. WA is the real deal as well as a mensch. I hoped I spelled mensch correctly.

      1. Oliver
        Oliver at |

        Indeed… And yes.

      2. Seth
        Seth at |

        I have to disagree somewhat. I think Gary is one of the best here. Sure he posts referral links occasionally and sometimes he pushes his political views too much, but he also consistently produces interesting content that you don’t find elsewhere. I don’t think there is another BA blogger that posts original content as frequently as Gary.

        1. Jeanne
          Jeanne at |

          I agree, and Gary posts deals that push people away from his affiliate links, which I like. I sent him an email asking for his Am Ex plat referral link. He told me to apply for the Mercedes instead. Great guy.

        2. Sice
          Sice at |

          I find good value in Gary’s blog, less so with Lucky but still valuable content is there. But Seth is the most pleasing to read, you provide more than just product reviews and headline news, and your tools are great; it’s good to have someone who loves travel enough to do more than just review his own travel adventures but who will program solutions and mine data for us! I’m a computer geek (big data) and love providing value to my customer from data they don’t even know they have, you’re doing the same for us Seth!

  8. Tyler
    Tyler at |

    Love it! Keep up the good work. I’m sorry your peers are so embarrassing.

  9. Levy Flight
    Levy Flight at |

    i have asked Boarding Area to develop a filter tool. i appreciate the site but as they expand there is becoming too much repetition and shilling can become intolerable. Would be helpful if we could preselect those bloggers we each want to hear from. Perhaps not in BA’s biz plan but would help readers.

  10. Levy Flight
    Levy Flight at |

    Actually, Seth – As you developed a tool for scrapping (look, using terms as if I know what they mean) airline websites perhaps you could knock up a tool that filters Boarding Area. A great service to the world would be gifted.

  11. Mike
    Mike at |

    Need some uber rides for honeymoon, feel free to use my link! Thank you and happy weekend! 😀


  12. ALCO
    ALCO at |

    Most of BoardingArea is comparable to 3am infomercials these days. Soon, the only people visiting the site will be insomniacs, people who need to dehydrate meat in bulk quantities and flowbee users.

  13. Rose
    Rose at |

    You’re the blogger offering to give us a penny, for everyone to be invited to Goggle Wallet. It was a fun ride. Thank you for helping us out, Seth!

  14. Marc
    Marc at |

    Love this post. Thanks for keeping it real.

  15. Guy
    Guy at |



    Wandering Aramen and Extra Pack of Peanuts are basically the only real Boarding Area bloggers left.

  16. HansGolden
    HansGolden at |

    Three points:
    1. Uber *is* revolutionary
    2. I’m glad the bloggers get rewarded for keeping me abreast of the latest promos. I find their posts very helpful. I often pass their content along to friends even though I get no benefit except helping a friend. Which goes to show the content is valuable even without any benefit to the person sharing the promo, contrary to your insinuations.
    3. I think everyone would be happier if you’d just stop reading those blogs if it bothers you so much you feel you need to make a post attacking people’s integrity.

  17. DaveS
    DaveS at |

    Love the sense of humor here. I do find it easy to skip over content that doesn’t interest me, though. Might go through 10 blogs in less than 10 minutes. But then any one of them might have something that’s really valuable to me, so I keep checking.

  18. Justin
    Justin at |

    Where does this promo show up in the account? I referred my wife but under “Payments” I do not see any $30 credit in her new account.

  19. Jeff
    Jeff at |

    Thank you for this post. I went back to look at the BA page and viola! 6 shills for Uber. Over the last year I have stopped visiting most BA sites except Jeff’s and yours. If you take away the referral posts and the “look at me I’m flying 1st class” posts there is about 20% of the content which is useful and my time is worth more than that. Further, Lucky lost all credibility when he stumped for his crowdfunding campaign.

    I also want to thank you for your tools section very helpful and appreciated.

  20. David
    David at |

    This is so wrong. I only post about Uber so that my readers can find out about this awesome deal. Does it happen to help me out at the same time? Maybe. But my main motivation is to inform my readers! I don’t care what you say. I have a tough skin!

    Hey can you pay for my Etihad ticket? I’m doing this for you, I swear!


  21. Chris
    Chris at |

    Thanks for this post…. It’s so refreshing given that half of today’s BA posts seem to be about this promotion. :/

  22. HansGolden
    HansGolden at |

    I wanted to stop by and thank all the bloggers that posted the latest Uber deal. I saved $30 + got $10 in future credit two days ago by referring my brother and doing Uber SUV in NYC. It was much better than getting two taxis. If you guys hadn’t blogged it, I wouldn’t have known about it and would have been stuck with trying to cram my family into two taxis. Keep up the great work! Haters gonna hate, but it’s not your fault. They can stop reading your blogs if it bothers them that badly.

    You’re helping people and doing it transparently in a way that keeps reader interest first. If you ever actually made a bad recommendation that put your own self-interest above your readers, then Seth would have something substantive to blog about. But I don’t recall having seen such a post from Seth.