Well that was a pleasant surprise this morning! I knew I was going to be joining BoardingArea sometime quite soon, but apparently everyone thought I was ready and opened up the floodgates on me. Hopefully my month and a half on my own have taught me how to swim with the big fish. 😀
A few weeks after I started my blog I began to get a lot of attention, or at least more than I was expecting so quickly. Among those were Mommy Points and Randy Peterson, who wanted to know if I was interested in joining the rest of the BoardingArea crew. Was I ever! This had several attractions. First, a lot of my favorite travel blogs are already hosted by BoardingArea, and its relationship with MilePoint (my other major hangout) makes it easy for me to learn about blog updates.
Second, I remember my excitement when Frequent Miler started his blog and thinking to myself, “What if I could do something like that with revenue travel?” I actually pay for most of my flights and hotels, so although I do pad my accounts with credit card bonuses, I know that earning and redeeming points are only part of the equation. That’s the purpose of this blog, to answer your questions on travel hacking from the simple to the complex, and I think I can fulfill that goal more easily with help from BoardingArea’s support team.
But there was a catch. There is always a catch, usually because I ask too many questions. 😛
Randy and his team are super cool about giving their bloggers as much control as possible over everything they produce, but for the most part BoardingArea is still responsible for hosting your blog. This means you have to use one of their themes that’s been integrated with all the other BoardingArea links and logos. I asked Randy if this was necessary, and he got together with one of his web developers to come up with …
The BoardingArea Network!
Effectively speaking, Hack My Trip is now part of BoardingArea just like any of its other blogs. All of my posts are fed through their distribution network, and I, in turn, display their advertisements. I also get to participate in any BoardingArea events, etc. to improve my ability to meet my readers’ needs. We’re still working on a badge I can display here, and I need to put up a list of links to other BA bloggers (I’ll do it tonight), but for the most part I don’t think many of you will be able to tell the difference between me and the rest of my fellow bloggers other than by the focus of our content.
Some of you may not be aware of my earlier posts, so I’ve provided links below to a few that have received the most traffic and are probably the most useful:
- Introduction to Using ITA
- Advanced Routing Language in ITA
- Other ITA Features
- Introduction to Fuel Dumping
- Finding and Booking a 3X
- Understanding Airline Inventory
- Finding Fare Class Availability
- Matching Availability to Published Fares (today’s post)
Time for Spring Cleaning
For those of you who don’t know, I’m in my last year as a graduate student, and winter quarter has been particularly hellish with its demands at work. I’m still making this blog a priority to keep up momentum. However, a few things are scruffy around the edges, and I am well aware that there are pages still incomplete or just in need of some polishing. When you’re just starting out with a new blog, a lot of things get published first and edited later.
I’ll be working on those this weekend and next, and hopefully you’ll notice the improvement. In the meantime, I encourage you write me with your comments and suggestions. Is there a broken link, incorrect information, or do you just not like the way something looks? Let me know so I can add it to the list. Also let me know what hacking topics are of interest to you. I’m interested in knowing what will keep my readers coming back because everyone has a different situation. Drop me an email or leave a comment below, and I’ll make sure my future posts provide you with an answer.