Bald Thoughts
Excited to join the BoardingArea family!

I’ve been blogging at for the last 3 1/2 years, sharing our family’s travel and personal finance adventures.  The focus has been... Read More

The Real Deal
How Safe Are You Driving with Uber?

Perhaps because it’s a new and novel business model, drivers for rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have come in for considerable scrutiny. Who are these... Read More

The Real Deal
250,000 Missed Flights, and More to Come

While there’s been no shortage of reports of hours-long lines to clear TSA security checkpoints, there has yet to be a full accounting of the harm caused by the... Read More

The Shutterwhale
Seorae Singapore – Authentic Korean Charcoal BBQ in Dhoby Ghaut!

Even though Seorae has been open in Singapore for a few months already, I have only had the chance to try it quite recently. This chain restaurant from South Korea is... Read More

The Real Deal
Earn Up to 30,000 Bonus American Miles for New Zealand Flights

When is a bonus generous enough to affect the choice of airline, or the timing of a trip? American’s new mileage offer for New Zealand flights is likely to leave... Read More

The Shutterwhale
You Can Now Redeem Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles on KrisShop (and Why You Shouldn’t)

Singapore Airlines has just recently updated their new redemption charts to include Premium Economy redemption. If you are looking for more ways to earn KrisFlyer... Read More

The Real Deal
More Delta Workers Hired to Ease Airport-Security Bottlenecks

In the latest no-confidence vote on the TSA’s ability to effectively manage security at the country’s airports, Delta today announced “up to $4... Read More

The Real Deal
Where NOT to Go this Summer

When it comes to travel, I’m a committed contrarian. It’s a strategy that serves me well. By avoiding peak travel times, I bypass crowds and reduce stress.... Read More

Travel Blawg
If Text Sender Liability Does Not Scare You, It Should

Courts are entertaining the concept of holding a message sender liable for knowingly sending the message while the recipient is driving. The post If Text Sender... Read More

Muslim Travel Girl
Vienna City & Vienna Free Walking Tour Review

This is part of my review of our 3 week trip to Europe. You can read about Salzburg, our first stop here.  For our stop in Vienna, we had about 3 days to explore... Read More

The Shutterwhale
Summary of Apple Pay Promotions in Singapore

In conjunction with Apple Pay launching in Singapore, the five participating banks have revealed their promotions. Even though I thought UOB had the best deal of a... Read More

The Shutterwhale
20 Miles per S$5 with Apple Pay – Get S$10 Rebate with UOB

In case you have not already heard, Apple Pay now supports credit cards from five major banks in Singapore - UOB, OCBC, POSB, DBS and Standard Chartered (SC). Apple... Read More

The Reward Boss
Move Over Uber + Lyft! Juno Launches NYC With 35% Off

Newcomer Juno is preparing to disrupt the New York City ride-hailing app market currently dominated by Uber and Lyft. Juno just launched their beta app which gives 35%... Read More

Will Run For Miles
Two Starwood Hotels Seek to Enjoin the Starwood- Marriott Merger

The owner operators of the Westin Times Square and the Sheraton Grand Chicago went to New York State Supreme Court today seeking to halt the Starwood-Marriott merger... Read More

The Real Deal
1,000 United Miles for 5 Minutes’ Work. Deal?

Is it worth five minutes of your time to earn 1,000 United MileagePlus miles? If not, this post is not for you. If yes, or if you’re on the fence, then read on.... Read More

Bald Thoughts
3 simple ways to keep reward miles from expiring without flying

It’s great to earn airline miles, but what happens if you don’t use them?  Most airline miles expire in 18-24 months.  Here are 3 simple ways to... Read More

The Real Deal
After TSA Shakeup, No Improvement in Sight

The long lines, missed flights, and traveler outrage have been front-page news for months. And there’s little prospect that the bottleneck at the TSA’s... Read More

The Shutterwhale
Hotel Review: Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore (Garden Wing Deluxe Room)

The Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore remains to be one of Singapore's most luxurious hotels. There are three wings to the hotel and each one of them offer a distinctive... Read More

Top Credit Card Offers – May 2016 Edition

As we progress towards the summer months and look to make those summer travel plans using our hard-earned points, I thought it would be beneficial to take a look at... Read More

Will Run For Miles
Free CitiBike Memberships for CitiGold Clients

Citibank recently upped the minimum amount on deposit for Citigold clients to $200,000. In an effort to keep their Citigold clients from defecting, Citibank keeps... Read More

The Real Deal
Triple JetBlue Points During June – Snooze You Lose

I’m not a fan of flash sales or flash promotions. I understand the motivation from the travel suppliers’ standpoint, but snooze-you-lose offers are... Read More

The Winglet
I like IHG, but They Have Some Work Before I Love Them

Courtesy: IHG I like IHG, but They Have Some Work Before I Love Them I wanted to just take the time to make a couple of observations about IHG.  Since status on... Read More

Will Run For Miles
Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street is a True Gem!

Every once in a while you just come across a hotel that gets it right. It’s clearly a combination of factors, but when it all comes together, it’s amazing.... Read More

Efficient Asian Man
How Much Trouble Should I Endure to Fly a Specific Product?

I’ve got a trip to Southeast Asia planned for later this summer, and I was planning on flying Qatar’s and Etihad’s A380s in first class on the way... Read More

The Real Deal
Win This: a 6-day trip for 2 to New Delhi, India

Enter the Liberty Richter “Kitchens of India” sweepstakes by June 15, 2016, for a chance to win the grand prize: a six-day trip for two to New Delhi, India,... Read More

The Winglet
Air Safety Improves Despite Disasters

Dmitry Lovetsky / AP Air Safety Improves Despite Disasters Given the recent incident with EgyptAir, there is a lot of discussion on how disasters can have an impact on... Read More

Muslim Travel Girl
18 Destinations Every Muslim Millennial Should Visit Before 40

Everyone should have a bucket list. I know mine is a never ending list, so I have almost resorted just to write… the whole world, period! As with anything in life... Read More