The Gate — which was originally launched in August of 2006 on FlyerTalk — is one of the two original weblogs of BoardingArea which discusses frequent travel loyalty program miles and points; the latest select news articles pertaining to travel and dining; and trip reports and reviews. More details about the history of The Gate can be found here.

Brian Cohen has traveled to greater than 50 countries and has been to all 50 states of the United States as well as Puerto Rico. He first became a frequent flier in 1988 when he joined the Continental OnePass program, which at that time was shared by both Continental and Eastern Airlines. Shortly thereafter, he caught the fever of the obsession of miles, points and elite level status and became a member of numerous frequent traveler loyalty programs — an obsession which still exists today. In 1992, he launched his own company, BRC Associates, Inc.

Brian has been a moderator on FlyerTalk since he was appointed in 2004; is a member of both Milepoint and FlyerTalk; and enjoys sharing his passion for photography and travel — even when it includes some wacky itineraries…