I understand that the private beta for any SE proposal is important to set the direction for the community, and therefore the initial batch of questions needs to be selected carefully. I agree that questions that ask for 'lists of places to see' or 'what is the best place in X for Y' may not be suitable as they are quite subjective, and often have answers elsewhere.
Having said that, I think we need to be a bit less restrictive of the kind of questions that can be asked. For instance:
I think this questions such as these should be allowed because a) it is specific b) does not easily have a Google-able answer c) it is related to travel. (There's a discussion going on already in the comments section of the question.)
Travel SE should not be about just about asking questions about the physical act of getting from point A to B as the Keep travel headed in the right direction OP seems to imply in saying "People that know about flying, miles, award points, hotels, etc."
If I had to ask...
Is there any Thai cooking class in 1000-1500 baht range near Khao San Road in Bangkok?
...you could argue this is not specifically about travelling to a destination and might be better off in Cooking SE. But the point is that 'hardcore travellers' who could answer this question will be here, in Travel SE, and not there.
Travelling is about experiences, and not just transportation and border control formalities. As long as specific questions are asked, a broader range of questions should be allowed. Before we open for public beta, I think we as a community need to decide what's off-topic, and what's not, to put in the FAQ.
Edit: To clarify, I started this discussion because the previous 'Keep travel headed in the right direction' seems to imply there's an agreement about the 'right' direction. During the definition stage of Travel.SE, most of the example questions voted off-topic were 'best' or 'list' ones. There hasn't been much discussion on related topics such as 'What phone operator do I use' etc type of questions.