Travel Gadget Reviews

An IT professional by day, this HappyFlyer is a self-proclaimed tech enthusiast with a passion for travel. Hailing from the East Coast, she will be writing about her interest in travel gadgets and sharing her best travel tips and unique perspective on travel experiences.

Citi Tops With Amazing Bonuses for their cards, but There is a Major Catch

I came across this interesting piece today: “Citi is giving three of its high-tier rewards cards a makeover with some massive bonus points. From today, you could earn 150,000 bonus Citi Rewards on the Citi Prestige card, 120,000 bonus points on the Citi Signature card and 100,000 points with the Citi Platinum card if you apply by 31 January 2018.” I am thinking, “Wait, that is huge!”  The bonus for Citi Prestige had been relatively steady at 50,000 points in the states, though some people get higher targeted offers.  Why hasn’t this been reported widely? The offer, after all, looked...

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How To Track Your Miles and Points and Keep Them from Expiring

Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links. I have to admit that I am a bit of a slacker when it comes to miles and points. Between a busy full time job and everything else, I don’t have a lot of time to track expiration dates of frequent flier programs.  However, I don’t want to accidentally let accounts expire either. While there are some efforts in the initial setup, I’ve narrowed it down to the two steps that allow me to efficiently track my accounts and keep them active. Step 1:  Get an Awardwallet Account Set up your accounts, and...

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Animojis? Why Apple is Quite the Marketing Genius…

Apple’s annual keynote live event is scheduled at 10 a.m. PDT on September 12.  Leading up to the event tomorrow, there was a major leak of some of the features in the next generation of iPhones.  The new iPhone is called the iPhone 8, with the higher end model to be called iPhone X. The latter is also rumored to cost as much as  $1,000 USD. A Few Notable Features Some of the leaked features include: Bezel-less new display:  A bezel-less display never appealed to me, but it seems to be all the rage. Wireless Charging:  While wireless charging is not revolutionary (Samsung Galaxy...

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How to Check If You Are Impacted by the Equifax Data Breach

I sighed when I read the news of the Equifax data breach earlier this week. As most people know, there are three major credit reporting agencies in the states:  Experian. Transunion. Equifax.  News came out this past week that Equifax had been hacked.  As many as 143 million American customers’ data have been compromised. Chances are:  You are one of them. How to Check If You’ve Been Hacked    You can check by visiting a website that Equifax had set up: http://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. [Update/Disclaimer: the site is legitimate and it is set up by Equifax – it is even linked to from...

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Have You Visited a White Castle Because of Harold and Kumar?

Since I had recently wrote about being castled out from visiting real castles, I figured it’s time I write about my experience visiting a White Castle.  For those who don’t know, White Castle is a “small regional hamburger chain” known for its “small, square hamburgers”.  It is often considered the first/oldest hamburger chain the the US, and it is also popularized by the film, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Harold & Kumar is to Blame Like many people, my curiosity started when I came across the film eons ago.  It’s not my usual movie genre but somebody rented...

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Why I Won’t Take Advantage of T-Mobile’s Latest Free Netflix Promotion

I switched over to T-Mobile late last year before switching over to T-Mobile “all-in” taxes and fees included plan. For the most part, T-Mobile had been a reliable wireless provider for me. Most recently, they have announced a new promotion call Netflix on Us, set to start 9/12/2017. What is it? The sign up page is not yet available, but the offer seems simple: “Starting 9/12, Now customers can binge all their favorite shows at no extra charge when they sign up for 2+ lines of T-Mobile ONE™.”   Who is Eligible? Initially, it appeared that all the T-Mobile One customers...

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Have You Ever Been Castled Out (or the like) When You Travel?

Ever heard of “Everything in moderation”? While I tend to associate the saying with food, I should caution that this little nugget of wisdom applies to travel as well. Fascination with Castles Ever since I was a kid, I had a fascination with Disney films.  I never visited Disney Parks as a kid, but I more than made up for it as adult.  As recently as last year, I visited The Disney Sea theme park in Japan.  Perhaps it comes as no surprise to anyone that one of the things I had always been curious about is castles, given its...

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Why You Should Be Nice to Customer Service Reps

 “I’m sorry.  I don’t even …right now, I just…feel like a piece of …trash…”    This is not something I usually hear, but that is exactly what a customer rep said to me last week. What led up to this rather demoralizing comment? A Price Drop It started out innocently enough. One of my major home appliances died last week, so I ordered a replacement from a major retailer.  The very next day, I noticed that the price had dropped by a whopping $150.  “No big deal”, I thought, “I’ll call in for a price match.”   A guy...

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Forgot Where You Parked? There’s an App for That.

I used to think (or at least I’d like to think) that I have a good sense of directions.  After all, I have not gotten horribly lost in any of my globe-trotting adventures.  To be fair, I have often been in the company of people who are great at directions.  In reality, I might be a bit directionally challenged. Directionally Challenged For as long as I can remember, I always had a hard time remembering street names. Whenever I ask for directions, I’d prefer to be given only the first 3 or 4 instructions. Unless I jot it down,...

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Quick Thoughts on the Charlottesville Clashes and Deadly Car Attack

This weekend, there was a series of protesters and counter-protester clashes in Charlottesville, culminating in a fatal car attack.  My disjointed thoughts are organized in the post in much the same way. Events in Charlottesville, VA It’s hard to miss the events that happened in Virginia this past weekend.  The alt-right group decided to hold a rally to protest the removal of the statue of Confederate general, Robert E Lee.  Protesters and counter-protesters clashed and it turned violent. Someone decided to run his car over the counter-protesters, tragically killing one and injuring at least 35 others.  What an atrocity....

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