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.

Targeted Offer: Free AAdvantage Platinum status!

Targeted: Free Platinum AA Status I thought it was spam and nearly deleted the email with the subject header, “Free Platinum status for you”.  It turned out to be from American Airlines and it’s a totally legitimate targeted offer! I am one of those people who don’t usually get targeted offers.  Even if I do, I’d expect to get targeted for a Gold offer.  This targeted Platinum offer is a pleasant surprise, even if the status only lasts through 9/7/2018. The other piece that is enticing to me is the “17 500-miles just for registering”.  That’s more than enough...

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Visiting Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Seeking Reader Tips and Advice

It’s happening!  I just booked a trip to Orlando for a visit with family.  One of the major attractions I am planning to visit: the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Aside from the fact that this is my first real vacation break this year, I am particularly excited about this trip because I’m a fan of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series.  I watched all 7 films when they were released, read all the books, and even read the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”. Needless to say, I am excited about the visit. I know some people think...

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Beware: Can you Get the IHG Premier card bonus if you have an IHG Select Card?

Chase came out with a 2 brand new IHG card products just last month.  One of those products is the IHG Premier Rewards Club card.  I wrote about why the new card made sense despite the free night devaluation.  For those who had been following, IHG/Chase reversed the poorly planned change for IHG Select cardmembers.  The certificate is uncapped if it was issued before May 1, 2019. Bonus Points Did Not Post for IHG Premier Card I’ve been an IHG Select cardholder for a long time.  As someone who stays at IHG properties, I decided to spring for the...

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Developing: T-Mobile and Sprint have Announced Plans to Merge

Developing news: T-Mobile (owned by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom) and Sprint (majority stake by Japanese owner SoftBank) have announced a roughly 26 billion merger agreement today, and they “hope to close the deal by the first half of 2019.” T-Mobile and Sprint have flirted with discussions of mergers before.  There was always the uncertainty of whether a merger would get past antitrust reviews and other regulatory hurdles. This merger is touted as a way to combine the subscriber base for T-Mobile/Sprint to compete against the #1 and #2 carriers (Verizon and AT&T, respectively).   The merger would give them the resources...

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I Finally Decided to Buy an Apple Watch, and Why the Series 3 Was Worth the Wait

Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links. I am a bit of a technology geek, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that I am drawn to certain smartly designed, small and portable technologies or gadgets. The Apple Ecosystem I’ll be the first to admit that I like Apple products. I own an iPhone (had one ever since its 3GS) and I love the 11-inch MacBook Air. I’ve also been an early adopter of the iPad, though I also explained why it’s not a good investment. Despite liking a lot of Apple’s products, there are also products...

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Hotel Review: Panda Hotel (Executive Room) in Hong Kong

I stayed at a hotel called Panda Hotel in Tsuen Wan on a recent visit to Hong Kong.  It’s quite a unique hotel, especially if you (or your kids) are big fans of pandas. Hotel Lobby/Reception The hotel is in a shopping complex building.  The hotel lobby and reception is actually located on the 3rd floor of the complex. There is a reason it’s called the “Panda Hotel”.  The hotel certainly doesn’t skimp on the decor in the lobby/reception area.  If you are into stuffed animals, you might enjoy this: Or this: The hotel even has two pandas sitting...

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Is Your AAdvantage Award Really Ticketed? (On Request vs Ticketed)

Whenever I book a flight, I always make sure that I have a confirmed e-ticket number.  In most cases, tickets are instantly ticketed when you buy them.  Sometimes it can take little longer, especially if your flights involved other partner airlines. Until you have an ticket number, you can’t fly. AA’s Ticketing Status AA has a number of ticketing statuses.  These are the common AA ticketing status I’ve encountered: ON HOLD:  AA agents can temporarily put hold award reservations. ON REQUEST:  Your booking is requested.  Whether you have a paid or an award booking, this is a common status...

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Flight Review: Delta One Business Class from HKG-SEA (A330-200)

While I enjoy flying Cathay Pacific for international trips to Asia, I had the chance to fly from Hong Kong to Seattle last month on Delta’s international business class product: Delta One.  The flight time was approximately 11 hours on the Airbus A330-200.     At the Airport Checking in at the airport in Hong Kong was smooth.  There was staff onsite to direct passengers to the check-in lines. Once we got through security, we visited the SkyTeam lounge.  Interestingly, we were walking on the right side of the concourse, so we completely missed the entrance to the lounge...

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Finally! A Good IHG Accelerate Promotion Challenge…

IHG runs a “Accelerate” promotion on a quarterly basis.  The promotion incentivizes members to earn additional points by completing certain activities.  These include things like booking on their mobile app, or for an X number of nights in 3 different brands.  The activities vary every quarter and by individual. Login to the IHG Accelerate Promotion: 2nd Quarter 2018 to see your customized offer.  The 2nd quarter period runs from May 1 to July 31. A Work-Able Offer, Finally I plan to complete my IHG Accelerate Challenge for the first time, because I finally got a work-able offer!  In fact,...

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How to Check if Your Facebook Data Was Shared with Cambridge Analytica

I previously covered data breaches and phone port out scam which impacted T-Mobile customers most.  Unless you have been hiding from the news, it’s hard to miss the recent fallout between  Facebook/Cambridge Analytica and the misuse of Facebook data. How to Check if Your Facebook Data was Shared Facebook came out with a tool to help you check if your data was shared with Cambridge Analytica: Facebook’s Help Center (Link) (You need to log into your Facebook account). Fortunately, I was not one of the estimated 87 million people impacted, according to this article. What Can You Do The...

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