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.

A 6 Year Old Boy Gets to Fly Etihad Airbus A380 Simulator

I always find it interesting to meet people who love what they do.  When you come across those people, their passion really shines through. I only saw this video for the first time today, and I couldn’t resist sharing.  Apparently, a viral video of an almost 6-years-old named Adam Mohammed Amer talking with Etihad Airways crew members had been making the rounds online.  This young boy clearly has a love for aviation.  He certainly knows a lot about airplanes, more so that most 6 year old would. Take a listen: Amer Invited to Etihad Simulator Sessions After that viral video, Etihad invited...

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Would You Be Freaked Out By a Glass Walkway That Cracks Under Your Weight?

Maybe the better question is, would you even walk on a glass walkway high up somewhere? Do you have a fear of heights?  Fortunately, I don’t, though I still occasionally get weak in the knees when I am standing at a high spot.  Generally speaking, I avoid standing next to the edge of some peak or cliff.  It’s not that I’m afraid of heights, but I have vertigo (likely due to inner ear problem related to ear pain) so I am at a higher risk of losing my balance that way. That is not to say I haven’t done...

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4 Mistakes I’ve Learned from a Natural Gas Leak

A couple of weeks ago, my washer – part of a washer/gas dryer combo stack – died on me when it failed to drain water during the drain cycle. Just to be certain that it’s not broken due to some clogged pumps (repairable), we pulled the unit out from the small pantry space to inspect the hoses in the back. A Bigger Problem Lurks Beneath Unbeknownst to me, a bigger problem was lurking. That same evening, I smelled a whiff of gas in the kitchen area.  It came and went.  I checked my stove and dryer. Because it was...

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Why I Was Denied Access to the AA Admirals Club Lounge

As someone who had traveled quite a bit, I am very comfortable with airports. Still, that doesn’t mean I don’t goof up every now and then.  I still don’t think I lived that one down when I took my family to the AA Admirals Club lounge — only to be denied access. Denied access to AA Admirals Club Lounge My family and I were on our last segment from an international trip.  I mentioned to them that we can rest up at the AA lounge before our connecting flight.  I had the Citi Prestige card.  One of the card benefits (which...

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Airplanes and Ear Pain: How to Deal with Severe Ear Pain When You Fly

Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links. Do you know why babies sometimes cry hysterically during a flight, especially towards the end of the flight?  I do, and I’ll tell you why.  No, they are not hungry and they don’t need to go to the bathroom.  They are likely suffering from ear pains due to the change in air pressure during a flight descent. How can I be so sure?   Because I experience the pain myself, and I have flown often enough to see a pattern.  The timing is almost impeccably predictable — some babies almost always begin...

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How One of My Trip Routing Caused A Few Eyebrows to Be Raised

Disclaimer:  This post contains some affiliate links. I am the travel planner in the family, and I don’t generally like to plan trips involving very complex routing.  It doesn’t mean that I won’t plan for nested or open-jaw trips.  I’ve done both.  Unless there’s some substantial savings, I just prefer to travel efficiently from Point A to Point B.  There is a personal reason too.  I tend to fly the fewest numbers of segments whenever possible, due to ear pain I usually suffer upon flight descent.  More on this in a separate post, but EarPlanes had been a godsend...

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Citi Prestige $250 Airline Credit and Potential Changes to Benefits?

For those who have the Citi Prestige card, one of the card benefits is the $250 airline credit reimbursement.  This is an annual, calendar based benefit. Reminder: Airline Credit Reimbursement With the end of of the year in sight, this is a reminder to use your credits before they expire.  I wouldn’t wait until last days of the year, in case the purchase goes into pending for a few days. I used a portion of airline credit to pay for luggage fees on Hawaiian Airlines earlier this year. In the past, I have also purchased Delta gift cards.  You...

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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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