Travel Gadget Reviews

This HappyFlyer is a self-proclaimed tech enthusiast with a passion for travel. She will be writing about her interest in travel gadgets and sharing her best travel tips and unique perspective on travel experiences.

Can You Identify These Airlines just by their Logos?

When it comes to airlines, I thought I was decent at identifying the airlines by their logos.  Delta.  AA.  Jetblue. Southwest. BA.  Virgin Atlantic. United, CX, Dragonair, Eva Airways, KLM.   Pretty easy. That is, until I was walking out of a plane last month and I came across this view: With the exception of Swiss airlines on the far end, I realized then that I couldn’t immediately identify the other 5 airlines in the lineup (though I know one of them is Lufthansa). Without looking them up, can you identify these airlines just by their logos?   (Update:  Claimed/...

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Review: The Eventyr Lounge at Copenhagen Airport (Terminal 3)

If you are flying internationally from the Copenhagen Airport at Terminal 3, and you are a Priority Pass member, you have access to the Eventry Lounge. Location and Access The lounge is located next to Gate C36 (after passport control).  This lounge is part of the Priority Pass program.  If you have the Priority Pass membership, you can access this lounge. I see this signage. Some notables: Walk-In access to the lounge is DKK 250 or ~ $37 USD. “Excellent” wine?  Not something I typically see promoted in a lounge banner ad.   Spacious The first thing you will...

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Review: The Wingtips Lounge at JFK Airport, Terminal 4

During my trip last month, I had a long layover at JFK’s international terminal. My family and I originally planned to get out of the airport and make a half day in NYC. Changes in our flight schedules and the hassles of needing to go through security again deterred us from that plan. We decided to have lunch at an airport restaurant and check out the Wingtips Lounge. Location The Wingtips lounge is located on the upper level of Terminal 4 at JFK, airside. I suppose they try to make the lounge look inviting with all the banners near...

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Would You Separate from your Party to Board in an Earlier Boarding Zone?

Here’s the scenario:  Two colleagues, both frequent fliers.  One is a Delta Platinum and other a Delta Diamond.  Both are upgraded to Delta comfort.  The Diamond Medallion member can board right after the Pre-Boarding group, based on the boarding order for Delta.  If you are the Diamond member, would you board in your zone or wait to board with your colleague? A Mixed Bag When it comes to boarding zones, it’s a bit of a gray area.  While boarding zones aren’t a big deal to me (since my bag can usually fit in the seat in front of me),...

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Visiting the Windmills in the Netherlands

Ah, windmills. When I was planning the trip to the Netherlands, visiting the Dutch windmills was something that was very high on my list. I couldn’t put my fingers on why.  Maybe it’s because I know very little about how windmills work.  Maybe it’s more superficial, that I like the look of windmills as a backdrop in a rustic landscape.  Or maybe the reasons run deeper, that they remind me of the ingenuity of humankind to harness the power of nature (wind) to solve problems.  Or that the idyllic setting makes for a good place to ponder on the...

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Review: Crowne Plaza Hotel Copenhagen Towers, Denmark

For our first visit to Copenhagan, Denmark, my family and I booked a stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Copenhagen Towers.  The pricing was competitive for our travel dates, and the hotel is less than 10 minutes away (by rail) from the city center. Airport Shuttle For those traveling in from the Copenhagan (CPH) airport, the hotel offers a shuttle service.  No advance reservation is required for the outbound.  The shuttle runs on every 20 and 50 after the hour during its operating schedule, and you can catch the shuttle right outside Terminal 2. Naturally, our timing is such...

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Initiating My First Credit Card Charge Dispute with Bank of America

Last month, I decided to try a new service and booked an appointment via its mobile app.  I received a confirmation of the amount I would be charged, and entered my Bank of America credit card to authorize the charge.  Everything was so clear that I didn’t bother to take a screen-grab of the payment page. Surprise on Credit Card Statement Imagine my surprise when I was looking through my credit card statement and saw a $90 charge for the service instead of a $15 charge. I called up the merchant’s customer service department to resolve the billing error. ...

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The Heineken Experience in Amsterdam

One of the attractions I visited in Amsterdam was the Heineken Experience. In all fairness, I’m not much a beer drinker in the first place.  I just want to check out the highly rated experience because it’s Heineken! I remembered having quite a bit of fun at the Scotch Whiskey Experience in Edinburgh. The “experience” is described as: “The Heineken Experience is a self guided interactive journey through the world of Heineken(R). You can discover the history of the company, the 4 natural ingredients of our beer, the brewing process, a tasting room and the Heineken(R) brand. At the...

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Apartment Hotel Review: Cityden the Garden Amsterdam South

When my siblings and I took our parents to visit Amsterdam last month, we stayed at the Cityden The Garden Amsterdam South. We needed a place for a party of 5. At the time of booking, most hotels near the city center were quite pricey and has a maximum occupancy of 2-3 people. Booking 2 rooms was not economical, so I looked at other options outside of the city.  This Cityden hotel apartment is located 35 minutes away from the Museum District. Since public transportation seemed convenient, I booked the “Grand Apartment”.  It is the largest room type and...

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Why I Won’t Watch Sappy Movies In-Flight Anymore

When I’m on a long haul flight, I typically indulge in a movie or two.  Most of them are forgettable.  In fact, I’d already forgotten the name of one of the movies I watched in-flight last month. Then, there are films that leave me feeling confused.  For example, Shape of Water.  That film won an Oscar for Best Picture, so it’s got to be good, right?  Spoiler alert:   I’m not into sci-fi fantasy, but I could live with the film’s premise. I won’t lie:  When the protagonist was consummating with her love interest (the fish alien) in the bathroom,...

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