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.

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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T-Mobile’s International Data Roaming: In-flight WiFI and International Data Pass

As someone who loves technology, I often look at options on how to stay connected even when I’m traveling abroad. In fact, one of the major reasons I switched over to T-Mobile was because of their free international data roaming.   (To be fair, I also had T-Mobile as a service provider in the past so I knew T-Mobile had good coverage in my area). T-Mobile’s 1-Hour Free In-Flight Internet Access T-Mobile has a partnership with Gogo (inflight internet company).  When you fly on a WiFI-enabled/Gogo flight, you can connect online.  Keep in mind that this option is not supported...

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What to Do When Your Airline Loses Your Luggage

I love to travel light, so I always check-in my bag if the first free checked bag is included.  Needless to say, I’m no stranger to temporarily displaced bags, as recently as last month. I’ll start off with some basic “before the airline loses your luggage” tips: 1.  Keep Your Tags Don’t lose or throw away your checked luggage tags/receipts until after you’ve retrieved all your bags. You will need them to file a claim.  This may not apply to all airlines. For example, I like Delta’s baggage tracking system.  You can find your bag receipt number and track your bags easily...

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Review: Cathay Pacific “The Wing” Business Class Lounge Hong Kong

I had a chance to visit the Cathay Pacific (“The Wing”) business class lounge at the Hong Kong airport, located near Gate 4.  The Wing is often considered among one of the best airline lounges out there. I still remembered the first time I visited the lounge. As I walked towards the lounge, a smiling flight attendant was facing the walkway to greet passengers. I smiled back…until I realized it was actually a full-sized cutout cardboard of a CX staff!   Talk about feeling a little sheepish!  Fortunately, the cutout was not there to throw me off during this visit....

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Review: Cathay Pacific Business Class Boston to Hong Kong (777-300ER)

I recently had the opportunity to fly Cathay Pacific’s Business Class cabin, from Boston Logan Airport to Hong Kong on the 777-300ER.  It was for an unexpected non-leisure trip, so I was immensely grateful to be able to book 2 close-in award seats. I’ve flown CX business long-haul flights before, but it was the first time I was flying on this particular segment (a 15 hours+ flight). I hung out at the BA airways lounge prior to the flight.  With a departure at 1:50AM, all I wanted was to start my sleep cycle right after the meal service. The...

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Why It Makes Sense to Get the new IHG Premier Card (Despite the Free Night Devaluation)

I won’t cover the points capping of the IHG free night certificate since it’s already been widely covered. The IHG Select Card had long been among the 3 cards that I think are worth the annual fees.  Like most, I found the new cap on the annual certificate to be a major disappointment. I usually redeem the certificate with a paid stay at a IHG (typically Intercontinental) property. I will say this:  IHG properties –  particularly Holiday Inns and Holiday Inns Express – have been my hotel of choice growing up.  While my hotel tastes have changed over the years...

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