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.

Airport Lounge Review: The Club at Pittsburgh International Airport

The Club Lounge was opened at the Pittsburgh International Airport in late 2017.  You can access the lounge if you are a Priority Pass member.  You can also buy day passes ($40). With the Priority Pass membership, I decided to make a “pit” stop to check out the lounge — located near the front of Concourse C.  Despite needing to be on Concourse D, it was an easy stroll to get to the lounge.                         Lounging at the Club While I am no stranger to airport lounges over...

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Which Broadway Shows Have You Watched that You Would Highly Recommend?

I was most recently in Times Square for a Broadway show.  While I’ve only been to a handful of Broadway productions, one of the things I enjoyed is walking around the theater district and looking at how theaters promote their featured productions.  That, in itself, feels like a little treat. Seeing the options made me think about which Broadway shows I would recommend to others. Times Squares Theater District We passed by quite a few theaters in the area, but 3 particular signage stood out to me. 1. Anastasia This one stood out to me because I had no...

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Flight Review: Domestic First Class from Boston to Pittsburgh (BOS-PIT) on Delta

I recently flew from Boston to Pittsburgh.  The most common non-stop options for this route are Delta, Jetblue and American. For Jetblue and American, they mostly fly a one cabin aircraft.  Interestingly, Delta offers a 3-class cabins on this segment. I’d normally fly coach for short domestic segments, but I opted to try out First class cabin on Delta given a cheap upgrade deal. Trying out the Bombardier CRJ-900 There are 12 seats in the First class cabin, set in a 1-2 configuration.  I opted for a one seater on the left as it seemed to afford more space/privacy....

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Hotel Review: Intercontinental Times Square

I decided to stay at the Intercontinental Times Square for my most recent trip to New York City.  This was my second stay at the hotel, and I picked it again because of its extremely convenient location and proximity to the theaters. Spacious hotel lobby area Short lines and check-in was uneventful.  We were assigned a room on the 4th floor.  Keep in mind that there are two sets of elevators – one that take you to the first 5 floors, and the others that take you to the higher floors.                ...

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Beware: Taking Photos with Costumed Characters in Times Square

I was in New York City, Times Square this past weekend for a Broadway show.  Times Square is an entertainment mecca, drawing in millions of visitors every year.  Many of those people are visiting the city for the very first time. There is something I’ve seen enough times that I think it’s worth calling it out. Costumed Characters In Times Square, there are these costumed characters that would beckon you to take photos with them. This weekend, I’ve seen Disney’s Olaf from Frozen, Lady Liberty, and a slew of Marvel superheroes. I am no stranger to paying for photos...

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6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Think of Miles and Points as “Free” Travel

Have you ever mentioned some travel plans to your family or friends, and they automatically assume you are traveling for free because you are paying with miles and points?   Or, have you ever noticed slight changes in service or attitude when a staff learned that you are paying with miles or points?   If so, you encountered what I deemed to be a perception problem with miles and points. A fellow blogger recently wrote about his experience checking out of a hotel where the staff did not seem to view the rewards program in a positive light.  In some ways,...

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Why Being Nice at Work Can Backfire Badly, According to a Study

Disclaimer: This is a non-travel related post. An article recently came out that suggests that being super nice at work can backfire badly, according to psychology.  I have conversations recently with some folks on a host of workplace topics, ranging from effective management styles to workplace conflicts. This article triggered some split opinions.  The article is making the assertion from a study that if you are super nice and productive at work, it can actually work against you because you may “make those around you look bad in comparison”. The highlight: Things are different at work when a real-life...

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T-Mobile’s Free Data Roaming to an Expanded List of Countries Starts Today

I often write about my experiences with T-Mobile, both the good and the bad.  T-Mobile and Sprint are my favorite wireless carriers due to the strength of their free international roaming offering, even if it’s capped at 2G speed.  Earlier in the week, T-Mobile came out with some changes to its international offering.   Here’s my take on each of them: 1. Free Data Roaming Now Covers Over 210+ Countries/Destinations: Technically, they’ve added 70 more countries to the original list of 140+.  You can see the full list of countries here.  The coverage for the expanded countries starts 7/22/2018....

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The Problem with Delta’s Mileage Upgrade Award Option

Delta’s Upgrade Options with Miles For the most part, I like Delta.  Recently, I looked into Delta’s upgrade options for an upcoming trip.  Delta offers two ways to upgrade on a paid fare with miles. 1. Upgrade with Miles (Option available before you book a flight):   The miles required for the upgrade is the price difference between coach and the upgraded cabin, calculated at a 1 cent per mile rate.  Here’s a real example:  If the price difference for a short flight is $60, then you’ll need 6k in Delta Skymiles to upgrade.  If the fare difference is...

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Why You Might Prefer to Sit on the Right Side of the Plane

I always like to pick my seats for my flights.  I have a tendency to pick a seat on the RIGHT side of the plane, even if it may not always make sense. However, sometimes there may be reasons why sitting on the left side of the plane may have its advantages. For example: 1. Potentially Better View You might be able to see some famous landmarks as the plane heads towards its destination.  The side you choose sometimes matters as one side might offer a slightly better view.  I still remembered flying into Geneva and seeing water jetting...

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