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 Look Inside Delta’s New Flagship A350 Business Suites!

Note:  This is a guest post from my brother and his review of the Delta’s New Flagship A350 Business Suites!  The suites look amazing and it has a noticeably different look and feel from my first Delta One experience.  A Look Inside Delta’s New Flagship A350 Business Suites   About six months ago, Delta’s flagship aircraft – the Boeing 747 double-decker airliner that has earned itself the famous moniker as “Queen of the Skies” – completed its final flight. For passengers who have flown Delta One, Delta’s premium offering business class cabin, they can make the case that the...

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Travel Etiquette: My 5 Travel Pet Peeves

I didn’t travel much as a kid.  My wanderlust started much later in life, so I’ve been making up for lost time since. It’s incredibly easy to write about why I love travel.  Of course, not everything about travel is seen through rose-colored glasses. As a seasoned traveler, I thought it might be fun to share some of my “pet peeves”, in no particular order. 1.  Don’t Be a “Gate Lice”.  Just don’t. Don’t crowd the boarding area.  I’ve seen people in the later boarding groups crowding the boarding area as soon as the boarding process commences. Don’t get...

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Can You Do Universal Studios and Island of Adventures in Just One Day?

If you’re heading into Universal Studios and wondering if you could visit two parks in one day (without rushing), I’ve got an answer for you. Yes, you totally can.  With some pre-planning! A trip to Universal Studios is no small chump change.  A one day, one park ticket at Universal Studios or Island of Adventures will set you back about $115 USD per adult.  A one-day park hopper ticket (access to both parks) will cost you $170 per adult. If you are going as a family, those numbers add up very quickly. While the average daily cost of admission goes...

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The REAL ID Act: What is it and How it Will Affect Your Domestic Air Travel

My driver’s license is up for renewal.  When I was filling out the online renewal application, I was presented with two options.  I can apply for a standard driver’s license or a REAL ID compliant license.  The fee is the same. What exactly is the REAL ID Act? If you haven’t heard about the Real ID Act, it is a federal mandate passed by Congress back in 2005 based on a 9/11 Commission recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The Act “established minimum security standards for license...

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Hotel Review: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel (On-Site Hotel at Universal Studios)

Recently, I stayed two nights at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel during my visit to Universal Studios.  The seasonal rate is not inexpensive at a little over $400/night during my visit (with 3 guests).  During some months, the rate can go down to the low $300s.  While the rates are more expensive, there are some perks you get for staying on-site that you can’t get from an off-site property. 1.  Impeccable Service Most on-site hotels at the parks pride themselves on providing excellent guest experiences, and it showed. We were warmly greeted when we arrive with our rented vehicle...

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British Airways Class Fuel Surcharge Action Settlement: Getting Back a Refund?

Yesterday, I received a notice email with the Subject Header “Dover v. British Airways Fuel Surcharge Class Action Notice”.  It referred to the Fuel Surcharge Class Action website. Who is the Settlement Class? According to the email, “If you received the Class Notice in the mail, it is because BA’s records indicate that you may be a Settlement Class Member. The Settlement Class includes all United States resident Executive Club Members who redeemed frequent flyer miles (“Avios”) for an award ticket from November 9, 2006 through April 17, 2013 (the “Class Period”) and who paid a BA-imposed fuel surcharge...

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Is it better to stay on-site or off-site when visiting the parks in Orlando?

I recently spent 3 nights on a trip to Orlando, specifically to visit Universal Studios.  I spent 2 nights at the on-site park hotel and one night at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort, in Kissimmee, Florida.  It’s about a 30-minutes drive from Universal Studios. One of the most obvious perks of staying at an off-site property is the cost savings. There are dozens of hotels in Orlando area, and you can save considerably by staying at an off-site property. Cost Savings At the time of my stay, the rate for a villa at the Vacation...

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Is the Universal Express Pass Worth It?

A couple of weeks ago, I began planning for my first trip to Universal Studios in Orlando.  As a Harry Potter fan, I was looking forward to seeing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  I had gotten some great advice from fellow readers.  One of the things I considered was whether to invest in a Universal Express Pass.  An Express Pass saves you time by fast-tracking you to the front of the lines for many of the attractions. Two Types of Universal Express Pass I am not going to sugarcoat it, but a trip to Universal Studios is no...

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When TSA Pre-Check isn’t Printed on Your Boarding Pass

If you are a frequent traveler, getting Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check will save you time. I have a Global Entry membership, so I had been able to breeze through most security lines at the airports.  TSA security officers could still randomly “select” you to go through (edit: an enhanced screening). I’ve not yet encountered it myself, but I’ve seen it happen to others.  It’s rare and random, but it’s always good to keep that in mind. What if TSA Pre-Check isn’t printed on your Boarding Pass? Just this past week, I was flying on Delta for a domestic...

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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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