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.

Delta: What is Up with Your 3 Gift Cards Redemption Limit?

I love technology, but sometimes technology decisions baffle me.  Take, for example, Delta and their 3 gift cards redemption limit on their website. Airline Gift Cards Customers can buy airline gift cards, either from the airlines or at a store.  I purchased a handful of Delta gift cards over the years, due in part from credit card airline reimbursements.  I had also been gifted a few gift cards by family members. Most are in $50 denomination, with a few in higher denomination. I knew it was only a matter of time before I use them. I got that chance earlier...

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5 Confessions of an INFJ

Note:  Non-travel related post. I first took the Myers-Briggs personality test in high school.  It was introduced as a way for students to consider career paths that may suit their personality “types”.  I took it again in college, and later as part of a team workshop at one of my professional jobs.  My “type” had always stayed the same, and I am an “INFJ” through and through.  INFJ is just one of 16 possible personality types that people could be classified under. Here are my 5 confessions as an INFJ: 1.  INFJs Are Human Lie Detectors Intuition is one...

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Renting a Car? Watch Out for That Outrageous Toll Administrative Charge

If you’ve ever rented a car, you probably know that most rental company charge a toll administrative fee.  Most rental companies have to clearly disclose that fee/policy, so it’s not a scam.  Still, it doesn’t change the fact that the fee is a ripoff.  As more states adopt electronic/cashless tolls, it gets harder to avoid this unnecessary administrative charge. My Recent Experience in Orlando My preferred car rental company had always been Avis (affiliated with Budget), so I booked a rental on my trip to Orlando.  At check-in, there was a sign on the counter which clearly stated their...

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Money Talk: How Much Cash Do You Carry When You Travel? 

I don’t know if I am just an oddball, but I charge everything to my credit card.  And I mean, everything, when I could.  I just don’t like to deal with loose change, period.  When I am out and about, I don’t carry much cash.  I might carry a little more cash (generally no more than $100) when I travel out of the state.  I don’t personally see the need to carry too much cash when you can go to an ATM if needed. What About When Traveling Abroad?   It’s slightly different when I travel aboard, though not by...

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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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