Travel Gadget Reviews

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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 …

Hong Kong

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 …

Flying

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 …

Long Haul

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 …

Hospitality

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 …

Cambridge Analytica

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.<p>In fact, one of the major reasons I …

T-Mobile

What to Do When Your Airline Loses Your Luggage

I love to travel light, so I <i>always</i> check-in my bag if the <i>first free checked bag</i> is included. Needless to say, I’m no stranger to <i>temporarily displaced</i> …

Flying

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 …

Hong Kong

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 …

Hong Kong

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.<p>The IHG Select Card had long been among the …

Hospitality

Review: British Airways Lounge at Boston Logan International (BOS) Airport

British Airways (BA) Lounge at BOS<p>The last time I visited the BA lounge in Boston was some years ago. When my travel companion and I visited the BA …

Time I

BA Award Redemption: Availability Hack?

I had to make changes to a BA award redemption last month, and accidentally stumbled upon this <i>feature</i>.<p>Most of us know that the <i>sweet spot</i> for British …

Air Travel

Confirmed: Hilton Aspire Comes with a Free Night in the First Year

Earlier in January, Amex launched two new card products. The Hilton Ascend and the Hilton Aspire card.<p>The Hilton Aspire card is a $450 annual fee …

Hospitality

Amazon Echo Dot or Google Home Mini: Which Should You Get?

<i>Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.</i><p>It’s no surprise to anyone that I like tech gadgets. For example, I reviewed an external flash drive …

Huge Phone Port-Out Scam: What You Should Do Now to Protect Your Account

News broke recently on a huge phone port-out scam. If you don’t know what the scam is or if you’ve not yet taken action to protect your account, this …

Does the new Amex Hilton Aspire comes with a free weekend night the first year?

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the new Amex Hilton cards, including the Hilton Aspire card which comes with a $495 annual fee.<p>Interestingly (and a HT …

The Best Free Travel Tool for Any Trip Planning (Flight)

I am the travel planner in my family, so I get to do a lot of planning. I’ll share a great free tool that I don’t do without when booking a …

How You Can Use Up Leftover Reward Points

Anyone who has ever redeemed for points and miles have run into the situation. You’ve been accruing your points and you want to use them up. After …

Can You Keep Hotel Room Slippers?

You know how some people have a liking to hotel bath amenities, such as shampoos, conditioners, lotion, and bring them back for use later or donate …

How Quickly Are You Upgraded to Hilton Diamond Status? (Amex Aspire Card)

Amex recently came out with new Hilton cards with 100,000 Hilton points offers.<p>While the Hilton points aren’t worth as much due to devaluations, the …

Flying

New Amex Credit Cards: Which One Should You Get? (100,000 Hilton points offer)

Back in November 2017, there was news that the Citi Hilton cards will become Amex branded cards. There were talks about new product offerings, but no …

Personal Finance

How Did You React to Ballistic Missile Alert in Hawaii?

Imagine you were going about your day when you suddenly get this alert: <b>“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS</b> …

North Korea

How a Lesson in Tennis Applied to an Experience at the Airport

“Why didn’t you chase after the ball?” My tennis instructor asked.<p>It was a fair question. My instructor had been making me run cross-court as part of …

Luggage

How to Buy a Japan Rail Pass Ticket

Previously, I wrote about my experience riding the Japan’s High Speed Bullet Train, the Shinkasen. I purchased the Japan Rail Pass. The process …

Japan

What's It Like to Participate in Taylor Swift's Reputation Pre-sale for "Verified" Fans?

<i>Disclaimer: This is a non-travel related post.</i><p>Taylor Who?<p>Once upon a time many years ago during a visit to Southern California, I stopped by the …

Taylor Swift

Renewing Global Entry: What You Need to Know

My Global Entry membership was up for renewal and I went through the process last week. These are a few things I learned.<p>Changes: Create new …

Identity Theft

TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry: Which is Better?

I am up for renewal on my Global Entry membership, so I decided to look up on the trusted traveler program to see what might have changed since I …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

What is Your Most Memorable Moment at Walt Disney World?

I love seeing how excited kids are when they are given the gift of a Disney trip.<p>Out of the many “Disney surprise” videos, I especially like this one …

Walt Disney Company

Do You Have Certain Habits When You Check Into a Hotel Room?

People are creatures of habits. I certainly picked up a few habits over the years when it comes to traveling and staying at hotels. These are the …

Hospitality