Travel Technology

5 Great GoPro Accessories For Every Adventure Traveler

December 20, 2014

Do you have a hankering for adventure travel? If you’ve got a GoPro camera or you’re considering buying one, TPG Contributor Ryan Gargiulo of Pause The Moment shares the best GoPro accessories to capture those incredible moments on the go. As an avid adventure traveler and self-proclaimed tech geek, deciding which gadgets to take along with me […]

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Bing’s Most Searched For Vacation Destinations of 2014

December 5, 2014

Search engine Bing recently released the most searched for destinations of 2014. It turns out, when we’re not searching for tropical beach vacations, it’s major European capitals that are racing through the search engine. Read on for Bing’s list and check out BingTrends for more search trends. Maybe it will inspire a search of your own. 1. […]

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Singapore Airlines Price Glitch Causes Half-Price Business Fares

December 4, 2014

It’s safe to say Singapore Airlines has had better weeks. The Southeast Asian carrier is presently working to recoup its losses after a computer error in the global distribution system used by travel agencies caused about 900 business-class tickets from Australia to London to be sold at coach prices. Sold between Saturday, November 29 and Monday, December 1 by various online travel agencies in Australia, these […]

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Book an Orbitz Flight and Get a $100 Hotel Promo Code

November 17, 2014

From now through November 23, 2014, when you book a round-trip flight through Orbitz using Visa Checkout as your payment method, you’ll receive a promo code for a $100 discount on an Orbitz hotel stay completed between now and June 30, 2015. To participate in this promotion, you’ll have to sign up through Orbitz for Visa Checkout, an encrypted digital wallet service […]

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Marriott Offers Free Wi-Fi to All Marriott Rewards Members

November 3, 2014

Marriott Rewards has historically offered Wi-Fi as a complimentary service only to its Gold and Platinum Elites, but starting January 15, 2015, the hotel loyalty program will offer free in-room Wi-Fi to all Marriott Rewards members who book directly through Marriott booking channels. Gold and Platinum Elite members will continue to receive free enhanced Wi-Fi where […]

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8 Awesome (and Free!) Apps For Your Next Big Road Trip

November 1, 2014

Intrepid traveler and TPG contributor Ryan Gargiulo of Pause The Moment recently completed an epic cross country road trip. Here, he shares the top apps that made getting from Point A to Point B not only easier, but more fun. Get ready to download a few. Road trips are one of my favorite ways to explore the […]

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Ebola and Travel: CDC Launches New Airport Screening Program

October 9, 2014

Following the death yesterday of Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man afflicted with the U.S.’s first recorded case of Ebola and sequestered in an isolation ward at a Dallas hospital, the U.S. federal government is launching its first large-scale attempt at screening for Ebola at American airports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that […]

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How to Prepare for International Travel: Tips. Tricks & More

September 15, 2014

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen spends about six months of the year on the road, much of that traveling abroad for weeks at a time. Over the years, he has come up with a handy checklist that makes traveling international easier and more efficient. Here are his tips. When it comes to travel, heading abroad […]

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Aloft Introduces Robotic Butler & The Future of Hotel Tech

August 25, 2014

The future of hotel technology has arrived: robot butlers, digital concierges and apps that let you choose your own room are just the beginning. TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne checks in on state-of-the-art advancements being used right now at hotel chains around the world.  You don’t have to remember Rosie, the electronic maid of cartoon family The Jetsons, to appreciate […]

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Computer, Mobile, & Internet Security Basics for Travelers

August 18, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele explains why computer and mobile security are important considerations for all travelers, and how you can help prevent yourself from getting hacked. Before I became a writer, I spent many years working as a computer systems administrator and technical support analyst at Boeing, IBM, and at state and federal government offices. […]

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DOT Considers Cell Phone Ban, Orbitz Dining Rewards & More

August 9, 2014

Here’s a rundown of points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed this week: Department of Transportation Considers Ban on In-Flight Cell Calls: In response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s December 2013 proposal to overturn technical rules barring in-flight cellphone use (as well as a general public outcry about the potential annoyance of other passengers gabbing away for hours […]

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3x HHonors on Weekends, Contest to Fix PreCheck & More

July 26, 2014

Here’s a recap of points, miles and travel industry news from the past week: Earn 2X Hilton HHonors points during the week and 3x on weekends: The Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trip promotion allows HHonors members to earn bonus points for stays at participating properties: triple HHonors points on Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights; and double HHonors points on […]

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TSA Bans Uncharged Gadgets on Transatlantic Flights to US

July 8, 2014

If you’re headed to the U.S. on a transatlantic flight, make sure your cell phones, laptops, tablets and more are charged by the time you get to the airport, or you might not be allowed to board with them. As part of the Enhanced Security Measures announced by the Secretary of Homeland Security last week, the […]

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Boingo Amex Preferred Plan: Worldwide Wifi For Free

June 4, 2014

Though the personal, business and corporate versions of the American Express Platinum Card no longer provide American and US Airways club access and will now have more restricted Delta lounge access, Amex recently announced a new benefit that should restore a bit of the card’s lustre: starting this month, June 2014, Platinum Card members will receive complimentary, unlimited access to Wifi hotspots worldwide, provided […]

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What Is A Bitcoin and Might They Be Useful For Travelers?

April 16, 2014

TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne takes us through a quick history of the bitcoin and analyzes the future of this digital currency and whether travelers could take advantage of it in the future.  In the four-year history of the digital currency known as bitcoin, I’ve referred to it as the “LaserDisc of money” more than once, […]

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United To Offer Free Streaming In-Flight Movies and TV To Apple Users

March 20, 2014

Interesting in-flight entertainment news: United is teaming up with Apple to allow passengers with iOS 7 devices – meaning the iPad, iPhone, iPod, or any laptop with a specific browser plug-in – to download/stream around 150 movies and 200 TV shows in-flight entirely for free. Passengers will be able to do this all via the […]

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The Future of Inflight High-Speed WiFi: A Look at Which Carriers Are on the Cutting Edge

March 12, 2014

TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne checks in on the in-flight WiFi situation on major US and international carriers and gives us a snapshot of where we can expect to connect at high speeds in the near future. Last July, we published a post called Routehappy Unveils First US & International In-Flight WiFi Report: The Best and […]

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Top 17 Travel Apps

January 28, 2014

Last-minute trips are becoming more and more common these days due to last-minute award availability and the proliferation of apps designed specifically to help travelers make bookings in a hurry. Helping with everything from day-of hotel bookings to last-minute flight changes, replacing heavy guidebooks and foreign-language dictionaries, or simply providing on-the-ground local expertise…whatever your interest […]

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Gogo In-Flight WiFi Now Available in Canada

January 8, 2014

In-flight WiFi is one of the best developments in travel from the past decade in my opinion. In fact, without it, I probably wouldn’t be able to blog as much if I’d be cut off from information and news for big chunks of time while in the air. However, these days as more and more […]

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FAA Eases Rules on Portable Electronic Device Use in Flights: Changes Could Come As Early As November 1

October 31, 2013

Today the FAA officially approved a measure to allow passengers to use more electronic devices during taxi, takeoff and landing, though each airline will need to follow guidelines and roll the changes out once they are fully prepared. Devices like iPhones, iPads, Kindles, DVD players and headphones may remain on during taxi, takeoff and landing […]

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Quickly Search Award Availability for Aeromexico, Air France, Alaska, American, British Airways, Delta, Emirates, Era, Fiji, KLM, Pen Air and Qantas From Your Phone

October 11, 2013

Alaska Airlines isn’t in a global airline alliance, but they’ve inked partnerships with a number of airlines that allow Mileage Plan members to earn and redeem on flights on multiple alliances and niche carriers including Aeromexico, American, British Airways, Cathay Pacifc, Delta, Emirates, Fiji, Korean, Lan, KLM, Qantas and Pen Air. You can bank miles […]

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T-Mobile Introduces Unlimited Global Roaming – Data and Text and Flat Rate International Calling

October 11, 2013

One of the biggest worries about international travel these days is how to stay in touch and get the data and calling features you need on your Smartphone without racking up hundreds or even thousands of dollars extra on your monthly phone bill. It is possible with some carriers to unlock your phone and get […]

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Routehappy Seat Report – Which Airlines Have The Biggest, Best Seats?

September 4, 2013

Routehappy is a cool travel website that rates airlines and specific flights based on a variety of metrics like seat size and type, aircraft type, entertainment options, WiFi availability, user-generated reviews and more. Following up on its In-Flight WiFi Report from earlier this summer, Routehappy has released an updated report on seating options in both […]

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Tumi Luggage and Accessory Sale on RueLaLa

June 7, 2013 is one of my favorite discount online sites and they just launched a Tumi sale that lasts until Sunday, but you need to act fast because the good stuff sells out quick. If you aren’t a member, you can sign-up here to get in on their offers (this is my referral link so I […]

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