T-Mobile Plans Now Include Unlimited Roaming in Canada and Mexico

If you’re a T-Mobile Simple Choice customer, you are now free to roam about the continent. Beginning July 15, T-Mobile is extending coverage and calling across the US, Mexico and Canada for all Simple Choice customers at no extra charge, according to the latest “Un-carrier Amped” announcement from the company. This new move, called Mobile…

Virgin America Gets Super-Fast Wi-Fi

First, there was fleet-wide Wi-Fi. Then came the Red® in-flight entertainment system with improved audio and full seasons of TV shows on demand. And starting in September, Virgin America will offer significantly faster Wi-Fi connectivity on the airline’s 10 new A320 aircraft deliveries. Ladies and gentlemen, start your (search) engines! Virgin America has just announced a new…

What Are Your Favorite Noise-Canceling Headphones?

TPG reader Marcus tweeted me to ask about travel gear: @thepointsguy – “What are your favorite noise-canceling headphones for travel?” I think it’s important to have a great pair of headphones for air travel. It’s nice to be able to control your airplane environment, and even if you’re flying in first class, it can get loud. People…

Apple’s Improving Underground Navigation with Transit in Maps

Subway navigation is about to get much easier in hundreds of cities around the world. At the WWDC conference in San Francisco today, Apple introduced a Maps app refresh, which brings advanced Transit info to your iPhone. Transit view in Maps includes subway times and maps, bus information and ferry schedules. You can tap on a stop or station…

Good News for Travelers: Google Maps Going Offline

Wish you could use the Google Maps smartphone app while traveling in foreign cities, but don’t want to pay expensive roaming charges to access it? Or perhaps you’re visiting a country where mobile data service just isn’t available? Well, good news has arrived: Google announced plans to make navigation and GPS features available offline on the Google Maps app by the end of 2015….

Insider Series: Does TSA Security Screening Really Work?

New to our Insider Series is TPG Contributor “Patrick Down,” presently employed as a TSA officer at a US airport. In this installment, he takes a look at the technology used by TSA to screen you and your baggage, and offers his commentary on whether it’s effective … or not.  In the same week that Homeland Security…

Cathay Pacific Finally Getting WiFi

In a move that’s been a long time coming, Cathay Pacific announced that in 2016, its twelve new Airbus A350s will come equipped with wireless internet capability, signaling this world-class Asian carrier’s entrance into the in-flight WiFi game. TPG holds Cathay Pacific’s First Class cabin in high regard, and feels that its comfort and service make it one of the best experiences he’s…

Review: Free Data in 120+ Countries with T-Mobile

Most travelers face a dilemma before embarking on any international trip: Should you pre-pay for your carrier’s expensive roaming package, deal with the hassle of buying a SIM at your destination or risk wasting hundreds or even thousands of dollars by using your phone like you do at home, without planning ahead? If you have…

One Week with the Apple Watch…and I’m Diggin’ It

I’ve had my Apple Watch for a week now. It arrived just before my trip to the Kentucky Derby, and I was able to test it out on Uber rides and during my treks through airports over the past few days. Is it the life-changing device people have been talking about? Probably not. Could it potentially improve my experience as a frequent…

DUFL Makes Your Luggage Magically Appear at Your Destination

No packing required: a new startup business called DUFL will eliminate packing from your travel routine altogether. For $10 a month, DUFL will store your selection of travel essentials—clothing, toiletries, underwear, etc.— in a special suitcase at its warehouse in Tempe, Arizona (where they’re hiring, FYI). Every time you travel somewhere, use the app to choose…