Travel Technology

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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Routehappy Adds Ticket Prices to Flight Search

April 26, 2013

As I’ve written about before, Routehappy is a cool new site for travelers that rates airlines and specific flights based on user-generated reviews of everything from the type of seats to the WiFi availability to entertainment options. This morning, Routehappy launched a new generation website with Meta search that matches its “Happiness Score” to a […]

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New Functionality Added to Delta App

January 11, 2013

I’ll be honest- when I heard that Delta was launching a new App today, I cringed because I still have not adjusted to their new and “improved” website. However, so far it seems like the app enhancements are actually net positives, though I haven’t had enough time to test it out to make final judgement. […]

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And The Winner of the Bose QC15 Headphones is…

March 23, 2012

Before taking off for Singapore, I posted about my top 10 travel products for long-haul flights and asked TPG readers to do the same for a chance to win a set of noise-canceling Bose QC15 headphones. Tons of you commented with great ideas, so we selected a random winner: Steve. Not only is his list […]

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My Top 10 Travel Products For Long-Haul Flights (And Bose Giveaway)

March 21, 2012

Yesterday I boarded the world’s longest commercial flight: Singapore Airlines Flight 21 from Newark to Singapore, which lasts an astonishing 18 hours and 40 minutes, practically an entire day up in the sky! In fact, due to the flight timing and time zone changes, I spend the entire Tuesday, March 20th in the air! The […]

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How to Minimize Time Spent on Hold With Airlines: Part 2

March 19, 2012

Last week I wrote about calling airlines’ international customer service centers to avoid long hold times when the US phone lines are jammed. This was topical because United’s phone lines have been swamped since they officially merged with Continental last week. Naively, I thought United’s phone lines wouldn’t be jammed up at midnight last night […]

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New and Improved Starwood Preferred Guest App

March 14, 2012

SPG just launched a new, snazzy updated version of their app today.  I’ve long preferred the SPG app over other hotel brands because it shows points activity as well as upcoming stays. In fact, if a hotel pre-upgrades me prior to arrival, I can usually pull up the stay details and see what type of […]

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Free Gogo Wifi on Delta Until Jan 2 Courtesy of eBay

December 13, 2011

It pains me to think of life before in-flight WiFi. As a full-time blogger, I can get so much done when I’m connected in the air, so I dread those long periods of time I have to fly Stone Age airlines that aren’t equipped with WiFi, essentially leaving all us flying in the dark. If […]

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Delta Adds Upgrade List Functionality to iPhone App

June 25, 2011

Delta has had an iPhone app for a while now, though they just added upgrade list functionality and so far so good. I am actually writing this post from the LAX SkyClub as I wait for my JFK flight and I’ve used the new feature and am impressed so far (though I’m not happy at […]

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Web Host Switch Today

May 14, 2011

I am switching to a dedicated web hosting server this weekend, so you may experience some hiccups with posting comments, but overall this should drastically speed up the site. In the past couple weeks I’ve gotten way too many “error connecting to the database” messages and several of you have emailed me about errors when […]

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Continental Makes Upgrades to Online Award Booking Engine

May 9, 2011 is one of the better airline sites for booking awards – it shows a decent amount of partner availability and it can put together some pretty robust, complicated trips. Historically, my three biggest gripes with it were 1) That it will sneakily book you into the wrong cabin of service 2) That international first class […]

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Quick Tech Update

April 22, 2011

I know my website was excruciatingly slow for many of you earlier this week, but the good news is that I’ve upgraded my web host, so it should be smooth sailing going forward. Thanks again for your understanding and if you ever have any suggestions on how I can improve my site, please feel free […]

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My Top 10 Long-haul Flight Survival Kit Items

April 18, 2011

It’s been a busy year for long-haul flights for me – so far I’ve been to Europe four times and South America once. Traveling, especially on a 6+ hour long flight, always takes a toll, but I’ve learned to minimize the effects by always traveling with a key set of products. My survival kit for […]

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