Travel Technology

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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New TPG iPad Layout

April 8, 2011

I installed a new feature for iPad viewers today that should allow you to flip through like a magazine. Let me know if you like it or not- I think it’s kind of cool, but I guess I’m a little bit biased! Any feedback is appreciated. The funny thing is that I don’t even […]

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$100 Global Entry Fee Now Waived for Amex Platinum Card Members

April 5, 2011

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Have you ever gotten off a long international flight and then had to snake through a brutally slow line at US immigration? To me that’s worse than waiting in a security line upon arrival at the airport, […]

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Tracking Your Points With and 6 Months Free Premium Membership

March 29, 2011

I speak with people every day about miles and points and one of the questions I get asked most is, “How the heck do I manage a million different accounts?” Luckily, the answer is easy: get them all together in one place – In fact, once people pull all of their balances together in […]

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Using Skype to Save Money on Phone Calls When Traveling Abroad

March 28, 2011

As I wrote about in February, I got a Verizon iPhone the day it came out. I personally had horrendous service with AT&T and I haven’t regretted my decision at all. However, it has been a huge adjustment for me when traveling internationally since my Verizon iPhone doesn’t work and I haven’t gotten around to […]

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My Thoughts on Domestic Air Travel in Spain

March 13, 2011

I’ve been in Spain for the past couple days and while this  isn’t my first time,  I have to say I’m pretty impressed with their style of travel. The facilities at  at Madrid’s new Terminal 4 and at Barcelona, were stunning. Spacious and well-designed with lots of nice shops and restaurants. In both airports, there […]

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My Birthday Wish List

March 7, 2011

Today is my birthday and while I’ve already gotten myself a gift (a $260 roundtrip ticket to Madrid which I splurged and upgraded both directions, an Air Europa ticket to Barcelona, one night at Le Meridien Barcelona on points and two nights at the Westin Palace Madrid on cash and points), I thought I’d create […]

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Is the Verizon iPhone Good for Travelers?

February 17, 2011

As a New Yorker, I was elated to get rid of my AT&T iPhone. I had suffered from pitiful service: constant dropped calls, erratic data, no reception in elevators or underground, and the list goes on. The major drawback to the Verizon iPhone seems to be its inability to support data and voice usage at […]

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