TravelSmart Mobile App – Don’t Leave Home Without It!

TravelSmart Mobile App

Allianz Global Assistance, a leading provider of travel insurance and travel assistance, has launched an impressive and updated mobile app – TravelSmart™What’s so special about this travel app? As someone who travels often, I want to be confident that I have as much information as possible at my finger tips, especially if an emergency arises.

The cool thing is that this app is free and anyone can download it even if they don’t have a policy with Allianz. Be prepared for travel emergencies and get help fast with the TravelSmart app from Allianz Global Assistance.

So what makes TravelSmart better than other apps?

The TravelSmart app features a simpler and more intuitive user interface that gives you access to all the travel information you need like travel insurance details, claims status, flight status, and local emergency numbers – all from the app’s home screen.

In Case of Emergency

You can easily and quickly get help in case of a travel emergency. The TravelSmart Contact Us button on the home screen allows travelers to reach Allianz Global Assistance medical assistance or customer service from anywhere in the world with just the touch of a button. The app includes a global directory of medical facilities, police stations, and US Embassies, as well as expanded options to quickly get in touch with Allianz Global Assistance. If you happen to be an Allianz Travel Insurance policyholder, you can log in with your account information to get access to a full suite of policy management and claims filing capabilities.

For Policy Holders

Access to Allianz Travel Insurance policies including the ability to store policies in the app and access a policy from the app’s home screen so travelers can quickly access their travel insurance benefits.

File and Track Claims using the app to initiate a claim, update or add documents, select your preferred claim payment method or check the status of an existing claim. Customers can start their claims process on the go and select direct deposit or debit card payment to receive their payment faster than check by mail.

But you don’t have to be a policy holder to download and use the app because there is so much more the app can do for all travelers!

Flight Status Tracking

Real Time Flight Status Tracking allows app users to track their upcoming flight by adding a flight using the “My Trips” feature. Users can search upcoming flights from any itinerary on any airline, and add them to their trip with just a few taps. The app provides on-time status and gate information for flights departing within 3 days to help travelers prepare for the next leg of their trip. Easily add your upcoming flight(s) into TravelSmart using airport locations and dates, or by flight number and date.

Assistance Around Me

An Assistance Button on the home screen takes users to the “Assistance Around Me” database, which uses geolocation to direct travelers to local hospitals, doctor’s offices, pharmacies, police stations and U.S. Embassy locations and includes turn-by-turn directions. Allianz Global Assistance flags recommended hospitals within the app so travelers can identify vetted facilities quickly.

If you need to fill an emergency prescription overseas, TravelSmart gives you the universal name for more than 750 common medications so you can be confident you’re asking for the medication you need.

Emergency Numbers

Global Emergency Numbers from the Home Screen means travelers with enabled geolocation can dial the appropriate number for police, fire, rescue, and the US Embassy for over 200 countries in seconds.

Medication Information

A Medication Dictionary allows users to store a photo of their prescription label and find international names for more than 750 common drugs.  These features make refilling prescriptions faster and easier while traveling.

First Aid Help

A First Aid Terms Translation feature provides translations for 60+ illnesses, injuries and first aid needs into 18 common languages so that nothing gets lost in translation, especially in an emergency. Nothing gets lost in translation. Quick: How do you say “food poisoning” in Portuguese? Get 60+ first aid terms translated from English to 18 common foreign languages for easy reference if you need to communicate about your health while abroad.

The TravelSmart app is free and will be available in the App Store or on Google Play starting in mid-November. More information is available at www.allianztravelinsurance.com/travelsmart

I know I won’t be leaving home without TravelSmart!

This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated for my review. All opinions are my own.




Wine Delivered to Your Door from Winc Wine Club – #DrinkWinc

Winc Monthly Wine Club

Clink, Clink – Welcome to Winc!

Winc’s monthly wine club helps you discover new, high-quality wines that match your taste preferences.

Wine is one of the little simple pleasures in my life. Although I enjoy a glass every now and then, I don’t enjoy shopping for wine. Why? I’m not a wine expert. When I head to the store to buy a bottle, I stand there looking at hundreds of bottles of wine. Up and down the aisles. Not really sure what I’m looking at. Often times, I walk out with nothing or end up buying the same wine over and over again simply because I know what it tastes like. Winc believes that the experience of getting a great bottle of wine should be as simple as enjoying a glassful of good wine. Winc is not your traditional wine club.

Winc partners directly with vineyards and winemakers to bring you fantastic, small-batch wines from vineyards you may not have otherwise had the chance to explore. Each month they make recommendations for you that you can accept or change the selections.

Try Winc and you will get 3 fantastic bottles of wine delivered to your door each month for around $39 + $9 shipping. Order 4 or more bottles for free shipping. While it is a monthly wine club, you are in total control of shipments, so you can skip a shipment anytime and as often as you’d like. You can also send wine as a gift.

You can also see a short video on each bottle of wine you want that describes that wine’s tasting notes, where the grapes came from, and a little backstory about the wine maker. You can easily watch these videos on your smartphone by scanning the bar code on the bottle. Of course, there is no obligation to learn anything about the wine you’re drinking. You can just sit back, put your feet up and sip your wine!

The company has been perfecting how wine is made, distributed, perceived and purchased via their Palate Profile quiz that recommends wine based on your unique tastes. It takes the hassle and guesswork out of picking a bottle from your local liquor store and delivers the perfect bottle directly to your doorstep.

The website is super easy to navigate. What I like best is the fact that you can choose to have a selection sent monthly but you aren’t locked it. You can cancel or skip a month or two at any time. Plus, if you really don’t like a selection that was made for you – no problem – you won’t have to pay for it.

I filled out my Palate Profile and let Winc make the selections for me based on my profile. I was very happy with 3 of the 4 choices. My 4th choice didn’t thrill me only because I’m really not a huge fan of red wine, but my family enjoyed it so it was a win for me.

Your shipment arrives well packaged with each bottle secured well. I particularly like the sturdy handle on the box that makes taking your Winc with you to a get-together super easy! After each delivery, be sure to rate the wines that Winc sent to help them make better selections for your next order/shipment.

The Palate Profile quiz takes just a few minutes (6 questions). Based on the answers in your quiz, Winc recommends wines from their collection. You can change any of the recommendations to something you choose yourself or go with the choices that were made for you.

Winc Wine Club Member Benefits

  • Palate Profile – Answer 6 questions to help Winc assess your unique tastes.
  • Recommendations – Winc sends you wines specifically chosen to match your palate.
  • Rate your  wines to get better recommendations in the future.
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed – Never pay for a bottle you don’t like.
  • Flexible – You can skip a month any time, free of charge.
  • No Commitment – Simply call or live chat to cancel your account.
  • For every 10 wines you rate, you’ll receive $10 in credits.
  • Invite a friend to be a member and earn up to $26 in credits.
  • Order 4 bottles or more in a membership order to enjoy free shipping.
  •  Be aware – Someone must be at home to sign for the delivery – The box will not be left at your door or on your porch.

Special Offer From Winc

$22 Off Your First Month of Winc Wine – Winc offers 4 personalized wines each month. Bottles start at $13 each. What are you waiting for? Join WINC today – HERE

I was provided the product discounted or for free for purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.




Music Lovers Rejoice! Sonos One is the Smartest Speaker Around!

Dance like nobody’s watching and sing like nobody’s listening – All through the house with Sonos One – the smartest speaker around!

Sonos One Speaker Best Buy

Today’s busy world has us all looking for the easiest and quickest way to do things. Add in an easy and quick way to find the music you love to listen to and manage other aspects of everyday life – and BINGO! You’ll never want to be without Sonos again!

Do you want to start and control your music with your voice? Get ready for Sonos One! Sonos One is the smartest speaker there is – with Amazon Alexa built right in, you can play songs, check news and traffic, manage smart devices and enjoy all those other helpful Amazon Alexa skills using a single Sonos speaker. Sonos One blends great sound with Amazon Alexa, the easy-to-use voice service, for hands-free control of your music and more. Use your voice to play songs while you cook. Tell Alexa to turn the volume up while you’re in the shower. You can even request a lullaby, out loud, when you’re tucking in the kids.

Put your speaker wherever you want. Plug it in. Tap the app – it connects to your WiFi and you’re ready to rock. Just like that. No wires. No programming. No kidding. Sonos can play everything and anything! Perfect with the most popular streaming services, on-demand Internet radio, podcasts and audiobooks – anything you love to listen to. The Sonos app helps you quickly search through all your services, send it to different rooms, and even adjust the volume from a different room.

Since the built-in Alexa responds to any voice, anyone can take charge of what music plays. Guests can request their favorite songs in real-time. No matter who says it, Sonos plays it. With Sonos, the songs stream from your WiFi network (not your phone), so there’s never any of the dropouts, delays or interruptions associated with Bluetooth.

  • Combine voice with the Sonos app to manage all your music in one place: Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, internet radio and hundreds of other streaming services.
  • Connect wirelessly with other Sonos Home Sound System speakers to play music in any or every room
  • Enjoy surprisingly rich, room-filling sound from a smart speaker
  • Start and control your music with your voice. Amazon Alexa built right in.
  • Play songs, check news and traffic, manage smart devices and enjoy all those other helpful Amazon Alexa skills using a single Sonos speaker.
  • Seamless all-black or all-white color with smooth matte finish for an appearance that fits in any home.

This is definitely one of the most fun and easy to use gadgets we have gotten in our home. It’s so much more than just music and dancing and singing! Turn on lights, adjust the temperature, and more. Sonos One also lets you control your smart home devices with your voice – Since Sonos and Amazon Alexa are continually updating with new features, services and skills, your music and voice options will both keep getting better over time.

With Christmas right around the corner – why not give the gift of music from Best Buy and Sonos One! ($199.00).

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.




Change How You Charge with Help from Best Buy and Samsung

Samsung Rapid Chargers Best Buy

As someone who is always on the road, packing a bag or heading to a conference, one of the most difficult aspects of being ready all the time is keeping my phone charged and ready to take pictures and post to social media. Mid-day always seems to be an issue for me and I need chargers that are reliable and work with my Samsung phone without over-heating and without taking a super long time to get the job done. 

  • You don’t have to just use the cable and charger that came in the box with your phone, there are so many new ways to charge your phone
  • Samsung fast chargers allow you to charge your phone much quicker than a traditional charger, even while you’re using the phone
  • Samsung portable batteries allow you the freedom to charge anywhere you are – without being tethered to an outlet
  • Large assortment of charging accessories for every phone

Samsung fast chargers rapidly charge your devices up to 1.4x faster for select models*. The wireless charging system eliminates the cables and charges your compatible Galaxy device by simply placing it on the pad. (Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+ and later models – fast-speed charging; Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Qi-enabled devices – standard-speed charging.)

Samsung portable battery pack lets you recharge your device quickly, so you can talk, text and surf longer when you’re out and about.

You can save up to 20% on these Samsung charging devices at Best Buy now through November 4th. What are you waiting for? Get one today! Change the way you charge today – you will be glad you did! No one likes to run out of juice right in the middle of a perfect picture day!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.




Protect Your Home Devices with CUJO

Cujo Protect Home Devices

Traditionally all of your device security software, like antivirus or anti-malware, has been designed to protect only the device it is installed on. Today, with so many connected devices in our lives and in our homes, our personal lives are now on display through the networked home gadgets we use. Once connected to your router, CUJO smart firewall protects EVERYTHING! 90% of connected devices store some form of personal information and 70% of those are vulnerable to attack.

At over 60 years old, I’m a trial and error technology user, so was excited to see how seamless and easy CUJO is to set-up and use. It’s made for the average user to understand easily. You see every single thing on your network through your app. The installation is simple. Take the device and the included accessories (power cords and cables) out of the box, power CUJO up and then connect to your router. Download the app and follow the instructions (there were no printed instructions in the box). You can also find easy to understand instructions on the website. The step by step instructions on the app were easy to follow after opening an account and registering the CUJO device.

After connecting the CUJO it will be in standby mode until it is connected to your WiFi router. I will admit I did struggle a bit with these steps but I’m convinced it was more user error and not a difficult process since my kids were able to do it easily.

COST

Considering what the device does, I think the price is reasonable. You can purchase CUJO at electronic stores like Best Buy and on-line for around $249. The Parental Control features alone are worth the cost.

MAIN FEATURES

CUJO is a smart firewall for the connected home, designed to bring business-level security to the home network. This one device will secure all devices connecting to the WiFi router. CUJO detects and blocks malicious sites, viruses, and hacks. Think of it like antivirus for your entire network. Plus, CUJO lets you control what your kids access online and keep them safe.

  • Business Level Internet Security
  • Protects all devices in your home
  • Parental Controls
  • Connect to Router, Control with App
  • Blazing Fast

PARENTAL CONTROL FEATURES

  • parental control for all devices
  • internet filter
  • time limits
  • social media monitoring
  • pause internet
  • alerts and reporting
  • remote administration
  • user profiles and settings

PROS

  • CUJO goes beyond traditional security by combining firewall, antivirus, and malware typically found in separate devices.
  • CUJO is all encompassing. It secures your computers, phones, tablets, and smart home devices that require Internet access. 
  • With CUJO Parental Controls, you can finally control what your kids access online, set time limits, create schedules, and block sites.
  • The package includes a well designed mobile app that will block and then notify you of a threat or unwanted activity through the mobile app.
  • You can now see all devices on your network in one place and disconnect any that shouldn’t be there.
  • The device is small and you will always know you’re protected.

CONS

  • You must have an account and registration to use the app.
  • Depending on your home network, number of devices, etc., it could take quite a bit of time to set up so don’t start doing without enough of time set aside to finish the task.
  • When you receive an alert you have to go the app and take the steps to block the threat yourself.

I think CUJO is ideal for the connected family and home!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.