Travel Tip of the month - Don't buy your Thanksgiving travel tickets too early. According to HipMonk, October 1st is the best day to buy your tickets to travel for the holidays. Get flight alerts from FareCompare.com, SkipLagged.com and Google Flights. Johnny says you won't get the best fares on the Wednesday before or the Sunday after the holiday, so it's better not to wait to book those.
Johnny Jet just flew in from the East Coast and now he's starting to slow down his travel time since his wife is about to have a baby. Johnny says that if you want to fly first class or business class, do it early. Check out FirstClassFlyer.com. For tips on how to get great deals on flying first class. It costs about $100 a year for the newsletter, but if you can book a first class flight for less, it could pay for itself the first ticket you book.
This week's website - Tired of the long TSA lines? Check out I Hate the Wait. People are taking pictures of their TSA lines and posting them with the tag line #IHateTheWait. Airlines are even complaining about people missing their flights because of the TSA checkin. Johnny says that's why it's always best to get to the airport several hours in advance. Bring a book, check in unhurried and then wait. Also get TSA Precheck. But even that can be a 20 minute wait. The TSA gives suggested wait times, but it's not really that accurate.
Johnny Jet was recently up in Canada and while he was there, he took advantage of the weak Canadian dollar and went shopping for essentials. It's like getting 25% off.
Another travel tip - Sweden has its own telephone number which allows people to call a number and get a random Swede to talk to 24/7! Call 46771-SWEDEN. What a crazy travel tourism idea.
Sandy hears that airlines can raise the price of a ticket if she doesn't buy it right away. Leo says that's true. Browsing an airline will put a "cookie" in the browser which will save the information and the site will then see she's been there and raise the cost. Leo recommends clearing her cookies, or better yet, browse in incognito or private mode. That way she's always looking with "fresh eyes" and they don't know who she is until she's ready to check out.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to review his riverboat cruise down the Danube. Johnny says he likes river cruises because they're flat and slow and you stop in all the best places. Leo liked that when the cruise stopped, it was always down town, so you have access to everything locally.
App of the week - AirGrub. If you're traveling between Boston and San Francisco, you can log onto AirGrub, order and pay for delicious food for pick-up when traveling through airports, rather than deal with over priced airport food.
This week's website ... Clever Layover. It enables you to do a search for an affordable last minute ticket. According to Clever Layover, the average user saves $200. But you have to be careful because they usually are low fare airlines that nickle and dime you to death with fees.
Another website ... Adioso. Perfect site to search for destinations where you don't really know where you want to go.
Deal of the week - LA to Bangkock $599 on China Airlines. Check out JohnnyJet.com for details.
This week, Johnny is river cruisin' in Germany and he calls in video using a 5G phone. How does a river cruise compare to an ocean cruise? Johnny says that river cruises are the biggest thing right now. There are hundreds of ships going down rivers and it can be a traffic problem in the future, especially in the summer. There's no worry about sinking, you don't get sea sick, and you usually have cell service the entire way. It's a great way to cruise. Another great benefit is that you can rent a bicycle from the ship to go anywhere when docked.
Johnny Jet has been traveling in Europe and he's been using local SIMs and his MiFi. But his MiFi hasn't been working too well. He got his from CellularAbroad.com. They use local cell phone data and Johnny says it's worked in all but two countries. It's $24.95 a day for unlimited data.
Website: Hotelsbyday.com. It's ideal for a long layover, usually from 10am-7pm, when you don't need to stay overnight.
Johnny Jet is at South by SouthWest in Austin, a conference/festival that covers Movies, Music, and Software. It's where Twitter was launched. Johnny is there with TripIt to talk about travel. There's a new app called Silvercar. It's a car rental app that allows you to rent a brand new Audi 4. You scan a QR code on the car with the app, it opens the car, and you're ready to roll. No waiting in lines. Free Wi-Fi, Free Satellite Radio, Free toll tags. Free fill up of gas at cost plus $5.