Johnny Jet says that the best thing he's ever done is go on a hot air balloon safari. It's amazing to soar over the Sarenghetti looking at the animals from on high.
Johnny Jet was supposed to fly out today, but his flight was delayed. Fortunately, I had alerts from his airline, and TripIt Pro in order to get notified. He was also able to rebook through Dallas in Business Class for almost the cost of coach. He used miles, though. Johnny also recommends renting your car through Costco Travel. The prices will drop as you get closer to your travel date, and you can always cancel and rebook. But stay away from the prepay guarantee. That locks your rate in.
Leo wants to give Johnny Jet a report on using the Shaka Guide and Gypsy Guide apps while in Hawaii. Leo wasn't thrilled with the Shaka Guide, and the Gypsy Guide was a bit "cutsie." But Leo says that both were helpful with a lot of local information. In areas where you're driving around sightseeing, the Gypsy Guide is like having a guy in the back seat telling you where to go.
Johnny Jet's App of the week - RunPee. An app that will tell you when you can take a pee break in a movie. Available for iOS and Android.
App of the week - Mapless Walking Directions. Walking directions based on a simple arrow. For iOS and is only $2.99
Website of the week - Expert Flyer, It will send you a seat alert when your preferred seating opens up for the flight you want. First is free, and 99 cents for each one after that. It will also show you blocked seats.
Hawaiian Airlines has been rated the number one airline for being on time ... AGAIN. They are on time 88% of the time.
Website - Atlas Obscurra. Nearly 16,000 obscure and strange travel destinations.
Johnny Jet is delivering a travel speech in Dallas this week - his fifth in three months!
App of the week - Shaka Guide. There are four different narrated tours for driving around Hawaii. Another version - the GPSy Guide. iOS and Android. $3.99-9.99, all over the US. As you drive, the app picks up your GPS and gives you a tour of where you are at. Plus, you don't need a cellular connection to use it. Leo is going to use them and compare.
Johnny Jet is calling from San Jose, where he's speaking at the Santa Clara Travel & Adventure Show. App of the week - Mapless Walking Directions. You can input where you want to go and it'll give you an arrow where to head. Ideal for walking directions.
Johnny Jet is in Temecula for a little family getaway. The SuperBloom is underway in Southern California. Because of all the rain, there are California Poppies all over the mountains. Additionally, this week is the Painted Ladies butterfly migration from Mexico. So taking a drive through Southern California is a beautiful sight to see right now.
Big news in travel - The entire Boeing 737 Max has been taken out of service for a huge software fix.
A great site for cheap flights is TravelGam. It shows the cheapest weekend to visit in an eight-month period. He's not a fan of the booking sites they partner with, though, so go straight to the airline or another booking site like Travelocity, Kayak, or Expedia to actually book your flight. If travelling to NY, there is a website that shows all the New York construction in all five boroughs. Check it out here - https://www.johnnyjet.com/nyc-construction-project-map.
To find a cheap deal, you really need to do your homework. Flyertalk.com under the mileage tab will usually yield some of the best deals in travel. But there are apps that can do it.
Jetto. You can get one deal for free, but it's $6.99 a month.
Google Flights is another one, which will give you a travel alert.
YapDa will send you an alert when the price dips below a set price.
Check out Johnny's 17 Ways to Find Cheap Flights.