Johnny is home these days, taking a vacation from traveling. Right now, you can go from LA to Miami last minute for $165 on American. Great deal.
Johnny Jet joins Leo in studio this week and his app of the week is the New York City Subway MTA Map App, a great free resource for getting around the city. It's has a countdown clock to the latest train coming, but can also help one get around the city. Leo says that the Google Maps app is also really good because it has added rapid transit information. Free on iOS and Android.
Website of the week - Forma Migratoria Múltiple . If you're traveling to Mexico, you can fill out your forms ahead of time and upload them to the Mexican government. Another option is Global Entry. There's also an app called Mobile Passport that will help expedite entry into the country by uploading your official information and bypass the entry line.
Johnny Jet says that it's a good idea to sign up for fare alerts with all your favorite airlines and to use Google Flights to see how often the prices change. Don't buy too far in advance, but don't buy at the last minute either. You usually want to book between 14 and 21 days in advance. You should also look at alternate airports. Often you can save over a hundred dollars or more by going with an alternate airport. Add a stop, too. Sometimes there is a huge difference on a one stop flight, especially if you're flying as a family.
Before Johnny became a world traveler, he was afraid to fly. He got over it. Now there's an app called TurbCast, which can warn you that turbulence is coming before it hits. British Airways also has a course about turbulence that includes simulator time for people to get over their fear of flying.
App of the week - iTranslate Voice. translates in over 40 different languages.
Also Brightly. It's a photo app for brightening up your photos.
Gadget of the week - SkyRoam. Similar to WiFi, but with twice the battery life. 4G/LTE. $8 a day for service. $140 to buy.
Travel Treat - Potato Farm. It's like In and Out fries, but in chip form. Yummy.
Travel Site of the week - Japan has a great service where you can get a guide to take you around Japan. Japan travel site, Japan.Travel (English site), and look for Volunteer Guides. All you need to do is pay their expenses.
Travel App of the Week - Quake Feed. iOS only. Gives you up to date information on the latest earthquake activity. Leo says that there's a new app in BETA called Quake Alert, which can give you an early warning that's about to hit.
Site of the week - Luggage Hero. This helps you find a place to store your bags during a long layover. Other luggage storage services include Nanny Bag and Stasher. More can be found on Johnny Jet's article here.
App of the week - GRAB>. If you're in SouthEast Asia, and you need a ride, Grab is what you need.
App of the week - JNTO, Japanese National Tour Organization app. If you're going to Japan, you need this app. It will help you prepare for your trip, tell you what you can and cannot bring into the country (Tylenol is a no no), and it will help you with the language gap.
Gadget of the week - Arctic Abaco plugin USB fan.
Johnny Jet says that United putting a dog in the overhead bin, where the dog died, should not have happened. If you think that a flight attendant is wrong in saying that's OK, you have the right to question it and ask to speak to the pilot. But Leo says that is a good way to get you kicked off the flight.