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 GoogleFlights.com. And you won't get the best fares on the Wednesday before or the Sunday after. You can save up to 50% by going a day earlier either way. Leave Tuesday before and Friday After. Also consider the hidden city trick.
Lately, Johnny Jet has been frustrated with Uber and Lyft drivers that are late, and have no room to stow his luggage. So he's starting to use Blacklane. It's about two to three times more expensive, but it's more of a limo service with professional drivers. It's all around the world and they use roomy cars. They show up early and wait for you, not the other way around. And you can use your phone to order it.
App of the week - Gentle WakeUp, Sleep Alarm Clock and Sunrise. $9.99, but with the coupon code WakeUp2604, you can get it for $1.99. Great alarm clock. Sadly, it's Android only.
Tip of the Week - When you need to get up on time, order room service. That way you are guaranteed to get up and you'll have breakfast waiting for you.
Today's travel tip: if you're going to a country for a long term vacation, get a local SIM to save money on international data roaming fees. Head over to PrepaidwithData. It will tell you everything from what phones work best where, what SIM card to get, and how much it'll cost. You'll also want to be sure you've had your smartphone unlocked.
Mike wants to know what he needs to use his iPad on Wi-Fi. Leo says that any iPad will work on Wi-Fi. If he has LTE, however, he could use it anywhere. But for Wi-Fi, a regular iPad will work just fine. Since Mike is traveling internationally, Leo recommends also getting a MiFi card, which he can put a local SIM in for Wi-Fi. But since Mike is in the US Virgin Islands, international data roaming won't be an issue. Leo recommends getting an AT&T carrier version of the iPad. Leo likes the iPad Mini for traveling.
Mike is a commercial pilot and he called in to talk about Johnny Jet's tweet about mist in the airplane cabin. Mike says that airplane mist happens a lot in humid climates when the cold air from the airplane's AC meets the warm air of the cabin. It's very normal, and only happens when the plane is at the gate and hooked up to an air conditioner to keep boarding passengers cool.
Johnny Jet says that while some airports may have a town name in it, they could be up to 50 miles away. Orlando-Sanford Airport is one such example. It's 50 miles away from Orlando. So you have to be aware that while you may get a deal to fly, you may have to pay more in the long run to travel from the airport to your actual destination. Also, use Google Flights to check and book your flights. They offer tips on how to save on airfare.
Johnny Jet had to cancel his current trip because he's been under the weather.
Website of the week - Real Doctor's Report uses real time data from over 1 million doctor's offices in the US to keep track of what outbreaks are happening. Very accurate. There's also an app so you can keep track on the road.
Travel Tip of the week - Johnny Jet has learned from his doctor that you have a better chance of catching the flu while flying this time of year, about 1000x greater. So it's best to avoid flying right now. And Johnny says rather than canceling your flight outright and paying the cancel/rebooking fee, try waiting until the last minute and see if the plane is delayed or rescheduled, and then you're more likely to get a full refund with no cancelation fee. It's like playing chicken, but Johnny has been canceling tickets a lot lately and it works. You just have to time it right.
This week's website .... Award Hacker. It let's you figure out how to use frequent flyer miles, and what programs work best.
This week's app ... Memrise. How to learn a language while you're playing a game. iOS and Android. Learn five new words a day.
Travel Tip of the week - If there's a weather issue like a snowstorm or volcano, and you can't get through to your airline call center, jump on skype and call the international number. You'll likely be put right through.