Johnny Jet just got back from New York after a conference, and he says that conferences are what he calls a "flu fest" because people are coming from all over the country, or even world, and they are sharing a closed space of an airplane with people who are sick. Now he's got the flu.
Johnny Jet is going to be speaking at the San Diego Travel Show next week, and the LA Travel Show in February.
Tip of the week - Southwest is offering a free companion pass all year if you apply for their credit card.
App of the week - AirMap. It provides situational awareness for drone pilots, so they don't get arrested for flying too close to restricted airspace.
Site of the week - FlightGiftcard.com. Flight gift cards for over 300- airlines. Expires in two years. Makes a great travel gift.
Deal - Scandavian Airlines - $452 Miami to Oslo, Norway
Johnny Jet says that traveling during the holidays is likely going to get you sick because of the weather, and because people are traveling sick and coughing in a closed airplane cabin. But in first class, it tends to be more germ free because it's cleaned more thoroughly, and there's fewer people in that section of the plane. He recommends bringing travel wipes.
This week's travel app is HeadSpace. It's a great way to relax and meditate when you're in a stressful situation like traveling. It's $12.99 a month.
Website of the week - WindFinder.com. Also available on iOS and Android. It uses 20,000 weather stations all over the world to let you know where the wind is, should you be flying, sailing, or even windsurfing.
Johnny Jet's favorite airplane is the 787. It's pretty nice. But the A380 is pretty nice. Problem is, Airbus planes tend to break down more often.
App of the Week - London Tube Map. Gives you an interactive experience to travel via the London Underground subway system. It will also send you alerts of delays and changes. Easy to use with step by step instructions. iOS and Android.
If you want to see the best foliage in the country, check out this fall folliage map. It shows you where all the foliage is, and when they are at their peak for the most amazing colors.
App of the week - My Aurora Forecast. Next month, the Northern Lights season begins, and this app will let you know when and where it's best to see them. You can even set alerts. Available on iOS and Android.
Leo tells Johnny Jet that he's impressed with just how good cruising is now thanks to technology. The Wi-Fi has gotten much faster and the pay service is getting more affordable. $30 for three hours, which you can stretch out by logging off when you're done and stopping the clock. Johnny Jet says that the new ships are smaller in space, because of all the technology. If you want space, you are better off cruising on the older ships.
App of the week - Slow Shutter Cam. It will allow you to create a longer exposure by merging several shorter exposures. Great in low light. Motion Blur. $1.99 iOS.
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.