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.
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.
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 is in Connecticut for his dad's 90th birthday party.
Tip of the week: You can save money traveling to Europe by flying to a secondary city. But you have to pack light or you'll get socked by extra baggage fees. You can fly into Milan, instead of Rome, and then take the train and save thousands. Go to Google Flights and put in your departure city. Then you'll get a map that shows you different destinations and prices. Kayak does it too. Also plan to leave plenty of time in between flights. Even spend the night. Another great flight is Fly 4 Free.
Website of the week: Johnny Jet says that cruise experts say that the best time to buy a cruise is 12-18 months in advance or 6-7 weeks before sailing. Check out CruiseCompete.com for the best rate. They send your cruise requests to travel agents and cruise lines to bid on, and you can get deals and upgrades that you can't find anywhere else.
Word on the street is that employees on British Airways are threatening to strike over Christmas, and if they do, it will pay to have a backup plan.
The Wynn Las Vegas is planning to put the Amazon Echo in all 4900 rooms. The Marriott was the first to do it. The future seems to be voice activation.
Travel App of the week - PassportBooth for Android and iOS. It has tips on how to take your own passport photos with your smartphone, print them, or send them to a local printer to print.
Hotelpower.com is a new website that promises up to 25-75% off Internet rates (based on rack rates). Leo says it seems like hotel rates are getting really expensive. Johnny says yes, rates are high right now, especially heading into the holidays, so it pays to shop around. And Hotelpower.com has the potential to offer tremendous savings.
Johnny Jet is in Cambodia this week and he says that they require fresh US dollars to pay not only for your visa, but also cab fare. If they're torn, they won't accept them. Leo says that if he's only traveling for a week or less, they just stay at one site and see it all, rather than try and waste time traveling around the countryside.
Cathay Pacific Round Trip Boston to Hong Kong - $750.
New York to Copehagen - $363 round trip luggage or food not included. Available in November. Check out JohnnyJet.com for details.