Johnny Jet recently got to attend the most exclusive lounge at LAX this week. It's $4,500 a year membership, plus $2,700 every time you use it. You get separate security, you have a private room, much like a hotel room, and you're even driven to the airplane for a backdoor entrance. It's designed for heads of state, business leaders, and celebrities. But they're about to do a deal with United Airlines, which will offer the same service for $375 per party.
Travel news this week is that Delta Airlines is cracking down on what they call "fake service animals." All too often, people are pretending that their dogs and cats are service animals, like a seeing eye dog would be, but for emotional support. Johnny Jet says that Delta is going to require proof with a note from the doctor that you need a service animal for it to be allowed on the plane.
Johnny Jet is back from traveling and he's feeling a bit jet lagged, but he believes that jet lag is a state of mind.
App of the week - FairFetch.com. It's an app for iOS and Android to help you find a good cheap fare. Input where, when and the price you want to pay. They'll then find the fare and book you. But once it's booked, there's no refund. If they can't find it, then you can try again at another price point. So it's like Priceline. It's also crowd worked.
Johnny Jet joins to talk about international data and says that T-Mobile really made it easier and more affordable by providing free international data over Edge. It's really changing everything.
Johnny Jet is fresh from a trip back east to attend the travel related "Freddy Awards." Alaska Airlines received top honors as the best airline. Meanwhile, United settled with Doctor Dow after they beat him and dragged him off the airplane. The settlement is undisclosed, but Johnny Jet guesses it was at least $10 million. The incident also prompted changes in their policies to bump passengers, including offering up to $10,000 to get you to give up your seat.
This week, Johnny Jet took a trip for the first time since his wife had their baby and he thought it was very weird. The news this week was that the FAA had banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on any flight, passenger or cargo.
Website of the week - oyster.com. This site has real photos of hotels all around the world with expert reviews, not perfectly coiffed and faked photos.
Johnny Jet is here to advise that beginning January 1st, travelers will be unable to add stamps to your passport. If you do, the entry will be denied. You will need to get them added by the US Department of state by sending in your passport to add them officially. Or, when you renew, choose the 52 page option at no extra charge.
This week's travel app - City Mapper for Android and iPhone.
Johnny's app recommendation is SkyZen. It was created by the International Air Transport Association, and supposedly helps with jet lag. It's supported by Jawbone, monitors your sleep patterns, tells you when to eat and what to eat, all to help you minimize jet lag.
The latest travel news: Luftanza is going to start charging a $25 fee if you book a ticket through a third party site. This has travel agents up in arms.
Tickets are $1600 to Europe round trip on British Airways and American Airlines right now.
United had a glitch this week selling business class tickets to Europe for $85, which they didn't honor, and people are outraged. Johnny agreed with United because it was a glitch that people were taking advantage of fraudulently. American Airlines is still selling fares to Europe for a dollar plus taxes and fuel surcharges. But they're doing it deliberately to compete with Norwegian Airlines.
This week's travel app - BestParking. It has the most convenient and cheapest places to park in 80 cities around the country.