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.
Johnny Jet is back from his Hawaii holiday, but only for a brief time. News came out that a kid created a service called Skip Lagged, which used the "hidden city" technique to get the best deal. But now he's being sued by airlines. The "hidden city" trick is to book a flight that has a stop, but your stop is actually where you want to go. So you simply don't show up for the connecting flight. But this means you'd have to fly with no checked bags.
Johnny is back in LA and wants to talk about the Jet Blue emergency landing. Johnny says it was huge over social media and he's been part of emergency landings. They can be scary. Johnny is going to be taking a British Airways safety course that teaches how to react during an emergency landing. Leo says he wants to do that and Johnny says he can sign up when he's in London.
Johnny Jet is back home, which is a rarity for him. Sometimes, Johnny feels he's more at home at a hotel room than actually at home. Regarding the Malaysia Airlines shoot down, Johnny Jet says he gets asked often how come commercial airlines don't come with anti-missile technology like Air Force One? Johnny says it's pretty simple ... the cost. It costs millions to outfit plane for counter measures as it does for the plane itself. He also says that the FAA doesn't allow US planes to fly over war zones, but unfortunately the European Aviation Authorities did.
Johnny is home for Memorial Day. Leo's going to Hawaii and wants to know if there's a good Luau to look into. Johnny says he's only been to the touristy ones and he's not impressed. A few deals - Priceline had a mistake this year and offering $130 trips to Asia via Europe through New York. Tickets to Turkey, Beijing, and since they're only one way, you'd have to pay full fare to come home. But a great deal. And Johnny says it's not required to honor the mistake, but they almost always do because it's a PR nightmare. Johnny will Tweet it after the show, so stay tuned.