Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about how everything is opening up now, even in Vegas, where the casinos are all open. They are limiting the number of players at every table, but Johnny says that guests are not wearing masks, even though the employees are. Passengers traveling are also acting as the crisis has passed. Some airlines are enforcing social distancing guidelines and some aren't. The result is this week was the largest spike so far. American Airlines has double miles for tickets bought by Advantage members through September 30th. But Johnny says he's not taking the risk.
New travel restrictions are now in place for the UK and Ireland, but they haven't gone into effect yet. Johnny Jet also says this outbreak is going to hit the travel industry hard, and some airlines or cruise lines may not make it out the other end. Johnny says that right now is the best time to buy tickets for summer travel. Don't travel now, but by the summer, this will largely be over with. You can buy your tickets now for cheap, and even if you can't fly then, your purchase will be protected. Airlines will try really hard not to give your money back, but they may offer you credit.
With the Corona Virus outbreak, the question is, should you travel or just stay home? Conferences are canceling left and right, and even the Summer Olympics may be canceled. Even Johnny Jet himself is staying home from a few weeks, having canceled his round the world trip. Johnny says if you have kids, the right thing to do is to stay home. If you're elderly or have respiratory problems, stay home. Wash your hands frequently with soap. Only travel if you need to and bring along hand wipes and sanitizer. Should you use a face mask? Not really.
Johnny Jet joins us to talk about travel. Leo recently traveled to Las Vegas on the Train with the California Zephyr and it was amazing. Johnny Jet says that Amtrak is making a comeback because it's just as much as flying, but it's far more leisurely and enjoyable. App of the week - POLARSTEPS. It's a travel journal for your phone and uses your photos to create great photo books. Available for iOS and Google Play. And people can follow you.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about the best time of the holidays to travel, and after New Year's Day is ideal. Cheap fares Toronto to Singapore via London British Airways $1500 one way business class or $2500 round trip. You can fly to Hong Kong in business class for $500. LA to Bangock $494. Johnny Jet says to sign up for his newsletter, and other travel blog newsletters to find great deals. Go to TheFlightDeal.com. ScottsCheapFlights.com is another.
Johnny Jet was recently at LAX, and there's a terminal that houses an In and Out Burger, and it's become a prime spot to eat lunch and watch the planes land. Johnny also got a private tour of the Brady Bunch house in Studio City, which has been remodeled by HGTV to look like the set from the sitcom. The outdoor house looked nothing on the inside like the set, so HGTV created it. There's a picture of Johnny on the stairs in the house here - B2HCHSpFytI
Johnny Jet was at Disneyland this week and got to see Galaxy's Edge during a private event. Johnny Jet said that there was a 90-minute line to ride the Smuggler's Run ride. You need a reservation right now, but after June 23rd, you won't. Will open at Disney World August 29th.
If traveling to or staying in Istanbul, Turkey for a while, buy an affordable Motorola Moto G6 and use a Google Fi phone plan with it. It is only $10 for each gigabyte of data (until 6GB) and $20 per month for unlimited calls and texts. Leo used this combination when he went to Turkey and had a great, convenient time while enjoying the bridge country where the East (Asia) meets the West (Europe).
Johnny Jet is in Temecula for a little family getaway. The SuperBloom is underway in Southern California. Because of all the rain, there are California Poppies all over the mountains. Additionally, this week is the Painted Ladies butterfly migration from Mexico. So taking a drive through Southern California is a beautiful sight to see right now.
Big news in travel - The entire Boeing 737 Max has been taken out of service for a huge software fix.