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.
Deal of the week - San Francisco to Hong Kong $359 round trip - sign up for Johnny Jet's newsletter to keep up to date on the latest deals.
San Francisco to Honolulu $99 Round trip.
Johnny Jet says that as we move into the fall, prices will drop on "leisure class," while business class goes up. But if you have elite status on your airline account, you can usually get a free upgrade.
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.