Johnny Jet has been home sick this week with a nasty cold. But he thinks that things are starting to improve again. 2.1 million went through TSA yesterday. The largest has been 2.9 million the Sunday before thanksgiving. So we're on track for a brisk holiday season. But the real challenge is going to be that TSA is only 40% vaccinated and the deadline looms. And that could mean a shortage of personnel once the deadline is passed. So get to the airport early. You can also use CLEAR to reserve a "fast pass" in line through January 18th.
This week's travel news - United has announced eight new routes to escape to ocean islands like the Azores.
Meanwhile, at Southwest, they've had to cancel thousands of flights due to a combination of factors. Some having to do with bad weather, but a lot of pilots had "blue flu" in protest of the vaccine mandates. But at the end of the day, Johnny Jet says that Southwest has just been too aggressive with their flight schedule and with the slightest delays, it's caused by missed flights and cancellations. Staff shortages are also causing problems.
Johnny Jet just got back from a stay at Terranea, a beautiful local resort about 30 minutes outside of Los Angeles. In Rancho Palos Verdes. Four pools. A water slide. Nelson's is a great restaurant with stunning views of the coast. It was a great drive. In travel news, Air Canada is giving elite travel status for a full year for anyone who goes on a single flight to Canada. TSA Precheck fees have been lowered to $70 a year, but you can get a global entry for $100, which includes TSA Precheck. So that's a better deal for international travelers.
Johnny is back from a desert getaway at a VRBO home. VRBO stands for Vacation Rental By Owner, but they go by "Verbo." They stayed at Anthony Bourdain's vacation house. They visited Palm Springs, Joshua Tree Forest, and Pioneer Ghost Town.
TSA Checkpoint numbers continue to rise, approaching 2019's pre-pandemic levels. The Netherlands has loosened restrictions. Vaccinated Americans don't have to quarantine now, and England is allowing vaccinated passengers in with an antigen test. So it pays to constantly keep checking back.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about how people are traveling in spite of the Delta Variant of COVID.
Johnny joins Leo to talk about why it may be a good idea to postpone (again) that trip to Hawaii because of the Delta variant. Mandates are not likely going to happen, but the reality is that they don't want you to come, and you won't get that Hawaiian experience anyway. And you'll have to be tested to get back into the intercontinental US. So Johnny says that 2021 is the year of the staycation. Stay home.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about the Florida couple who got arrested for trying to use fake covid vaccination cards to enter into the state. In other news, while the vaccine is the best option for combatting Covid, you may still get it. That's what happened to his dad. But he's recovering. In other news, Johnny says that the New Haven airport is a good option to avoid flying into New York, now that they're taking larger planes like 737s.
Johnny recently discovered his dad contracted Covid19, even though he was vaccinated. The good news is because he was vaccinated, the infection has been lighter than being unvaccinated. So being vaccinated is important, if for no other reason than it'll prevent Covid from being worse.
Johnny also says this is a good reason to keep some of your frequent flyer miles in an account for emergencies. Currently, you can get pretty good deals on using your FFMs on American Airlines at the last minute.