Johnny Jet is in a big beef with Air Canada after they canceled his flight and refuses to give him a refund. In fact, the Department of Transportation had to announce again that airlines are required to refund the money within 7 days of cancellation. Airlines are also starting to see more activity this week and are now starting to take passenger's temperatures before allowing them to board. In Hong Kong, they tracking passenger movements to be sure they haven't been exposed.
Johnny Jet says that during the outbreak, American Airlines has been one of the best airlines in helping refund canceled flight fares to their customers. United, by contrast, had to be forced by the DOT to start refunding fares. They are being sued, along with Air Canada, for only offering travel credits. Check out his article - My Experience Calling 5 Different Airlines for Refunds.
For the holidays, Johnny thought he'd share some of his travel tips for holiday travel. 1) The Sonic Bomb. This is a device that is guaranteed to take you up. It will literally shake the bed and is ideal for the hard of hearing or those who are heavy sleepers. 2) Membership to First Class Flyer by Mr. Upgrade. It's $100-300, but it's a great newsletter for learning how to get upgrades. If you travel a lot, this newsletter is for you. 3)
Johnny Jet flew his dad out to California so he could meet his granddaughter. Travel tip, when you are flying business class, check before you buy if there are seats available for upgrading. Johnny recommends expertflyer.com. Here are Johnny's thoughts on why this site is worth paying to subscribe to http://www.johnnyjet.com/guide-expert-flyer-membership/. Another tip - When possible book a bulkhead seat. You get extra legroom.
Website of the week - TryAirPair.com ... get an AuPair to travel with you to help care for your kids.
App of the week - Dark Sky. You can go back into time and see what the weather and sky were like any time from the present to the past. iOS and Android.
App of the week ... Waze has new audio voice features including the Cookie Monster. If you're on a road trip with kids, they'll get a kick out of it.
Travel Tip of the Week.... take a trip with your fiance before you get married. You don't want to ruin your honeymoon without an understanding how your potential spouse reacts while traveling.
Website of the week - ResortFeeChecker. Find out what your hotel's resort fees are, and what they cover.
Johnny Jet got back into the air this week, after a 2-month break for the birth of his second child. Flying on American, Johnny Jet says that the airline company has terrible management and only pays their flight crews when the door has been closed. Travel Tip - Bring a bag of chocolate for the flight crew. They'll appreciate it.