This week, Johnny went back in the air, test flying with Avelo Airlines. What makes Avelo interesting is that they are charging nearly $20 for the ticket, but $10 for bags and $35 for carry-ons, and other fees. The idea is to make turnarounds quickly without loading extra bags, so they can turn a profit. They fly 15-year-old 737-800s and 129 of the 189 seats only have 29" of legroom, which is tight.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about his most recent flight, which he was forced to postpone because his Wife has had a bad reaction to her second vaccine. In other news, Johnny says that because rental cars are so limited in inventory and expensive, people are opting to rent an RV instead and use it instead of a hotel.
In travel news, it's practically impossible to rent a car these days, since during the pandemic, most rental car companies sold off a lot of their inventory. Now they are struggling to get cars to rent. Prices can be as high as $300 a day due to the demand and limited inventory right now. Tropical locations like Florida and Hawaii are huge for booking travel right now. There are set rules for visiting Hawaii. Check out GoHawaii.com and review them. Last thing you want is to travel to Hawaii and be refused entry or forced to quarantine for your entire stay.
Travel Tip - Krispy Kreme is offering a free donut every day until the end of the year to those who have been vaccinated. Meanwhile, Office Depot will also offer free lamination of your completed vaccination record after you've got all your shots.
Johnny Jet is traveling again for the first time in a year. It's a road trip to Santa Barbara, and he's staying at a "hideaway." The nice thing about Santa Barbara is that everyone is sensitive to wearing masks. And he's not alone. The TSA reports that there's been over a million traveling through airports for nine days in a row. So travel is making its way back. Hawaii is opening up. Kaui is opening on April 5th.
This week's travel tips -
1. Never leave anything of value in your car, especially if it'll be visible.
Johnny joins Leo to talk about how summer is coming and travel is roaring back to life. The big deal is if the vaccines will block variant Covid strains and if people will continue to follow mask protocols. Johnny hasn't been on a plane in over a year, and he's hopeful since the FAA is reporting the largest amount of air traffic since March of 2020. Internationally, it may take a bit longer. In addition to buying plane tickets, now is a good time to make car rental reservations for the summer.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about timing when booking a trip. Many airlines that offered vouchers last year when flights were canceled, well those vouchers are going to be expiring soon. So it's a good idea to check your expiration dates and then book a trip to use it or lose it. Then, if you can't travel because of restrictions, you can refund or rebook for a later date. The same is true with cruises. It's also important to remember that when traveling outside the country, you will need a negative covid test to return.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to report that the TSA is running over a million people a day through airports. So people are starting to travel again, especially those who have been vaccinated. Travel website traffic is on the rise as well, signaling that people want to travel and Spring and Summer of 2021 is going to be good, but that may cause a setback in the Fall as people put their guard down.
But the time to buy tickets is now, before March 31st, when the ticket change fees may return. So if you think you're going to travel this summer, get on it!
Johnny Jet says that there are dozens of great travel deals right now and no matter where you find them, he recommends going directly to the source to actually buy the airline ticket. You can use third parties to search but buy from the airlines directly. That way if there's another lockdown, you can be sure to get your money back with a minimum of hassle.
In other travel news, the TSA is hiring up to 6000 new agents. They're expecting summer to be a huge travel time after people get their vaccinations.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about Cabana.life. It's a company that offers tricked out travel vans with a touchless flair. You can rent their "mobile hotels" online and get 200 miles for the first night, and 100 miles each night after that. Fun for a nice weekend camping trip. It comes with all the amenities. So it's more like glamping. But it's pretty cool.