Johnny Jet is calling from San Jose, where he's speaking at the Santa Clara Travel & Adventure Show. App of the week - Mapless Walking Directions. You can input where you want to go and it'll give you an arrow where to head. Ideal for walking directions.
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.
A great site for cheap flights is TravelGam. It shows the cheapest weekend to visit in an eight-month period. He's not a fan of the booking sites they partner with, though, so go straight to the airline or another booking site like Travelocity, Kayak, or Expedia to actually book your flight. If travelling to NY, there is a website that shows all the New York construction in all five boroughs. Check it out here - https://www.johnnyjet.com/nyc-construction-project-map.
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.
Johnny Jet recently booked a hotel in New York City using Hotel Tonight, from the plane using WiFi. Johnny Jet believes you can get a great deal buying hotels at the last minute. And Hotel Tonight offers daily deals. But be aware of resort fees, or "urban city fees," especially for Marriott and Starwood hotels. Some want up to $45 resort fee.
This week, Johnny wants to talk about turbulence. Different people deal with it in different ways. His wife sleeps through it. He can't. Leo says he sleeps during it as well. Johnny also says some people like turbulence.
Johnny Jet visited the huge Italian eating experience known as Eataly. Leo loves that place and even went to the one in Las Vegas.
Deals - New to LA $582. Virgin. Qantas - Dallas to Sydney $787. $545 Phoenix to Melbourne. NY to Tokyo $650. There are deals everywhere and it's a great time to book your travel. It's summertime down under.
App of the week - Canadian Version of the myTSA app. It's called CATSA Breeze Through Security Mobile App. Free on iOS and Android.
Johnny Jet just got back from New York after a conference, and he says that conferences are what he calls a "flu fest" because people are coming from all over the country, or even world, and they are sharing a closed space of an airplane with people who are sick. Now he's got the flu.
Johnny Jet is going to be speaking at the San Diego Travel Show next week, and the LA Travel Show in February.
Tip of the week - Southwest is offering a free companion pass all year if you apply for their credit card.
Websites of the Week - LAX Traffic Alerts. Here's a tip to save time getting into LAX. If someone is dropping you off (not Lyft or Uber), ask them to drop them off at the Arrivals level. Another option is to be picked up at Terminal 7, no matter what terminal your airplane arrives at. Just walk over there.
SWIMPLY. A pool sharing site where you can rent a swimming pool, by the hour or day. You can also list your pool for rent.