Travel Tip of the week - Johnny Jet has learned from his doctor that you have a better chance of catching the flu while flying this time of year, about 1000x greater. So it's best to avoid flying right now. And Johnny says rather than canceling your flight outright and paying the cancel/rebooking fee, try waiting until the last minute and see if the plane is delayed or rescheduled, and then you're more likely to get a full refund with no cancelation fee. It's like playing chicken, but Johnny has been canceling tickets a lot lately and it works. You just have to time it right.
This week's website .... Award Hacker. It let's you figure out how to use frequent flyer miles, and what programs work best.
This week's app ... Memrise. How to learn a language while you're playing a game. iOS and Android. Learn five new words a day.
Travel Tip of the week - If there's a weather issue like a snowstorm or volcano, and you can't get through to your airline call center, jump on skype and call the international number. You'll likely be put right through.
Johnny was invited to a new event by Uber, launching their new Visa card. It's the only credit card you can actually apply for in the app itself. What makes the Uber Visa interesting is that it has no annual fee, and has up to 4% cash back on food, travel, and online purchases.
Johnny Jet is back from traveling and he's feeling a bit jet lagged, but he believes that jet lag is a state of mind.
App of the week - FairFetch.com. It's an app for iOS and Android to help you find a good cheap fare. Input where, when and the price you want to pay. They'll then find the fare and book you. But once it's booked, there's no refund. If they can't find it, then you can try again at another price point. So it's like Priceline. It's also crowd worked.
Johnny says that if you fly a lot, enough to gain frequent flyer miles, it's best to stick with a single airline that you can build miles with. But if you fly infrequently, then shop around for the best deal when you do. He also says that if you get asked if you want to upgrade to "premium economy," it's a big scam. Johnny also says that airlines are now charging for gate check-in of luggage at $25 a bag or more. They'll also charge you to print your boarding pass.
Travel tip of the week - Bring a snack. You never know if the plane is going to be delayed.
Johnny Jet is in Texas for the opening of the NFL at Cowboys Stadium, plus he's going to a Rangers game as well. There, he found out that ballpark nachos were invented at Arlington Stadium. With Hurricane Irma bearing down, Johnny has put together some great information on resources. Check it out here - http://www.johnnyjet.com/hurricane-irma-travel-resource-page/.
Travel Tip of the week - Follow the top chefs in the country and see where they're dining. Create a Twitter list of them. Then, when you are going to a city where there's a popular chef, you can see where they're going to eat. Then go to that restaurant for a great dining experience. Thanks to the chatroom, here's a great list of the 100 top chefs.
Website of the Week - The cheapest place to find a rental car is AutoSlash. You can get a quote that is based on membership in organizations or club memberships to get better discounts. If you book, it'll keep pricing out every day until the price drops and then they will rebook you until you leave. You can also forward your existing reservation to them and they will track it for a better deal.
When you have newborns and you're traveling, Johnny recommends bringing your car seat along. You will have to pay for a seat, obviously, but it's worth it safety wise. Always ask if there's an empty row or seat and maybe they won't charge you.
The most expensive day to fly this summer is July 9th, the Sunday after the 4th of July. Sundays are always traditionally more expensive to travel, while Tuesday and Wednesday are the cheapest.