Johnny was able to upgrade to a larger 777 for a tip to Florida this week thanks to his frequent flyer miles. That's why it pays to have a frequent flyer mile program, even if you don't fly all that much because they will give you perks for just being part of the program.
This week's website - Tired of the long TSA lines? Check out I Hate the Wait. People are taking pictures of their TSA lines and posting them with the tag line #IHateTheWait. Airlines are even complaining about people missing their flights because of the TSA checkin. Johnny says that's why it's always best to get to the airport several hours in advance. Bring a book, check in unhurried and then wait. Also get TSA Precheck. But even that can be a 20 minute wait. The TSA gives suggested wait times, but it's not really that accurate.
Johnny Jet and his wife traveled back to the US, and now his wife has a green card to stay in the US for as long as she wants. Which is important because she's going to have a baby!
Website for people who have mobility difficulties - ACComable. It's a listing of hotels, AirBnBs, canal boats, and other travel options that accomodate those with mobility issues.
Johnny Jet was recently up in Canada and while he was there, he took advantage of the weak Canadian dollar and went shopping for essentials. It's like getting 25% off.
Another travel tip - Sweden has its own telephone number which allows people to call a number and get a random Swede to talk to 24/7! Call 46771-SWEDEN. What a crazy travel tourism idea.
Big doins! Johnny Jet and his wife are having a baby!
Johnny Jet was about 60 miles away from the Belgium attacks this week, but he says that terrorism shouldn't deter anyone from traveling. It only means that the thugs win if we do. If anything, we should travel more. Tip - Always use the bathroom on the terminal side of security. That way anyone in there has been searched.
Johnny Jet is preparing to go on a river cruise. River cruising is very slow and casual. Nice and relaxing. You don't have to worry about seasickness, either. The Wi-Fi is great and dining is casual.
New website: Cheap Air. They have a tool called When to Buy Flights. It searches 1.5 billion flights to show when the highs and lows are for buying flights. Johnny says that always analyzing and flexibility is key. Avoid prime time and holidays.
Travel Site - Time.is. It tells you the exact time where you are, or where you want to go, from over 7 million different locations. It'll also tell you sunrise and sunset times.
Travel App - Washio. Available in six cities - Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and Washington DC. Just log in and order. They will come get your clothes, wash and press them, and return them. 15 lbs minimum. They will even dry clean it. Available for iOS and Android.
Sandy hears that airlines can raise the price of a ticket if she doesn't buy it right away. Leo says that's true. Browsing an airline will put a "cookie" in the browser which will save the information and the site will then see she's been there and raise the cost. Leo recommends clearing her cookies, or better yet, browse in incognito or private mode. That way she's always looking with "fresh eyes" and they don't know who she is until she's ready to check out.
Johnny Jet joins us to talk about a great app called Seateroo, where you can swap seat assignments with whoever is also on the site. It usually costs per seat, and the price ranges. Think of it as StubHub for airlines. Leo wonders how the airlines feel about it, and Johnny says it's so new that they haven't chimed in yet. Seataroo holds onto the money until after the flight and then makes the transfer if everyone is happy.