Johnny is in France right now and he's got a great rental apartment through a website called Paris Perfect. It's a gorgeous home for less than a hotel stay in Paris. Fully stocked kitchen and great bakery. Johnny doesn't know if he can go back to staying in a Parisian hotel.
Johnny got a free upgrade on a seat flying the day after Thanksgiving. JJ says that this is a great time to fly because most people are sticking around for a day or two after Thanksgiving. So there's plenty of seats on flights the day after.
Travel News - Marriot bought Starwood hotels, making it the largest hotel chain in the world. Johnny says that Starwood's rewards program is far superior than Marriots and hopefully they won't screw that up.
Travel tip - Clear your browser at check out. Sign out and Sign back in. It'll give you a lower price.
Johnny Jet is in studio today and is going to spend the entire second hour with Leo, answering your travel questions! Johnny says to try not to check a bag. When he travels, he tries not to check a bag at all. When you check a bag, you're stuck with your airline. Even a trip of two to three weeks can be managed with a carry on. You can just wash your clothes as you go. All you need to do is google a local laundry mat to find out. Some will even do it for you for less -- like $10 a load.
In light of yesterday's terrorist attacks in Paris, Johnny wanted to talk about what to do if you find yourself in a country that is experiencing widespread terror attacks. What do you do if you're caught in the middle? Johnny has been in the area of an attack twice, Mumbai and in New York for 911. First ... try and remain calm. You will be able to think if you're calm. Stay safe.
Johnny just got back from TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) and had a great time. This week he's talking about getting cheap fares for holiday travel. It's not too late to get a great deal for the holidays if you try the following tricks including:
Johnny is cruising with Viking Cruises this week and he says that the Wi-Fi is really fast.
Website - Connectify.Me hotspot software. Download their software and you can share your Wi-Fi connection with your other devices. Buy Wi-Fi for your laptop and then you can share it with your tablet and your smartphone.
Johnny is joining us from Canada today and is talking about a new thing about FreeWiFi Networks to stay away from. Check out maps.skycure.com. You can type in anywhere in the world and you'll get a list via Google Maps of risky local Wi-Fi hotspots in your area. But Leo says that since the site offers software to download, it could be a bit sketchy. When in doubt, when traveling, connect via VPN. It's the safest way.
Johnny Jet just got back from his around the world trip with his wife, but he won't be home long before he goes around the world again! Johnny says sometimes it's cheaper to buy an around the world ticket if you're traveling half way around the world back. A great website is Great Circle Mapper, which helps you to plot out your around the world trip. It'll also tell you how many miles you will fly.
Johnny Jet says that mileage runs for traveling is out now, and most people are traveling to maintain their status or reach the next travel status level.
This week's travel website Quest Organizer. You can just put in where you're going and it will tell you where you can get a free layover. They also sort by lower price. Once you decide which one you want to go with, it then searches for flights for that combination.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to review his riverboat cruise down the Danube. Johnny says he likes river cruises because they're flat and slow and you stop in all the best places. Leo liked that when the cruise stopped, it was always down town, so you have access to everything locally.
App of the week - AirGrub. If you're traveling between Boston and San Francisco, you can log onto AirGrub, order and pay for delicious food for pick-up when traveling through airports, rather than deal with over priced airport food.