This week, Johnny is river cruisin' in Germany and he calls in video using a 5G phone. How does a river cruise compare to an ocean cruise? Johnny says that river cruises are the biggest thing right now. There are hundreds of ships going down rivers and it can be a traffic problem in the future, especially in the summer. There's no worry about sinking, you don't get sea sick, and you usually have cell service the entire way. It's a great way to cruise. Another great benefit is that you can rent a bicycle from the ship to go anywhere when docked.
Johnny Jet has been traveling in Europe and he's been using local SIMs and his MiFi. But his MiFi hasn't been working too well. He got his from CellularAbroad.com. They use local cell phone data and Johnny says it's worked in all but two countries. It's $24.95 a day for unlimited data.
Website: Hotelsbyday.com. It's ideal for a long layover, usually from 10am-7pm, when you don't need to stay overnight.
Johnny is calling in from Lake Louise in Banff, Canada today. Johnny has been Periscoping and Meerkating and he likes it, especially because they don't record it. It's like Snapchat for video. This week's travel tips:
Apps - GasGuru. It shows gas prices all around the country, and is easy to use. You can get the best price, and it's great for road trips. Available in iOS and Android.
Johnny Jet is at South by SouthWest in Austin, a conference/festival that covers Movies, Music, and Software. It's where Twitter was launched. Johnny is there with TripIt to talk about travel. There's a new app called Silvercar. It's a car rental app that allows you to rent a brand new Audi 4. You scan a QR code on the car with the app, it opens the car, and you're ready to roll. No waiting in lines. Free Wi-Fi, Free Satellite Radio, Free toll tags. Free fill up of gas at cost plus $5.
United had a glitch this week selling business class tickets to Europe for $85, which they didn't honor, and people are outraged. Johnny agreed with United because it was a glitch that people were taking advantage of fraudulently. American Airlines is still selling fares to Europe for a dollar plus taxes and fuel surcharges. But they're doing it deliberately to compete with Norwegian Airlines.
This week's travel app - BestParking. It has the most convenient and cheapest places to park in 80 cities around the country.
Johnny Jet is with us from the NY Times Travel Show back east, where he's talking about travel and offering tips.
Johnny Jet is back from his Hawaii holiday, but only for a brief time. News came out that a kid created a service called Skip Lagged, which used the "hidden city" technique to get the best deal. But now he's being sued by airlines. The "hidden city" trick is to book a flight that has a stop, but your stop is actually where you want to go. So you simply don't show up for the connecting flight. But this means you'd have to fly with no checked bags.
Johnny Jet run in the New Year by slumming it in the Hawaiian islands. Leo wants to know what Johnny thinks about hotels blocking WiFi and Cellphone signals to force them to use paid WiFi.Marriott says it's because of "security reasons," but it's apparent because they want to protect the $15 a day or more charge for crappy WiFi. Johnny says it's BS. He's a fan of Marriott, but he's totally against that. Leo says he thinks they'll eventually back down. If people are legally tethering they shouldn't be blocked.