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.
Johnny Jet is in Canada for Christmas. Here's his quick seating tip for holiday travel. When you can't get seated together, here's your best chances for getting people to move so you can: Offer your aisle or window seat. And if you have to sit together, try bribing someone.
Johnny's tip of the week is to search for a single fare first if you're looking for multiple fares. If you search for four tickets, you'll pay a higher rate. So search for one, and then when checking out, change it to the number of tickets you need. You won't pay more. Or if there's a limited number, buy the cheaper fares first, and then go with the other fares for the number of fares you have left. That way you'll at least save some money.
Johnny stops by, and recommends checking out the Pager app. It provides for a doctor making housecalls. $49 first visit. $199 for second. Only in New York right now, but the plan is to roll out nationwide.
Johnny Jet says that travel has Black Friday deals as well, and he has a list of all the deals going on right now for both airlines and cruises. Check out his list at JohnnyJet.com.
Johnny recommends checking out Flytographer. You can hire a professional photographer to travel around with you. $250 for a 30 minute shoot. They're in 120 cities worldwide.