Johnny Jet recently got to attend the most exclusive lounge at LAX this week. It's $4,500 a year membership, plus $2,700 every time you use it. You get separate security, you have a private room, much like a hotel room, and you're even driven to the airplane for a backdoor entrance. It's designed for heads of state, business leaders, and celebrities. But they're about to do a deal with United Airlines, which will offer the same service for $375 per party.
Johnny Jet says that traveling during the holidays is likely going to get you sick because of the weather, and because people are traveling sick and coughing in a closed airplane cabin. But in first class, it tends to be more germ free because it's cleaned more thoroughly, and there's fewer people in that section of the plane. He recommends bringing travel wipes.
Johnny Jet says that the reported Marriott/Starwood hotel security breach really isn't the fault of Marriott since they bought Starwood after the security breach happened. But Johnny says that anyone who stayed at a Starwood hotel in 2014 really should be changing their passwords and monitoring their credit card activity.
Johnny is calling in from the Celebrity Edge cruise ship, where he's previewing the new ship. And it is posh! It has something called the "Magic Carpet," which is a section of the ship that goes up and down during the cruise, so passengers can have a different experience every day. There's also a rooftop garden.
Johnny Jet is in Connecticut for his dad's 90th birthday party.
This week's travel app is HeadSpace. It's a great way to relax and meditate when you're in a stressful situation like traveling. It's $12.99 a month.
Website of the week - WindFinder.com. Also available on iOS and Android. It uses 20,000 weather stations all over the world to let you know where the wind is, should you be flying, sailing, or even windsurfing.
Johnny Jet is finally back home after traveling to five countries over the last few weeks. Leo has a website recommendation this week: The Traveler Collective. Not only can you buy a ring for every country you've been to that you can put on a backpack or key ring, but a portion of that money goes towards giving grants to people who can't afford travel.
Travel Tip - When traveling overseas, always pay in local currency. If they ask if you'd like to pay in US dollars, you'll likely get charged a conversion fee with your credit card. Also. Let your bank know that you're traveling overseas. Also, pay using a credit card. Your debit card is no protected if the card gets stolen or hacked.
Another tip - use a VPN while traveling with your internet access. You'll actually save money by pretending you're in a different country and you're booking flights. Leo uses a travel router, which protects him overseas.
Johnny Jet's favorite airplane is the 787. It's pretty nice. But the A380 is pretty nice. Problem is, Airbus planes tend to break down more often.
App of the Week - London Tube Map. Gives you an interactive experience to travel via the London Underground subway system. It will also send you alerts of delays and changes. Easy to use with step by step instructions. iOS and Android.
There's a great new water park for kids with special needs. It's in San Antonio, TX and it's called Morgan's Wonderland. They're doing amazing things, like taking a wheelchair on a water slide, and they want to do the same thing with a zip line. Check out this article from Time Magazine for more on what they're doing.