Website of the week: TravelCar.com. This gets you free airport parking and 70% off rental cars at the airport. How does it work? You leave your car with them, and then they rent your car while you're gone. It's great for a second hand car. Comes with $1 million of liability insurance. For people who travel a lot, this is a bargain because a lot of times, it doesn't get rented. And you get paid for every mile driven. It just launched at LAX. There are apps on iOS and Android.
Johnny has two websites to share this week. First is Airline Checkins. This automatically checks you in as soon as it opens, giving you the best possible choice of seating. Ideal for first come, first served airlines like Southwest.
The next website is Clear. This prescreens you and allows you to cut the TSA pre-line. It's now in LA and costs $15 a month.
App of the week - Airport Sherpa. Launching next week, Airport Sherpa is your personal concierge at the airport. You can get food delivered, camera batteries or SD cards, anything you leave behind. Rates start at $3.99. It's only on iOS right now and starts up next week at Baltimore and Washington Airport.
Johnny Jet says that he made a big mistake when renting a car recently because he forgot to request a toll tag when renting a car. He didn't know you could, so it was a new tip he learned. If you're planning on renting a car for a trip, always request a toll tag so you don't have to pay the tolls while traveling — or so you won't get a ticket.
Johnny Jet is back and he took his newborn son on his first plane trip last week. He got a stroller/turned carseat that transforms at the touch of a button. Johnny says that it's not really safe to fly with the baby in your arms, and you should buy a baby their own seat and use a car seat.
Website of the week: Johnny Jet says that cruise experts say that the best time to buy a cruise is 12-18 months in advance or 6-7 weeks before sailing. Check out CruiseCompete.com for the best rate. They send your cruise requests to travel agents and cruise lines to bid on, and you can get deals and upgrades that you can't find anywhere else.
Johnny Jet is fresh from a trip back east to attend the travel related "Freddy Awards." Alaska Airlines received top honors as the best airline. Meanwhile, United settled with Doctor Dow after they beat him and dragged him off the airplane. The settlement is undisclosed, but Johnny Jet guesses it was at least $10 million. The incident also prompted changes in their policies to bump passengers, including offering up to $10,000 to get you to give up your seat.
Leo says that he's decided not to go to Cuba because of the political situation around the world. Johnny says that issue isn't really in Cuba, especially for media people. It's more the infrastructure. There isn't any Wi-Fi, and the hotels are old and very expensive.
Johnny Jet wants to talk about the United Airlines fiasco and he says that there is a lot of misinformation going around about what happened. The Captain has the power to remove anyone from his plane, and that's how it should be. But Leo says that United made the mistake of bumping a passenger after they got on the plane and settled in. They should have done it before boarding. It was also not a United flight. It was Republic Airways, a subsidiary. In the end, it was bad customer relations and United is paying for it.