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.
Johnny Jet's son Jack is about to take his first flight, and it requires a passport. How exciting!
The latest on travel ban: Four government subsidized airlines flying from the middle east cannot bring electronic devices, other than a phone, in the cabin. All other gear must be checked when flying into the United States because of concerns of terrorism. Delta, American and United, on the other hand, aren't subject to this ban. Johnny Jet says business travelers like himself get their work done on those long flights, so the ban is going to be problematic.
App of the week - ZocDoc. When you need a doctor, this app can find you one anywhere in the US and let you know if they take your insurance. You can even make an appointment through the app.
Site of the week - On the Snow. If you love skiing, this is the site for you. Sign up for the powder alert newsletter, see snow totals, and see webcams.
Travel Tip of the week - Keep a photocopy and a scan of your passport. You can keep it up on Evernote.
This week's website .... Award Hacker. It let's you figure out how to use frequent flyer miles, and what programs work best.
This week's app ... Memrise. How to learn a language while you're playing a game. iOS and Android. Learn five new words a day.
Travel Tip of the week - If there's a weather issue like a snowstorm or volcano, and you can't get through to your airline call center, jump on skype and call the international number. You'll likely be put right through.
Fly from the US to Ireland on Norwegian Airlines for $65 one way from New York. That doesn't include bag fees though. If you can travel lightly, it can be a great deal, just make sure to read the fare rules. The devil is in the details.
Website of the week - The Earth Awaits. If you want to live overseas, this will tell you where you can live according to your budget.
Travel Deal of the Week: Singapore Airlines is offering round trip from LA to Tokyo for $1900 business class. Hong Kong $592 Coach.
Site of the week: Human trafficking has become a serious issue around the world, with over 24 million living in slavery worldwide. So airlines are starting to train their staff to look for tell tale signs that human trafficking is using airlines to transport children for human trafficking. Check out this website - AirlineAMB.Org.