Travel Site - Time.is. It tells you the exact time where you are, or where you want to go, from over 7 million different locations. It'll also tell you sunrise and sunset times.
Travel App - Washio. Available in six cities - Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and Washington DC. Just log in and order. They will come get your clothes, wash and press them, and return them. 15 lbs minimum. They will even dry clean it. Available for iOS and Android.
Johnny Jet is joining us from the LA Times Travel Show, where he's giving a speech on How to Travel like a Rock Star. He loved Leo's 360° videos with the Ricoh Theta S. Leo says it's really the best VR camera out right now for the consumer. Meanwhile, Leo is curious how he can be bumped off a plane for the aircraft being overweight. How do they weigh it? Since they were flying standby, could they have been bumped by seating of Gold members? Johnny says yes. There are perks to being an elite flyer and standby people are always the first to get bumped.
Johnny Jet rung in the new year in Hawaii this year, watching fireworks from the beach.
App - Great Little Place. This is a new app that shows references for great restaurants and other great little places for travelers to check out in 6 countries and over 100 cities. It's available in iOS, Android, Windows and even BlackBerry.
Today's Travel Site - TheUnpack.com This is ideal for travelers who are heading to cold areas, where you can rent cold weather clothing. These are from premium brands, and packages start at $40 for two days worth of clothing. They have packages for all seasons. It's available in NewYork and will be coming to Boston and Washington, DC.
Johnny Jet is here to advise that beginning January 1st, travelers will be unable to add stamps to your passport. If you do, the entry will be denied. You will need to get them added by the US Department of state by sending in your passport to add them officially. Or, when you renew, choose the 52 page option at no extra charge.
This week's travel app - City Mapper for Android and iPhone.
Johnny is in France right now and he's got a great rental apartment through a website called Paris Perfect. It's a gorgeous home for less than a hotel stay in Paris. Fully stocked kitchen and great bakery. Johnny doesn't know if he can go back to staying in a Parisian hotel.
Johnny got a free upgrade on a seat flying the day after Thanksgiving. JJ says that this is a great time to fly because most people are sticking around for a day or two after Thanksgiving. So there's plenty of seats on flights the day after.
Travel News - Marriot bought Starwood hotels, making it the largest hotel chain in the world. Johnny says that Starwood's rewards program is far superior than Marriots and hopefully they won't screw that up.
Travel tip - Clear your browser at check out. Sign out and Sign back in. It'll give you a lower price.
Connie has bought tickets to Alaska, but she's now in school and can't take the flight. What can she do? Johnny Jet says that airlines will charge Connie $200 per ticket to use it at a later date and they aren't likely to waive that fee. Travel insurance even wouldn't cover this. So Connie is probably out of luck. But one thing she can do is donate the tickets. That way she can at least get a tax deduction for them.