Delta has added automatic checkin to its mobile app, including downloading the boarding pass to your phone. But Johnny Jet says that sometimes it doesn't work so it always pays to have a printed backup, or you'll have to wait until everyone boards before they let you on. Delta also says that the best time for booking holiday travel is coming up within the next few weeks. So if you want to fly for Thanksgiving, buy by Nov. 1st. Sometimes you don't want to buy too far in advance because it can be very expensive.
Johnny Jet is back from traveling and he's feeling a bit jet lagged, but he believes that jet lag is a state of mind.
App of the week - FairFetch.com. It's an app for iOS and Android to help you find a good cheap fare. Input where, when and the price you want to pay. They'll then find the fare and book you. But once it's booked, there's no refund. If they can't find it, then you can try again at another price point. So it's like Priceline. It's also crowd worked.
Johnny says that if you fly a lot, enough to gain frequent flyer miles, it's best to stick with a single airline that you can build miles with. But if you fly infrequently, then shop around for the best deal when you do. He also says that if you get asked if you want to upgrade to "premium economy," it's a big scam. Johnny also says that airlines are now charging for gate check-in of luggage at $25 a bag or more. They'll also charge you to print your boarding pass.
Travel tip of the week - Bring a snack. You never know if the plane is going to be delayed.
Johnny Jet is in Texas for the opening of the NFL at Cowboys Stadium, plus he's going to a Rangers game as well. There, he found out that ballpark nachos were invented at Arlington Stadium. With Hurricane Irma bearing down, Johnny has put together some great information on resources. Check it out here - http://www.johnnyjet.com/hurricane-irma-travel-resource-page/.
Travel Tip of the week - Follow the top chefs in the country and see where they're dining. Create a Twitter list of them. Then, when you are going to a city where there's a popular chef, you can see where they're going to eat. Then go to that restaurant for a great dining experience. Thanks to the chatroom, here's a great list of the 100 top chefs.
Leo doesn't understand why people are rude while traveling. Johnny says that people are in a hurry, especially if their flights are delayed and they have to make a connection. But it doesn't make it right.
Travel Tip of the week - If you're flying on Monday, the solar eclipse could do severe damage to your eyes if you look at it from the plane. So make sure you have the right glasses, or simply pull down the shade of your window. There is a special flight that's going to chase the eclipse across the United States and they'll be providing proper glasses for the experience.
There's a new service called "Solve" available at 500 airports world wide and will act as your airport concierge when traveling. They will meet you at the front door, walk you through security and customs, and will get you to your connection in time. It's $290 per visit, or $145 each for two. Johnny says he wouldn't use it for departures, just arrival and transferring. That's where it's worth the money. But Leo says it can add up from airport to airport.
In the US, get Precheck, Global Entry or Clear.
Website of the Week - The cheapest place to find a rental car is AutoSlash. You can get a quote that is based on membership in organizations or club memberships to get better discounts. If you book, it'll keep pricing out every day until the price drops and then they will rebook you until you leave. You can also forward your existing reservation to them and they will track it for a better deal.