This week's website is FareNess.com. Find the best deals according to date, airline, airport and other conditions. Johnny also says it pays to be flexible with when you fly, where you fly out of and into, etc. Always be shopping around. Johnny Jet says to set up a fare alert with the price you want to pay and get an email or text when the cost has reached that level.
Johnny Jet joins us to talk about a great app called Seateroo, where you can swap seat assignments with whoever is also on the site. It usually costs per seat, and the price ranges. Think of it as StubHub for airlines. Leo wonders how the airlines feel about it, and Johnny says it's so new that they haven't chimed in yet. Seataroo holds onto the money until after the flight and then makes the transfer if everyone is happy.
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.
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.
Johnny Jet is in studio today and is going to spend the entire second hour with Leo, answering your travel questions! Johnny says to try not to check a bag. When he travels, he tries not to check a bag at all. When you check a bag, you're stuck with your airline. Even a trip of two to three weeks can be managed with a carry on. You can just wash your clothes as you go. All you need to do is google a local laundry mat to find out. Some will even do it for you for less -- like $10 a load.
This week's website is FlyerMiler.com. It shows you the best mileage flights between two cities to use as little miles as possible. And it will tell you when those miles go up and down by date. A helpful free tool for maximizing your miles. Another site is Johnny's list of the best websites to go see the best foilage around in autumn.