Website of the day: Flight Aware. This site will tell you how often a flight is on time and how long the trip actually is. Johnny says to stay away from regional jets during the holidays. They have different rules, and Johnny says they aren't as safe as major carriers. Even flying out of regional or smaller airports, you can usually get a flight on a major carrier.
The busiest airport in the world is Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta. Atlanta is a major hub and they have planes taking off and landing every 30 seconds.
October is Plan a Cruise Month, with good deals on cruises. The best place to go is to a cruise agent. This is a specialist who books cruises. Cruise specialists often cruise themselves and have great insights on where to go at your destination and what are the best cruises. Also, check out CruiseCritic.com. They have great last minute deals at up to 85% off.
Johnny Jet says that when you're traveling and need Wi-Fi, one hack is to walk into the lounge and request a day pass, then look around for a sign that offers the Wi-Fi password. If you don't buy the day pass, at least you have free Wi-Fi. Check out this website that offers websites for all Wi-Fi passwords in airports around the world. Or use a service provider that allows free overseas data like T-Mobile. Google Fi is also another option.
Travel App of the Week - Photocard. Take pictures and then have them printed and sent to friends. Leo says that PhotoCard is the best for printing. The quality is 5x7 lamented. The creator Bill Atkinson is a professional photographer and he wanted the images to be professional grade. $1.50 to send inside the US, $2.25 outside the US. Email them for free. There's also some great help videos for the more advanced features and they're done by Leo! There's also PosterGram, which is similar. .99 each.
Another App - Cozy Family. It's a simple family organizer.
Johnny Jet says that Global Entry has gotten so popular that it's almost as long as the regular TSA lines. The next best thing is Mobile Passport by the US Government. It's an app for iOS and Android that allows you to have your passport data in your mobile phone -- and it's free. Once you land, you turn on your phone and hit submit on the phone and you have four hours to clear through customs. It's a great alternative and cuts down on the waiting times.
Johnny Jet says that Google has a new site called Google Arts and Culture which has street views of our national parks. Leo says it's like going on a virtual vacation.
App - Soothe on Demand Massage. It's a massage delivered to you within an hour, and it's legit. Book by the hour. Couples massages and prenatal massages as well. Apps for Android/iOS.
This week's website - HostelZ.com. This lists 46,000 hostels in 7,000 cities. It's the Kayak of Hostels.
This week's App - All Set Now. This is dining for people who don't have time to eat out. It's partnered with 200 restaurants in San Francisco and New York. You order and pay for your meal and then tell them when you're coming. They'll seat you and bring out your meal right away. It's available on Android/iOS.
Johnny Jet just got back home but there's insane deals out right now to Switzerland and Japan that's making him want to take off again.
Johnny and his wife are in Minnesota for a "destination baby shower" at the Mall of America. With over 500 shops and two hotels, it's a huge place to go shopping.
Can a home insurance company offer travel insurance? Johnny isn't sure, but your credit card may offer travel insurance as a proof of membership. Another good insurance option is "cancel anytime insurance." This will give you the option of having to cancel your trip and get reimbursed.
Johnny says that the US has banned all Turkish Airlines traffic into the US because on top of the attempted coup, passengers have been able to board without being screened. Johnny says that if you're left stranded, you can try and have your ticket reissued through one of Turkish Airlines' partner airlines. Absent that, you'll eventually get a refund on your ticket, so you can buy another ticket with a discount airline to get you out of Turkey. Or you can take a boat to Greece, or even a train. The best thing to do if you're trapped in Turkey is to lay low.