Johnny Jet is preparing to go on a river cruise. River cruising is very slow and casual. Nice and relaxing. You don't have to worry about seasickness, either. The Wi-Fi is great and dining is casual.
New website: Cheap Air. They have a tool called When to Buy Flights. It searches 1.5 billion flights to show when the highs and lows are for buying flights. Johnny says that always analyzing and flexibility is key. Avoid prime time and holidays.
Johnny Jet had to fly sick this week coming back Washington DC. He tried to change his ticket and the airlines said that he'd have to pay nearly $1,000 to rebook. This is why he has an annual flight insurance policy, so that if he has to miss his flight, he'd be covered. It costs him $440 a year and it covers hotels, doctor visits, etc. It's well worth it if you travel a lot. But you need to read the fine print to be sure it gives you a cancel anytime option.
Johnny is in Washington DC this week.
This week's travel app - StayConnect. This app allows you to pair your mobile device with your hotel room TV. By using the code found on your TV’s main menu and connecting your device, you’ll able to:
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.
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.