There's a great new water park for kids with special needs. It's in San Antonio, TX and it's called Morgan's Wonderland. They're doing amazing things like figuring out how to take a wheelchair on a water slide, and they want to do the same thing with a zip line. Check out this article from Time Magazine - http://time.com/collection/worlds-greatest-places-2018/5366674/morgans-i...
Rich was complaining that he has had problems booking airlines and hotels through a third party site. Johnny Jet says that third party sites can cause issues and having a person like a travel agent to deal with them can always be helpful. It also helps to be nice to gate agents when flying. Always be looking at your flights and seat assignments to be sure that there are no changes that they don't tell you about.
The new buzz word for what Johnny Jet does, is "travel influencer," but Johnny Jet considers himself a travel enthusiast and publisher.
Website of the week - BlueRibbonBags.com. It's travel insurance for your luggage. It comes with an app that updates you when your bags have been loaded, unloaded, and arrived at luggage pickup. It's only $5 a piece. If your bag is missing after four days, they will send you a check for $1,000. No questions asked.
Lately, Johnny Jet has been frustrated with Uber and Lyft drivers that are late, and have no room to stow his luggage. So he's starting to use Blacklane. It's about two to three times more expensive, but it's more of a limo service with professional drivers. It's all around the world and they use roomy cars. They show up early and wait for you, not the other way around. And you can use your phone to order it.
Travel Tip of the Week - Wear your backpack in the front of you when you're walking around. There are a lot of pickpockets who can get into your backpack without you knowing it, but if you wear the pack in the front, they can't get to it.
Website of the Week - US State Department Travel Advisories: Information for the country your visiting. It'll include scams, problem places, and other travel advisories. And also read Canada's, Great Britain's, and even Australia's.
Leo wanted tips traveling to Barcelona. Johnny Jet says go to Park Güell. That's a must. But unfortunately, they charge for it now, so bring cash. He also recommends wearing a Scott E Vest. They're's tons of pockets and you can bring just about anything with you. If you have keys or cameras, put a TILE GPS tracker on it.
Gentle WakeUp has a new app code - JOHNNYJET gets you $20 off and opens up some free studs. Android only.
App of the week - Gentle WakeUp, Sleep Alarm Clock and Sunrise. $9.99, but with the coupon code WakeUp2604, you can get it for $1.99. Great alarm clock. Sadly, it's Android only.
Tip of the Week - When you need to get up on time, order room service. That way you are guaranteed to get up and you'll have breakfast waiting for you.
Johnny Jet is in Miami again to visit dad and he says you can get a great deal on American: LA to Miami to San Juan Puerto Rico for $349 right now, with a lying flat seat. It's a great deal.
Tip of the Week - If you have no rush in getting where you're going, go to the gate agent and ask if the flight is oversold and volunteer to take another flight. Be nice about it too, and they may pay you.
Johnny Jet just returned from a working vacation to Hawaii. He says that a good way to handle business trips is to extend your trip by a few days and bring the family. The term is called "Bleasure."
How can you get into the great airport lounges? Johnny says if you have a good credit card, it'll get you in. But the app Lounge Buddy is an app that will tell you what lounges will allow you to access them on a day pass basis.
Johnny Jet is in Kuai Hawaii and he has a fun tip. If you fly around the Islands on Hawaiian Airlines, you can ask to play the ukulele. Every plane has one. Makes a great photo.
Deal - $379 round tip to Hawaii right now for travel in September. Alaska Airlines DC to Hawaii is around $500. Great deals to Australia - American SF to Sydney, $746 round trip. Sign up for Johnny Jet's newsletter for details, or follow him on Twitter!