New website - RoomerTravel. It's like Stubhub for hotel rooms. Great for when you book a hotel room that you can't get refunded. You can list it here and offer it to another party. The site takes 15%, but at least you're getting something back. If you still want to hang on to your hotel, you can always call the hotel and ask to reschedule your booking for another date. Then later, if you still need to, you can cancel the reservation.
Johnny Jet is in Alaska this weekend, going hiking. The airfares are so cheap from LA - $220, he couldn't resist a weekend getaway. But ironically, he's never been on an Alaskan cruise.
Website and app - Alaska Tour Saver, offers 2 for 1 deals after an initial membership of $100.
There's also FindYourPark.com. This year is the 100th anniversary of the national parks, and this site will tell you where the nearest national park is. Go now or just after school starts to avoid the rush.
New app - Tunity. Listen to the audio for any TV that's been muted. Great for being in lounges and bars where you can't really listen to the audio. iOS and Android. All you need to do is use your camera to sync with the video image and Tunity will give you the audio for it. You can even fine tune the sync.
Johnny was able to upgrade to a larger 777 for a tip to Florida this week thanks to his frequent flyer miles. That's why it pays to have a frequent flyer mile program, even if you don't fly all that much because they will give you perks for just being part of the program.
Johnny Jet took his dad to Kentucky to attend the Derby, about 100 yard short of the finish line.
App of the week - FILLD. It's like Uber for gas. If you need gas, they'll bring it to you for only a $5 service charge. It's available on Android and iOS. It's currently in testing in Silicon Valley, but there are plans to roll it out nationwide.
Johnny Jet is cruising in Portugal with his wife on the new Viking Sea. Large rooms. Great WiFi. This week's travel tip is to fly with JetSuite. It's a private jet charter service that will cost you as low as $109. And it flies out of local FBOs on the airport from Los Angeles and San Jose. They also fly to Las Vegas and will go to Bozeman, MT. Leo says it's Uber for Jets. They've also partnered with Jet Blue to earn miles.
Website - RoutePerfect. It will help you plan the perfect tip.
Johnny Jet and his wife traveled back to the US, and now his wife has a green card to stay in the US for as long as she wants. Which is important because she's going to have a baby!
Website for people who have mobility difficulties - ACComable. It's a listing of hotels, AirBnBs, canal boats, and other travel options that accomodate those with mobility issues.
Johnny Jet was recently up in Canada and while he was there, he took advantage of the weak Canadian dollar and went shopping for essentials. It's like getting 25% off.
Another travel tip - Sweden has its own telephone number which allows people to call a number and get a random Swede to talk to 24/7! Call 46771-SWEDEN. What a crazy travel tourism idea.
Johnny Jet says that airlines have been charging too much for multi city trips. He suggests paying for one way tickets to and from, because you'll save a bunch. At least price it out that way. Some cities are cheaper to fly round trip, so the message is to try different ways before you buy. Check Google Flights because they make it super easy to check different ways to book your flight.