Johnny just came back from speaking at a conference in Carnegie Hall, which is a really cool experience. Johnny's son Jack got sick and he used a website called Baby Doctor in New York, who came to check on him at the hotel. $250. And then the doctor texted for follow ups all night long. It's a great site for families on vacation.
Another cool website - PeerSpace.com. It's AirBnB for events, so you can book events all over the world.
Fall is a great time to visit back east because all the foliage is turning into beautiful reds, oranges and yellows. Johnny Jet is in New York and enjoying the turning of the foliage in Central Park.
Delta has added automatic checkin to its mobile app, including downloading the boarding pass to your phone. But Johnny Jet says that sometimes it doesn't work so it always pays to have a printed backup, or you'll have to wait until everyone boards before they let you on. Delta also says that the best time for booking holiday travel is coming up within the next few weeks. So if you want to fly for Thanksgiving, buy by Nov. 1st. Sometimes you don't want to buy too far in advance because it can be very expensive.
Johnny Jet is back from traveling and he's feeling a bit jet lagged, but he believes that jet lag is a state of mind.
App of the week - FairFetch.com. It's an app for iOS and Android to help you find a good cheap fare. Input where, when and the price you want to pay. They'll then find the fare and book you. But once it's booked, there's no refund. If they can't find it, then you can try again at another price point. So it's like Priceline. It's also crowd worked.
Johnny says that if you fly a lot, enough to gain frequent flyer miles, it's best to stick with a single airline that you can build miles with. But if you fly infrequently, then shop around for the best deal when you do. He also says that if you get asked if you want to upgrade to "premium economy," it's a big scam. Johnny also says that airlines are now charging for gate check-in of luggage at $25 a bag or more. They'll also charge you to print your boarding pass.
Travel tip of the week - Bring a snack. You never know if the plane is going to be delayed.
Website of the week - driveshare.com. If you want to drive a classic hot rod, or a car you've always wanted, check out DriveShare. You can even find a show car like one you saw on TV. You can even list your car for rent. So it's kinda like Air BnB for cars.
Another great site - Smokey Mountains Fall Foliage Prediction Map
Travel Tip of the week - Follow the top chefs in the country and see where they're dining. Create a Twitter list of them. Then, when you are going to a city where there's a popular chef, you can see where they're going to eat. Then go to that restaurant for a great dining experience. Thanks to the chatroom, here's a great list of the 100 top chefs.
Leo doesn't understand why people are rude while traveling. Johnny says that people are in a hurry, especially if their flights are delayed and they have to make a connection. But it doesn't make it right.
Travel Tip of the week - If you're flying on Monday, the solar eclipse could do severe damage to your eyes if you look at it from the plane. So make sure you have the right glasses, or simply pull down the shade of your window. There is a special flight that's going to chase the eclipse across the United States and they'll be providing proper glasses for the experience.
Johnny Jet says never to drink the tap water on an airplane. 1/3 often fail the standards for water safety. Always choose unopened bottles of water. Flight attendants don't drink the water, and neither should you. Carry an empty bottle of water and fill it up from the water fountain. Or freeze a bottle of water and bring it. TSA will let you bring it along.
Travel site of the week - RideCabin.com. It's a bus you can sleep on while traveling between San Francisco and New York. It's the first moving hotel. $115 one way.