Johnny Jet's Travel Blog

Travel blog featuring best travel sites, travel deals, travel guides, effective travel tips, daily stories with up-to-date travel information, travel pictures, travel webcams. For more, visit my travel portal, www.johnnyjet.com.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Where In The World Is Matt Lauer?

Where In The World Is Matt Lauer?
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24359232/
I don’t watch much TV but each year, the one thing I never want to miss is the one-week period when The Today Show’s Matt Lauer takes to the skies on his yearly jaunt around the world. In just five days, he travels as much as I do in a month! Now that’s incredible and I admire his stamina ... though, let’s not forget that he’s being whisked around in a private jet. This week, I’m out of the country too so I’m not watching from home but rather I’m tuning in on my computer using Slingbox or online at MSNBC.com. You can too!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: PowerOfTravel.org/Statistics

PowerOfTravel.org/Statistics
Have you ever wanted to know how many jobs the travel industry creates? This website created by the Travel Industry Association (TIA) shows the spending, tax revenues and number of jobs generated by travel in the country. You can also find this same information for a particular state or even your congressional district. It also has information about inbound travel from key markets with the latest statistics and most important trends in international travel to the U.S., including arrivals and spending. There’s also a section for the travel industry, including international travel promotion, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and the Visa Waiver Program.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

NEWS ALERT: Eos Airlines has filed for bankruptcy

As predicted, Eos Airlines has filed for bankruptcy and is ceasing all flights after today. It’s a sad day because Eos was one of my favorite airlines. Here’s the link to my Story and Video from my trip to London a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, Eos won’t be the only airline ceasing operations this year and possibly even this week. With such high jet fuel prices, they just can’t compete.


Friday, April 25, 2008

Weekly News Roundup for JohnnyJet.com

Here’s a roundup of news stories that JohnnyJet.com was recently mentioned in. So I figured we might as well toot our own horn, if that’s okay! This week, we received some great press ... from blogs to major network news stories. It all began with Anita Dunham-Potter’s story Cruise-onomics: 12 money-saving tips on MSNBC. Then, our buddy Max Hartshorne blogged about us on AirportParkingReservations.com. Arlene Fleming from About.com also blogged about one of our deals and Lori Rackl from the Chicago Sun Times featured us as one of the "Six must-have web sites for savvy travelers". I know it’s not as glamorous as two weeks ago when we were featured twice on ABC News, then on WGN Radio and in Travel + Leisure Magazine but it was still a fantastic week! Thank you for all the support!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

VIDEO OF THE DAY: The Long Drive

Check out my buddy Phil Keoghan, host of The Amazing Race, as he putts (that’s right, putts) a golf ball 107 miles across Scotland on a four-day journey. Why? Because, he says, it's a good way to meet the people of Scotland!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: NewGlobalAirline.com

NewGlobalAirline.com
With all the recent talk about the Delta and Northwest merger, you might be interested to see the website the two airlines have put together: NewGlobalAirline.com. You would think that the largest airline in the world (if the deal goes through), would be able to come up with a better URL but there’s slim pickins’ out there … and I’m not selling JohnnyJet.com! Also, check out an even better website from Bloomberg News to learn more about Delta, Northwest and the other two giants likely to merge … United and USAirways. This site also has information on everything from hubs, CEOs, financials and U.S. rankings to information on fleets, employees, alliances and frequent flier miles.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: iSubwayMaps.com

iSubwayMaps.com
For all of you with an iPhone, iPod or iPod Nano, I’m sure you will appreciate this handy site. At iSubwayMaps.com, you can download city subway maps for a variety of international destinations: Berlin, Bilbao, Boston, Chicago, Hong, Kong, London, Los, Angeles, Melbourne, Milan, Montréal, Moscow, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, San, Diego, San, Francisco, Seoul, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington, DC . One caveat: Not all downloads are available so don’t make yourself crazy.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Boo! United is raising the ticket change fee to $150, re-instates the dreaded Saturday night stay.

You knew this was just waiting to happen but the airlines need to combat the high fuel costs. Reuters is reporting that United Airlines will be hiking the ticket change fee from $100 to $150. Ouch! In addition they will be bringing back the old dreaded Saturday night stay requirement for cheap tickets where they compete head-to-head with other legacy carriers. It’s going to affect 65% of their market. Now, that’s going to hurt and you know the other major carriers are going to follow so it will definitely impact business travelers. Who the heck wants to be away from their family on weekends?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

TRAVEL VIDEO OF THE DAY: Japan Commuter Train

Back in September, I showed a YouTube video of a completely packed commuter train in Mumbai, India. Well, here’s another video of a commuter train that I think was taken in Japan. Check it out and let me know which one you would rather go on -- I’ll see if I can arrange it.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

WEBSITE(S) OF THE DAY: Travel Goods Show

Today we don’t just have one Website of the Day but 10! That’s because I recently attended the Travel Goods Show in San Diego. It’s the world’s largest trade show for travel goods, with more than 40,000 products being showcased. Walking the floor, I discovered all kinds of fascinating new or improved gadgets. Here are some that stood out: The 1st Class Sleeper, The Neck Rest, The Plane Clean Air Filter, Wordlock, SeatKase (use voucher code johnnyjet for free shipping!) and these cool laundry/shampoo/conditioner/soap sheets that are the size of breath fresheners. But my two favorites were the travel rest pillow (here’s the website) and Lug Buddy. The latter is essentially a bungee cord that makes toting a duffle bag on top of your roller a cinch (see picture above). I’m also glad I went because my carry-on luggage is on its last leg and the good folks over at Eagle Creek have kindly offered to send me some luggage samples so I can test them out. I’ll be sure to let you know what I think!

Monday, April 14, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: VoteHelp.org

VoteHelp.org
This website isn’t directly travel related but obviously, the next president of the United States is going to impact our travels in one way or another. If you’re confused about your choices or feel that the media is swaying your vote, here’s a cool site that asks questions about what policies are important to you. After you’ve answered, it tells you in rank order which candidate best matches your views. You can answer 10 questions and get your results or keep going and answer all 25. This service isn’t funded by any party; it’s a nonpartisan candidate calculator.

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: VoteHelp.org

VoteHelp.org
This website isn’t directly travel related but obviously, the next president of the United States is going to impact our travels in one way or another. If you’re confused about your choices or feel that the media is swaying your vote, here’s a cool site that asks questions about what policies are important to you. After you’ve answered, it tells you in rank order which candidate best matches your views. You can answer 10 questions and get your results or keep going and answer all 25. This service isn’t funded by any party; it’s a nonpartisan candidate calculator.

Friday, April 11, 2008

FRONTIER AIRLINES CONTINUING NORMAL OPERATIONS FOLLOWING CHAPTER 11 FILING

Yikes! I would be wary of purchasing any tickets on these guys in the near future.
Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc. filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, in the Southern District of New York. This action followed an unexpected attempt by Frontier's principal credit card processor to substantially increase a "hold-back" of customer receipts, which threatened to severely impact Frontier's liquidity. Frontier Airlines intends to continue normal business operations throughout its reorganization process. Specifically, we expect to continue to:
- Operate our full schedule of flights; - Honor tickets and reservations and provide refunds and exchanges per our standard policy; - Maintain our EarlyReturns frequent flyer program and other award-winning customer service programs; - Provide employee wages and benefits without interruption; and - Pay suppliers for goods and services received during the reorganization process.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: EverNote.com

EverNote.com
I recently downloaded Google Desktop as a handy tool to help me track down websites or emails, without having to sift through all my files. And this week's website complements Google Desktop nicely. Evernote.com allows you to easily capture information in any environment, using whatever device or platform you have (PC or Mac). It’s sort of like clipping articles from magazines except that there are no scissors involved and you’re "clipping" web pages instead of paper. It saves you time, not to mention it’s better for the environment! Click here to see a video demonstration.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: SelectWisely.com

SelectWisely.com
My cousin Dennis has food allergies and it’s a serious problem for him, especially when he travels overseas. If you have food allergies, too, you’ll be interested in this site. Making sure that the server/chef at a restaurant knows exactly what your allergies are is not the easiest thing to do – especially if there’s a language barrier. But thanks to SelectWisely, the chances of having an allergic reaction have just dropped dramatically. SelectWisely has a whole slew of travel translation cards for $8.50. They can be translated from English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Greek, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian and Continental), Russian, Swedish, Thai and Chinese (Mainland and Taiwan). If they don’t provide cards with your allergy or in your language, you can place a special order. Happy eating!

Monday, April 07, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Green Travel Hub

Green Travel Hub
RezHub.com, a not-so-popular booking website, has come up with a way to get some attention. They’ve created the first ever integrated travel search website, full of green travel ideas . It’s a great idea for showcasing environmentally friendly hotels and for providing information on how to rent a green car. There’s info on choosing green flights (and how to offset your carbon footprint) and they’ve got green travel blogs and forums. The only problem is, I think they’re just doing it for the evil, other green.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Skybus Airlines will cease all operations effective Saturday, April 5.

Can you believe another U.S. airline is closing it's doors? Skybus is the third airline (Aloha, ATA) this week!

Skybus Airlines will cease all operations effective Saturday, April 5.Skybus struggled to overcome the combination of rising jet fuel costs and a slowing economic environment. These two issues proved to be insurmountable for a new carrier.We deeply regret the impact this decision will have on our employees and their families, customers, vendors, suppliers, airport officials and others in the cities in which we have operated. Our financial condition is such that our Board of Directors felt it had no choice but to cease operations.Passengers holding reservations for Skybus flights scheduled to depart on or after Saturday, April 5, 2008 should contact their credit card companies to arrange to apply for a refund. More information for customers and others will be made available on the Skybus web site (www.skybus.com) as it becomes available.All flights for Friday, April 4 will be completed. Passengers holding reservations on flights for Friday, April 4 should check in for their flight at a Skybus kiosk at the airport instead of the Skybus website.

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Photoshop Express

Photoshop Express
Don’t want to spend $600 (or more) for Adobe Photoshop so you can edit your digital photos? Well, you’re in luck! Adobe just launched Photoshop Express, a totally free, online version. The free version doesn’t have all the bells and whistles but it does offer the basic, most important editing tools like cropping, converting to black and white, removing red-eye and resizing. In addition to being an editing program, this tool also allows users to store 2GB worth of digital photos. So now you can share all your great snapshots with friends on Facebook, MySpace and other social networking sites.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

ATA Airlines discontinues all flights

FROM ATA's WEBSITE:

ATA AIRLINES DISCONTINUES ALL OPERATIONS


After filing for Chapter 11 on April 2, 2008 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Indianapolis, IN, ATA Airlines has discontinued all operations and cancelled all current and future flights. Following the loss of a key contract for our military charter business, it became impossible for ATA to continue operations. Unfortunately, we were not in a position to provide our customers or others with advance notice.


We apologize for the disruption caused by the sudden shutdown of ATA and regret the impact on passengers, employees, suppliers, and other parties. ATA customers should seek alternative arrangements for current and future travel. A list of other airlines serving ATA’s destinations is available here.


ATA customers who purchased tickets using a credit card should contact their credit card company or travel agency directly for information about how to obtain a refund for unused tickets.


ATA currently is unable to provide refunds to customers who purchased tickets directly from ATA with cash or a check. These customers may be able to obtain a full or partial refund for their unused tickets by submitting a claim in ATA’s Chapter 11 proceedings. Information about submitting a claim will be available at the following website: http://www.bmcgroup.com/ataairlines.


Customers who purchased tickets from Southwest Airlines for flights operated by ATA under the codeshare agreement should contact Southwest Airlines directly at (800) 308-5037.


Additional information is available at the following links:
Customer FAQs
Airlines Serving ATA Destinations


Claims Information: http://www.bmcgroup.com/ataairlines
Claims Information and Court Documents: http://www.bmcgroup.com/ataairlines
US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana: http://www.insb.uscourts.gov/
US Trustee for Region 10: http://www.usdoj.gov/ust/r10/region10.htm

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: "Deltalina"

This month, Delta rolls out a new safety video featuring the sexy ‘Deltalina’. It’s your standard safety video except for one important detail: the lead flight attendant, Katherine Lee, slightly resembles Angelina Jolie … OK, she’s got red hair and she’s better looking. But because of this and a few moments in the video, it’s been getting a lot of attention – it hasn’t even made its debut on Delta flights yet and already, 800,000 people have viewed it on YouTube. Check it out …