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Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Draycott Hotel in London

Cheerio from Europe! Last week I gave you part one of my trip to London, where I stayed at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair. This week we move across town to Chelsea and check in to an intimate and very English hotel called the Draycott. On my way over I got a glimpse of the Queen leaving Buckingham Palace, and later I hit a brand-spanking new restaurant in Soho that felt like a private club. Read on... http://www.johnnyjet.com/folder/archive/WheresJohnny07282010.html

Friday, July 23, 2010

INTERVIEW: January Jensen

January Jensen
Best friends with rock legend Jim Morrison, Jensen provides a snapshot of their private lives on the road.
By Francis J. DiScala Jr. & Johnny Jet

His steel-blue eyes still glimmer mischievously, fueled by outrageous and historic memories of living through the '60s as Jim Morrison's best friend, chef, clothing designer, and wingman. And maybe his eyes shine partly because they are brimming with gratitude for knowing when to quit, when to put down the bottle, and when to nestle into a life that Jim never lived long enough to experience. "I quit drinking 20 years ago to keep my wife, and it probably saved my life." Read on...
http://johnnyjet.com/folder/archive/January-Jensen-2010.html

Thursday, July 22, 2010

London Part 1 (The Dorchester, BA Party)

Speaking of Virgin America, I recently wrote about my flight on their partner airline, Virgin Atlantic; I flew them from New York to London to attend a one-night naming ceremony party for Seabourn's newest ship, Sojourn. Of course, I wasn't going to just go to Europe for one day like some of the other invited guests, so I made a two-week trip out of it. Here's part one of my trip, which includes staying at The Dorchester Hotel and attending a British Airways party. Read on...

http://johnnyjet.com/folder/archive/WheresJohnny-London-2010-Part-1.html

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

From L.A. To Australia's Red Center on V Australia For $878!



Have you ever wanted to visit the Outback of Australia? This might be your best (cheapest) chance as Australia's Northern Territory (www.australiasoutback.com) and V Australia (http://www.vaustralia.com.au) are offering round-trip fares starting at $878* from Los Angeles to Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock). Five-day and eight-day packages are also being offered. Travel must be booked by July 30, 2010 for travel dates between August 1-September 21, 2010. Additional dates are available at a higher cost. The Cheapest available packages is "All About the Rock" 5 days starting at $1,679*

-Round-trip International Economy Class Flight on V Australia to Ayers Rock in Australia's Northern Territory

-Free stop over in Sydney

-3 nights for the price of 2 at Ayers Rock Resort, Voyages Desert Gardens

-Half-day Tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Center including: walk along the base of Uluru with Aboriginal legends, glass of wine, view of the changing colors of Uluru during sunset

-Travel to Kings Canyon including: climb on the rim for views over Watarrka National Park or walk along the boulder strewn canyon floor

-1-hour camel ride with views of local flora and fauna, light breakfast of Billy Tea and baked beer bread

-Round-trip transfers between the airport and hotel

For more information about the round-trip fare and packages, visit www.vaustralia.com/ayersrock or call 866.415.4749. To book the “All About the Rock” package, use offer code: SO10142A. To book the “Ayers Rock & Sydney” package, use offer code: SO10143A.

Trip Report of Virgin America's Toronto to SFO/LAX Route

A couple weeks ago, Virgin America, the San Francisco-based airline, added its first international destination when they started service between Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) and Toronto (YYZ). Here's my trip report
http://www.johnnyjet.com/folder/archive/WheresJohnny07212010.html

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Virgin America Adds Service To Orlando


Virgin America just announced it will serve Orlando International Airport (MCO) with one daily nonstop flight from both Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) beginning October 6, 2010. Tickets are on sale today on Virgin America’s Web site and at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN (1.877.359.8474). LAX-MCO fares start at $149 and SFO-MCO fares start at $199 one way in Main Cabin. I’m a huge fan of Virgin America (like everyone else) and flown them numerous times including last week from Toronto to San Francisco. Here are my other Virgin America stories:

-2007 Virgin America Preview (interview with Richard Branson)

-2008 LAX–Seattle to do a Rick Steves radio interview

-2009 Fort Lauderdale–LAX

-2010 LAX–Las Vegas on a special charter flight with their Fly Girls

Monday, July 19, 2010

Singapore & Bali for 5 nights (Air & 5-Star Hotel) from $1,299


Singapore Airlines Celebrates 30 Years at LAX with a Spectacular Travel Deal!
July marks Singapore Airlines’ 30th anniversary of service to Los Angeles and to commemorate this milestone, Singarpore Airlines Vacations is offering an incredible vacation package to Singapore and Bali departing from all U.S. gateways, starting at just $1,299* per person. Here are the details:

Singapore & Bali

5 nights from $1,299

  • Round-trip Economy Class flights on Singapore Airlines
  • Round-trip airport and hotel transfers
  • 2 nights in Singapore at the five-Star Swissôtel The Stamford
  • 3 nights in Bali at the five-Star Nusa Dua Beach Hotel
  • Daily breakfast in Bali
  • Half-day city tour in Singapore; full-day tour in Bali with lunch
  • Complimentary “Hop-On Bus” pass in Singapore

The package is available from Sept. 1 – Nov. 30, 2010 and Jan. 1 – Mar. 31, 2011, starting at $1,299 from LAX, SFO, NYC, and Houston – IAH. Airline fuel surcharge of $404 is included.

Hotel and seat availability are limited.

All packages can be booked by visiting www.SingaporeAirlinesVacations.com.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Stingrays Out In Full Force in Southern California


Lots of stingrays are out in Southern California. I saw one while wading into the water after a swim in Manhattan Beach. Then my cousin Joe (pictured) confirmed my sighting when he caught two inadvertently (and released them) a few minutes later. For facts, figures and tips read this L.A. Times article from today

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/orange/la-me-ray-bay-20100717,0,5404969.story

Thursday, July 15, 2010

NY to Toronto on Porter Airlines


Greetings from Toronto! Last week I left off from the Big Apple, where I took a preview cruise of Norwegian Cruise Lines' Epic and did a travel segment on ABC News before flying an hour north to Toronto. I flew Porter Airlines, which is a great little Canadian airline that not too many people are familiar with. I have plenty of stories and pictures, so grab your bags and come for the ride—it's a smooth one. Read on http://www.johnnyjet.com/folder/archive/WheresJohnny07142010.html

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Delta's Sky Club Day Pass For Just $22


Delta Air Lines has a great deal for anyone wanting a day pass to their Sky Club. There are 50+ all around the world and entry usually requires an annual membership or a $50 day fee. But for today only that day fee could be had for just $22 on Groupon.com. If you’ve never experienced the serenity of an airline club on a long layover this might be your cheapest opportunity. I’m about to snag a couple when I’m done posting this blog. Note: The pass expires on December 31, 2010 and you can’t bring a guest so buy a couple. To purchase log on to http://www.groupon.com/deals/delta-sky-club


Thanks For The Memories George (& Bob)


I am so bummed to learn that George Steinbrenner has died (http://bit.ly/dAMn22) along with longtime Yankees announcer Bob Sheppard (http://bit.ly/b0ZH3a) who passed away on Sunday. Both of these men gave me so much joy – especially George. What “The Boss” did for the Yankees and baseball it’s only fitting that he had a massive heart attack the morning of the All-Star Game. He will never be forgotten.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

I've always wanted to visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, which opened in 1982 and is located at Pier 86, at W. 46th Street and 12th Avenue. The museum is centered on the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11). She's one of the most successful ships in U.S. history and is now a National Historic Landmark. She began her duty in 1943 and served in World War II, was one of the primary recovery vessels for NASA, did three tours of duty off Vietnam, and performed submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War. Read on ... http://www.johnnyjet.com/folder/archive/NYC-Intrepid-Museum.html

Norwegian Epic

I spent most of Independence Day aboard Epic, the newest ship from Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL). NCL had a preview cruise out of New York City, so I was able to witness Reba McEntire christen the ship with a group of other invited guests. Read more

http://www.johnnyjet.com/folder/archive/WheresJohnny07072010.html