Bad news & good News

I get this type of question all the time. Unfortunately, the downside to only looking for travel deals that are 50% to 90% off is that 1) They don’t last long when they show up and 2) You have zero control over when they’ll show up again at those prices. When you need to get […]

Jerry West’s trick to getting business class flights for 1/2 to 1/3 of what people paid for their coach seat

Jerry West is a master negotiator, seasoned Europe traveler, and JGOOT premium subscriber. In this video, we chat about how he put a combination of his JGOOT subscription and his negotiation skills to work to score two different business class flights for less than what most people on the same plane paid for their coach […]

“I’ll have a cheeseburger with no cheese”

“I’ll have a cheeseburger with no cheese.” If you were sitting next to someone who ordered that, wouldn’t you feel COMPELLED to tell them they’re paying too much? Sadly, I have that same feeling several dozen times a week.  Just this morning, I woke up to the following 3 requests (and the fares I find […]

Meet Dante – Travel App Expert

Dante in the video below is pretty well-traveled. For years, he’s used the Hopper app, Airfare Watchdog, Travelzoo, Kayak Explorer, Google’s Fare Watcher, etc. When he found out I was at a travel expo in his area, he drove an hour to grill me to find out how I find so many good deals so […]

Planning a trip to Hawaii

Yesterday, a premium subscriber called with a question about the best way to plan his Hawaii trip. Since it was going to be a long/involved conversation, he agreed to do it on camera so others could “listen in” too. It turned out to be a pretty fun/productive one so I’m sharing it here. No time […]

This site is not for you if…

Yesterday, I got a text from one of my subscribers, Brooke Merkle, while she was on vacation.  When CBS News profiled her less than a year ago, she had taken her family on 3 JGOOT-inspired trips and was going on her fourth trip to Hawaii. She’s now gone on ten trips that she found with the […]

I’m not a travel agent, and even if I were, I’m not a magician.

[DO NOT READ if you are offended by the “F” word] OK, fine, I stole the title of this post from Billy Bob Thornton’s Character “Billy McBride” in Goliath. He uses a similar line when he tells a convicted criminal who was caught red-handed and was going to be going to jail for a LOOONG […]

“A Star Is Born” and and unexpected reaction

Last night, in hopes of cramming one last Oscar nominated movie in before tonight’s award ceremony, my lovely wife Michelle rented “A Star Is Born” for us to watch. After a long day skiing (and a 4 hour drive back due to a 2-hour road closure on I-70), I wasn’t expecting to be able to […]

Abe Lincoln, sharpening axes, chopping down trees, and traveling for pennies on the dollar

JGOOT Subscriber story: “Flights so cheap we got to bring the grandparents!”

Nikki Sandschaper and her husband are both school teachers – which might seem great for vacations, but considering the only time teachers can travel is during peak seasons, that can get pricey quick. In this interview, we talked about one of their JGOOT-inspired trips where they not only went over the most expensive week of […]

Exploiting the airline industry’s “Achilles Heel”

Whether dealing with discount airlines, or one of the big three – all airlines use extremely expensive software and algorithms to extract every dollar possible out of every seat on every one of their planes. But much like Achilles’ heel, even the millions of dollars airlines put into predicting how much customers will pay for […]

“It’s five minutes of dreaming and fun” – Robert Horvick

Below is a recording of a conversation I had with JGOOT premium subscriber Robert Horvick after he left these kind words on our Facebook page. Robert & his wife live in Raleigh, NC. Since joining my trip-alert service, they’ve only travelled domestically, but they’ve taken 3 trips and saved $600 to $800 so far. They […]