After being born in Frankfurt (that would be Germany, not Kentucky), Jay's family moved to Vandalia, Ohio where Jay spent his time learning to play the greatest game ever (baseball), by smacking the daylights out of fastballs from his next door neighbor Roger Clemens. (Disclaimer: At 9 years of age, this would have been a pre-steroid era.)
During his high school years at Carlisle High School, Jay spent most of his free time at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center helping his Dad to build the condominiums at the course for a variety of Cincinnati sport's legends like Nancy Lopez, Ross Browner, Tom Seaver and others. In 1981 he watched his father build the ATP Tennis Stadium for the likes of Connors, McEnroe, Lendl and Borg.
Jay's passion for baseball continued thru 1983 when he was invited to tryout for the 1984 US Olympic Baseball Team. A torn hamstring six weeks before the tryouts ended his baseball dream. (He was able to write about the greatest game ever played for Reader's Digest, winning their Editor's Choice award and having it read by more than 88 million people worldwide.)
It was then Jay's attention turned towards the airline industry, where he loved the daily challenges of cancelled flights, delayed luggage (they weren't referred to as 'lost' until they were MIA for 90 days), weather problems and the always-wonderful Sunday after Thanksgiving! Cities Jay worked at included Monroe (LA), Florence (AL), Cincinnati, and Dayton. It was also during these years Jay was able to serve as the Travel Coordinator for the Detroit Lions - spending his Sunday afternoons on the NFL sidelines!
Jay continues that adrenaline rush by educating travelers with information specifically designed to help them find the cheapest of fares, resolve complaints, and having multiple options when flights are cancelled.
Jay lives in the Dayton area with his wife, Sherry and their two boys, and his older daughters serve as nurses to Dayton area hospitals.
If you have any questions, you can contact Jay through his Day Trading website - he is an avid Day Trader and teaches others on his system. (www.daytradefun.com)
Mornings on Jim Scott's show
Each time I am contacted for advice on ways to find the cheapest air fare, I always remind the traveler to check fares from CVG and each case I am normally laughed at. What? Don’t you read the newspapers, see the reports on TV or listen to the roaring headlines on radio? Flying from CVG is one of the worst ideas you can have, it costs far too much.
On Thursday I learned that my uncle had suffered a stroke and plans were immediately set into motion to fly to Houston to see him. I began the process by checking air fares for last minute tickets to Houston, knowing full well that the prospect of buying six airline tickets would probably cost me over $4,000.
Everyone talks about Dayton’s fares (as do I on many of my on-air reports), so a quick checked revealed $815 a person. Ouch. That would be $5,106 total. Columbus is known for cheaper air fares, so I checked there and found $701 per person fares…I just saved $114 a person, or $684.
Flying from Louisville and Lexington are sometimes options, so a check found air fares of $619 and $700 respectively. It was then I checked from Indianapolis and found super last minute fares of $485 a person, or $2,910 for the six of us. Then I checked fares from CVG, knowing that there were non-stop flights between there and Houston…but the reality is CVG is one of the most expensive airports to fly from, right?
It was not even close, as CVG had the cheaper fares – by far.
I found flights on United for $269 a person, or $134.50 each way! For a last minute reservation, I wasn’t expecting anything under $400, yet when I checked fares from Dayton, Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Lexington none of those air fares came close to what I could take advantage of from CVG. In fact, compared to Dayton, I saved $582 a person or $3,492 flying from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport!
Yes I understand there is still an air fare issue at CVG and for several markets the fares are incredibly high. However, I also know that there are many times when flying from CVG is competitive with any surrounding airport and there are times when you can save money flying from CVG – sometimes a great deal of money.
I just saved $3,482 by flying from CVG, using a non-stop flight.