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
Yes, it is true – air fares at CVG are dropping…big time.
Oh, it does not make compelling headlines, but it is true. The trend of late is shifting and we are seeing cheaper air fares from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
During a recent survey of some of the top markets, I compared air fares in five markets:
- New York City
- Washington D.C.
I took several dates this fall, using the travel days of Friday and Sunday which are two of the more expensive travel days of the week. I looked for round-trip travel comparing fares from Dayton, Columbus (CMH) and CVG. What I found was more than a little surprising as CVG had the cheapest air fares in nearly every instance!
In four of the five comparisons, fares from CVG are cheaper than those from the Dayton Airport and three of the five are cheaper than we see from Columbus.
The obvious question is why? Why are we seeing a reduction in air fares at CVG? Many will tout the arrival of Frontier Airlines at CVG in May of this year as a driving force and I would certainly agree that is helping to lower fares. However, Frontier does not compete for traffic to Boston, New York, Orlando or Washington, DC from CVG – so no other airline is lowering fares to match those from Frontier.
There are many possibilities as to why, but the real point here is that fares at CVG are falling and are, in some cases, cheaper than surrounding airports. Sadly, many travelers do not even check fares from CVG, because of the history of incredibly high air fares and, as a result, end up paying more than they should and are forced to fly from an airport over an hour away. Couple that with the fact that many flights from CVG are nonstop and you have a double whammy winner; lower airfares aboard nonstop service.
Let’s hope this trend towards lower fares continues!