Los Angeles to Tokyo in ANA Economy: Award Booking Strategies:

Los Angeles to Tokyo in ANA Economy: Award Booking Strategies:

Flying from LA to Tokyo again in ANA economy (All Nippon Air).  I’d fly with them over AA or United any day since the overall experience is pretty good.

LAX-HND ANA Economy Flight

Another last minute flight to Tokyo to climb Mt. Fuji.  Due to work, I was scheduled to depart Friday but ended up leaving late Tuesday night.

Flight info:

  • Date: 8/16/17
  • Flight: NH105
  • Depart LAX: 01:20am
  • Arrive HND: 05:00am

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I arrived in LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) around 11:30pm.  Checked into my flight.  Waited through the extremely long security line (no pre-check for some reason).  In the Departures terminal by 11:50pm.

I was hungry and needed food.  Most of the places in the food court were closing up so I quickly decided to eat at Umami burger.  They were sold out of my first few choices so I ended up with the standard Umami burger.  It was okay, pretty greasy for a premium burger.  By midnight, the Umami burger was closed.

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TIP: Get to the terminal before midnight if you’re planning on eating

Booking ANA with Miles

This flight was booked using Lifemiles from the Avianca Frequent Flyer program.  Since I booked the day before the flight, I didn’t want to get hit with a close-in booking fee which is typical of United and AA.

Economy = 35k Lifemiles.

There’s a better deal using Avios but a redeye flight wasn’t available with JAL.  I could have also used United miles but I learned my lesson trying to book last minute with United miles already.

 The ANA Economy Experience

Other than having an oversized seatmate, I found the flight to be pretty good (as you would expect with most Asian airlines…American/United has much to improve on).  The in-flight entertainment was plentiful/working, the seats weren’t too small, the meal was decent and the flight crew attentive.

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