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