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.
Traveling for free is easy! It only takes a few moments to understand the process and to come up with the ideal strategy for your travel plans.
Ok, it was close to free! It was in the free “area code”. I used 44,000 Radisson Rewards hotel points to stay at the Radisson Blu Malta Golden Sands rather than paying the $300+/night the hotel was retailing for. Plus, I got an upgraded room!
If you’re flying for 15 hours, you’ll probably want to make yourself comfortable. This is the journey from Los Angeles to Sydney in the Qantas 747 Business Class seats.
After spending a month in Japan, it was time to go back to life in Los Angeles. I knew I had to get back, but I didn’t book a flight in advance. This left me in a predicament. I had to find a way to get back from Tokyo to Los Angeles with limited flight […]
I needed to fly out from Okinawa to Nagasaki and was planning on using United miles. United has a deal for intra-Japan flights at a flat rate of 5k miles and $0. Although, if you book within 21 days, you’d be hit with a $75 close-in fee. I was within that 21 days and did […]
While in Okinawa, I quickly put together a rough idea for a cross-Japan train trip using the JR rail. First, I’d need to acquire a JR Pass so the trip could be more affordable. Next, I had to get from Okinawa to Nagasaki and concluded that using united miles was the highest value option.
Staying at the Hyatt Regency Naha using 6k hotel points and $75USD per night. This was a great option due to the location and redemption value.
There happened to be an IHG Accelerate bonus promotion at the time of my booking. One of my offers was to redeem a cash and points booking with any IHG hotel and I’d get a big bonus. I ended up being able to book the ANA Crowne Plaza Okinawa for 10k IHG points and $87.20USD.
Booking last minute flights can be expensive. Using frequent flyer miles can save you a significant amount of money since award flights have a flat rate price. With miles, the cost is the same if you book 10 months in advance or 10 hours in advance.