Award Booking Strategies: Tokyo To LAX in ANA Business Class

Award Booking Strategies: Tokyo To LAX in ANA Business Class

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...
Award Booking Strategies: Avoiding United’s $75 Close-In Fee

Award Booking Strategies: Avoiding United’s $75 Close-In Fee

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...
Award Booking Strategies: Using United Miles from OKA to NGS

Award Booking Strategies: Using United Miles from OKA to NGS

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...
Using Hotel Points: The Hyatt Regency Naha

Using Hotel Points: The Hyatt Regency Naha

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. Using Hyatt’s Cash and Points Redemption: At a Category 3 Hyatt, that’s 6000 World Of Hyatt points + $75USD per...
Using Hotel Points: ANA Crowne Plaza Okinawa

Using Hotel Points: ANA Crowne Plaza Okinawa

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...