Flights To Japan

Discussion in 'Flights' started by Presto, Nov 20, 2017.

  1. Presto

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    Looking at heading to Japan (NRT) for a week in late May next year (2018) Looking to fly either BRIS/GC direct.
    I have done the usual checks skyscanner etc..am I best to buy now at the best rate I can find or am I likely to find a better deal coming in to xmas/new year sales.
    Flight Centre currently has 'Asia on sale' deal going which seems ok.
    Peoples thoughts?
    TIA
     
  2. Sandy

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    Also look at Haneda, you will see more results. Haneda has no curfew, so it has more options with various airlines.
     
  3. Presto

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    Thanks will do
     
  4. blowfin

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    Seemed to me like the best recent fares for my mid January trip were about 8 weeks out from my flight date, they dropped prices for a few days last week, then they jumped back up a bit again before the weekend. Qantas and Singapore Airlines have basically sold all their basic economy seating now, that wasn't the case a few weeks back. I'd been watching for a few weeks, and didn't jump at the first price drop, but didn't lose too badly. You can certainly wait for a bit longer I'd say. I'd almost instantly assume demand will be lower at the time of the year too, it's not snow season, it's a bit late for cherry blossom season, and it's not quite summer yet.
     
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    Just as well it's not early May....
    It's the absolute worst time to visit Japan. Golden Week, when there are 3 PH spread over one and a half weeks. People take extra days off, and everywhere is bloody crowded, hotels are expensive, Shinkansens are full...
     
  6. Presto

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    May is a loose date at this point in time. I could go later if flights are cheaper however it will be a birthday present and I have a gap I can work with for time off.
     
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    "Avoid early May" because - Golden Week, good tip ;)
     
  8. Sandy

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    The days for Golden Week in 2018:
    Mon 30th April
    Thu 3rd May
    Fri 4th May

    So the bulk will take Tue 1st, Wed 2nd off, so it will be super busy from evening Fri 27th, Sunday 6th.
    ## Tip:
    I often fly out of Japan early, and come back late. So 2018 for example, leave evening Wed 25th/morning Thu 26th, return Mon 7th. At these times, the flights can be really cheap!!! So you could fly in on Mon 7th, for a week!!
     
  9. Presto

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    Thanks heaps for the tip Sandy
     
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    Useful info about Japan flights. I'm looking at going to Europe with my son in May using JAL and Finnair. A stopover on the way back (to visit folks in Yudanaka) might fit in on the way home but maybe not, depending on time. Cost is also a factor as irt adds about $600 to the Y fare. However at least going I like the day time flight to Narita then a departure next morning for Rome via Helsinki for a late afternoon arrival.

    Works well re jet lag that pattern - if one can sleep in a bed. Technically it is not a stopover but I figure that by taking PJs and change in carry on we could stay in an airport hotel then get back airside but does anyone know if you can do that. I recall even back ten years ago security was tight at Narita, having to get through security just to get to the terminal building so am wondering if it can still be done.
     
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    Just received an email from Qantas. Among various offers is Sydney to Narita for $349 one way (Economy obviously) and includes the period 22 January 2019 - 28 February 2019.
     
  12. gaz35

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    i got these prices 2 days ago - thought they were pretty good
     
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    Yep just received this email too. Same prices & dates Melb - Narita. Last day of sale 14/5/18.

    Melb - Haneda also advertised as $399 one way economy $749 Premium Economy, but it's a lot more than that in the typical peak ski window.
     
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    The flight back is not significantly discounted.
     
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    QF flights Brisbane to Sapporo between 22Jan - 27 from $349.00 one way. Sale ends 14 May. Pity i'm booked up for that period.
     
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    Just booked flights from Perth - Tokyo for $740 p/p and they have a pretty wide window of flights during the ski season. Seems pretty reasonable to me!
     
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    Which airline? I was looking at Air Asia X a while back but once I added luggage and etc. I was better off just going with a full service carrier. Seems like Thai and Singapore Airlines have the best fares right at the moment. I'm fussy with my flight length, and arrival/departure times too, which usually costs me a bit more :p

    Thai is the best price but their times are a bit lumpy, Singapore the winner at the moment for me from Perth.
     
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    Sorry - Singapore Airlines!! (can't believe I missed that important detail) Leaves Perth 5.30pm, arrives Narita 7.30am which gives us some time in Tokyo to do some shopping then we'll head out to Shiga Kogen. Flight back is from Haneda at 4.40pm arriving back in Perth 5.25am. There were some flights on Thai Airways which were a bit cheaper but the times weren't so good.
     
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    Singapore Airlines is fantastic. I will always pay a bit extra to fly them. Stop-over's in Changi are always very efficient.
     
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    Malaysian Airlines have some recent deals to Japan at the moment.

    Some dummy bookings - you can get return circa $600 (tried out Jan 21, return 14 Feb SYD - NRT). Flight times a bit woeful at around 17 - 22HRS.

    But if you don't mind a bit of transferring, I believe Malaysian Air is an okay outfit. Maybe try a stop over to make the most of the poor connection times.
     
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    SO, unlike previous years, I'm not travelling direct into Tokyo this time as I am travelling in peak period from mid January and returning on the Australia Day holiday.
    JAL had no seats available (in any class) on the day/s I wanted/could travel and Qantas were quite pricey. So, I looked at Cathay, Korean, China Air, Singapore and even Philippine airlines.
    For a variety of reasons, including travel time, departure/arrival times and cost I decided to travel with Korean Air with the stopover in Seoul for about an hour.
     
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    Looking at something similar as I have 3 weeks off Jan/feb. are they as good with skis/boards as quantas/jal
     
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    EVA Air have some flights below $1K for Jan and Feb if you can make the dates work. Out of Brisbane that is.
     
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    I'm flying back Australia Day as well. Will be testing out China Eastern (going via Pudong).
     
  25. TOFF

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    First hand reports of them are good from the limited test sample of one.
     
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    I need to check out their seating configuration, work out if I'm going to have a severe legroom issue!
     
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    seatguru is great!
     
  29. gaz35

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    Japan Airlines haven't got back to me so I wonder if someone can help.

    We are on JAL form CTS to Osaka and then a 5 hour wait for a Qantas flight to Sydney. What time will I need to get to CTS? The flight leaves CTS at 12.10pm. We will be based in Furano and want to know if the bus from Furano arriving at CTS at 10.30am gives enough time or because it is an international connection do I need to be there 3 hours before?
     
  30. Froff Life

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    Should be enough time, given it's just an internal domestic flight CTS - Kansai. Doesn't leave you with any error room though in case of a delay from Furano (snow storm etc).
     
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    This.

    What time of year are we talking about? January? The risk is higher.

    How bad is the earlier bus? Is it a mental wait?

    How much of a risk taker are you?

    Personally, I’d risk it.
    But my fam have missed flights before due to unforeseen delays. However if there is a brutal snowstorm that makes you super late for your flight, your flight has also probably been cancelled in any case. I’d be more concerned about an accident or traffic holding you up.

    Be prepared to rebook, and with a 5hr layover at Narita, they may be able to rebook you on a different flight to still make your connection. Might cost you though.. (travel insurance FTW).
     
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    Sucked it up and paid the hideously expensive fare.

    Xmas period. Early start to the season please!
     
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    What is considered an expensive airfare for Japan? Not trying to be funny. Have not planned a trip there before so am curious. Around that Christmas time to late Jan for a return.
     
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    One million dollars.
     
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    I’ve never paid more than $1200 or so. Return Canberra to Tokyo, Qantas or JAL.
     
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    Should be ok as it is still just a domestic flight, but there is always the possibility of weather delays with the bus.
    Other options would be train, though that needs a couple of changes in Asahikawa or Takikawa and then Sapporo and an early start. Or else you could transfer to Asahikawa or Sapporo the night before after skiing so you don't need to start as early on the fly day and avoid any concerns with weather intervention. Plus you can have a final night out in a city.
     
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    I'd say $1500 is expensive.
     
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    Depends where you are flying from and if you want to go direct. etc etc
    Mind you my first trip to japan to ski. 15 years ago. $1520 Sydney to CTS
     
  40. Four!

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    Usually $1000 on Singapore Air from Perth - the best - get in at 7am
     
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    I've been in the same situation in the past. The bus doesn't leave early enough to give you the confidence and peace of mind that it will get you there in time. Notwithstanding snowstorms, accidents or breakdowns it most likely will.
    You could always get a one way car hire from Furano to CTS. That way you leave at a time that will get you there comfortably.
     
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    Yep. I recall a $1500 airfare in 2004.
     
  43. chicski

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    My first O/S trip to Canada, airfares were around $2k. 30 odd years ago. Got stuck right behind the smoking area :puke:
     
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    As others have said, where are you leaving from in Aus?
    Cheapest I've scored is $600 return from Melbs with J*.
    Anything under $1,000 is a good price. For that time of year though I'd say anything around $1,200 with a full service airline would be ok.
     
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    thanks tonester. I have booked the bus and if necessary have a backup plan if weather looks like it will intervene. Flying back early March so perhaps less chance of weather than say mid Jan
    cheers
     
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    Early March shouldn’t be a problem.
     
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    I think 2K is expensive.
     
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    I also think $1500 is expensive.

    I still hold the memories of an $800 return flight with Singapore.
     
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    There was a $650 return flight bne to nrt late feb, i was looking at yesterday on singapore airlines. But hard to beat the jetstar 9hr direct flight rather than a 17hr trip.
     
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    Yeah thanks for your replies. We are committed currently to keeping within the school holidays due to the kiddies.