Japan Airlines Flight 9 - Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Tokyo Narita (NRT) Boeing 777-300ER, First Class, Seat 2A American Airlines recently went through a rather painful devaluation to their award chart, but this trip was planned back in the "good ole days" when first class award tickets were relatively inexpensive. My fiance (Zach) was graduating from the University of Chicago with his MBA and I wanted to celebrate with a big trip. After a bit of back and forth on potential de
As I detailed in my recent review of Japan Airlines' first class (LINK), my partner and I took a trip to Southeast Asia to celebrate his attainment of an MBA. We left Chicago mid-afternoon and a little over 12 hours later we arrived in Tokyo's Narita airport with an overnight layover staring us down. We'd be flying out to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific from Tokyo's Haneda airport, so when researching our overnight I was looking for a hotel property that had three things: Conve
While the aviation community has settled down from the fanfare that followed the launch of the Boeing 787 almost four years ago, I have to admit that for me the excitement is still alive and well. There's just something about the sexy way those composite wings flex as it takes off and soars into the sky. *coughs* *crosses legs* Unfortunately I wasn't able to fly on this aircraft within the first year of its operation, but I was able to hop onto it not too long after its de
As I noted in my review of the Hotel JAL City Haneda, I typically travel back to Japan about once or twice a year. Finding a cheap ticket to Tokyo is fairly easy, but I’m not exactly keen on spending every trip I take back to the homeland in Tokyo. With that in mind I poked around a bit before this trip looking for inexpensive tickets to Okinawa as an alternative to capital city. True to form, both oneworld member Japan Airlines (JL) and rival All Nippon Airways had ticket
Being half-Japanese and having lived in Japan for a majority of my childhood, one of my regular trips every year is back to the shores of my homeland. It’s easy enough to find a moderately priced ticket from Chicago to Tokyo at some point in the year, so I’ve made this trip without fail since I started my heavy travel focus several years back. Interestingly, this year seems like it will be the first time I don’t spend any significant amount of time back in Japan due to the
Japan Airlines (JL) and I have a long history with one another. As a budding aviation and travel nerd growing up in Japan, I was frequently exposed to JL’s reputation and advertising. Despite years of loyalty to the oneworld alliance and frequent trips to Japan and beyond, I never managed to snag myself a seat in a premium cabin on Japan Airlines. It was always the back of the bus for this traveler. When I hit the drawing board while planning my last oneworld explorer awa
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Hello! I'm David - world traveler, food aficionado, gay dude, and storyteller. This is where I share amazing sights, delicious dishes, LGBT travel advice, & my favorite stories!