Traveling: Missing My Flight

If you’ve been traveling for as long as I have, you’re bound to eventually experience that one flying disaster from hell. ¬†(And if for some reason you never do, I envy you ūüėČ ) ¬†Mine came as I was coming home to Japan, on an American Airlines flight from Dallas (DFW) that got re-routed from Chicago (ORD) to Los Angeles (LAX).

Long story short, there were some maintenance delays with the aircraft that caused me to miss my connecting flight in Los Angeles (LAX) to Narita (NRT). ¬†Well technically I didn’t miss it and arrived at the gate 10 minutes before take-off, but they refused to board two other guys booked for the same flight as myself, probably because they had given our seats away to stand-by. ¬†Irritating, but hey it happens. ¬†Little did I know a shitstorm of bad customer service and excuses was next to come.

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Traveling: Booking Cheaper Flights Abroad

It’s that time of year where many foreigners living in Japan are starting to cement their winter vacation plans. ¬†In my case, I haven’t been home in 4 years so I purchased a ticket back, and I’ll be joining the crowd returning home for Christmas. ūüėÄ

With Christmas plans settled, what I’ve been in the market for now is a plane ticket to Quebec to attend a BFF’s wedding next May. ¬†It might sound like jumping the gun, but finding the best price usually takes a few months of keeping up with the going fare, watching out for when it dips in price, and being ready to book then and there when a good deal comes up.

I’m not an expert at playing the market and finding outrageously cheap deals, but I’m generally able to fly back home or halfway across the world for around or lower than 100,000 yen ($1,000 USD) round-trip no matter what season, and so some of my friends said I should make a post about it.

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Traveling: Haneda Airport & Air Asia

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© J // Washing Rice Blog

Last post I mentioned I caught a good deal on a flight to Singapore from Air Asia. ¬†I’d considered flying with them last year when a friend and I took a trip to Bali together, but with the extra baggage fee cost in the end we decided to pay a little more for service and comfort, and booked with Malaysia Airlines instead. (Relax, this was way before they got a bad rap for losing an airplane.)

This time around I took Air Asia up on their offer. ¬†It was my first time booking with them and flying out from Haneda Airport, so I didn’t exactly know what I was getting myself into. ¬†Reading other Air Asia reviews beforehand, going in my expectations were pretty low. ¬†To my surprise, although I didn’t care much for Haneda Airport, Air Asia’s service far exceeded my expectations and even rivaled or surpassed other airlines I’ve paid “normal” fare for.

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