Thursday, August 31, 2017

Tip about Google flights...

When you're searching on Google flights, you can put a list of 5 cities into the search fields, separated by commas. The airports don't have to be anywhere near each other.

In this case, I'll call this the "they're giving my husband's team the entire holiday weekend off" search 😁

♨️ 🐷 🥘 🌮 or 🌭 for the weekend?   






Great Economy fares to Tokyo this fall ($489 round trip!)

I was poking around Google Flights for a friend and noticed that there's quite a few dates in Autumn with super cheap economy fares to Tokyo from New York. Normally these would be in the $1000-$1300 range but these are as low as $489! Most of the cheap fares seem to be on Air China via Beijing or ANA/United via Chicago or Los Angeles, and both have reasonable layover times. If it were me, I'd take the ANA itinerary because of ANA's stellar reputation.

As far as Business Class fares go, there's a few Air China itineraries for $2100, but from the reviews I've read, the food and service is terrible, so that $2100 is to get you a lie-flat seat and not a whole lot else.

Keep in mind that the arrival of Tokyo's fall weather lags New York's by a month, so the weather should be mild and pleasant on a lot of the Oct and Nov dates...

$489 via Beijing on Air China

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or $627 on ANA/United

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My Japan tips are here.




Monday, August 7, 2017

Alternative for an actual Priority Pass Lounge

I'm not a huge lounge person. There are a few international First Class lounges that still have a huge wow factor, but Business Class lounges – especially ones in the US – are increasingly crowded and often don't even include free drinks or hot food.

Meanwhile, the terminals themselves have been getting increasingly nicer:
  • food from famous local restaurants
  • healthier and more interesting food and beverages
  • flexible seating with USB and chargers
  • gate-side seating so you can keep an eye on your gate while you wait to board... 
In fact, I recently had a friend ask me about the lounge in JetBlue's main terminal at JFK and I told him it wasn't even worth visiting.


Priority Pass is a lounge membership program that lets you enter a selected list of lounges around the world for a fee (their handy app lets you see which ones they partner with). Due to the huge popularity of the Chase Sapphire Reserve (which includes a free membership), lots of people ended up with a free Priority Pass membership this past year. This has only exacerbated the overcrowding problem.

I was eyeing a flight to Portland from San Francisco (so I could fly through the eclipse!) and I noticed something interesting at PDX – Priority Pass will now give you a $28 food and beverage credit for select restaurants inside the main terminal. From reading through the details, it also sounds like any official "guests" you bring also get the $28 credit.

I can totally see myself using this. UPDATE: I've already used it! If I have a long layover where I need to eat, I don't even consider a lounge a viable place to have a proper meal (again, unless it's in an international First Class lounge like the Concorde room). Hopefully this will become commonplace, as I doubt the lounges are going to get nicer anytime soon.