I did it!
I’m going to Japan, baby! After months of saving, I finally booked my flight to Japan last night. I love finding a good deal on international flights, and I am happy to announce that it was much cheaper than I was expecting.
Here is how I found my flight to Japan:
I’ve been at my parents for the last couple of days with only my phone for access to the internet. So after researching the best flight trackers, I downloaded a couple of apps from the Google Play Store. From my experience, I don’t really bother checking sites like Kayak and Orbitz. They don’t show a lot of international airlines, which generally are cheaper. I did do a quick check and the averages were much higher than the apps mentioned below.
Arrival and departure:
The closest airport to me is Spokane, but I decided to fly from Seattle because it saved me almost $300. I can find much cheaper transportation to Seattle via Southwest Airlines, bus, train, etc. That is something I can deal with later. In fact, it’s more expensive to pay for that leg of the trip right now. When I was playing around with the above apps the last week, I made sure to pay attention to the layovers. A lot of flights directed to Los Angeles or Vancouver, so I also checked flights from those locations to Tokyo. It ended up not making a significant difference in price, so for ease, I stuck with flying out of Seattle.
Time of year:
I recently asked my friends if they would rather have me come earlier and stay a shorter amount of time or come later and stay longer. Thank god they said ‘come later and stay longer’. That is exactly what I was hoping for. I decided that June was the optimal time for me to leave; it gives me enough time to save properly. I also decided that I wanted to stay as long as legally possible. As an American, I can stay for up to 90days without having to apply for a visa (sounds good to me!) My birthday is July 23rd, and my best friend’s birthday is August 25th, so… GUESS WHO ARE GONNA PARTY IN JAPAN FOR THEIR BIRTHDAYS!
A review of the apps:
- June 13- September 10 = $ 715 – Average of 26 hours of travel each way through Singapore Airlines and Alaska Airlines
- June 9- September 1 = $ 1,240 – Average of 18 hours of travel each way through Air Canada
- Cheap Flights
- June 20- September 12 = $ 873 – Average of 20 hours of travel each way through Air Canada
- June 20- September 12 = $ 754 – Average of 16 hours of travel each way through Singapore Airlines and Alaska Airlines
Final choice for my flight to Japan:
I chose to go with the flight on Momondo because it had the shortest average travel time while being one of the cheapest options. Paying $40 extra dollars to not have a 12-hour layover is something I am very okay with doing – Last October, I had a 12-hour overnight layover in Dublin. I swear they make the booths extra short so you can’t fall asleep.
I can’t believe it. Buying the plane ticket always solidifies the feeling if an impending trip. It’s an actuality, rather than a vague plan in the distant future. This is also going to be my longest trip ever: 11 weeks in one country. I’m not used to staying in one place for so long but I am so excited by the prospect. It’s going to be so rad getting to experience a culture so very different from mine for such a long period of time.
Thanks for reading! I would love to hear about your travel plans and tips. Where is everyone planning on traveling to? Are there any other apps or websites that I didn’t mention above but should? Does anyone want to meet up while I am traveling around Japan? How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?