I canceled our trip to Japan because I’m pretty sure that the country will not be open to leisure tourists yet and if it was, there would be other restrictions in place that would make the trip less enjoyable.
That’s not why I’m happy. I’m happy because I’d have to totally redo the flight reservations if the trip was happening.
To be honest, I wasn’t looking very closely at the flights because I was almost sure I’d be canceling the award flights that I found after significant searches.
When I went to cancel the flight, I found out that my itinerary had changed.
Instead of a non-stop flight to LA, we’d now have to connect in Phoenix. Traveling to a former US Airways hub on an A321, there’s a chance we’ll be on a plane with no IFE and no power plugs. We’d also be arriving in LAX 2 hours later so we’d have no chance to relax at the lounge before our 12-hour flight to Japan.
To the USA
For our flights home, I found flights in ANA First Class from Haneda to San Francisco. I was able to add an ANA domestic flight from Osaka for no extra miles.
When I logged into my United account, I found this message.
It turns out that for a while, ANA removed all domestic flights from the schedule due to COVID. They’re back on again, but the previous flight is no longer attached to the reservation. In addition, the moving of international flights from Narita to Haneda means that we might have to transfer airports in Tokyo.
This would mean we’d have to take a day at the end of the trip to position for our flights.
I’d heard that flight schedules have frequently been changing, leaving people with less favorable itineraries than the ones they originally booked. This happened to both of our flights to Japan and if we were still going, I’d have to spend a significant amount of time rebooking the flights to salvage the trip, including finding a way to get back to Tokyo either by plane or train.
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