Miles and Points. You may have seen these terms floating around on the internet, or heard about it from your frequent flyer friends. You may have seen examples of how ordinary people can seemingly afford outrageously expensive plane tickets in First Class, taking showers and eating 5-course meals on a plane, or frequently staying at high-end hotels. How is this even possible without spending your life’s fortune?
If you’re an aviation geek, one of the things you absolutely cannot miss if you’re spending some time in Tokyo is the ANA Maintenance Hangar Tour at Haneda Airport. It’s a one and a half hour tour that consists of two parts: a 30-min classroom-style presentation, followed by the actual ANA hangar visit. Best of all, the tour is absolutely free!
Normally, ANA flies a 787-9 with the Staggered business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration between Vancouver and Tokyo (similar to the one we reviewed here). However, for a couple months between August 2017 and March 2018, the plane was downgraded to a 787-8 that had the Cradle business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration.
In November, I flew down to Hawaii for a couple of days with my Dad. While the main purpose of the trip was to obtain our scuba diving certifications (which I now have!), this also gave me the chance to review Alaska Airline’s economy class product on a relatively longer flight. Previously I had only flown Alaska on short flights like YVR-SEA and SEA-SFO.
As huge aviation geeks who love to spend all their time at airports, we decided to stay a night at the Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel, the night before we were to depart Sydney. This airport is known for being a plane spotter-friendly hotel, and has a great location right across from the International Terminal. Some of the rooms have a direct view of the airport gates and the runway.
The third and final leg of our outbound flights was from Tokyo Haneda to Sydney. At just over 8 hours, it’s not that long of a flight when it comes to long haul flights, but having been travelling for 24 hours already since we left Vancouver, we were already struggling to keep our eyes open at this point!