I took frequent day trips to New York during the pandemic, taking advantage of low fares and easy upgrades to enjoy hours of uninterrupted time to work and reflect. I’ve also done some crazy mileage runs, including to Sydney. But I recently did another run, this time to Tokyo Narita for a delicious lunch in the ANA Lounge.
Los Angeles To Tokyo On United Airlines For Lunch In The ANA Lounge
I’m not sure whether I’ll re-qualify for top-tier status this year with United Airlines. I’ve had Premier 1K status for many years, but this is shaping up to be a very odd travel year with a period of intense international travel using miles, followed by what will likely be a summer and autumn spent at home.
While it isn’t clear how much I’ll be able to travel on United for the remainder of the year, I do wish to enjoy 1K status while I have it and I still love flying for the sake of flying. Recently, I took advantage of a cheap fare (walk-up economy class round trip fares between Los Angeles and Tokyo have been running under $600) to do a day-trip to Tokyo. I even considered taking my son Augustine, though he simply would have plastered himself to the in-flight-entertainment for 20 hours, so we decided to save the money. I look forward to actually taking him to visit Tokyo and Osaka.
PlusPoints were available to upgrade to business class with immediate clearance. The trip took place just before the Polaris Lounge in Los Angeles reopened, or that would have been icing on the cake.
The flight to Tokyo on United was just fine. I did not sleep, deliberately. Service was kind, I had some lunch, worked for several hours, and then ate again. The flight passed by very quickly and as I powered down before landing, I was pleased at everything I had accomplished on the flight.
My last trip through Tokyo was via Haneda Airport…this time, it was nice to be back in Narita. I find the ANA terminal (T1) much nicer than the JAL terminal (T2), though most things were closed.
During my layover, I enjoyed some noodles and a lovely glass of Suntory World in the ANA Lounge. What a fabulous lunch.
Soon, it was time to board my flight back to Los Angeles. That’s where the real surprise awaited me.
I enjoyed a trip to Tokyo for lunch in the ANA Lounge. It was fun to do one of these trips again (I can’t do them to New York anymore…the 757-200s running to JFK are suddenly a very difficult upgrade to score) and I hope that as time permits and fare remain low (they won’t), I can trips like this again.
And a p.s., the flights were virtually empty and would have run without me. Let’s avoid the carbon footprint lecture.