Posted last night on my Facebook page:
I’m here in Las Vegas where the Rugby Sevens tournament has just wrapped up. While looking for Japan airfares for a friend out here, I found some interesting information worth sharing.
There’s a last-minute airfare deal from Las Vegas to Japan for travel in late February or early March. The deal is on Hawaiian Airlines to Osaka’s Kansai Airport. The itinerary requires you to take Hawaiian’s early morning (1:45 AM) departure from Las Vegas to Honolulu. There is an eight-hour layover, which means you might be able to sneak away for a nice Hawaiian breakfast! Arrival in Osaka is the following day at 7:05 PM. The return leaves Osaka at 9:05 PM, arriving Honolulu the same morning once the time changes take effect. After a 5 1/2 hour layover for customs (and a potential Hawaiian lunch), you are back in Las Vegas at 11:40 PM.
All in all, it’s a total 25 hour journey going from Las Vegas to Osaka if the stopover in Honolulu is included, and about 18-19 hours on the way back.
While Google’s airfare search spit out a round-trip fare of $851 round-trip, a direct search on the Hawaiian Airlines website brings the fare down to as low as $700 round-trip. While the dates departing to Japan are limited to late February and early March, the time frame for the return seems to be slightly loose. If I remember correctly, Hawaiian Airlines will allow you to check up to two bags at no charge for the journey (per person).
If long layovers or trips are not your forte, for another $300 more or so you can fly from Las Vegas to Tokyo on American/JAL connecting in Los Angeles.
This airfare was re-checked on Monday afternoon February 16 (Pacific Time) and is subject to change! 🙂