Price War leads to cheap airfare to Japan for the fall

After searching more airfares today, it appears that a Price War is yielding cheaper-than-usual airfare for immediate travel to Japan in September, October and November. If you’ve thought of visiting Japan and haven’t had the chance, or you are desperate for the return trip, then you should seriously take these airfares into consideration… and don’t waste time purchasing the tickets!

The price war essentially focuses around flights operated by American Airlines and United Airlines from the hub and focus cities of their competitors. Many of these flights will require connections somewhere in the US.

American Airlines has hubs in New York – JFK, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Miami, with added hubs from the acquisition of US Airways in Philadelphia, Charlotte and Phoenix. United’s hubs are in Newark, Washington Dulles, Chicago O’Hare (shared with United), Houston, Denver and San Francisco.

United has sale fares from American Airlines hubs: As low as $940 round/trip from Dallas, $942 r/t from Los Angeles (nonstop on their 787) and even $940 r/t from Miami! From US Airways hubs, $940 r/t from Philadelphia, $939 r/t from Charlotte.  Delta Air Lines also has matched the $942 fare from Los Angeles.

Conversely, American Airlines sale fares are from the United hubs: $943 round/trip from Newark, $943 r/t from Washington Dulles AND National, $942 r/t from Houston, $943 r/t from Denver. 

All of these fares require purchase no later than September 3 for travel in the fall on most Sundays through Thursdays until early December. The exception is the Delta airfare from Los Angeles, which has to be purchased by August 25.

Airline Sale Fares from Newark, Washington and Los Angeles to Tokyo for Fall 2014

9/3/14 – These fares have expired.

Sale Fares from US to Japan for Fall Travel

I’m writing this post today to make readers aware of great discounts for travel to Japan during Fall 2014. It’s possible that these airlines need to fill some seats, so if you would like to visit the land of the rising sun, even 2 weeks from when I write this, the time to act is now!

NEW YORK TO TOKYO (from Newark) and WASHINGTON TO TOKYO (from Dulles)

American Airlines has sale fares from both Newark Airport near New York, and Dulles Airport near Washington DC, to Tokyo Narita via connections in their US hubs for travel through early December starting as low as $943 round-trip. Travel must take place Monday through Thursday and you must return within 90 days or by December 24.

LOS ANGELES TO TOKYO

United Airlines has put their nonstop service from Los Angeles to Tokyo Narita – on a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner – on sale recently, and now it looks like Delta has joined the price war. For most departures through early December flights on either airline – both nonstop – can be had for as low as $929 round-trip.

Good luck on booking these, and enjoy your trip to Japan!

Coming Soon: Jose in Japan – Version 2!

Just a quick note that I am starting to redo my Jose in Japan videos from my trip a few years ago. Unlike the previous videos that were removed from YouTube due to copyright issues, these videos will have no “questionable material”… just my video footage and some modern-day commentary by yours truly. This will once again be a slow process, which may take a few months to fully finish (I will be away from my main computer for 7 weeks during the summer). Stay tuned and I’ll let you know how things go!
Oh, and I really need to write a few more articles. So I’ll try to do that soon too! ^_^

“Jose in Japan” videos are coming down

Just a quick message: I am sorry to announce that due to multiple Japanese ownership claims that are spreading across my YouTube videos like wildfire, I have no choice but to delete ALL of my Jose in Japan videos. I might re-upload the videos in the future, but for now there’s nothing I can do with YouTube now threatening to delete my account. All of this after the videos have been up without problems for… 3 or 4 years?

Japan giving away 10,000 free air tickets

It was recently announced that the Japan Tourism Agency intends to offer free air travel to tourists visiting Japan next year as a way to stimulate tourism and the economy. This plan is included in their annual budget which must be approved by the Japanese Government (Diet).

Multiple news sources, in reporting this story, note that tourism levels in Japan have dropped sharply since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in the northern Tohoku region – but I suspect the strength of the Japanese Yen also has something to do with it (now at 76.80 to the US dollar).

Under the plan, which may begin as early as April of next year – which is when new fiscal years typically begin in Japan – prospective tourists will be asked to fill out an application, indicating what parts of Japan they would like to visit. Passport ID numbers would be required as part of the application process. The tourism agency will select 10,000 entries after background checks are conducted to ensure that tourists will not enter and stay in the country illegally. These 10,000 lucky people will have their round-trip airfare paid for in full, while being responsible for all other costs (food, lodging, transportation, etc)… they will also be asked to write a report about their trip which will be published online. The tourism agency is hoping that tourists spreading the word about their Japan trip through social media (Facebook, Blogs, YouTube, etc) will stimulate more travel in the country.

I would keep an eye on the websites of the Japan Tourism Agency (http://www.mlit.go.jp/kankocho/en/) and the Japan National Tourist Organization (http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/) to see if and when the application process will begin. Once again, the Diet will need to approve the tourism agency’s budget before this process can begin.

I won’t lie… I definitely will be one of the many people submitting their applications for a free airplane ticket to the land of the rising sun. You have been warned.

Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

I woke up this morning to hear horrible news… a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck Japan, followed by a 30-foot high tsunami. The earthquake is the highest magnitude in Japanese history… higher even than the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake that registered at 7.9.

Hundreds of people are dead, and hundreds others are injured, missing, or homeless. Transportation has grinded to a halt north of Tokyo; train systems in Tokyo were taken offline following the earthquake but most of them are back up and running now.

I ask everyone reading this to consider donating money to help with the Japan relief efforts. If you live in the United States and Canada, the best way to make a donation is to send a text message using your cell phone to the American Red Cross and Canadian Red Cross, respectively.

If you live in the United States you can donate $10 by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. Those in Canada can donate $5 by texting the word ASIA to 30333. These donations will be added to your next cell phone bill.

I hope to find out more about Japan’s transport status in the coming days as the extent of the damage becomes clearer. Please keep the people of Japan in your prayers and thoughts.