JAL Good Sleep Service in Business Class Jakarta (CGK) to Narita (NRT)

Flying from Narita to Jakarta a week and a half earlier, I had the chance to experience Japan Airlines (JAL) long haul first class. It was quite the special treat, and I wanted to use miles to do the same for the return. Space never opened up, and at some point I quit looking- the return to Narita is an overnight flight on a Boeing 777, and as long as I have enough space to stretch out in I should be fine. Indeed, JAL calls this their “good sleep service,” and they did a nice job pulling it off. Continue reading “JAL Good Sleep Service in Business Class Jakarta (CGK) to Narita (NRT)”

Shuttle from Narita Terminal 2 to the Hilton and other local properties

Shortest post ever, folks. I have prepared a short video describing how to take the shuttle from Narita Terminal 2 to the Hilton Narita. The same basic logic applies for pretty much any other local hotel. Essentially, what you have to remember is this- go to post 26 for the Hilton shuttle, 31A for a local cab, and whatever other number is appropriate for your property. The video walks you through how to do it. Easy!

What to expect for Jakarta international departures

Pura Indah lounge in the Jakarta international departures terminal
Buffet in the Pura Indah lounge in the Jakarta international departures terminal

Howdy, folks. I am writing this as I sit in the Pura Indah Lounge– the business class lounge Japan Airlines uses– in Jakarta airport (CGK). The process for getting into the airport seems just a but different than most of the other airports I have been in, so I wanted to let you know what to expect. The process is very similar for domestic flights departing from Terminal 3. Here, however, I focus specifically on Jakarta international departures from Terminal 2.

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Japan Airlines First Class Lounge in Tokyo Narita

One of my travel idiosyncracies is that I feel the need to get to the airport really, really early– particularly if it is an unfamiliar airport where I don’t know the lay of the land. Last week that got me into the Japan Airlines (JAL) First Class lounge in Tokyo Narita (NRT) at about 7:35 a.m. for a 10:55 a.m. flight. A bit excessive? Of course. Am I glad I did it? Absolutely. Continue reading “Japan Airlines First Class Lounge in Tokyo Narita”

AA 175 DFW NRT in new business class

I starting writing this as I was on AA 175, a 14ish hour flight from DFW to NRT (Narita, Japan) in business class. This plane is a Boeing 772 equipped with the new business class seats (all forward facing), which are fantastic. Before I review and specifics of the flight, however, know this: 14 hours is a long time in an airplane. Have you ever seen the Lewis Black video about flying to New Zealand? Look it up sometime when you aren’t at work and there aren’t any small children around to hear the language. It has always been funny, and this particular journey makes it all the funnier. Continue reading “AA 175 DFW NRT in new business class”