Airline tickets to Japan

Sep 21st, 2005, 12:29 PM
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Airline tickets to Japan

I have been looking at fares to Japan, and there don't seem to be any breaks for next spring. All prices (from Chicago) seem to be just over $1000 per person. Am I looking too far ahead? Or should I book the tickets next month when I have the money.
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Sep 21st, 2005, 12:35 PM
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You may want to wait as airlines frequently run sales to Japan. I realize fares have gone up but a little over a year ago, we got R/T JFK-NRT for a little over $500 so $1000 seems awfully high.
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Sep 21st, 2005, 12:38 PM
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Thanks, it seemed high to me, which is why I asked. It should be cheaper from Chicago, no?
Also, any recommendations on when to book hotels/ryokans?
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Sep 21st, 2005, 12:43 PM
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Generally fares from Chicago to Asia are about the same as from NY. $1000 does seem high so you may want to wait. However, I read an article last week that foreiqn airfares are expected to increase significantly this year because of fuel cost. That fare may already have figured that in. I think I read it could be 25-35% over this year.
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Sep 21st, 2005, 12:43 PM
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I'm not sure if it will be cheaper from Chicago than from JFK. A lot of deals seem to come out of NY but Chicago is also a giant hub for just about every airline too, as far as I know. I can't imagine it costing any more if you wait awhile though. Have you tried Orbitz and Expedia?
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Sep 21st, 2005, 12:45 PM
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I think the fuel surcharge has already been factored in by most airlines. I've been checking JFK-BKK for next spring and Thai went up $50 literally overnight last week because of the surcharge.
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Sep 21st, 2005, 12:54 PM
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There was a web site that had 6 discounters, including expedia and Orbitz and $1045 was the lowest fare. So from your suggestions, it won't hurt to wait a couple of months.
Any suggestions on when to book hotels?
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Sep 21st, 2005, 01:04 PM
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if you're going during cherry blossom time and going to Kyoto you might want to do that soon since hotels get booked there very quickly.
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