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Korean Air $917 to Japan--is there a catch?

Korean Air $917 to Japan--is there a catch?

Jul 7th, 2011, 08:48 AM
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Korean Air $917 to Japan--is there a catch?

Through Vayama, I can fly nonstop LAX to Japan for $917 on Korean Air. The plane is an a330-200. All Korean Air planes are supposed to have new seats.
This flight is so much cheaper than the others that I'm afraid there's some big disadvantage. Does anyone have recent experience or some knowledge with either Korean Air or Vayama? If you were me, would you buy this Korean Air ticket through Vayama?
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Jul 7th, 2011, 09:04 AM
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Check on the Korean Air website. I'd book directly with the airline.

The only disadvantage I can think of is that there may be a long layover in Seoul. Ther are plenty of non-stops from LAX to Japan, so a flight requiring a stop elsewhere will be less expensive.
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Jul 7th, 2011, 09:08 AM
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Kathie - KE002/001 is LAX-NRT-ICN.
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Jul 7th, 2011, 09:35 AM
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Thanks, Ray. My information is obviously old - it used to be all flights were via ICN. So, camil, there is no disadvantage I can see.
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Jul 7th, 2011, 10:13 AM
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has anyone had a bad experience with vayama?
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Jul 7th, 2011, 12:27 PM
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We booked our flights to Cairo several years ago using Vayama (and I too would prefer to book direct with the airlines, but Vayama's price was much better than we could find elsewhere), and everything went without a hitch (well, other than the fact that our first flight was delayed, which led to missing our second flight, etc. but that wasn't Vayama's fault .
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Jul 7th, 2011, 05:00 PM
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Kathie - KE's LAX-NRT route is an odd one, but I believe they have had this flight and this rights since 1972, and it was KE's first longhaul route, hence the flight number KE001/002. They didn't start non-stop SEL-US routes till late 70's or early 80's. Since then, of course had eliminated all the NRT stops for their US flights, but they had retained this one, probably because it is profitable and popular among Japanese going to L.A.
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Jul 7th, 2011, 05:33 PM
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Thanks for the history on this, Ray.
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Jul 7th, 2011, 08:53 PM
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Is that the all-in fare or is there a fuel surcharge?
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Jul 7th, 2011, 09:51 PM
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When I just checked vayama it had the exact same fares as the AA site and itasoftware had for JFK-NRT.....
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Jul 8th, 2011, 01:15 AM
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I just started flying Korean Air last year and really liked them for their in-flight services, price and timing. Would highly recommend them. I booked directly with the airline but haven't checked any travel agents, however I start from Indonesia and fly outward, not the other way around, so Vayama may not suit me. Am currently talking with them about my round trip Christmas flight home.

The change of planes in Seoul is actually a bonus....it's an easy and interesting city to get around on a longish stopover.
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Jul 8th, 2011, 03:59 AM
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Korean Air is an awesome airline. The seats are comfortable and the service is amazing, even in economy class. If you do fly economy and are able to get the last couple of seats in the back of the plane, they are especially comfortable in the seats with the two person configuration. The airport is extremely nice and there are free computers that you can use in the transit lounges, along with comfortable seating. We stayed in the transit hotel between flights on one occasion and that worked out wonderfully for us. There's plenty of restaurants and shops also.
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