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February 16, 2005

Will someone please talk me out of this?

American Airlines is inaugurating their new service to Nagoya, Japan with very low fares, about $630 round trip including tax. That’s slightly more than half the price of comparable flights to Tokyo right now. They’re also matching United’s double miles promotion. Book your ticket by February 18, fly by May 25, get double miles.

Nagoya isn’t tempting, but Kyoto is. And so are busmen’s holidays.

Research and entreaties to Japanese friends didn’t turn up much in the way of ballet in Kyoto, though there is an uncommon appearance of the Paris Opera ballet in Nagoya, coinciding with Expo 2005.

However, the final weekend of April in Tokyo hits the jackpot. Three major performances all in the same weekend.

New National Theatre Ballet, Tokyo - 29, 30 April; 1, 2, 3 May: The Sleeping Beauty

Tokyo Ballet 29, 30 April; 1, 4, 5, 6 May: Sylvie Guillem triple bill

Matsuyama Ballet, Tokyo (Yoko Morishita's company) 29 April; 3, 4 May: Cinderella

(Thank you to Naoko S for all the research)

I am so tempted. It’s not cheap, but it isn’t that expensive either. $630 for airfare, $290 for Japan Rail pass and Tokyo has the sort of budget hotels that New York doesn’t.

The long haul flight comes with certain perks if you’re a “miles whore”. The flight alone is a bit over 14,000 miles round trip; a significant chunk of getting elite status, or jumping up a notch. And if you make mid tier (Platinum), which I would do after this flight, subsequent flights, including the one I’m taking to London, would earn double miles. All told with bonuses, the $630 round trip flights would net me over 30,000 miles, more than enough for one free domestic round trip.

Of course, now I want to splurge on staying in a Ryokan in Kyoto.

I can probably swing the expense. The real problem is that I am going to Buenos Aires in for a week April and England for two weeks in June. Now I want a week in Japan? Well, yeah.

I've put a ticket on hold until the 18th. Will someone please talk me out of this?

Posted by Leigh Witchel at February 16, 2005 2:46 AM

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Leigh, just go. You've got the time, the $$, no kids or SO to deal with - Javi's certainly easy to find a sitter for. Hey, I would!

You'll have to pack an extra bag for plane knitting though.

So much for talking you out of it.

Posted by: eve at February 17, 2005 9:06 AM

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