Shop smart for cheap JAL/ANA Japanese domestic flight deals

With the rising of cheap Asian flight deals in Toronto, more and more Torontonians are reaching out to Asia, especially to Japan.  Now that there are direct flights from Toronto to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.  I used to travel through Japan with my JR pass, but recently I’ve found great domestic flight deals like 7300 yen for one way offered by JAL and ANA during low seasons that will actually save you both time and money!

Next question is, why not budget airline?

In the last 10 years, there have been a growing number of budget airline entering the domestic flight market in Japan.  However in order to ensure a low operation cost and selling price, budget airlines have introduced additional cost for check in baggage, seat assignment, etc which have cause inconveniences and restrictions to many travelers.

To ensure a stable market share in the industry, traditional airlines like JAL and ANA have introduced super low domestic fare departing during low and shoulder seasons from October to March.

The cheapest fare would be purchasing 75 days before your departure date, then discount decreases along  from 55/45/28/21 days before your departure.  That said, the first batch of cheapest fare had been on sale 75 days before any October departure dates, and that means this super discount have actually begun as early as in August!  The trick is plan your trip ahead of time and purchase your ticket as soon as possible!

For instance, purchasing a ticket now that departs from Okinawa to Kansai flying with ANA in March is only 7500yen.  The only downside is departure time may be very early or in the middle of the day, but if you can plan ahead of time it will certainly fit your itinerary!

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You can actually order it directly on their own official website, select your seat right a way and you’re also given a 20kg baggage allowance to check in too!  The beauty of this is, you don’t have to pay right a way and cancellations can be done at no charge within a given time frame.  That said, compare to ordering at a third party site you can certainly avoid any service charge and actually have more protection, too.

Most importantly, they also have a lower risk of flight cancellations and delays than budget airlines.

On the other hand, JAL and ANA offer more domestic routes than any budget airlines, you can choose to depart from either Haneda or Narita to many different local cities, and that makes a huge difference to international travelers because it hoenestly really depends on where their first leg lands.

And don’t forget, JAL and ANA are two major competitors too!  The two airlines are currently introducing the same promotion, so do a price check on both with the same route and see which offers a better time and deal!

For another kind of budget luxury experience, try night buses in Japan!  And don’t forget to bring a portable dual voltage travel cooker to cook anywhere too!

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最近多倫多越來越多平價來回亞洲機票,尤其是現在有不少飛往日本的機票優惠,很多人都會趁這個機會飛到大阪、名古屋或者東京羽田機場再轉乘內陸機或者火車到其他城市遊玩。近年日本的傳統航空跟日本各大廉航宣戰,推出超低價淡季單程票價優惠,最低只是大約7300日圓(不到CAD$100啊)!

其實有很多以為從expedia或者其他第三網站訂購機票會更便宜,不過筆者就認為有時從第三網站訂購機票可能會有不少隱藏收費要留意,另外還聽說過到達機場的時候發現所訂購而且已付款的機票不被承認,導致最後還要多付費用搞定機票以免計劃泡湯。現在因為有更多廉價航空和第三網站加入廉價戰,傳統航空公司為了避免被市場淘汰更加入戰團,為方便國際遊客更容易訂購就在官網推出更多可以即時訂購而且即時可以讓顧客劃位的優惠,而且還不需要顧客立刻付款和在指定限期內還可以免費取消。

傳統航空公司推出的減價優惠可能比起大部分廉價航空更划算,因為大部分廉價航空為了降低成本就有多項行李重量、乘客服務等限制,不過由於這一種限時淡季優惠出自於日本傳統航空如ANA, JAL等,行李方面依然還是每人可以攜帶20kg,還可以在網上購票的時候選擇座位,某些指定航班還可以利用特快check in手續,重點還是取消或航班或者延誤的機會比起廉價航空低。還有,ANA和JAL都是日本國內最大航空公司,無論是航班時間和國內航線都比起任何日本廉航更多選擇,而且從東京出發還有成田和羽田兩個機場選擇。大部分廉航從東京出發都限於成田機場,交通比較方便而且鄰近市區的羽田機場則較少航線能夠提供服務。

有關這一種限定淡季優惠單程機票多數出現於秋冬或者春季,日本兩大航空公司ANA 和 JAL都同樣推出差不多的優惠票價,分別最便宜最划算的就是在優惠限定期間的75天前訂購,然後還有55/45/28/21天前出發的優惠。出發日期大約是10-3月期間,不過如果要算10月期間出發75天前購買的話其實8月尾已經開始有售!優惠價格當然就是越早訂購越多,例如圖中ANA從沖繩出發到大阪神戶的機票,現在訂購3月出發的指定航班最低只是7500日圓。不過要留意的就是,通常最低票價的航班時間未必最理想,可能會是早上7時又或者是黃昏5時的航班時間(或者任何不是最方便的時間吧!)無論如何只要盡早計劃就可以飛得更輕鬆更便宜!

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值得留意的是,因為JALANA同樣都推出這一種優惠的時候大家在訂購時就可以貨比兩家,看看誰的時間和價錢比較好才做決定。

在網上訂購後還不用即時付款,可於指定日子內利用信用卡付清而且在限期前取消還不用罰款。不過訂購時記得算清楚日子!

如果想試試另類平價豪華交通工具遊日本就不如試試可以節省更多時間和一晚酒店的夜間巴士!另外還可以帶備可以變壓的輕巧旅行小電鍋

 

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