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Japan Do #6 - Naha (Okinawa) - March 29-31 2018

Japan Do #6 - Naha (Okinawa) - March 29-31 2018

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Handle --- Arrival ---- Departure ---- Hotel
  1. beckoa+1 - 3/29 7C 1802 TPE-OKA -- 4/3 JL2084 OKA-ITM -- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Naha
  2. krazykanuck - 3/28 NH479 HND-OKA -- 4/2 NH464 OKA-HND -- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Naha
  3. TravelKane - Mar 28 JL3 JFK>NRT * Mar 29 NH 2159 NRT>OKA * DoubleTree by Hilton Naha * Apr 3 CI121 OKA>TPE
  4. kirkwoodj ---- 3/29 NH475 HND-OKA ---- 4/1 NH460 OKA-HND ---- DoubleTree by Hilton Naha
  5. restlessinRNO - 3/29 IT230 TPE-OKA -- 4/1 BC552 OKA-NGO -- DoubleTree by Hilton Naha
  6. nomadic.relief - 3/30 BR112 TPE-OKA -- 4/2 MM925 OKA-TPE -- Almont Hotel
  7. ellyse - 3/29 HO1331 PVG-OKA 4/2 HO1332 OKA-PVG Guesthouse Umikaji
  8. ellyse+1 - 3/29 MU287 PVG-OKA 4/2 MU288 OKA-PVG Guesthouse Umikaji
  9. Sykes - 3/24 OZ172 ICN-OKA 4/2 OZ171 OKA-ICN Hyatt Regency Naha
  10. oliver2002 -Mar 29 CA831 PEK-OKA - April 1 NH994 OKA HND - Sheraton Sunmarina
  11. NewbieRunner - 3/28 NH473 HND-OKA - 4/1 NH994 OKA-HND - DoubleTree Shuri Castle 3/28-29 DoubleTree Naha 3/29-4/1
  12. nme7 - 3/29 GK305 NRT-OKA - 4/1 GK312 OKA-NRT -- DoubleTree by Hilton Naha
  13. Aeolus - 3/28 JL921 HND-OKA -- 4/1 JTA052 OKA-FUK -- DT by Hilton Naha (28-30), DT Shuri Castle (3/30-4/1)
  14. Lennart - 3/28 NH471 HND-OKA -- 3/31 NU617 OKA-ISG -- Sheraton Sunmarina
  15. Lennart+1 - 3/28 NH471 HND-OKA -- 3/31 NU617 OKA-ISG -- Sheraton Sunmarina
  16. armagebedar - 3/28 JL HND-OKA -- 4/1 JL OKA-HND -- Hyatt Regency Naha
  17. BigRedBears - 3/28 NH1213 FUK-OKA -- 4/1 NH1200 OKA-FUK -- DT Naha (3/28-3/31), Crowne Plaza Naha (3/32-4/1)
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Old Jan 21, 18, 8:26 am
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I suppose I should book something for this?
Yes, you should. Definitely!
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Old Jan 21, 18, 8:53 am
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Domestic flights to/from Naha (OKA)

If anyone has a ticket to NRT, HND, KIX, etc. and needs to book flights to/from Okinawa (OKA), ANA and JAL's domestic flight tickets for March 25 or later will go on sale at 9:30AM JST on January 25. Members of ANA/JAL's frequent flyer programs and those with the airline's credit cards may start booking one or two days earlier. Check the airlines' website for further information.

Discounted tickets sold under various names will also go on sale on the same day as will discounted tickets only available to overseas visitors. It is not clear whether the Do dates will fall in a blackout period but it's worth checking.

oneworld Yokoso/Visit Japan Fare
JAL Welcome to Japan Fare
ANA Experience Japan Fare
ANA Visit Japan Fare

A few LCCs also fly between Tokyo and Naha (Okinawa).

Jetstar
Skymark
Starflyer
Vanilla Air
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Old Jan 21, 18, 9:19 pm
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Just to add to NewbieRunners post, the most points efficient way I've found is using Etihad miles to book on ANA. It should be 12k Etihad miles, though I am unsure what the cash taxes/fees are.

Using avios you book on JAL will be 15k rt with minimal fees.
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Old Jan 22, 18, 12:37 am
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ANA itself will sell you the domestic award for 7k oneway, and is a Amex MR transfer partner
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With less than 10 weeks to the DO, I have updated post #3 with the handles of those who have confirmed their attendance and those interested/maybes.

Please post any addition or correction in this thread.
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Old Jan 22, 18, 6:31 am
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Let me ask this about flights in Asia - I intend to fly from Okinawa to Hong Kong on Sunday to pick up a CX flight home, but the Hong Kong Airlines nonstop is like $600 one way. Is that the usual price for that flight?

Also, you can confirm me with a +1.
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Useful links

Okinawa Mainland (Japan Guide)

Okinawa Island (Wikipedia)

How to get around Naha (Japan Guide)

Okinawa Monorail (Yui Rail)


Map of useful bus lines on Okinawa Island
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Originally Posted by tkey75 View Post
Let me ask this about flights in Asia - I intend to fly from Okinawa to Hong Kong on Sunday to pick up a CX flight home, but the Hong Kong Airlines nonstop is like $600 one way. Is that the usual price for that flight?
One way flights to HKG are terribly expensive. Have you tried booking a return?

Also, you can confirm me with a +1.
Done!
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Old Jan 22, 18, 7:27 am
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Originally Posted by NewbieRunner View Post
One way flights to HKG are terribly expensive. Have you tried booking a return?
I'll try that. It's just bananas that a coach seat is only like $150HKD less than a business seat.

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Originally Posted by tkey75 View Post
I'll try that. It's just bananas that a couch seat is only like $150HKD less than a business seat.
The cheapest one way I can find on Google Flights is Jetstar via SIN!
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I am considering flying into TPE, then taking TPE-OKA on BR. There is just 1 flight a day, very early in the morning. 1 h 40 m flight. Cost will be about 10,000 TWD coach. I have a flexible booking at the DoubleTree Naha. I will finalize plans after events are posted.
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Originally Posted by NewbieRunner View Post
The cheapest one way I can find on Google Flights is Jetstar via SIN!
Same.
There's JL F availability so though I had wanted to include HKG, I'll probably just do that.
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Let me ask this about flights in Asia - I intend to fly from Okinawa to Hong Kong on Sunday to pick up a CX flight home, but the Hong Kong Airlines nonstop is like $600 one way. Is that the usual price for that flight?
HKA/HX is not the most punctual airline... go for Cathay Dragon. Its only 59k JPY if you book a return on April 10 along with it.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 8:57 pm
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Originally Posted by restlessinRNO View Post
I am considering flying into TPE, then taking TPE-OKA on BR. There is just 1 flight a day, very early in the morning. 1 h 40 m flight. Cost will be about 10,000 TWD coach. I have a flexible booking at the DoubleTree Naha. I will finalize plans after events are posted.
I'll probably be going via HKG and TPE as well *assuming things don't go sideways at work*

Might check out a ULCC TPE-OKA as others are 2-3x as much.
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Originally Posted by NewbieRunner View Post
If anyone has a ticket to NRT, HND, KIX, etc. and needs to book flights to/from Okinawa (OKA), ANA and JAL's domestic flight tickets for March 25 or later will go on sale at 9:30AM JST on January 25. Members of ANA/JAL's frequent flyer programs and those with the airline's credit cards may start booking one or two days earlier. Check the airlines' website for further information.

Discounted tickets sold under various names will also go on sale on the same day as will discounted tickets only available to overseas visitors. It is not clear whether the Do dates will fall in a blackout period but it's worth checking.
And the sale opened today. Fares to TYO were rather low, except of course the 'value45' and 'value55' fare is of course gone on the exact flight I wanted to take with NR. No harm done, the ANA website in Germany shows a lower visitor fare. 326 for 4 people is a steal.
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