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Saturday, December 3rd 2016

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2015
5
May
Calgary to Osaka, Japan - $722 roundtrip including taxes | 26 minute, $8 train ride to Kyoto

Osaka, Japan

Air Canada is having an unadvertised sale on some flights from Calgary to Osaka, Japan (KIX) for $722 CAD roundtrip including taxes. This is a good 30% below the typical best roundtrip prices to Japan these days.

Available dates

It looks to be sporadic dates in May, June and in late August to mid October that have dropped.

From Osaka, it's a 26 minute train ride ($8) to the beautiful city of Kyoto if you use the special rapid trains on the JR Kyoto Line.


How to find and book these flights

1. Here are some example searches from Kayak. These are date combinations that are showing up at $722. There are quite a few others in other months in the $800s, but not as many in the $700s.

Update 1 - Wed May 6 @ 9:10 AM - Taking a look this morning, it looks like prices have increased to $815.

Update 2 - Wed May 6 @ 9:21 AM - A few dates are still available for $754 CAD if you book in $USD through Airfare.com. It works out to $754 CAD on your credit card after conversion. Examples: Aug 25 to Sep 09 - Sep 30 to Oct 14 -

May 13 to May 27 or 28

May 20 to June 3 or 4

May 27 to June 10 or 11

June 3 to June 17 or 18

June 10 to June 24 or 25

August 24, 25, 26 to Sep 9 or 10

September 15, 16 to Oct 01

September 30 to October 13, 14, 15

2. Click through from Kayak to FlightHub to complete the booking.

screenshot from FlightHub for TWO passengers:


NOTE: The Vancouver - Osaka portion is operated by Air Canada Rouge. The typical warning about Rouge applies as always (no seat back entertainment, smaller seats) but the Rouge flights from Vancouver to Japan are apparently better than they are to other Rouge destinations.

Here's what someone who has flown Rouge on this route has to say:

"Just a note flying Rouge isn't so bad if flying in the 767. It's very comparable and the seats are a slightly wider than that of the new Air Canada 787s that fly to Tokyo.
767 - 30 pitch / 17.5 width.
787 - 31 pitch / 17.3 width."

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Update 3 - More madness to Osaka!

It now looks like there are flights from Calgary to Osaka's ITM airport for a similar price, BUT using Japan Airlines! (Japan Airlines is a very good airline).

The Calgary - Vancouver segments are operated by either WestJet or Air Canada. The Vancouver - Tokyo and Tokyo - Osaka segments are operated by Japan Airlines.

Here are some searches on Kayak that are bringing up roundtrip prices in the $700s.

How to find & book these flights

1. Start with a search on Kayak...

Oct 26 or 27 to Nov 09 - $722

Oct 27 to Nov 10 - $722

Oct 28 to Nov 10 or 11 - $728

Nov 03 to Nov 16 - $728

Nov 10 to Nov 23 or 24 - $728

Nov 17 to Nov 30 - $728

Nov 23 to Dec 08 - $722

2. Click through from Kayak to FlightHub to complete the booking.

screenshot from booking page of FlightHub.com for TWO passengers:


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