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Friday, December 15th 2017

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2017
22
November
Calgary to Tokyo, Japan - $652 CAD roundtrip including taxes on ANA

Tokyo, Japan

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has dropped the price of their 1-stop flights from Calgary to Tokyo, Japan down to $652 CAD roundtrip including taxes.

The flights are in and out of Tokyo's Haneda airport (HND) - the one that's close to downtown Tokyo.

ANA was ranked #3 worldwide in this year's airline rankings.

The flights have 1 stop each way, in Vancouver. Most of the flights I've seen have an ideal 2-3 hour layover in Vancouver.

NOTE: The flights between Calgary and Vancouver are operated by Air Canada.

Availability for travel

November, December 2017 (may need to depart in November)

January, February, March, April, May, June 2018

How to find and book this deal

1. Start with Google Flights search like this one:

Google Flights: Calgary to Tokyo, Japan

2. Click on the departure date box to open up the calendar view and look for the date combinations that are $837 roundtrip.

NOTE: In May and June look for the dates that are $1,023 roundtrip.

3. Go to Skyscanner

Search for a flight from Calgary (YYC) to Tokyo, Japan (HND)

Use the same dates you found on Google Flights.

screenshot from Skyscanner



Some info about the booking sites showing these fares

You may have noticed that the only booking sites showing these fares are ones that are generally considered the lower quality booking sites (BookAirfare, Airfare Network). I would consider Budget Air to be more of mid-level quality, and probably the best of the booking sites I've seen with this fare.

If you try Googling for reviews, you'll probably find a lot of bad reviews. Although the same can be said for even the higher quality booking sites of the world (Expedia, Priceline, etc). It's the nature of booking sites to attract bad reviews.

The reason the lower quality booking sites often have the worst reviews, is usually because they tend to use the lowest quality off-shore customer support service.

Here are some things I know to be true:

- It's not super unusual for the low quality booking sites to be the only ones offering a really cheap price on ANA flights. Or for them to offer a price that is significantly cheaper than the ANA website. I've seen this many times over the years.

- With pretty much every ANA deal I can think of, once you book through the low quality booking site, you are issued a ticket number by ANA. You can use this ticket number to check your booking directly on the ANA website and make sure all is well.

In that sense, booking a ticket through a low quality booking site is the same as booking your ticket with ANA. The booking site is just the middle man, getting ANA to issue that ticket on your behalf. It's the same ticket, and you're in the same airline reservation systems worldwide.

Assuming you never need to make any changes to your ticket, you shouldn't have to deal with the booking site from that point on.

However, the key difference between booking through a third party booking site and the airline directly is that if you ever need to deal with customer support (make changes, cancel your ticket, etc) you are forced to deal with the customer service of the third party booking site.

And as mentioned above, generally speaking, the lower the quality of the booking site, the greater the chance that the customer service experience, if ever needed, would be a bad one.

You can find some more info about booking through the third party booking sites in this article:
Third Party Airfare Booking Sites: The Power Rankings - who to trust, who to avoid

Update: It looks like Budget Air is quick at getting these tickets issued from ANA. Airfare Network is not as quick.





Update 11/22 @ 2:00 PM MST - It looks like these are all gone.



Update 11/25 - While the flights from Calgary to Tokyo with ANA are gone, there are now flights with United Airlines for $674 CAD roundtrip including taxes. However, Air Canada is also offering non-stop flights from Calgary to Tokyo for $772 CAD roundtrip on certain dates, so it's worth checking for those first.

How to find the non-stop flights from Calgary to Tokyo (NRT) with Air Canada for $772 CAD roundtrip

1. Start with a Google Flights search like this one:

Google Flights: Calgary to Tokyo, Japan (non-stop flights)

2. Click on the departure date box to open up the calendar view and look for the date combinations that are $837 roundtrip.

I've seen them in January, February, March, and April 2018.

3. Go to Momondo

Search for a flight from Calgary to Tokyo, Japan (TYO)

Try the same dates you found on Google Flights.

NOTE: After your Momondo search completes, you may need to select 'Non-stop' on the left hand side to see these flights.

screenshot from Momondo



How to find the 1-stop flights from Calgary to Tokyo (TYO) with United Airlines for $674 CAD roundtrip

1. Start with a Google Flights search like this one:

Google Flights: Calgary to Tokyo, Japan (1-stop flights)

2. Click on the departure date box to open up the calendar view and look for the date combinations that are $888 or $899 roundtrip.

I've seen them in January, February, March, and April 2018.

You can try dates in May, even though they're not cheap on Google Flights. I've seen some for $674, but with 2 stops on the way home.

3. Go to Momondo

Search for a flight from Calgary to Tokyo, Japan (TYO)

Try the same dates you found on Google Flights.

Some flights may be into one of Tokyo's airports, and home from a different Tokyo airport.

NOTE: After your Momondo search completes, you should select '1-stop' on the left hand side. And also slide the 'Max Flight Duration' slider on the left down to about 38.

screenshot from Momondo



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16 Responses to "Calgary to Tokyo, Japan - $652 CAD roundtrip including taxes on ANA"


    Has Anonymous been here?
       Anonymous on November 21st, 2017

    Thanks Chris. Just booked my ticket via Budgetair.com for $668 and waiting for the confirmation email. Hopefully will receive a e-ticket number within 24 hours.

    Has Anonymous been here?
       Anonymous on November 21st, 2017

    Just got my confirmation with an airline reservation code. Checked on ANA website and my reservation is there. Thanks again Chris.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on November 21st, 2017

    Thanks for the info Anonymous. Sounds like BudgetAir is quick at getting the ANA tickets issued which is good to hear.

    Has Sean been here?
       Sean on November 21st, 2017

    Unfortunately The Google Flight Search Linked above is only showing fairs at $973 on the low end and $2940 on the high - For March. Chris did you see $837 fairs via Google in March earlier?

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on November 21st, 2017

    Hi Sean, I do remember seeing some, but it seemed like March had relatively few dates available compared to the other months, and it does seem like cheap date combinations in March have dried up.

    It looks like Feb 28 to Mar 7 is $657 on Skyscanner.

    Has AC been here?
       AC on November 22nd, 2017

    Just booked for June using AirfareNetwork. Should I be expecting a second email with reservation, after receiving the email for receipt?

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on November 22nd, 2017

    Hi AC,

    You have probably already received the second e-mail this morning, but just to let you know that I've heard from people in Vancouver who booked it through AirfareNetwork last night, and received the second e-mail with the ticket number from ANA this morning.

    From a comment on YVR Deals:

    "Booked through airfarenetwork for Dec 2017, $711 around 8pm PST
    Got the ANA reservation number at 7am PST (and credit card charged by ANA). Checked on ANA website and details as booked."

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on November 22nd, 2017

    Sean: Just to let you know that I saw Mar 1 to Mar 14 for $671 CAD roundtrip this morning on Momondo, even though Google Flights doesn't show any cheap dates left in March.

    The booking site was Fareboom. The price verified when I clicked through to the confirmation page.

    Has Sean been here?
       Sean on November 22nd, 2017

    Chris: Thanks so much for the follow up. I did find some flights that cheap via Momondo and Fareboom, unfortunately not with the short stop in Vancouver, the ones I found generally had an overnight in San Fran. I'll take a more detailed look again tonight.
    Thanks again.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on November 22nd, 2017

    No problem Sean, the one I saw was with the ideal 2 hour layovers. on ANA. Unfortunately, checking again right now, I don't currently see it on Momondo.

    Right now I'm just seeing the $689 United flights in March (3 hour stops each way) - such as March 2-13 for example.

    Has KT been here?
       KT on November 23rd, 2017

    I booked a flight for April 30-May 8 with AirfareNetwork and got a confirmation email shortly after however, after a few hours they have sent me another email saying that my flight is now cancelled yet I still see it listed as available on float search engines.

    Is there any reason why that would be the case? Really sad if I have to rebook for a higher price now after being able to get the $677 deal in the morning.

    Has Ana been here?
       Ana on November 23rd, 2017

    I also received I cancelation email this morning. Very disappointing.

    Has BT been here?
       BT on November 23rd, 2017

    Booked for June with airfare network and got a cancelation email this morning... Tried calling but they couldn't do anything. So disappointed... This was for our honeymoon and we had made plans, got time off and everything =(.
    Is there anything we can do to file a complaint or "fight" against the company?

    Has Chris Myden been here?
       Chris Myden on November 23rd, 2017

    Hmmm, sorry to hear that KT and Ana. What sometimes happens is, towards the end of a deal as seats sell out and the airline changes the price back to the higher price, the booking site tries to get the ticket issued for the price they were quoting, but finds out they can no longer get a ticket issued at the price they were quoting.

    In reality, the ticket is never really booked until you get that second e-mail with the actual ticket number. Of course, the person booking the flight doesn't know that and thinks the first confirmation e-mail means everything went just fine and that they have a flight booked.

    This tends to happen most with the lower quality booking sites like Airfare Network because they are slower at getting tickets issued, and also because their technology for quoting the 'real time' price and availability of tickets is not as good as the higher quality booking sites. Unfortunately in this case, it was only the lower quality booking sites that were showing these.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on November 25th, 2017

    Update: While the flights from Calgary to Tokyo with ANA are gone, there are now flights with United Airlines for $674 CAD roundtrip including taxes.

    However, Air Canada is also offering non-stop flights from Calgary to Tokyo for $772 CAD roundtrip on certain dates, so it's worth checking for those first.

    See the update in the blog post.

    Has Christopher been here?
       Christopher on November 26th, 2017

    Hi Chris, I already booked my ticket but didn't pay enough attention to the connection time arriving in Vancouver from Calgary.

    I have 1 hour and 20 minutes, is that enough time to connect to the ANA flight? I will be contacting ANA Canada as well to inquire about the minimum connection time for international flights from another airline.

    Any insight is appreciated, thank you!
    (I booked through Budget Air).

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