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Any Cheap Way To Get On A Japan Domestic 747?

Sun May 22, 2011 8:05 pm

I'll be in Japan in November and I'm trying to do one segment on a 747 Domestic, doesn't matter which route. Being used to find cheap $50 domestic fares if booked well in advance, like in Europe, America or Africa, I looked at the fares in Japan. To my surprise domestic flights (no matter if they are months in advance or sooner) seem to be around $500, if you're lucky $250. Is there really no cheaper way than that to get on a 747 Domestic, even if one is completely flexible regarding route or time?

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RE: Any Cheap Way To Get On A Japan Domestic 747?

Sun May 22, 2011 8:18 pm

Is NH still operating the 744 domestically ? JL have already retired all of theirs and I thought that NH had too ?
 
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RE: Any Cheap Way To Get On A Japan Domestic 747?

Sun May 22, 2011 8:32 pm

Tickets on domestic services in Japan go online only 3 months in advance for regular prices. You must be able to find a oneway for roughly 15000~20000 JPY on some route. Just wait closer to date and check the NH website for tickets (usually the other ticket sites are much more expensive)
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RE: Any Cheap Way To Get On A Japan Domestic 747?

Sun May 22, 2011 9:10 pm

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 2):
You must be able to find a oneway for roughly 15000~20000 JPY on some route.

Yeah that is my point. 20K JPY equals 250 US$. Why so darn expensive, especially if they have 30-minute frequencies? I know Japan is an expensive country, but so is Norway or Canada, and you can find domestic flights for $50 or less in those countries!

I think I'll take a Shinkansen train instead. Too bad, I'd have loved to log a 747 Domestic.

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RE: Any Cheap Way To Get On A Japan Domestic 747?

Wed May 25, 2011 1:51 pm

Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 1):
Is NH still operating the 744 domestically ?

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Yes, NH still has some 744Ds on routes like HND-CTS/FUK/OKA. On the date I checked there were about a dozen 744Ds in each direction on those 3 routes combined.
 
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RE: Any Cheap Way To Get On A Japan Domestic 747?

Fri May 27, 2011 10:17 am

Only NH still has 744 (domestic) services, JAL not anymore.

Either buy a full fare ticket or a saver fare on the airline website but thats usually expensive. Alternatives would be to purchase a through fare with an international/domestic segment in one ticket. If you arrive in Japan on a Star Alliance carrier (paid and no non-rev) ticket you might get a Star Alliance Japan Air Pass which gets you a domestic coupon for around 11k JPY.
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