Japan Airlines Economy Class kicks A$$

Flying Japan Airlines has always been on my radar as many rave about the service, the food and the space.

Welp...I had the opportunity to try it out from Bangkok to Tokyo.

And well it was better than most US Carriers version of economy.

In Japan they haven’t jumped on the “basic”, “reg economy” “premium economy” band wagon and it shows in a VERY good way.

The flight time is about 5 hours, and I chose an evening flight in hopes that I could sleep. I sat in 25D an aisle seat. And honestly I’ve sat in Domestic First class US seats with LESS space. I had plenty of room to stretch my legs. Then entertainment system while dated with their tv shows, the movies were current. I was kept quite entertained. AND they serve all booze, all free.

Now the cons and there are many...the way they turned on and off the plane lights was VERY annoying especially on an overnight flight. There was no warning. No gentle...”hey sleeping passenger the lights are coming up” just a BAM ...we have lights. Also they did not collect trash often so my area was littered with empty glasses, but not two many as they only ran the beverage cart through twice.

The plane decor seemed dated. I noticed the business class seats with dark woods just seemed “old” like the plastic on the couch at grandma’s type of old.

And the food was ok. They gave a chocolate croissant and some Japanese snack mix at the start of trip along with a small bottled water.

For dinner was a soupy rice with beef mix, salad, some sort of pudding (that I avoided like the plague) and fresh fruit. Luckily for me I wasn’t very hungry, and we would be landing soon.

So overall I would STILL chose this carrier over a US carrier for all the amenities included that on domestic US international carriers (American, Delta, United etc) you would pay extra for. On a scale of 1-10...I give the experience an 8.

Stay tuned my next post ...as this leg was economy but my Tokyo to NYC is the coveted Japan Airlines First Class. I’ve heard that they don’t have apartments on private suites( like Emirates or Etihad) but the food and drink are supposed to be phenomenal and you best believe I’m gonna have the champagne.

And big apologies ZERO pics of the previous flight. My phone and I were both dead on arrival for that flight. But once I got to NRT I perked up real quick.

Japan Airlines First Class Flex is coming soon.

Traveling During the Holidays

Ok. let's face it...NO ONE wants to travel during the holidays.If you are like me you don't like the hassle nor do you like the novices/amateurs flying. You know the ones, the people who stand in line talking about whatever nonsense until it's their turn THEN they begin to scramble for their paperwork instead of being ready.

I don't want you (my loyal LOLA reader) to be one of the amateurs we laugh about...so here are a few tips to help you "be prepared"

1. A Pen. A writing instrument can be more important than gold during your travels. Whether using it to finish the latest USA Today crossword or for my favorite use...FORMS and arrival cards. Pack it now, thank me later.

2. A FOLDER OR FILE with itinerary. Yes I know it can be a pain, but it will safe you time in the long run. Especially with international travel. When you are de-boarding a plane in most countries you have to fill out an "embarkation card", and it is TONS easier when all the info is available at your fingertips.

3. A carry on with your essentials. I don't care how many times you read this on my blog and others...HEED MY ADVICE...all it takes is one incident of lost luggage.  Better yet...pack LIGHT.

4. CONNECTION is key. Stay in the loop.  Grab the latest travel apps before you leave home. Flight Status gives you real-time updates on delays, baggage numbers and more, and GateGuru gives you approximate times you’ll spend in security. Decided to ditch the airport, and get on the road? Find the cheapest gas and cleanest bathrooms on the road with GasBuddy and SitOrSquat.

5. Pack some snacks. Seriously, no one likes a Hangry traveler

6. Choose wisely...the day you travel. The actual day of the holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or NY Day are the better days. less traffic) Also, try to either, as early as possible (ie FIRST flight out) or late in the day. The middle is NO Bueno.

7. Breathe. You wouldn't think you need this reminder but trust me on this.

Happy Trails