Places Visited: Tokyo, Japan, Beijing, China, Xi’an, China, Pyongyang, DPRK, Rangon, Myanmar, Bagan, Myanmar
Travel Dates: March 26 – April 14
Part 1: Building An Asian Experience Around A(nother) Mistake Fare
Part 2: First Stop – Japan
Part 3: Off To The Chaos of China and North Korea
Part 4: Air Koryo Flight 252, PEK – FNJ
Part 5: DPRK The Arrival
Part 6: Statues And Souvenirs
Part 7: Homeward Bound
Part 8: Xi’an and Terra Cotta Warriors
Part 9: Myanmar, Land Of A Thousand Pagodas
Several months ago, there were a series of currency fluctuations that resulted in not one, but three separate rounds of mis-priced ‘mistake’ fares, all one way, originating from Myanmar, a place that was very much on my list of places to visit. Depending on which round you got in on, the tickets were either in Business or First Class – and on various carriers. Most were fully flexible and refundable when booked via an online portal (in my case, expedia.co.uk.) In otherwords, book a few dates, and if it doesn’t work out, you can get a full refund! I booked 6 (!) In the end, I used just one, conveniently routing through LAX.
When a mistake fare appears, book immediately, sort out details later. There was a frequent flyer meetup in Japan in late March that looked fun (a ‘do’) so I booked the one way ticket home from RGN for two weeks after. I had the bones of my trip. Now I had to figure out how to get there.
Having a huge stash of Hilton points, the Conrad Tokyo was a no brainer using a 4 night AXON award for 145,000 points (unfortunately, no longer available.) My outbound award flight was easily found on AA in business class on the date I needed it. I also decided to try to work in a trip to North Korea and Xi’an, both places high on my list to visit, and ultimately end up in RGN (Rangoon, Myanmar) to catch my ‘mistake fare’ return home.