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How to Stay in Tokyo for Free: Part 3 – Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Review

Emily:   Have you always wanted to visit Japan?  You can get there for a fraction of the cost with a few credit card sign-up bonuses!

My boyfriend and I recently flew from Austin to Japan for ~$200 round trip in Business Class.  And for 3 weeks of lodging (including some fancy hotels), I spent ~$450!

Japan is a beautiful country with LOTS to see and do, from high-rise skyscrapers to old temples to hot springs.  I loved Tokyo for its energetic neighborhoods, shopping, and delicious restaurants.

How To Stay In Tokyo For Free Part 3 Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Review

Tokyo Is a Vibrant City With Endless Amounts of Things to See and Do!

Wherever you go, you’re sure to have an amazing time!  In this series, I’ll go into detail about where I stayed in Tokyo, what to do, and some of my favorite restaurants, and show you how you can do it, too!

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How to Stay in Tokyo for Free: Part 2 – Our $200 Business Class Flights to Japan

Emily:   Have you always wanted to visit Japan?  You can get there for a fraction of the cost with a few credit card sign-up bonuses!

My boyfriend and I recently flew from Austin to Japan for ~$200 round trip in Business Class.  And for 3 weeks of lodging (including some fancy hotels), I spent ~$450!

Japan is a beautiful country with LOTS to see and do, from high-rise skyscrapers to old temples to hot springs.  I loved Tokyo for its energetic neighborhoods, shopping, and delicious restaurants.

How To Stay In Tokyo For Free Part 2 Our 200 Business Class Flights To Japan

Aboard the Final Plane Before Our Japan Adventure!  I Loved Business Class, but Was SO Excited to Arrive in Okinawa

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How to Stay in Tokyo for Free: Part 1 – Introduction & Planning

Emily:   Have you always wanted to visit Japan?  You can get there for a fraction of the cost with a few credit card sign-up bonuses!

My boyfriend and I recently flew from Austin to Japan for ~$200 round trip in Business Class.  And for 3 weeks of lodging (including some fancy hotels), I spent ~$450!

Japan is a beautiful country with LOTS to see and do, from high-rise skyscrapers to old temples to hot springs.  I loved Tokyo for its energetic neighborhoods, shopping, and delicious restaurants. 

How To Stay In Tokyo For Free Part 1 Introduction Planning

The Tokyo Skyline Is Busy and Beautiful

Wherever you go, you’re sure to have an amazing time!  In this series, I’ll go into detail about where I stayed in Tokyo, what to do, and some of my favorite restaurants, and show you how you can do it, too!

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“The Old Man and the Seats”

Million Mile Secrets team member Scott traveled to the Dominican Republic at a discount thanks to miles.  And he has a Father’s Day story to tell…

Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated.

The old man had taught the boy about baseball and the boy loved him.

The Old Man And The Seats

Feel Her Tropical Sun, Sink Your Toes in Her White Sand Beaches, Explore Her Fascinating Colonial Zone. And Consider Meeting an Old Man at a Game That’s Lived Over 100 Years in the Dominican Republic

I was that boy in America.  And the old man was my dad who was once a younger man.  And while traveling to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, I met another old man who let me stay in his seats.

This Is a Love Story.  And Love Isn’t a Perfect Game

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How to Fly to Japan in Business Class for ~$100 Round Trip: Part 9 – Flights to USA – Japan Airlines Business Class

Ever dreamed of visiting Japan?  Credit card rewards can help get you there for a fraction of the price!

Using miles & points, I recently flew round-trip from Austin, Texas, to Japan for ~$110 in Business Class.  The retail cost was ~$11,000!  And for 3 weeks of lodging (including some fancy hotels), I spent ~$450!

Japan is a beautiful country, filled with a lot to see and do.  You’ll find everything from high-rise skyscrapers to old temples and hot springs.  I loved Tokyo’s energetic neighborhoods, shopping, and delicious restaurants.  And Kyoto is a fantastic place to ride bicycles, and to explore the bamboo forest and monkey park.

Participating in a cooking class and meeting new friends was the highlight of Osaka.  And a day trip to feed the deer in Nara was unforgettable!  Plus, Okinawa is known for its beautiful beaches and scuba diving.

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Asian Airlines Have Never Let Me Down. But This Was One of the Best I’ve Ever Flown!

Wherever you go, you’re sure to have an amazing time!

In this part of the series, I’ll share my experience flying Japan Airlines Business Class from Japan back to the US.  And I’ll tell you how you can do it, too!

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How to Fly Round-Trip to Japan in Business Class for ~$100: Part 8 – Japan Airlines Lounge at Kansai International Airport

Ever dreamed of visiting Japan?  Credit card rewards can help get you there for a fraction of the price!

Using miles & points, I recently flew round-trip from Austin, Texas, to Japan for ~$110 in Business Class.  The retail cost was ~$11,000!  And for 3 weeks of lodging (including some fancy hotels), I spent ~$450!

Japan is a beautiful country, filled with a lot to see and do.  You’ll find everything from high-rise skyscrapers to old temples and hot springs.  I loved Tokyo’s energetic neighborhoods, shopping, and delicious restaurants.  And Kyoto is a fantastic place to ride bicycles, and to explore the bamboo forest and monkey park.

Participating in a cooking class and meeting new friends was the highlight of Osaka.  And a day trip to feed the deer in Nara was unforgettable!  Plus, Okinawa is known for its beautiful beaches and scuba diving.

Japan Trip Report

I Love Having Lounge Access to Escape the Hustle and Bustle of the Main Airport

Wherever you go, you’re sure to have an amazing time!

In this part of the series, I’ll share more about the Japan Airlines lounge I visited in Osaka.  And in future posts, I’ll wrap up the series and explain and how you can plan your own trip to Japan!

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How to Fly Round-Trip to Japan in Business Class for ~$100: Part 7 – Shipping and Storing Luggage in Japan

Ever dreamed of visiting Japan?  Credit card rewards can help get you there for a fraction of the price!

Using miles & points, I recently flew round-trip from Austin, Texas, to Japan for ~$110 in Business Class.  The retail cost was ~$11,000! And for 3 weeks of lodging (including some fancy hotels), I spent ~$450!

Japan is a beautiful country, filled with a lot to see and do.  You’ll find everything from high-rise skyscrapers to old temples and hot springs.  I loved Tokyo’s energetic neighborhoods, shopping, and delicious restaurants.  And Kyoto is a fantastic place to ride bicycles, and to explore the bamboo forest and monkey park.

Participating in a cooking class and meeting new friends was the highlight of Osaka.  And a day trip to feed the deer in Nara was unforgettable!  Plus, Okinawa is known for its beautiful beaches and scuba diving.

Japan Trip Report

If You’re Looking for an Affordable Way to Store Your Luggage for a Few Days, Consider the Storage Lockers at the Airport or Train Stations

Wherever you go, you’re sure to have an amazing time!

In this part of the series, I’ll share more about why I decided to ship my luggage within Japan.  And in future posts, I’ll tell you more about my flights home, and how you can plan your own trip to Japan, too!

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How to Fly Round-Trip to Japan in Business Class for ~$100: Part 6 – The Best Ways to Get Around Japan

Ever dreamed of visiting Japan?  Credit card rewards can help get you there for a fraction of the price!

Using miles & points, I recently flew round-trip from Austin, Texas, to Japan for ~$110 in Business Class.  The retail cost was ~$11,000!  And for 3 weeks of lodging (including some fancy hotels), I spent ~$450!

Japan is a beautiful country, filled with a lot to see and do.  You’ll find everything from high-rise skyscrapers to old temples and hot springs.  I loved Tokyo’s energetic neighborhoods, shopping, and delicious restaurants.  And Kyoto is a fantastic place to ride bicycles, and to explore the bamboo forest and monkey park.

Participating in a cooking class and meeting new friends was the highlight of Osaka.  And a day trip to feed the deer in Nara was unforgettable!  Plus, Okinawa is known for its beautiful beaches and scuba diving.

Japan Trip Report

I’ll Share Tips for Getting Around Japan

Wherever you go, you’re sure to have an amazing time!

In this part of the series, I’ll share more about how I traveled around Japan.  And in future posts, I’ll tell you about how I managed lots of luggage, my flights home, and how you can do it, too!

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How to Fly Round-Trip to Japan in Business Class for ~$100 Round Trip: Part 5 – 3 Weeks of Lodging for Only ~$450!

Ever dreamed of visiting Japan?  Credit card rewards can help get you there for a fraction of the price!

Using miles & points, I recently flew round-trip from Austin, Texas, to Japan for ~$110 in Business Class.  The retail cost was ~$11,000!  And for 3 weeks of lodging (including some fancy hotels), I spent ~$450!

Japan is a beautiful country, filled with a lot to see and do.  You’ll find everything from high-rise skyscrapers to old temples and hot springs.  I loved Tokyo’s energetic neighborhoods, shopping, and delicious restaurants.  And Kyoto is a fantastic place to ride bicycles, and to explore the bamboo forest and monkey park.

Participating in a cooking class and meeting new friends was the highlight of Osaka.  And a day trip to feed the deer in Nara was unforgettable!  Plus, Okinawa is known for its beautiful beaches and scuba diving.

Japan Trip Report

Our Airbnb in Kyoto, Japan, Was Clean, Simple, and Affordable

Wherever you go, you’re sure to have an amazing time!  We spent 3 weeks in Japan, and the total cost of our accommodations was ~$460.  That’s $22 per night in an expensive country!

In this part of the series, I’ll share more about where I stayed, and how you can do it, too!  In future posts, I’ll tell you about getting around Japan and my flights back home.

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How to Fly Round-Trip to Japan in Business Class for $100: Part 4 – The Secret to Flying Cathay Pacific Business Class

Ever dreamed of visiting Japan?  Credit card rewards can help get you there for a fraction of the price!

Using miles & points, I recently flew round-trip from Austin, Texas, to Japan for ~$110 in Business Class.  The retail cost was ~$11,000!  And for 3 weeks of lodging (including some fancy hotels), I spent ~$450!

Japan is a beautiful country, filled with a lot to see and do.  You’ll find everything from high-rise skyscrapers to old temples and hot springs.  I loved Tokyo’s energetic neighborhoods, shopping, and delicious restaurants.  And Kyoto is a fantastic place to ride bicycles, and to explore the bamboo forest and monkey park.

Participating in a cooking class and meeting new friends was the highlight of Osaka.  And a day trip to feed the deer in Nara was unforgettable!  Plus, Okinawa is known for its beautiful beaches and scuba diving.

Japan Trip Report

I Thoroughly Enjoyed My Meal of Beef With Mashed Potatoes and Veggies

Wherever you go, you’re sure to have an amazing time!

In this part of the series, I’ll share my experience flying to Japan in Business Class on Cathay Pacific., and how you can do it, too!  In future posts, I’ll have more about where I stayed and getting around.

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