Hi all, First, big thanks for the help with trip planning! Thought I would do a quick trip report and post a few pictures. I was certainly able to maximize the experience based on things I've learned here and a few invaluable blogs! (And I, of course, did pretty much everything on points.) I flew on Thai from Sydney to Narita via Bangkok using Continental miles (120K I think). The flight had a schedule change, so I actually had 7 hours in BKK, not a bad airport to have such a long layover when in your own living room in the lounge (great mussaman curry!) and able to take advantage of the spa and an hour long massage. SYD-BKK was on an A340, and I believe 5 of 8 seats were taken--great food, okay movie choices (although interface needs reworking), good service and went by fairly fast. BKK-NRT only 2 of us in F (Jet's 777) and I was pretty much asleep takeoff to touchdown, but I did enjoy a couple of glasses of champagne during boarding and taxiing. Landed in Japan at 6am, ready to face a full day. Took the Narita Express to Shibya and then the Shinkansen on to Kyoto. As usual, took me a bit to find an ATM that worked (7-11 is the easy place, just couldn't find one), and on to the Hyatt. Hyatt's pretty nice. I used points--this is a great hotel for it since the nightly rate is on the high side. Did the usual exploring in Kyoto using the train and bus to get to market, shopping, castle, shrines, temples, etc. A few good meals and 48 hours later, was back on the Shinkansen to Tokyo. In Tokyo, I stayed at the Park Hyatt Tokyo. The hotel itself is nice, although not the greatest location--but the staff makes it amazing. They were fantastic. I used points for the first night and was in a regular room. The second and third nights I used my 2 free nights from the Hyatt Chase card and was given a Park Twin Suite--a massive corner room with incredible views of the city (not to mention the luxurious bathroom... and fantastic Aesop products). Did most of the usual stuff including shopping in Shinjuku (Isetan and Muji a must for me multiple times in Tokyo), sushi at Tsukiji (I'm partial to Daiwa, and somehow only had a 5 minute wait), Asakusa, Akihabara, Meji Shrine, Harajuku, Shibuya, etc. Met some friends at Gonpachi (great izakaya, recommended) and finally ended the trip at the New York Bar (and have a new favourite drink... the New York). All in all, just what I wanted from Tokyo. Returned to Narita via Friendly Limousine, and will do that again--just easier than NEX if it stops at your hotel. Checked in, got the Thai escort to security (went through the crew line) and after a quick stop immigration on to the ANA lounge (choice of ANA or United lounges, and the Thai person told me ANA was the nicer). Was 1 of 2 people in F on the 777 (Jet again) to BKK. Food and service was good, nothing overly memorable. Escorted to the lounge where I was quickly taken to the spa. Unfortunately, when I was back in the lounge, they stopped by to tell me the plane had been changed on my return to SYD and the new A345 didn't have first class. They would put me up for the night and send me out the next day or I could fly business on the scheduled flight. Because I wanted to get into work the next day, I chose business. They said someone would come by to tell me about the compensation and that they would block the seat next to me so I'd have some privacy. About 15 minutes later two people returned, profusely apologized and handed me an envelope with 15000 baht in it. Great deal for me since the difference for that leg from first to business cost me 15000 points and they gave me $480+. Once I got on the plane, several people profusely apologized and said they'd do whatever they could to make it an enjoyable flight. The experience (seat, meal, etc.) was definitely a downgrade, but I survived--especially since I was asleep for all but about 90 minutes. All in all, Tokyo remains one of my favourite places--especially when you can fly in F and stay in great hotels, all on points!