Waitlisting for F award on ANA

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  1. sendaiben
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    Okay, very excited as possible first flight in F :D

    Hoping to fly to JFK in March with my wife and am currently waitlisted on the 11am flight out of NRT on March 2nd.

    Chances of award clearing?
     
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    You chance will improve considerably if you switch to the UA flight :p
     
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    Very unlikely.... you know this probably from reading all the posts about how ANA rarely clears waitlists.
     
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    D'oh. Guess it's time for plan b then...

    How about JAL?
     
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    Actually I haven't checked but you can look at the current load using flightstats. Just see how many F seats they are selling fright now to get an idea.

    If you are using JMB miles, AA will welcome you will open arms on their HND flights :p obviously NH is a better choice given there's a SDJ-NRT flight so you don't have to take trains to NRT :)
     
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    We'll fly to NRT on NH, then take the SS7 F to JFK on JAL (booked last night). Pretty psyched as it will be our first flight in F :)
     
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    Enjoy your flights. You won't be disappointed :) And please give us a detail trip report :)
     
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    But be warned, you will get totally addicted :D
     
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    JAL actually do regularly clear waitlists unlike ANA but i guess this doesn't matter anymore. Enjoy your JAL F flight! or as JALPak calls it...fright!
     
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    fwiw, another data point...

    Earlier this year, I booked one C award seat on NH using UA miles for travel last month JFK-NRT on the earlier flight. (NH9)

    Tracked F award availablity ever since for several months after that from most US gateways.

    @ 10 days prior to departure a NH F seat opened up SFO-NRT. The next day, another F seat opened up LAX-NRT. I passed on both.

    Then, @1 week out a F seat opened up on JFK-NRT but only for the later flight. That seat vanished while on the phone with UA. :(

    Finally @ 5 days out, another F seat opened up again on the later NH1009 JFK-NRT flight. Managed to grab that.

    Fyi, after booking my initial C award back in Feb or March , in all the time tracking NH awards using the tools on wand.me, I never saw ANY award seat open again on NH9, the earlier JFK-NRT for my dates in mid May.

    Just returned & really enjoyed the flight, especially the Japanese meal selection as it was something totally different than what I'm used to.

    Plus, while I sweated arriving at NRT later, that flight F was only half full, allowing for use of an empty seat as a separate bed. That too just added to the great ride.

    Good luck & enjoy!
     

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