Current trip plan is:
Sep 30 Tokyo
Oct 1 JFK overnight
Oct 2-5 Anime USA
Oct 5-8 Washington, DC
Oct 9-12 Philadelphia, PA
Oct 13-15 New York, NY
Oct 16-19 Another Anime Convention
Oct 20-22 Los Angeles, CA
Oct 23-26 SNAFU Con
Oct 27-29 Las Vegas, NV
Oct 30- Nov 2 Youmacon
Nov 4-5 Paris
Nov 6-7 Brussels
Nov 10-12 Beijing
Nov 13-14 Osaka
I was already considering dropping SNAFU Con and spending that weekend in NorCal/Bay Area instead.
Now I hear that someone I know is going to BanzaiCon in Columbia, SC which is making me want to meet up with them there. Changing the stop in Philadelphia to BanzaiCon is easy enough, but I’d have to alter some flights. I haven’t gotten any tickets yet with delays related to changing my “legal” name and needing to renew my passport, so changing is easy. But I was planning to get the main round the world ticket sorted next week while I’m in Tokyo for Sera Myu.
If I do BanzaiCon, I’d need land transport between Charlotte and Columbia, and because of the flight limits on the ticket, I’d have to cut out one of the flights in Asia. Currently I have Toyko-Hong Kong at the start and Beijing-Hong Kong-Singapore-Tokyo at the end.
In order to make BanzaiCon work, I’d have to do one of these:
- Drop Beijing and stop over in Hong Kong, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur instead – I’ve already had stops in all three a number of times. Haven’t been to Beijing before.
- Drop the Hong Kong and Singapore connections and route via Kuala Lumpur instead – but that would cause some frequent flyer related problems (annoying, but not major issue), put me on the early morning (1am) Beijing-Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Airlines flight, then end up at Narita instead of Haneda where I’d need to be for the Osaka flight.
- Drop the Singapore connection (with the same annoying frequent flyer related problems as above), route via Hong Kong and spend a night at Haneda Airport
- Start with Tokyo-New York instead of Tokyo-Hong Kong-New York – but that would likely make Cathay Pacific not want to ticket and make it much harder to get the trip booked.
Current: CBR-SYD-TYO-HKG-JFK-DCA,BOS-MIA-LAX-RNO-LAS-LAX-IAH-ORD-DTW-ORD-DOH-CDG-LHR-DXB-LHR-PEK-HKG-SIN-HND-ITM-HND-SIN-MEL-CBR 58734 mi
No SNAFU Con: CBR-SYD-TYO-HKG-JFK-DCA,BOS-MIA-LAX-SFO-LAX-LAS-LAX-IAH-ORD-DTW-ORD-DOH-CDG-LHR-DXB-LHR-PEK-HKG-SIN-HND-ITM-HND-SIN-MEL-CBR 58909 mi
BanzaiCon/KUL: CBR-SYD-TYO-HKG-JFK-DCA-JFK-CLT-JFK-BOS-JFK-MIA-LAX-SFO-LAX-LAS-LAX-IAH-ORD-DTW-ORD-DOH-CDG-LHR-DXB-LHR-PEK-KUL-NRT,HND-ITM-HND-SIN-MEL-CBR 60353 mi
BanzaiCon/HKG: CBR-SYD-TYO-HKG-JFK-DCA-JFK-CLT-JFK-BOS-JFK-MIA-LAX-SFO-LAX-LAS-LAX-IAH-ORD-DTW-ORD-DOH-CDG-LHR-DXB-LHR-PEK-HKG-HND-ITM-HND-SIN-MEL-CBR 57336 mi
My trip last year covered 57095 miles
Anyone want to meet up during one of my stops? ^_^