Another RTW Trip | Praise for American Airlines

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This week: Konichiwa from Japan, looking back on another RTW trip, praise for American Airlines, a photo essay on the north of England, and more.
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Konichiwa! If you're following me on social media, you know my wife and I landed in LA yesterday after another dream trip around the world (RTW). It’s mind-boggling to think that we’ve now done two RTW in the last two months! I have so many stories to tell and photos to post that it may take me months to get through them all. 
What I learned from these two trips is that going around the world is not that big of a deal. Both itineraries were actually cheaper and quicker than what we'd initially planned to do, with return flights home in between trips. A RTW trip is also a fantastic way to avoid long-haul flights.
 
Trip recap
Here’s a quick recap of the last trip: First, I had to be in Portugal to host one of our #TravelSkills Twitter chats (every Friday at noon ET) that was being sponsored by Viking Cruises. Then Natalie (who joined) and I were supposed to fly back to North America for a week before jetting off to Bangkok so Natalie could speak at the TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) conference. Instead of making all those long treks like some of our colleagues did, we took the shorter and wiser way around (east, in this case).
Viking bought my ticket from Toronto to Lisbon, though I figured out I could’ve purchased one for as low as $300 one-way! From Portugal I paid $650 for flights from Porto to Frankfurt to Doha to Bangkok on a mixture of Lufthansa and Qatar Airways flights (the latter was on their new A350!). We spent three nights in Qatar to break up the trip before spending a week in Bangkok. Next, we flew five hours and forty minutes from Bangkok to Tokyo on one of Japan Airlines' new 787s. Two days later, we were on one of American Airlines' old 777-200s on another flight to LAX. The cost for both flights was a total of $675.
Flying with American
With all these flights, we earned a ton of American Airlines miles (enough for a roundtrip ticket in the US) since we stuck to mainly Oneworld partners and we both have elite status with them. Most of the flights on the trip were around six-hours long, with the exception of yesterday’s Tokyo (NRT)-LAX flight, which was nine hours.
 
Although American’s plane was old, I was impressed that they served three meals in economy. They even handed out hot towels before the dinner service. I was shocked! We sat in row 31, an exit row, which made the flight super easy. I’m actually glad my system-wide upgrade didn’t go through because the business class on this plane looked lame (2-3-2 configuration). 
That said, American should be commended for doing such a great job merging their computer system with US Airways over the weekend. I didn’t hear of any major hiccups and we had no problems whatsoever.
FYI: We aren’t staying home for long, so in case you want to follow along with our travels in real time, our social media handles are:
Me: TwitterFacebookInstagramFlipagram
Natalie: TwitterFacebookInstagramFlipagramPinterest
 
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