Flying Coach: ANA Dreamliner, Seattle to Tokyo Narita
Back in January, the Japanese Yen wasn’t having a good run in the markets. The yen against the dollar was at one of it’s lowest points (around .008 to the dollar) or in reverse around 125 Yen = $1. This provided a fantastic opportunity to buy tickets on the Japanese carriers since they were still pricing in Yen and then converting to USD to price tickets.
We found a fantastic deal from Seattle-Tokyo-Manila-Tokyo-Vancouver for 82,000 Yen for 2 people. For those not good at math, that’s $656 for two tickets, or $328 each. For a trip to the Philippines. That’s what I call a heck of a deal!
While YES, it was in coach, and YES, I know our blog is NoMasCoach, we couldn’t say no to a $300 ticket to the other side of the world. Besides, since we booked so far in advance we didn’t have to sit in “true” coach. In fact, since no one was booking flights that far in advance, we managed to grab exit row seats (#LegRoom) on three of the four flights. On the fourth flight, as you’ll see later, we managed to grab a premium economy seat due to an equipment change! More on that later, however.
The exit row seats were a bastion of hope for what I expected to be a rough flight. At least, at a minimum, we’d have leg room.
Shortly after being seated we were given a “wet towel” and a bottle of water. Hooray.
Guys, I’m not gonna sugar coat this. This flight sucked. Like, really bad. Check out the snack 🙂
When it came time for the food, we were offered Western or Eastern options. Being brave, Ben chose the Eastern option. Once he cracked open the lid to the food, the entire cabin erupted with a smell that can be best described as a seafood market when the refrigerators die and all the fish have to be laid out on the ice to try and keep them cool. Good Lord it was rank.
I stuck with an old favorite. Meatballs and Tater Tots! I felt like I was back in my middle school lunch room all over again. And what best to accompany the tater tots than Soba noodles and noodle sauce! Yuck.
It was nice to see that they gave you real honest-to-God silverware, even in coach!
After this thrilling lunch option, I decided to recline and relax. The flight attendant then came around with our dessert. What the actual F…
#NoMasCoach… #NoMasCoach… We kept reminding ourselves that this was only a $300 flight and that somehow made it all better.
Even the flight attendants were boring and mundane. They were all business with no personality, so it really added to the coach class cattle experience 🙁
There was wifi on the flight, but we decided to just watch movies instead.
Just about an hour and a half before landing, the “breakfast” option was served. Oh, you can imagine, this was going to be a real treat!
There were two options… so once again we opted for both. Both were equally bad. Both came with fruit and yogurt, but when it came down to it, the options were… drumroll…
Shrimp and baby scallop pasta or Sautéed chicken with barbecue sauce. Good lord get me off this plane. Shrimp pasta FOR BREAKFAST?! WITH YOGURT? DAMN… I suppose the good news is that the bar was set incredibly low and we could only improve.
And look at the shrimp stuck to the top of the plastic! Makes you wanna just lick it off, doesn’t it? Haha!
Once we finished picking at this lovely gourmet “breakfast” we were landing and it couldn’t come soon enough. We landed and passed through the transit security before heading to the lounge.
SO here’s the bottom line. It was coach. And it sucked. And it reminded me why we like to fly business class. Or first class.
But also, I understand that when a deal comes by for $300 to get to Asia, sometimes you just have to jump on it. If you need to get to Asia on the cheap, then by all means consider ANA. But I won’t be flying them long-haul again (unless we’re sitting up front).
Has anyone flown on ANA and had a similar or better service?