In just over a month, DH and I will be heading over to Japan for a 2 week holiday. Very exciting! We had some bad news earlier this year, so we decided to take the advantage and head off on a holiday. We tossed around a few ideas, skiing in New Zealand came up, as did another trip back to the US. Our trip to the US was going to be flying into LAX, driving from LAX up to San Fran along the coast, cruising from San Fran up to Alaska and back, flying from SFO to JFK to spend 2 weeks with DHs family and then back to LAX for a few Disney days before heading home. We started planning this trip and figured that wed need probably four weeks for it. Which is where the problems started. DH runs his own business, so taking time off isnt the issue, but taking extended time off can cause a lot of problems. So we did a bit of research into how long his current job was expected to last, and how soon he would have to start his next job. What we could do with his apprentice while we were away, and a lot of other stupid things you dont think about until you own your own business and try and have a holiday We could do 2 weeks. So back to the idea of New Zealand, except I dont like the cold. And hey what a coincidence! There are some cheap flights to Japan how about we look at that!?! We tossed up flying Jetstar because their prices really cant be beat, or Qantas because they offer a lot more for the price you pay. However it was looking like it was going to cost $2000 more to fly Qantas then to fly Jetstar, but with Jetstar wed have to make connecting flights in Australia, and that seemed annoying, but $2000 is a lot of money. We ummed and ahhed over it for a couple of days but figured wed end up booking with Jetstar because were not crazy. Then I received an email about internation flights on sale, so of course I looked into it. The flights for the days I was looking at were a little cheaper, but still not comparable with Jetstar, and then I played around with the dates and found that if we flew out the following Saturday then the price difference was only $400! Done, I told DH and he said Book it! I hate flying Jetstar So with that long story out of the way, were now flying from Sydney to Narita direct on Saturday July 14th and returning from Narita to Sydney July 29th.