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Tried and tested: Delta vs. Japan Airlines
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Dreams do come true—for some of us, later in life.
It’s been my dream to go Japan as often as I can and as easy as flying to Hong Kong. Luckily I got my three-year multiple-entry visa after the Japanese government relaxed its visa rules for Filipinos.
When I was younger I studied Nihongo for two years and wanted to marry Japanese because I find them adorable. But my dad said, better not. He was right. 🙂
This year my husband and decided to take our family vacation in Tokyo and travel for the first time without a yaya. I must say it was quite a success.
As the official travel agent of my family, I chose Delta Airlines because of our pleasant experience last time. Prior to this we usually flew Japan Airlines until I rediscovered Delta through an online sale.

Here’s why I prefer Delta:
Delta seats are better. I find Japan Airlines seats not as comfortable. This is a normal business class seat on JAL

Japan Airlines

while Delta has cabin-like seats (like Cathay Pacific Business Class) which recline and lie flat.
Jeroen and I can hold hands when I’m scared

Jeroen on Delta

Each seat comes with a bottle of Evian (a huge comfort for me), a fluffy pillow, and a thin, quilted comforter
It has a very convenient outlet, so you can charge your gadgets before you land. (Can’t leave without my Samsung Galaxy Note 3!)

Delta

The flight attendants are so warm. There’s nothing like Delta flight attendants. The Americans have a great sense of humour and the Filipinos feel like family.

Delta flight attendants

Here’s a shoutout to fellow Assumptionista Fara Campos Lacson (middle) who was a commercial model back in the day

On the other hand, Japan Airlines serves food I like

Japan Airlines food

and allocates three pieces of luggage per passenger, versus Delta’s two pieces for business class.
So if food and shopping are your priority, fly JAL. But if comfort is more important to you, fly Delta.
Looking forward to my Japan visit, but next time I’m going to try Haneda Airport, instead of Narita.

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pinkfive

I’m curious, what did you write in your letter for multiple entry to Japan? We’d like to apply, we’re not IT people, artists or researchers eh haha. 🙂 Thanks!

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CVS Reply:

hello! My dad’s office handled it so I don’t know :{

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Nutcracker

I did find JAL to be comforting as usual. Why? Last time I rode Japan Airlines, it was an upgraded version of the 767-300 and of course it was awesome with comfort and IFE and food and etc.

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Nutcracker Reply:

Of course, you were stuck with the old 767-300, duh.

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Nutcracker

Of course, you were stuck with the old 767-300, duh.

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MariaPia

I just arrived back from Tokyo this weekend and I super like Haneda airport, i actually enjoyed shopping for last minute pasalubong there, much cheaper din 😉 I do hope I get to bump into you someday, i’m your biggest fan ever since 😉

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dyowsa

I agree with Haneda, flew in there recently, mas malapit that you can reach the city by train in 30 mins. 🙂 my son loved paying on their roof top deck.

Cecile I’m not sure if you still fly economy, but for herd class connoisseurs like me I’d prefer Cathay Pacific (which flies to Haneda, btw) to Delta. Para kang naka economy na kawawa. haha.

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CVS Reply:

ah i don’t fly economy anymore. I’d rather stay home.
I do watch out for deals and sales on business class.

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CzarinaMaye

Hi Ms. C! Are you back in MNL? Pls dont forget to email me your answers for my travel blog! 😉

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CVS Reply:

please email me again. naka na bury na yon

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Name

Can I ask the brand of your charger cable, it has all the sockets I need, for note 3 and mini ipad..thanks so much.

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CVS Reply:

hi! it was a brand less thing I got in HK.

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I agree . Japan Airlines’ seats are tiny (or maybe cramped) and uncomfortable. But we love the food. I haven’t flown Delta yet, but I love Cathay and Asiana. For domestic flights, I like Jet Blue.

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ChiYS

Hi Ms. C!
May I ask why Haneda and not Narita? Thanks!

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CVS Reply:

Haneda is closer to Tokyo and is newer. More shops and restaurants 🙂

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ChiYS Reply:

Wow!! Good to know! Next time sa Haneda na rin ako! ☺️
Asiana Airlines has better legroom.
Our April / May trip, Food sa Asiana Airlines : SFO – Incheon – SFO = delicious!
BUT Seoul – MNL – Seoul = Walang lasa!! Parang Cat food! LOL!!!

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