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    Default How bad is the flight, and cost for tickets for accompanying family?

    Just how bad is the flight that they set you up with? Are the layovers reasonable or do they scrape the bottom of the barrel for deals that have you circumnavigating the globe for 32 hours straight?

    Also, I read somewhere in the official documents that with sufficient notice, accompanying family members can be booked on the same flight at the participant's expense. I know what flights are supposed to cost, but what can I expect to pay to book the the flight through JET?

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    Flights are pretty direct.

    Costs for family will vary. I'd delay their arrival a day, to be honest. It lets you fish for better deals with other airlines and will give you a day to figure out what the Hell you're doing.
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    The flights are handled by a travel agency your consulate/embassy hires and are usually fairly direct (I haven't heard of a lot of cases where you'd have to have more than one layover).

    I'd agree that it's better to have your family come later - even having them wait a week may be smart, as you should be settled into your apartment/house by then and finished with all the beginning stuff like opening a bank account.
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    Due to the fact that you have to spend 2 days in Tokyo for orientation, it is better if they came a few days (up to a week) later. Maybe even later than that (like after first paycheck in late August.) Gives you time to sort out housing and other necessities.

    The flights the JET participants fly out on are definitely not the cheapest available. Usually because they depart from major airports direct to Narita. You can take advantage of the deals that make skiplagging possible to fly into an airport much closer or more convenient than Narita.

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    I, too, always recommend that people wait a little while to bring their family over. It allows time for you to go through Tokyo orientation, examine your living conditions in person, meet your BoE and coworkers one-on-one, get a feel for things, prepare for their arrival, etc.

    However, upon recommending this, some doofus invariably pops in with some "I brought my family with me to TO and it was awesome and everybody loved me and them and everything was rainbows and unicorns."

    So do whatever you want; most people do, anyway.

    My flight was not direct; it flew from Houston to Chicago to Narita, which was annoying because DFW direct to NRT would've made a lot more sense for me (I had to drive six hours to Houston).

    The worst part about the flight, though, is probably the fact that you're likely to be seated next to another ALT.
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    Eh, if you don't like them simply fall asleep, read something or pray there's an in-flight movie. No reason to form an awful conversation.

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    trying to ignore someone who is totally oblivious to the fact you dont want to talk because they are a JET and therefore has no social skills can be tricky when you are stuck next to them for 12 hours.
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    You can usually arrange to get seating changed a few weeks before you leave.
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    From the UK at least you can try changing your seat at the airport when you check in.

    I got offered an upgrade to first class for about $150 and turned it down because I wanted to chat with other ALTs. Ah, to be young and foolish...

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    $150 to upgrade to first class? Man, the luck some people have!

    Anyway, on my flight, most of us just watched the movies available on the little TVs.
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    Thinking way ahead but is there an airline that JET prefers to use when booking? And can we get skymiles/whatever rewards program one uses these days for this flight?

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    You fly whatever they book you on, usually a code-share with a Japanese flag carrier. So one of JAL or ANA's partners is probable. You can get Star Alliance or Oneworld points if you use your frequent flier card when you check in, even if it isn't with your normal airline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webstaa View Post
    You fly whatever they book you on, usually a code-share with a Japanese flag carrier. So one of JAL or ANA's partners is probable. You can get Star Alliance or Oneworld points if you use your frequent flier card when you check in, even if it isn't with your normal airline.
    Good to know. Guess my American Airlines membership rewards card might actually be useful for once (the only time I fly American is when I have to fly to DFW, heaven forbid).

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    If your family is coming over, tell them to come later and do flight searches through skyscanner.net. On there you can search the cheapest dates in the month to fly.

    Also really good if you have a 4 day weekend or something coming up and dont know where to go. Just type 'everywhere' into the destination box and it will tell you the cheapest flights to anywhere in the world for those dates.
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    Default Re: How bad is the flight, and cost for tickets for accompanying family?

    if family is coming, wait a week, maybe two. First three days will be in Tokyo doing a bunch of JET BS. Then you have to get to your placement and do a bunch of more BS. Your SO or kids will be in the way, expensive and bored to tears. wait a week, or two to give you a chance to settle into your place and do all the ceremony BS that you have to do.

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    Default Re: How bad is the flight, and cost for tickets for accompanying family?

    Hello, I am the aforementioned doofus.

    I brought my family (spouse + child) with me directly - same flight and we stayed together for Tokyo orientation.

    First things - these were the costs for bringing my family along:

    Flight to Tokyo for dependents: $1116.16 (spouse) + $930.16 (child) = $2046.32
    Shuttle to Keio for dependents: ~$32
    Tokyo accommodation for dependents: ~$383 (includes breakfast for spouse and child)

    (You'll also have to pay for your family's transportation to your placement of course, which for me was another bus ride [$53] and plane tickets [$517])

    I flew from Toronto. It was a direct flight. As a related note, yes, you could get points for it.
    I booked their seats through the travel agency used by JET. After you're shortlisted they will send you an email with a form you need to fill out. At that time you can contact them about getting seats for your family members. Alternatively you can book yourself - with more flexibility I bet you can find cheaper prices. The other thing is that we were not able to sit together. JET booked out a section of the plane and all of the JET participants were sitting within that section. Because my spouse is not a participant, he had to sit separately with the kid. We tried to change the seats when we checked in, but there was nothing open. He wasn't too far away though; the travel agent obviously tried to get him as close as possible.

    Related, we stayed together in a suite in the Keio hotel. If your family is willing to stay separately, you can find cheaper hotels.

    Anyway, this was just the option that worked best for us, mostly because we have a child. A lot of people will discourage bringing your family from the start, but really, just do what you think is best. Being together through TO wasn't great, but it wasn't awful by any means.
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    Good to know. Guess my American Airlines membership rewards card might actually be useful for once (the only time I fly American is when I have to fly to DFW, heaven forbid).
    You applied through Atlanta, no? Last year Atlanta flew AA through DFW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greyjoy View Post
    You applied through Atlanta, no? Last year Atlanta flew AA through DFW.
    Ah, I see...I'm surprised that they wouldn't fly direct with Delta (especially since Atlanta is their hub).

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    I had a long response written out but then my browser crashed and I lost everything.

    Quick summary:


    • Thanks for all the feedback!
    • My concern over flights stems from a horrible experience with a former employer where they booked the worst flights possible on the basis of cost alone, resulting in unnecessarily long 12-hour domestic trips from SAN to ATL by way of ORD
    • I'd definitely prefer to fly everybody out after the fact, but two toddlers on a 16-hour flight is too much to expect my wife to handle on her own. Putting them in a hotel is cheaper than flying home to escort them all back so it is probably for the best that we all leave at the same time
    • Even if stuck with fellow JETs, enough liquor will make anybody's company tolerable
    • Thanks for pointing out ground transportation will need to be arranged to get family to my potential placement location; I had completely overlooked that
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    Default Re: How bad is the flight, and cost for tickets for accompanying family?

    Depending on your placement, you may want to wait to bring your family over for financial reasons alone. If your placement isn't near Tokyo, it may prove to be substantially cheaper to fly your family into another airport (closer than NRT).
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