I am beginning to look into flights out of here, and I’m noticing a lot going through NRT and ICN.
What is the situation with these airports at the moment? Are these countries allowing transfers? Overnight?
What does one do in the overnight layover case? Presumably the airport hotels will not allow people in?
Also, I heard months ago when I previously looked into this that they were canceling a lot of flights. Is that still the case now, or if I book say one month out, is it pretty reasonable to expect that it’s going to happen?
I usually book flights a bit further out than that for price and availability, but obviously pandemic times are screwing with the system… So in this case perhaps it’s better to wait till 2-3 weeks out?
If the airline cancels then I’d expect them to offer an alternative, but generally I don’t think you’ve got much to gain by booking more than 3 weeks in advance as most flights seem to be running a long way from capacity, especially inter-continental. I guess that means the fare won’t change too much.
In my experience airlines are taking a long time to process refunds, so that might be a reason not to book too early.
We originally booked American Airlines flights with a layover in Narita - got turned back midway after they realized the rule wasn’t 24hrs but calendar day (like Cinderella, at the stroke of midnight).
I’m guessing Japanese citizens aren’t subject to the layover rule, which is why they still offer the flights.