Hi, my sister and I want to plan a trip from NY to Tokyo,Japan. I just wanted to know where is a cheap place to find round trip tickets. Or maybe a package of some sort? This is our first time traveling to Japan so we have no idea what to expect and how to get the cheapest tickets. My sister also wants to know if anyone has information about english speaking tours or is it better to just travel around with a guide book. Thanks for the help
From New York you can check out China-Airlines. (Web address: www.china-airlines.com. I have used them for years, one good thing about CI is that they have schedules that get you to ASIA in the daytime.
UA, NWA, AA, Delta also have specials every now and then. You have to check their websites pretty often. Sometimes I use frequent flyer miles to fly free from Boston to California and purchase a cheaper ticket to Asia on one of the Asian carriers like KAL, CI, EVA, etc.
Flights will be cheaper after September. Japan is just about the most expensive Asian destination you can go to. Thailand would cost a little more to get to but you make it up in cheap transportation and hotels. Lonely Planet Travel Guide or Rough Guides are good travel guides. (You may be able to check the travel guides out of your hometown library for free.}
cheaptickets.com is pretty damn cheap, BUT keep this in mind, most of those flights are so cheap because they have lots of connections or because they are really restricted, so there are big fees if you want to change date, and they are usually non refundable too
I have a few suggestions that will at least give you some place to start getting a range of prices. Try 'kayak.com' for a whole lot of airlines compared side by side. Join 'skyauction' to see what others are bidding for your flight. Look at the bottom of the bids to see what they add on to your bid. On overseas flights it will around $200. Add that the bid and you will have your price. Join 'priceline.com' as well. Bid very low on your first bid to see how it works. You will see how the price does drop as you keep changing your bid. This will give you a ballpark number for your trip.
You should try the TPs travel helpers. Click on the 'Travel Help' option, click Japan and find a helper that you think will help with your questions. Lastly, I would join 'lonelyplanet.com' to start reading about prices in Japan.