I couldn’t find any flights, leaving BWI or Dullas, that would go through San Fran and Tokyo. Since I wanted to stop by San Franscisco on the way to China and Tokyo on the return trip, I found a deal on priceline.com back in Nov. It costs me $1011 and here is the itinery:
01/04/10 7:15 pm departs New York (JFK) 01/04/10 11:25 pm arrives San Francisco (SFO)
01/05/10 12:10 pm departs San Francisco (SFO) 01/06/10 5:00 pm arrives Narita, Tokyo (NRT)
01/06/10 7:00 pm departs Narita, Tokyo(NRT) 01/06/10 9:45 pm arrives Shanghai- Pudong , China (PVG)
01/18/10 4:40 pm departs Beijing, China (PEK) 01/18/10 9:00 pm arrives Narita, Tokyo (NRT)
01/19/10 3:05 pm departs Narita, Tokyo (NRT) 01/19/10 2:00 pm arrives New York (JFK)
I bought a round-trip ticket between Ronald Reagan-JFK for $199.
After I got the ticket, I wanted to change the depart date from Jan 4th to Jan 1st. But, the Priceline would charge me about $2000 more for the schedule change. So, I had to stick to the original schedule. Otherwise, I could have stay in San Fran for a few days and wonder around before I leave US.
Lessons to be learned>>>>plan and prepare long before the departure. Obviously, getting an air ticket 2 months before the departure did not give me enough room to find better deals.