As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m aiming to hit Diamond Medallion status on Delta this year, and needed about ~10,000 flown MQMs in order to qualify for Diamond Medallion status (since I expect to get another 15,000 MQMs from my Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card) Effective 1/1/24, this benefit will no longer be available, and there will be a new way to earn toward Medallion Status with the Card. Learn more at delta.com/skymilesprogramchanges.. So when a (Diamond Medallion) friend pitched a four-day weekend in Tokyo and offered up two of his Global Upgrade certificates to me for the trip, I couldn’t pass it up — especially because I’d never been to Tokyo before and it was on my “bucket list.”
Booking the airlines tickets was actually fairly easy. Economy airfares from Los Angeles to Tokyo were around ~$850 on Delta, and we both called the Diamond line together to inquire about flight availability where we could instantly confirm our upgrades. As it turns out, we could confirm two business class seats on the outbound and return on our preferred dates, but only on the LAX to Haneda Airport route, on which Delta flies its 767-300, as opposed to the more popular route to Narita, on which Delta flies its 777 (with herringbone seats in Delta One).
My friend had two unredeemed free night certificates from signing up for the Chase Hyatt Visa, so we decided that for two of the nights in Tokyo we would stay at the fabled Park Hyatt Tokyo, which is a Category 7 Hyatt and one of its most exclusive properties. The other two nights, I decided to use a combination of cash and points (12,500 points plus $150 per night) to try out the brand-new Andaz Tokyo, which is a Category 6.
Although we were spending four nights in Tokyo, the timing of our Delta flights meant that we’d be landing at Haneda at 10:30pm on a Saturday, and flying back out of Haneda very late night the following Wednesday (technically, Thursday morning at 12:30am). We both decided that we wanted to maximize our time at the Park Hyatt, so we booked the Park Hyatt for the last two nights, and the Andaz for the first two.
They say hindsight is 20/20, but as you’ll see in this forthcoming trip report, there’s a spectacularly luxurious, jaw-dropping, top-of-the-line Hyatt property in Tokyo… but it may not be the one you think.
I’m excited to share the details of this quick little jaunt for you guys, and thanks in advance for reading!