Tokyo/Truk Lagoon Trip Report
A job change in June left me with a significant number of American Express Membership Rewards miles that had to be moved out of my cancelled corporate AMEX account within 6 months. These miles could have been moved into participating airlines' frequent flyer accounts, but on a whim, I instead called Continental Airlines to see what flights would be available to Truk Lagoon, located in the Federated States of Micronesia and served exclusively by Continental Air Micronesia. My wife Liz and I had been interested in visiting Truk (now known as "Chuuk") since reading about the excellent wreck diving that could be experienced there. More than 60 Japanese ships rest on the bottom of the lagoon following a major WWII attack. I had also been interested in flying on Continental's "Island Hopper" flight linking Guam with Chuuk and 4 other Micronesian islands after reading about the experience on The Trip.com's trip forum board.
Continental came through for us with the flights, and also gave us an added bonus: 3 nights in Tokyo on our outbound trip. We had no choice but to change planes at Tokyo, and it seemed a shame not to get off to see what this city was like. As a benefit of Continental's alliance with Northwest Airlines, we were able to upgrade to Northwest's World Business Class on the longest leg of the trip, New York to Tokyo, a 14-hour flight. At only 12,500 extra miles each, this was a bargain and well worth it. However, this meant flying out of New York's JFK airport and back into Newark Airport on the return.
Our itinerary was as follows:
11/22 New York JFK - Tokyo Narita Northwest Airlines Flt. 17
11/26 Narita - Guam Continental Micronesia Flt. 962
11/26 Guam - Chuuk Continental Micronesia Flt. 958
12/1 Chuuk - Honolulu "The Island Hopper" Continental Micronesia Flt. 956
12/1 Honolulu - Newark Continental Airlines Flt. 14
All this flying cost only 62,500 miles each. This schedule, in addition to the 3 nights in Tokyo, gave us 4 hours in Guam and about 18 hours in Honolulu.
Use the Navigation Buttons to the left to view the desired parts of our trip.