Travelling for over 13 hours by plane is always difficult. When financially possible I always try to upgrade for flights over 4 ½ or 5 hours. For this flight I found a deal on Air Canada’s premium economy seats which gives you more leg room, extra baggage allowance and quicker boarding. I’m always hopefull on the day of check-in that I can upgrade to business class which gives you the pods that fold out into bed. Air Canada wanted over $1300 for a one way upgrade for this flight which amazes me given how many empty seats there were in this section. Well I didn’t get a pod!
PRO TIP – A dr friend of mine suggested that I always take a baby aspirin to help blood circulation before long flights. Talk to your Dr to see what they might suggest for you.
PRO TIP – Premium economy upgrades do not get you access to the Air Canada lounge. I didn’t discover this until my return flight. In Canada I can access the lounge using my Amex Aeroplan card but this didn’t work in Tokyo
Jet Leg – to stay awake or not? Long flights, different time zones – what’s the answer? I think it’s different for every persona and on every trip. I only slept briefly on my f13 hour flight to Tokyo. We arrived at night local time and my 9pm I was done. While I was able to fall asleep quickly it only lasted 3 hours. The following night I was falling asleep at dinner (around 9pm). With the help of an over the counter sleeping aid I managed 6 hours of sleep on the second night and was fully adapted by the 3rd night.