my husband's dad worked for an airline for a while, so we got to all fly for extreeeemely discounted amounts. but, since we are stand-by passengers we got stuck in Atlanta both ways. (Atlanta is the opposite direction to Japan, but it's Delta's main hub). Anyway, we got to explore Atlanta for a bit (not by choice really- just boredom since we got a hotel 2 nights on the way there) We never even made it back to Dallas since we couldn't get on a flight. After getting stuck for one night and not faring well getting on the next day's flight we flew to Austin, rented a car, and drove back to Dallas. *whew* Those were the worst parts of the trip. Other than that- it was all good. My dad is retired military, so for the first few nights we stayed on base- which is super cheap.