American Airlines eliminated free stopovers on award tickets with the April 8, 2014 AAdvantage massacre. There is one city where you can still book a free stopover – whether on award tickets or paid tickets – but only if you book by August 31.
If you’re booking travel to Japan, you can now have a free stopover in Tokyo. That’s because the government of Japan is currently enforcing a 14 day quarantine in Tokyo for travelers headed to other parts of the country. However this option is available for all tickets booked by August 31, 2021 even if travel is for summer 2022.
With Rei Masuda at Sushi Masuda in Omotesando
So even if you have another city in Japan in mind for a visit next year, book a Tokyo stay for no extra fare or miles. Or if you plan to visit Tokyo, consider visiting somewhere else in Japan as well.
I’m looking forward to returning to Japan, and fortunately I’m 30 pounds lighter than I was when in Tokyo last. A little more progress and I’ll be ready for amazing sushi.