United Airlines business class between the U.S. and Tokyo is wide open for award travel. Saver awards for 2 or more passengers are available nearly day through end of year out of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver. This deal was first spotted by Thrifty Traveler‘s premium airfare deal alert service.
Japan’s borders are currently closed through end of February. Omicron will hopefully be on the decline there at that point, and they’ll look towards re-opening. I can’t wait to return for incredible sushi.
Flights between Los Angeles and Tokyo are wide open March 4 – December 13.
Flights between San Francisco and Tokyo are wide open March 4 – December 13.
Flights between Denver and Tokyo are wide open April 17 – December 13.
United business class travel gains access to their Polaris lounges. Newark, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago O’Hare and Washington Dulles Polaris lounges have re-opened. Los Angeles should re-open prior to the start of this award availability.
United Polaris Lounge Newark
While all 3 flights are generally operated by Boeing 787-9 aircraft, the Los Angeles flight will reliably feature United’s Polaris business class seat, while the other two routes generally show their older business seat (that still, at least, has the new bedding).
United Polaris Business Class Seat
United Polaris Business Class Saks Bedding
Some ways to book:
- United MileagePlus charges 70,000 miles each way for these flights without fuel surcharges, and is a Chase transfer partner (usually instant, though not always).
- ANA Mileage Club charges just 85,000 miles roundtrip for this flight without fuel surcharges. They are an American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner, however transfers can take around 48 hours and there’s no guarantee that the space will still be available when those points hit your account.
- Air Canada Aeroplan charges 75,000 miles each way without fuel surcharges, and is a Chase, Capital One, American Express and Bilt transfer partner.
- Avianca Lifemiles generally charges 75,000 miles each way without fuel surcharges, though there are pricing quirks, and is an Amex, Citi, Capital One, and Brex transfer partner.
I wouldn’t generally bet on Cherry Blossom season this year, but summertime can be great and hopefully the course of the pandemic will shift sufficiently, and we’ll be dealing (in much better fashion) with things more seasonally after the next couple of months.