Business class saver awards can be a challenge using American AAdvantage miles. American rarely releases saver inventory on their own planes, and they don’t have as many partners as United does (Star Alliance is bigger than oneworld).
Finding business class awards for more than one or two people is even harder. So when there’s business class award space to Asia for a family of four that’s really notable.
Japan Airlines is adding a second daily San Francisco – Tokyo Narita flight starting March 29, 2020.
- San Francisco – Tokyo Narita, 1:35 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.+1, Japan Airlines JL57
Tokyo Narita – San Francisco, 6:10 p.m. – 11:30 a.m., Japan Airlines JL58
This flight has award space for four passengers almost every day.
You can use the flight to connect onward in Asia, or to visit Tokyo. Last year I had some of the best sushi on the planet during a visit to Tokyo, not to mention one of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten. Go for the Olympics, or the Cherry Blossoms too.
With Michelin-starred Sushi Chef Rei Masuda
American AAdvantage charges 60,000 miles each way in business class between the U.S. and Japan, or more if you want to fly elsewhere. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan can access these seats as well (and so can British Airways and Cathay Pacific which partner with multiple transferable currencies).
(HT: One Mile at a Time)