Great Business Class Award Space To Asia For 4 Passengers With American, Chase or Amex Points

I’m starting to want to plan travel, even if it’s not clear when I’ll be able to travel abroad. I’m really hungry for sushi in Tokyo, laksa in Singapore, and prawn mee soup in Malaysia. I want a Asia trip, and there’s great business class award availability to Asia for January – March, 2021 right now. It’s available for four passengers, and far enough out that I’m willing to make some bookings.

Spencer Howard runs a free email newsletter where he sends out award availability alerts. This evening he found business class awards for four people wide open on Japan Airlines from several cities and two first class seats out of Chicago O’Hare. You can claim these awards with miles from American, Alaska, British Airways and more.

For business class there’s availability to Tokyo from New York JFK, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Fort-Worth, and Los Angeles. Here’s New York JFK – Tokyo Haneda for four business class passengers in January:

You can use these flights to connect onward in Asia, or to visit Tokyo. Two years 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 early start of Cherry Blossoms too.

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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 and fuel surcharges aren’t significant).

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. anything further south, can you see any RTW F or J deals available to book now for next summer, from chase or amex pools?

  2. Go for the Olympics? There are many experts saying that the Olympics are unlikely to even happen in 2021. Japan hasn’t exactly been stellar in response to its coronavirus problems either. Not to mention this virus will be coming in waves with some projecting that additional waves will be even worse so maybe January 2021 isn’t exactly the best time to be scheduling international travel? Not to mention whose to say the US will have the situation under control next winter? Its possible other countries will not want to let Americans in or will impose quarantines on them. Seems incredibly foolish to make any sort of international travel plans until we see which countries are going to be really effective in controlling this outbreak and that is the hard truth people need to adjust to.

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