Last summer we saw Japan Airlines open up first class award seats on the San Francisco – Tokyo Haneda route. Wide open. I booked an itinerary, but wound up having to cancel.
Now, via One Mile at a Time, Japan Airlines has done it again. And it’s even bigger, with trickles over the summer but floodgates opening in the fall and through winter.
Their Chicago – Tokyo Narita route and San Francisco – Tokyo Haneda routes have first class wide open. Wide open. Three to four seats per flight in many cases, or even more.
Sixteen of the first twenty six days in October have multiple first class award seats available.
You need to use the British Airways award search website if you want to find partner award seats on your own. And it won’t show more than 4 seats at a time. If you book the four (create a reservation, for instance with American miles by calling American and putting them on hold) more first class seats may still show available and bookable.
- Note: the American website (and Qantas website) do not support searches for Japan Airlines space. Find the space yourself on the British Airways website, then call to book. American no longer charges a phone booking fee for awards that cannot be booked online.
American AAdvantage charges 62,500 miles each way for first class to ‘Asia 1’ (“Japan, Korean, Mongolia”) and 67,500 miles each way for first class to ‘Asia 2’ (Southeast Asia generally plus China, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Taiwan).