There’s a fare war to Tokyo going on from a variety of U.S. cities, and roundtrip fares start at just $198 roundtrip for Cleveland – Tokyo. Other great fares in the $200 – $250 range are available from Fort Lauderdale and Miami; St. Louis; Raleigh; Washington D.C.; Philadelphia; Dallas Fort-Worth; Charlotte; and Phoenix – and probably others. These fares aren’t going to last long.
Out of Philadelphia and other American hubs, for instance, you’ll find this available on United.
Here’s details on American Airlines fare OLW80EZ1 which is $42 each way plus taxes:
- Weekend basic economy fare
- Departures from the U.S. are available Thursday – Saturday, flights back to the U.S. are available Saturday – Monday
- This is valid for U.S. departures September 8 – December 1, December 25 – January 1, and January 7 – April 30
- For return flights, valid dates are September 16 – December 28, January 22 – April 21, and April 29 – May 26 (but right now you won’t be able to book anything past mid-March)
- 28 day advance purchase required, which isn’t a separate constraint because the earliest travel date is in September
Night View Of Tokyo
Even though this is basic economy, I’d note that elite benefits now apply on American Airlines basic economy fares. I’ve even helped a few folks to get confirmed upgrades with their systemwide upgrades on these sorts of fares. A lot of Executive Platinum members have upgrades that were extended to July 2021 and those just have to be used by (confirmed) then and are permitted for travel dates into the future.
Yellow Uni at Sushi Masuda
I’d focus on early 2022, recognizing that the first quarter isn’t peak season but gives you the best chance for Japan to be re-opened to tourism. American is no longer offering flexibility on basic economy fares, but United is waiving change fees on such fares still through April 30.