Via One Mile at a Time, there’s fantastic business class award space using American AAdvantqage (or other oneworld airline) miles between Dallas and Tokyo.
Japan Airlines is launching 4 times weekly service (Sunday/Monday/Wednesday/Friday in both directions) between Dallas and Tokyo on November 30.
- Dallas – Tokyo operates 11:45am – 4:25pm+1
Tokyo – Dallas operates 10:55am – 7:20am
I was not aware that there was business class space available. I usually use the British Airways website for searching Japan Airlines award space, and that space is not showing up on BA.com. (The American and Qantas websites do not show JAL space at all.)
You can search for the space on the Japan Airlines website. However, at this moment pretty much every day that the flight operates has two business class awards. So just call American to book.
Cost of award:
- American charges 50,000 miles each way for US – “Asia 1” (Japan/Korea/Mongolia) business class. If you connect onward to ‘Asia 2’ it’s 55,000 miles. There are no fuel surcharges, and you can connect to Dallas and onward from Tokyo.
- British Airways charges 90,000 miles each way for just the Dallas – Tokyo segment, and will charge you fuel surcharges.
Since American awards include onward travel from Tokyo to other countries in Asia 1 or Asia 2, you can use this flight to connect to:
If you with to book a domestic connection intra-Japan, those are available only close-in via AAdvantage (and are supposed to be available only close-in to everybody but you may want to book that portion as a separate ticket through British Airways.
The flight is operated by a Boeing 787-8 with JAL’s new business class product. (The original 787s were delivered with angled business seats — JAL ordered the planes so long ago that lie flat wasn’t even standard yet!)