Japan Airlines is upgrading one of its two daily New York – Tokyo flights from a Boeing 787 to a Boeing 777. That means a lot more premium cabin seats, and tons of award space.
- New York JFK – Tokyo Narita, 11:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.+1, Japan Airlines JL3
- Tokyo Narita – New York JFK, 6:25 p.m. – 6:20 p.m., Japan Airlines JL4
Here’s business class availability for 4 passengers New York JFK – Tokyo non-stop in April on Japan Airlines, as displayed by Award Nexus (with availability provided by BA.com):
Here’s business class availability for 4 passengers New York JFK – Tokyo non-stop in July on Japan Airlines, as displayed by the Alaska Airlines website:
Your best bets are redeeming American Airlines or Alaska Airlines miles for these seats with no fuel surcharges. American charges 60,000 – 70,000 miles each way depending on destination, and Alaska 60,000 – 65,000. Use this for East Coast to Tokyo or connect beyond to elsewhere in Asia.
Japan Airlines Business Class Suite, credit: Japan Airlines
(HT: One Mile at a Time)