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Star Alliance joint venture partners United and ANA have a far as low as $374 roundtrip between Los Angeles and Tokyo.
You need to depart Sunday through Thursday in each direction (no Friday or Saturday flights) and the fare is available for outbound travel August 31 through December 9, December 24 to 31, and again January 10 through March 31. Tickets are non-refundable with a $300 change fee.
You’ll find a great fare of $548 on most booking sites.
However airfare metasearch site Momondo will help you find even better pricing than that.
You’re not going to upgrade these tickets. If you’re a United elite, choose to fly United and not ANA for access to economy plus extra legroom seating. And if you’re interested in earning the most miles you’ll choose to fly United because you can credit the miles to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and earn more than you would any other way.
While a non-elite MileagePlus member crediting United flights to the revenue-based MileagePlus program will only earn under 1500 miles, nearly all United fares earn 100% of flown miles when crediting to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer (.pdf). That means you earn almost 11,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles for the trip flying United and crediting this K fare to KrisFlyer.
While Singapore miles do expire after 3 years (not 3 years of inactivity), you can top off a KrisFlyer miles account with transfers from American Express, Chase, Citi, and Starwood.
This fare is a wonderful opportunity to get ‘lost’ in this most amazing city.