Using American miles to fly between the US and Asia can be a challenge for two passengers. Those based at the DFW hub have an even greater challenge — tremendous competition for award seats from other frequent flyers, and that most of the oneworld Asia service is on American which isn’t great about releasing premium cabin award space to begin with.
It’s notable that Japan Airlines has really good award availability for two passengers in business class Dallas Fort-Worth – Tokyo Narita if booked way in advance. That’s useful too because if you can find the award space DFW is a great airport for connecting.
Here’s Dallas Fort-Worth – Tokyo Narita availability for two business class award seats in February:
- Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan charges 60,000 miles each way for business class to Japan and North Asia. Continue onwards to Southeast Asia and the price becomes 65,000.
- American Airlines AAdvantage charges 60,000 miles each way for business class to Japan and ‘Asia 1’. Continue onwards to ‘Asia 2’ and the price becomes 70,000.
- This is a good opportunity to use British Airways Avios as well, because although they charge 90,000 for business just for Dallas – Tokyo each way without connections, you won’t be hit with big fuel surcharges to Japan (or if connecting to South Korea or Hong Kong).