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Definitive "Booking Japan Airlines (JL) Using AS Miles" Thread (2020-2022)

Old Dec 30, 2019, 1:03 pm
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All awards for domestic Japan will default to Economy (including international F or J award with domestic segments).
However, these can often be upgraded at reasonable cost at the ticket counter in the Japan connecting airport

Award Chart
If not listed it's not available - EXCEPTION: Hawaii-Asia awards are bookable, not yet on the chart, at the same prices as Continental U.S.-Asia
(As of March 2017, Premium Economy is no longer available)
(As of October 2019, stopovers are no longer allowed on intra Asia awards)

For 2021:
F awards are available again to book directly on AS website (no need to book J then try to change segment) as of June 12, 2021.

Class of Service One-way Round-trip:

U.S./Canada to Asia
Coach 35,000 70,000
Premium 40,000 80,000
Business 60,000 120,000
First 70,000 140,000

U.S./Canada to Southeast Asia
Coach 40,000 80,000
Premium 45,000 90,000
Business 65,000 130,000
First 75,000 150,000

Intra Asia
Coach 15,000 30,000
Premium 17,500 35,000
Business 25,000 50,000
First 30,000 60,000


International gateways
All AS valid destinations from Tokyo (HND/NRT), Osaka (KIX) or Nagoya (NGO).
PUS, GMP, ICN, DLC, PVG, SHA, PEK, TSA, TPE, KHH, CAN, HKG, MNL, HAN, SGN, BKK, SIN, KUL, CGK, DEL, HNL, KOA, YVR, SFO, SEA, LAX, SAN, ORD, DFW, BOS, JFK

USA

Boston - BOS
Chicago - ORD
Dallas - DFW
Honolulu - HNL
Kona -KOA
Los Angeles - LAX
New York - JFK
San Diego - SAN
San Francisco - SFO
Seattle - SEA

Canada
Vancouver - YVR

Asia

Delhi - DEL
Tokyo - HND & NRT
Osaka - KIX
Nagoya - NGO
Busan - PUS
Seoul - Gimpo GMP
Seoul - Incheon ICN


Southeast Asia (or listed as SE based on how awards are pricing)
Bangkok - BKK
Beijing - PEK
Dalian - DLC
Guangzhou - CAN
Hanoi - HAN
Ho Chi Minh City - SGN
Hong Kong - HKG
Jakarta - CGK
Kaohsiung - KHH
Kuala Lumpur - KUL
Manila - MNL
Shanghai - Hongqiao - SHA
Shanghai - Pudong - PVG
Singapore - SIN
Taipei - TPE
Taipei - Songshan - TSA
Tianjin - TSN (only from Nagoya, not very useful....)


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Definitive "Booking Japan Airlines (JL) Using AS Miles" Thread (2020-2022)

Old Feb 6, 2020, 9:51 am
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Originally Posted by Dieuwer
From where? There are plenty JFK/LAX-HND/NRT J awards...
From JFK.
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Old Feb 6, 2020, 1:06 pm
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Originally Posted by freed0m
from/to North America is more liberal.

certain rules can be broken.
Right, it looks like TYO/KIX ends up being a coterminal for stopovers or something? Nice to have.
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Old Feb 13, 2020, 4:14 pm
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Does anyone know which U.S. cities have the best 2 F availability in advance to TYO? I would prefer to avoid doing the last minute dance and waiting until 2 weeks before, or is the best strategy to book 2 seats in Y or J and hope for F seats to become available at the last minute and pay for the change (not MVPG/75K)
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Old Feb 13, 2020, 4:26 pm
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Originally Posted by freckles123
Does anyone know which U.S. cities have the best 2 F availability in advance to TYO? I would prefer to avoid doing the last minute dance and waiting until 2 weeks before, or is the best strategy to book 2 seats in Y or J and hope for F seats to become available at the last minute and pay for the change (not MVPG/75K)
Its never a sure thing, but the best bets are with LAX and JFK. I just redeemed for 2F out of LAX but JFK looked to have more seats available.
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Old Feb 13, 2020, 8:12 pm
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Originally Posted by freckles123
Does anyone know which U.S. cities have the best 2 F availability in advance to TYO? I would prefer to avoid doing the last minute dance and waiting until 2 weeks before, or is the best strategy to book 2 seats in Y or J and hope for F seats to become available at the last minute and pay for the change (not MVPG/75K)
I got three seats HND - SFO
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Old Feb 14, 2020, 9:01 am
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Originally Posted by TravelingZoomer
I got three seats HND - SFO
3 F seats? How far in advance did they become available? Two is pretty standard. Three at a time is rare unless close in.
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Old Feb 15, 2020, 10:08 am
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Originally Posted by skimthetrees
3 F seats? How far in advance did they become available? Two is pretty standard. Three at a time is rare unless close in.
2 seats I got ~T-330 days. 3rd seat T-90 days
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Old Feb 18, 2020, 8:07 am
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Originally Posted by TravelingZoomer
2 seats I got ~T-330 days. 3rd seat T-90 days
Even getting that 3rd at T-90 is pretty rare, as I've only ever seen 2F available before T-14. Congrats on the grab and enjoy the trip!
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Old Feb 24, 2020, 12:14 am
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So recently flew JAL F NRT-ORD. Gotta say the service was top notch. The crew seemed to really care about making sure I had an enjoyable flight. But, as for the food and hard product, I would say nice but not blown away like I have been on some other airlines.
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Old Feb 25, 2020, 4:43 pm
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I have HND/ORD booked on JL in mid April, which I am going to cancel, partly because of Coronavirus, but also because I got a good deal for travel directly to the USA from AKL on QF.

I am happy to pay the US$125 cancellation fee on the JL award ticket, but I am just wondering if anyone has had any success in getting AS to waive the fee for flights into or out of Japan due to Coronavirus.
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Old Feb 27, 2020, 2:59 am
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Originally Posted by minz56
I have HND/ORD booked on JL in mid April, which I am going to cancel, partly because of Coronavirus, but also because I got a good deal for travel directly to the USA from AKL on QF.

I am happy to pay the US$125 cancellation fee on the JL award ticket, but I am just wondering if anyone has had any success in getting AS to waive the fee for flights into or out of Japan due to Coronavirus.
following. Also in the same corona scare cancellation boat. Any announcement?
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Old Feb 28, 2020, 8:50 am
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I have got mine waived without question the moment I said I wanted to cancel due to the virus.

This was an intra-asia award using the stopover method booked last year.
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Old Mar 2, 2020, 2:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Tokyoite
following. Also in the same corona scare cancellation boat. Any announcement?
@Tokyoite - I just cancelled HND/ORD on 18 April 2020 via AS Online Help (Reservations) and they waived the cancellation fee. The points are back in my account and now just awaiting a refund of the taxes.
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Old Mar 3, 2020, 3:49 am
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Originally Posted by minz56
@Tokyoite - I just cancelled HND/ORD on 18 April 2020 via AS Online Help (Reservations) and they waived the cancellation fee. The points are back in my account and now just awaiting a refund of the taxes.
perfect news. I followed your advice and engaged AS on helpline chat. cancelled with waiver of cancellation fee. great for us. thanks!
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Old Mar 4, 2020, 11:26 pm
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I have a intra-asia redemption on Jal in Apr which I did an online chat and they asked for the $125 USD saying its outside the waiver guidelines. Anyone else experienced anything different?

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