Best carrier for NY to Tokyo

 
Old Apr 27, 14, 3:14 pm
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Best carrier for NY to Tokyo

Looking for the best carrier to use my AA on miles on to go premium (1st or biz) from NYC to Japan. Really wanted to fly CX but I understand its a different zone which would cost another segment each way.
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Old Apr 27, 14, 3:25 pm
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the zones are dependent on the mileage program, not the carrier you fly. with that said, if you fly through a hub in a different zone, it will cost extra.

(possibly) no extra: AA, japan airlines
extra: cathay pacific
extra extra: malaysian, sri lankan (soon)

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Old Apr 27, 14, 3:42 pm
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I would recommend JL.
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Old Apr 27, 14, 5:44 pm
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JAL is great--highly recommend.
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Old Apr 27, 14, 9:51 pm
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JAL is great--highly recommend.
+1. Although I preferred UA circa '88 - '94 in a 747-SP followed by a 747-200 with wonderful service.
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Old Apr 27, 14, 10:17 pm
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I agree JL is your best bet, IF you book the 777-300ER flight. JL has another daily flight operated on a 787, which is not as nice, because the seats are all old. The seats on the 777-300ER are all brand new and MUCH nicer.
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Old Apr 28, 14, 12:45 am
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I agree JL is your best bet, IF you book the 777-300ER flight. JL has another daily flight operated on a 787, which is not as nice, because the seats are all old. The seats on the 777-300ER are all brand new and MUCH nicer.
I agree most part, and i understand it's not fully flat in business, but the seats are old ?? I thought 787 (Dreamliner) are the newest fleets, no?
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Old Apr 28, 14, 6:57 am
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Originally Posted by Fly2Where View Post
I agree most part, and i understand it's not fully flat in business, but the seats are old ?? I thought 787 (Dreamliner) are the newest fleets, no?
Seats are Flat Shell Neo. Apparently there was a delay with the supplier implementing the Skysuite C seat on the 788, however mods are commencing shortly.
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Old Apr 28, 14, 8:10 am
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For JFK/NRT on a OneWorld carrier, I would vote for JL F. And I'd rank them this way:
  1. JL F
  2. AA F
  3. JL J
  4. AA J
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Old Apr 28, 14, 8:13 am
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Originally Posted by Unimatrix One View Post
I agree JL is your best bet, IF you book the 777-300ER flight. JL has another daily flight operated on a 787, which is not as nice, because the seats are all old. The seats on the 777-300ER are all brand new and MUCH nicer.
True, but if comparing it to a 777 J seat in AA, JL still wins. The AA 77W would be better than the JL 787, but I don't think AA flies the 77W to NRT.

But you overall point that the JL 777 > 787 is true.
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Old Apr 28, 14, 9:11 am
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JL is great. the only drawback is they keep the cabin WARM during the sleeping phase of the flight. If you have trouble sleeping when it it is warm (80+) then you may want to take AA
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Old Apr 28, 14, 2:48 pm
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Originally Posted by footballfanatic View Post
the zones are dependent on the mileage program, not the carrier you fly.
And the carrier you fly will, in most cases, determine which zones you fly through. @:-)
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Old Apr 28, 14, 6:22 pm
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I am a little confused by the mention of AA on this route, since AA's JFK-NRT service became JFK-HND, and then became no AA direct service from JFK to TYO. I have flown the JAL 777-300 in J several times and would easily pick that direct flight over any connecting AA service. (Y vs SWUs notwithstanding)

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Old Apr 28, 14, 7:59 pm
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Originally Posted by SafeFlyer View Post
(Y vs SWUs notwithstanding)

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Or J to F with an SWU. JFK-LAX-NRT.
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