Toyko - SFO/LAX: AA or JL?

Old May 25, 2023, 5:28 pm
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Toyko - SFO/LAX: AA or JL?

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I am planning a round trip from SE Asia to the west coast (SFO or LAX) with two stopovers at TYO (one outbound and one inbound). For the transpacific segments, I can choose between JL and AA (Flagship). It's been a very long time since I flew in premium class in JL and AA, and so I would like to ask for your suggestions.

Should I choose one long-haul segment on AA and the other on JL, just to compare their products? Or, should I just stick to JL for both segments?

I am banking One World miles with AS, if it makes any difference.

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Old May 25, 2023, 5:29 pm
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Old May 25, 2023, 8:42 pm
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Would definitely pick JL, in both directions.
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Old May 25, 2023, 10:01 pm
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Thanks for the replies.

What if the window seats in JL's 787 are not available?
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Old May 25, 2023, 10:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Barkinpark
It's been a very long time since I flew in premium class in JL and AA, and so I would like to ask for your suggestions.
Do you mean premium economy? Please clarify your cabin.
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Old May 25, 2023, 10:42 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyingEgghead
Do you mean premium economy? Please clarify your cabin.
JL: international first
AA: domestic first
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Old May 25, 2023, 10:59 pm
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Originally Posted by Barkinpark
JL: international first
AA: domestic first
It was far from clear that you were talking about international F! I doubt previous responders had that in mind (perhaps they assumed J), though it probably doesn't alter their answers.

And I assume the comparison you are asking about is to AA international F? When you say AA domestic F you must be talking about a short connecting flight like LAX-SFO? Domestic F seats do not exist on AA widebodies used for TPAC. You originally posed the question "AA or JL" -- surely you are not trying to compare JL international F with AA domestic F as the quote above suggests?!
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Old May 26, 2023, 12:34 am
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Originally Posted by Barkinpark
Thanks for the replies.

What if the window seats in JL's 787 are not available?
Is that really enough to take a chance on getting bad service and food for a 10+hr flight?
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Old May 26, 2023, 12:51 am
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Personally I would book both and compare, but I like to fly as many different airlines as possible. For the best experience go with JAL both ways, JAL first is going to be night and day better than AA flagship.
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Old May 26, 2023, 2:48 am
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Originally Posted by Barkinpark
Thanks for the replies.

What if the window seats in JL's 787 are not available?
Originally Posted by Barkinpark
JL: international first
AA: domestic first
You need to be much more clear about what alternatives you are comparing. AFAIK, none of JL's 787 planes have international F, so your statements appear inconsistent. Is your choice actually between JL J and AA J? (AA currently doesn't offer international F to TYO, so that is another clue that you mean J, not F.)

You are getting "answers", but I have no confidence that they are addressing your scenario because you still have not clarified the cabins! Also note that "AA Flagship" does not pinpoint a cabin. If you mean Flagship J (or Flagship F) then please say that specifically.
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Old May 26, 2023, 4:48 am
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Sorry that I forgot to mention: I did fly F before in JL and AA, but this time I am considering J.

Thanks for asking for clarification.
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For me, it'd be JL regardless of the specifics of the aircraft or cabin.
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Old May 26, 2023, 5:03 am
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Originally Posted by Barkinpark
JL: international first
AA: domestic first
Originally Posted by Barkinpark
Sorry that I forgot to mention: I did fly F before in JL and AA, but this time I am considering J.
LOL, while it doesn't really affect my answer, I'm still confused on what cabin you're talking about here.
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Old May 26, 2023, 7:00 am
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I have flown BOS-SFO in coach in order to connect to JL F SFO-HND over flying AA in any class or any possible configuration. A couple of pictures from JL F meal below. Nobody, with the exception of ANA, can come close to that.




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