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JAL will accept international booking 360 days in advance from Apr 1 2019

JAL will accept international booking 360 days in advance from Apr 1 2019

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Old Feb 12, 19, 10:36 am
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JAL will accept international booking 360 days in advance from Apr 1 2019

I was trying to keep this on the down low when I posted this cryptic post earlier. But @CPH-Flyer did more research (and hopefully he's right), so it's safe to put this out in the open now

JAL will extend the advanced booking period from 330 days to 360 days from Apr 1 2019 (JST) for international flights. This includes cash ticket, award booking, and upgrade. So mark your calendar to get 30 days of award inventory released at once and the best part is grAAbers and grASpers won't be able to touch these inventories at all (assuming nothing changed on their end).
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Old Feb 12, 19, 11:37 am
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So mark your calendar to get 30 days of award inventory released at once and the best part is grAAbers and grASpers won't be able to touch these inventories at all (assuming nothing changed on their end).
Not to worry. JAL has been far more aggressive already about pulling award inventory back from partners and saving it for grJMBlers if it wasn't booked immediately (at least for F).
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Old Feb 12, 19, 11:50 am
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Originally Posted by rustykettel View Post
Not to worry. JAL has been far more aggressive already about pulling award inventory back from partners and saving it for grJMBlers if it wasn't booked immediately (at least for F).
Now they can't even book it when it's first released Giving us (Members from JMB, BA, etc) a 29-day window to book them before they are pulled 331 days out LOL

Some people have been calling before 10am JST to ask CSR to enter all the info and refresh inventory at 10am JST sharp. Something they can no longer do after the change
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Old Feb 12, 19, 7:14 pm
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Press release in English
JAL Group - PRESS RELEASES - Reservation Start Date for International Flights to be Changed to 360 days prior to Departure
Press release in Japanese
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Old Feb 13, 19, 9:39 pm
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I have mixed feeling about this. While earlier booking period is usually better, I usually redeem my miles for Golden Week and Xmas, and 360 days window means that I will have to go through the effort to compete for the space in the middle of my vacation, with different time zone and all. Not exactly how I want to spend my vacation, but I guess beggars canít be choosers..
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Old Feb 13, 19, 10:33 pm
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Originally Posted by bakaneko85 View Post
I have mixed feeling about this. While earlier booking period is usually better, I usually redeem my miles for Golden Week and Xmas, and 360 days window means that I will have to go through the effort to compete for the space in the middle of my vacation, with different time zone and all. Not exactly how I want to spend my vacation, but I guess beggars can’t be choosers..
at least you don’t need to compete with those grocery shoppers for now but there are other bad news, JAL has signed up a loyalty company to help them with JMB. First order of business is selling miles to more banks. Expect JMB to depreciate more or more people become JMB rich and will compete with you for golden week awards. But at least for now the grocery shoppers are essentially kept out of the store and have to watch us shop for 29 days lol
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Old Feb 13, 19, 11:28 pm
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Woww what a nightmare. Ascenda Loyalty, the company JL signed with, touts QR, SQ, MH, AZ amongst its clients.. not exactly great example of good FF program especially with crazy devaluation without notice from the likes of QR.. lol. So much for expertise in customer loyalty. Just another reminder to burn as fast as you earn. Having just redeemed for long haul JL J and EK F, too bad that I donít have the use of that extra 29 days :/ happy shopping to all of you!
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Old Feb 14, 19, 3:59 am
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Originally Posted by bakaneko85 View Post
Woww what a nightmare. Ascenda Loyalty, the company JL signed with, touts QR, SQ, MH, AZ amongst its clients.. not exactly great example of good FF program especially with crazy devaluation without notice from the likes of QR.. lol. So much for expertise in customer loyalty. Just another reminder to burn as fast as you earn. Having just redeemed for long haul JL J and EK F, too bad that I don’t have the use of that extra 29 days :/ happy shopping to all of you!
yup, so take this win while we can, even though we all know JAL didn’t make this 360 days change to please us. It’s going to get worse.
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Old Feb 15, 19, 3:37 pm
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Looks like I'm transferring all my spg miles to JAL for the olympics! I was initially going to do it through Avios but there is no way any of those flights are surviving even 5 days.
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Old Feb 15, 19, 3:44 pm
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Looks like I'm transferring all my spg miles to JAL for the olympics! I was initially going to do it through Avios but there is no way any of those flights are surviving even 5 days.
what makes you think they will be releasing them as standard awards?
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Old Feb 15, 19, 3:45 pm
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Originally Posted by mcs26891 View Post
Looks like I'm transferring all my spg miles to JAL for the olympics! I was initially going to do it through Avios but there is no way any of those flights are surviving even 5 days.
what makes you think they will be releasing them as standard awards? And you donít have to fly on JL, there are lots of options to Tokyo.
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Old Feb 15, 19, 3:47 pm
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what makes you think they will be releasing them as standard awards? And you donít have to fly on JL, there are lots of options to Tokyo.
Of course, but I haven't flown JAL yet so that's supposed to be another highlight of my trip (I've been to Japan multiple times). Although the olympics are obviously something different, I'd rather fly JAL than ANA RT again.
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Old Feb 21, 19, 11:53 am
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I'm curious why folks think other frequent flyer programs won't have access to these seats 360 days out. It will make the US domestic connections problematic, but such is life.
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Old Feb 21, 19, 1:53 pm
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Originally Posted by mcs26891 View Post
Looks like I'm transferring all my spg miles to JAL for the olympics! I was initially going to do it through Avios but there is no way any of those flights are surviving even 5 days.
Try calling - I was able to book QR redemptions with Avios past the 355 days that BA release at, may be the same for JL.
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Old Feb 21, 19, 2:08 pm
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I'm curious why folks think other frequent flyer programs won't have access to these seats 360 days out. It will make the US domestic connections problematic, but such is life.
Some partners limit booking beyond the end of their own schedule.
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