While I’ve posted snippets about Japanese Airlines Business Class when my husband and son flew on this cabin from Jakarta to Los Angeles via Tokyo, this time around I get to experience it solo and will be able to post a full review.
Japan Airlines (JAL) is a member of One World Alliance and seats on JAL are also redeemable with miles from partner airlines. Since we religiously collect American Airlines Advantage miles, it was a no-brainer to use AA miles to redeem for a premium cabin for JAL.
For example flying from Asia Region 2 (Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia) to the United States would require:
- 37,500 miles in Economy (Main Cabin)
- 70,000 miles in Business Class
- 110,000 miles in First Class
If you were to redeem miles from JAL Mileage Bank for flights to/from Japan:
Round trip flights between Japan to Asia Region 2 for example would take 80,000 miles in business class (remember this is round trip!)
If you have SPG points, you can just transfer 65,000 miles to JAL Mileage Bank and receive 80,000 miles, because SPG rewards a 5,000-mile bonus for every 20,000 miles transferred to partner airlines.
For all award bookings through American Airlines that are not bookable online, it’s quite easy to book by calling AA Customer Service as they can see availabilities on award seats with partner airlines.
I initially had to book for First Class because they couldn’t find any Business Class seat, but I called back 2 days later and found a Business Class seat on the same exact flights. I wasn’t planning on spending an extra 40,000 miles for a First Class seat because JAL Business Class would be more than sufficient for the 20-hour flight.
For the above itinerary the miles required was 70,000 AAdvantage miles + USD 30.56.
If I were to pay for a one-way fare with the same itinerary, it would cost USD 3,176 from JAL website.
Another proof how collecting miles and points through credit card purchases, air travel, shopping and hotel stays can be a great advantage!
Review of the cabin coming soon!