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Now through August 31, 2013 American Airlines AAdvantage members can earn double base miles (not elite, unfortunately) on flights between Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo. In order to register for this promotion, follow this link and enter the promotion code JPS13. Double miles can be earned on all First and Business class fares and select economy class fares on American Airlines including codeshare flights booked as a Japan Airlines flight and operated by American Airlines.

Valid fare classes:

Economy: Y, B, H, K, M, L, V, S, N, Q
First: F, A, P
Business: J, R, D, I

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Double miles can also be earned on flights between San Diego and Tokyo, though travel must take place between now and July 31st. For this promotion, register here using the code SANJP. Valid fare classes include all business class and select economy fares on Japan Airlines including codeshare flights booked as an American Airlines flight and operated by Japan Airlines.

As long as you register for the promotion before travel takes place you will be eligible to earn double miles which will be in addition to the standard base miles and class of service bonus miles that you would normally earn.

Salivating For Sushi
I priced out fares from NYC to Tokyo and they are frighteningly high on many dates: over $2,000 for economy and $6,000 in business. I haven’t been back to Japan since I first went over three years ago and had an incredible trip. Highlights were the food, a super early morning tour of the Tsukiji Fish Market, the Park Hyatt, walking around aimlessly… oh and did I mention the food?

Great views of Tokyo from upin the sky at the Park Hyatt
Great views of Tokyo from upin the sky at the Park Hyatt

I’d love to go back, but I don’t think I’ll be able to swing it during this promotion. Although I do have a bunch of American Systemwide Upgrades (from qualifying for Executive Platinum) that are burning a hole in my pocket and availability, especially last minute is generous. If you don’t have systemwides, you can also confirm into business from most coach fares for 25,000 miles and $350 each way.

Decent upgrade availability on JFK-HND, especially for last minute travel
Decent upgrade availability on JFK-HND, especially for last minute travel

So even if I had to pay $1,800+, the sting wouldn’t be so bad if I could confirm into business class roundtrip for that price and bank the double miles. JFK-Haneda is 13,545 miles roundtrip, so I’d get that many for the base fare, plus double for this promo, plus my Executive Platinum 100% bonus for a total of 40,635 base miles and 13,545 much needed Elite Qualifying Miles. I value AA miles conservatively at 1.8 cents a piece, so I’d be getting $731 in future redemption value from the trip- not so bad! Plus the 13,545 Elite Miles will get me 13.5% of my Executive Platinum requalifcation, which I value the 8 systemwides at $4,000 conservatively, so yet another $540 in future value.

Now that I think about it, this trip is becoming much more of a good idea!

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