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Beginning November 30, Japan Airlines is bringing its 787 Dreamliner to Dallas, operating four weekly flights to Tokyo-Narita. While the Dreamliner layout JAL uses on several other routes (such as San Diego) offers only angle-flat business seats, this 787 will have the airline’s latest lie-flat Sky Suites, which I just flew on a 777-300ER to New York yesterday. It’s a fantastic product, and at just 50,000 AAdvantage miles each way, it’s a heck of a deal.
Even better, award availability is phenomenal on this route. You can book at least nine (9) business-class seats on most dates through the end of the schedule in August 2016 (note that the flight only operates on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Since Dallas (DFW) is an American hub, you can book connecting award flights on AA for the same number of miles, making this flight a good option regardless of your home airport’s location.
Note: For a limited time, the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard is offering an increased sign-up bonus of 75,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after making $7,500 in purchases in the first three months of account opening, giving you more than enough miles for this flight.
Award seats on this route aren’t yet appearing on British Airways’ site, however you can find availability by calling AAdvantage at (800) 882-8880. We confirmed that availability matched what we found on JAL’s own site. You can search JAL availability yourself by signing up for a JAL account, logging in, and following the steps below:
2. Search for Dallas to Tokyo on your desired dates.
3. Enter your desired number of seats (an “O” represents available seats).
5. Search for connecting flights on AA’s site then call to book.
Generally, when award seats are this widely available, someone made a mistake that will likely be corrected soon, so if you’d like to book JAL business class, now’s the time to do it!