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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to travel. Additionally, keep in mind that discounted partner fares may not earn miles with US-based carriers.
Great news: Flight deals to Tokyo have stuck around for a bit longer. Last week we wrote about Delta’s $391 flights, and it looks like Star Alliance carriers are now upping the ante and competing with more fare specials. Most of the flights involve some combination of Air Canada, ANA and United Airlines, although the exact details of your itinerary might vary depending on where you’re flying from. The cheapest rate we found was $435 round-trip from Chicago (ORD), although prices were closer to $500 or $600 from other departure airports. Travel dates are available from March through May and availability varies between cities.
Airlines: Star Alliance airlines (mostly Air Canada, ANA and United)
Routes: BOS, LAX, ORD and more to Tokyo
Cost: $435-$544+ round-trip in economy
Dates: March 2016 through May 2016
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
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Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Chicago (ORD) to Tokyo (NRT) for $435:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (HND) for $439:
Boston (BOS) to Tokyo (NRT) for $587:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
H/T: The Flight Deal
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below! The Points Guy Assessment: The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great pick for the beginner and the frequent traveler. The CSP has superb travel benefits, double points on certain purchases, and a 50,000 point sign up bonus. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year so this puts it as one of the less expensive cards, while still allowing you to earn one of the most valuable point currencies.
The Points Guy Assessment:
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great pick for the beginner and the frequent traveler. The CSP has superb travel benefits, double points on certain purchases, and a 50,000 point sign up bonus. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year so this puts it as one of the less expensive cards, while still allowing you to earn one of the most valuable point currencies.