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Whether it’s in first class, business class or even economy, one of the best ways to fly over the Pacific is Japan Airlines. And, today, award availability on Japan Airlines just opened up significantly! We’re seeing award availability on many of Japan Airlines’ US routes, with the best availability between New York’s JFK and Tokyo’s NRT.


Fly in economy, premium economy or business class on Japan Airlines’ 787-9 Dreamliner from Boston (BOS) to Tokyo (NRT):

Economy, premium economy or business on the 787-8 Dreamliner from Dallas (DFW) to NRT:

But, the best award availability seems to be between New York’s JFK and NRT. For example, many Sunday-Thursdays have award availability in May:

There’s availability on most flights and in most of the cabins:

Miles To Use

One of the top ways to book Japan Airlines flights is also the newest: using Alaska MileagePlan miles. Not only are the rates very reasonable, but you can also add a free stopover in Tokyo on your way to or from another destination in Asia.


Japan Airlines features one of the better economy-class products.

The Japan Airlines economy product is excellent. This is especially true on JAL’s 787 Dreamliners, since Japan Airlines only installed eight seats across vs. nine-wide on most other airlines.

Japan Airlines premium economy is worth the extra miles.

However, splurging an extra 5,000 miles for premium economy is miles well spent. In addition to better food, drink and service, you’ll also get a very comfortable seat with a fair amount of privacy.

Business class on the 787.

As with most award redemptions, premium cabins are where you’re going to get the most value. And Japan Airlines features some of the best premium cabins in the sky, as you can see in this review.

Bottom Line

Japan Airlines is an excellent way of flying between the US and Japan. And booking Japan Airlines flights with Alaska miles is a great use of Alaska miles — especially if you maximize the booking by adding a stopover. So, this is a great deal. As award availability can dry up at any time, make sure to move quickly if you’re interested in booking these awards.

H/T: View from the Wing

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