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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Update 2/27/2017: Some of these great fares from the US to Tokyo are still available. The New York/Newark (EWR) to Tokyo route is now nonstop on United, and San Diego (SAN) to Tokyo (NRT) is just $495 round-trip. Dallas (DFW) and Nashville (BNA) to Tokyo (NRT) can still be purchased for just $500 round-trip. Updated examples of what you can purchase are shown below.
There’s a fare war afoot to Tokyo! Some great airfares are available right now on all three legacy carriers to the capital of Japan from cities all around the United States, and not just the east and west coasts.
You’ll find flights starting at just $486 round-trip on American out of its hub in Dallas (DFW), plus Delta flights for $500 from Nashville (BNA) and Columbus (CMH), along with Miami (MIA), New York (NYC), Charlotte (CLT) and others. On United, you can get fares starting at $490 from some of these same cities, plus Seattle (SEA), Atlanta (ATL), Detroit (DTW), Minneapolis (MSP) and San Diego (SAN), so there’s a ton of options no matter what area of the country you’re starting from.
Nearly all these flights are in March and April, but there’s plenty of availability in those two months, with departures available nearly every Monday through Thursday. In some cases we found trips at this price as short as 4 days, though more often there’s a 7-night stay requirement. You don’t need any tricks to get these airfares, so just use Google Flights to find the dates you want, then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself.
Airlines: Delta, United and American
Routes: DFW/BNA/CMH/MIA/EWR/SAN and others to TYO
Cost: $495+ round-trip in economy
Dates: March and April
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
There are tons of options, but here are just a few examples of what you can book:
San Diego (SAN) to Tokyo/Narita (NRT) nonstop on United for $495 via Orbitz:
Dallas (DFW) to Tokyo/Narita (NRT) nonstop on United for $500 via Orbitz:
Nashville (BNA) to Tokyo (TYO) on Delta for $500 round-trip via Orbitz:
Newark (EWR) to Tokyo/Narita (NRT) on United for $586 round-trip via Orbitz:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!
H/T: The Flight Deal
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