Just in time for the Cherry Blossoms: Fly business class for cheap to Tokyo or Seoul in 2021

May 27, 2020

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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 Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year). 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.

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Editor’s note: At TPG, we paused traveling to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Local and national governments around the globe are now debating the appropriate levels of isolation and distancing. Before booking that next trip, we recommend you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions. TPG is continuing to publish deals, reviews and general travel news to inform and prepare you for that trip, whether it is next month or next year.

As travel begins to pick up even amid the coronavirus pandemic, you might be thinking about your next trip. If you’re aiming to travel in style, you can do so thanks to some excellent business-class cash deals to Asia, as first discovered by metalblaze at FlyerTalk.

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We’re seeing great deals on Aeromexico from major cities like New York-JFK, Los Angeles (LAX), Houston (IAH) and Miami (MIA) to Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Seoul (ICN) starting around $2,700 round-trip. We’re seeing solid availability from February through April 2021, which is perfect if you’re itching to see Japan’s renowned Cherry Blossom Festival, which begins in April.

A woman uses a smartphone to take a photograph of cherry blossoms at night on April 1, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images.)

Note that some routes have lengthy connections in Mexico City (MEX), which could be a great chance to explore the city and its fantastic food culture before continuing to Asia.

These deals could also be great if you’re trying to get or keep Delta Medallion elite status, as you can credit mileage to Delta. The airline announced last month that it would extend elite status for all members through January 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

That means whatever Delta Medallion status travelers earned for 2020 — including those gifted — will be automatically extended for the 2021 Medallion year, which ends Jan. 31, 2022. Additionally, all Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) from 2020 will be rolled over to 2021 to qualify for 2022 Medallion Status.

Aeromexico flight deals currently available

Major U.S. cities to Tokyo

Round-trip deals from New York-JFK, Los Angeles, San Francisco (SFO) and Miami are available between February and April 2021, starting at $2,793 round-trip. You’ll find the cheapest deals on online travel agencies like Orbitz, but you may avoid potential headaches by booking directly through the airline. You should be able to find the shorter routes (like JFK-MEX) operated on Aeromexico’s newer 787-9 business class, but the transpacific routes are mostly on the 787-8 in a 2-2-2 configuration.

(Photo by Nick Ellis/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Nick Ellis/The Points Guy.)

Major U.S. cities to Seoul

Round-trip deals from Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles are available for dates between February and April 2021 starting at $2,680 round-trip. Similar to the Tokyo routes, the transpacific routes are mostly on the 787-8.

How to book

We were able to find these deals at Google Flights. You can search for flights to your destinations from multiple airports to help you spot the best deal. Or, you can search from your destination (“Where from?” field) to any gateway in the United States by typing “USA” in the “Where to?” field. You’ll get a map showing the cheapest flights to airports around the country.

Understand cancellation policies before buying an airline ticket

Before buying any airline ticket in the current realities, understand the cancellation and rebooking policies for the carrier you book. For Aeromexico tickets booked before June 15, 2020, for future travel the airline has issued the following waiver:

  • Impacted travel dates: from March 1 to April 30, 2021.
  • Ticket issuing allowed until April 30, 2021.
  • The rescheduled trip must take place before April 30, 2021.

Related: How to avoid change and cancellation fees

While you’re now often able to rebook an airline ticket for a future date without a change fee, just remember that you’ll likely still be on the hook for any fare difference from your old ticket to the new one.

Related: Coronavirus cancellations: What to do if you’ve booked travel through an online travel agency (OTA)

Many of the Aeromexico deals are available through OTAs like Expedia or through the American Express Travel portal. With travel booked through Expedia Group websites, should the ticket be canceled or changed, you’ll need to contact the carrier directly. The OTAs follow the policies of its partners, which means that any credit, refund or change will be at the discretion of the airline, hotel, cruise line or other travel providers.

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