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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. 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.

You can fly from Portland (PDX), Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Las Vegas (LAS) and San Diego (SAN) to Tokyo (NRT/HND) and Osaka (KIX) with prices starting from $461 round-trip. Most flights are on American or Japan Airlines and include a checked bag and meal. If you can snag a flight on JAL, that’s your best bet as it’s known for a great economy product.

54D was a normal middle-section aisle seat. The pitch and width made the flight very comfortable.
Japan Airlines economy product on its 777-300ER. Image by Katie Genter / The Points Guy.

To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.

Airlines: American, Japan Airlines, Delta, United, ANA
Routes: PDX/SEA/LAX/SFO/SAN/LAS to HND/NRT/KIX
Cost: $461+ round-trip
Travel Dates: August 2019 – February 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance), Citi Premier CardChase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Seattle (SEA) to Tokyo (NRT) for $461 round-trip nonstop on Japan Airlines via American Airlines:

Portland (PDX) to Tokyo (NRT) for $470 round-trip on American:

San Francisco (SFO) to Osaka (KIX) for $616 round-trip on American/Japan Airlines:

Las Vegas (LAS) to Tokyo (HND) for $617 round-trip on United:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (HND) for $637 round-trip on Delta:

San Diego (SAN) to Tokyo (NRT) for $663 round-trip on Delta:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti Premier Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

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