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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.

If you’ve been wanting to experience one of TPG’s favorite destinations, now may be your chance. Flights to Tokyo and Osaka are on sale from as low as $583 round-trip, including many mid-sized cities as well as the major hubs. The sale follows closely on the heels of Thursday’s news regarding expanded routes to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) that will launch sometime in 2020, as well as Delta One award availability between the US and Tokyo.

Flights are operated by all three of the big US carriers such as United, Delta and American Airlines, and Asian airlines like JAL, ANA and Singapore, which operates a nonstop fifth freedom flight between LA and Tokyo Narita.

Use Google Flights to search for your preferred departure and destination and then book with an OTA like OrbitzExpedia or directly with the airline. On some routes, especially from secondary cities, you may find better prices after searching through SkyScanner. However if you do book with one of the smaller OTA’s, you may not be as well protected in case you need to change or cancel your flight.

Airlines: American, JAL, ANA, Delta, Singapore, United
Cost: $569+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: September through April 2019
Booking Link: OrbitzExpedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus trip delay insurance), Citi Premier Card (3x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Seattle (SEA) to Tokyo (NRT) for $569 round-trip nonstop on ANA (via United):

Charlotte (CLT) to Tokyo (NRT) for $582 round-trip on American/Japan Airlines:New York (JFK) to Tokyo (HND) for $583 round-trip on Delta:

Atlanta (ATL) to Tokyo (HND) for $583 round-trip on United:

San Francisco (SFO) to Tokyo (NRT) for $584 round-trip on Delta:

Chicago (ORD) to Tokyo (HND) for $588 round-trip on Delta:

Atlanta (ATL) to Osaka (KIX) for $587 round-trip on American:

Detroit (DTW) to Osaka (KIX) for $615 round-trip on American:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (NRT) for $749 round-trip nonstop on Singapore:

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 excellent 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.

H/T: Scott’s Cheap Flights

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