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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 11 p.m. 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.
Flights to Tokyo are available from $383+ round-trip starting in September and lasting well into May 2020, as first reported by Scott’s Cheap Flights. These deals aren’t rare for west coast cities, but it’s less common for east coast cities like New York, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Allentown and Buffalo to have deals like these.
Some of these fares are available in basic economy which means on those carriers you will have to pay to pick your seat, check additional baggage and will not be eligible for upgrades. Just make sure to closely read the terms and conditions when booking your flight so you won’t be surprised when you check-in at the airport.
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.
Airline: Air Canada, ANA, United, American, Xiamen, Air China
Routes: LAS/ABE/BUF/CLT/PHL/LAX/SFO to NRT/HND
Cost: $383+ round-trip in basic economy
Travel Dates: September 2019-May 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (NRT) for $383 round-trip on Xiamen
Las Vegas (LAS) to Tokyo (NRT) for $461 round-trip:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Tokyo (NRT) for $507 round-trip:
San Francisco (SFO) to Tokyo (NRT/HND) for $509 round-trip:
Newark (EWR) to Tokyo (HND) for $515 round-trip:
Allentown (ABE) to Tokyo (NRT) for $537 round-trip:
Charlotte (CLT) to Tokyo (NRT) for $571 round-trip (via Travel2Be):
Buffalo (BUF) to Tokyo (NRT) for $626 round-trip:
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), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi 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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