Deal Alert: Flights on Major Airlines to Tokyo and Osaka From $613 Round-Trip
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
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.
Japan is one of the world's most popular international destinations for tourists, but cash fares usually run high. Fortunately, competing carriers have driven down fares to just above $600 round-trip. Whether you purchase these for mileage runs or to get a bonus vacation in, you'll get a great deal that will also help pad your stash of miles. Understandably, these deals aren't available during peak summer months of travel, but you can score some cheap flights in time to catch the very last of the cherry blossoms in April, or get some delicious, authentic ramen to kick off your fall festivities.
Flights are available on a number of airline alliances from airports across the nation. 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: Air Canada, ANA, Air China, United, American, JAL
Routes: MIA/ORD/DFW/LAX/EWR/LAS/IAH and likely more to NRT/KIX
Cost: $613+ round-trip
Travel Dates: April 2019, 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), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Las Vegas (LAS) to Tokyo (NRT) from $613 on Air Canada:
Houston (IAH) to Osaka (KIX) from $643 on Air China via Expedia:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (NRT) from $671 on United:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (NRT) for $673 on ANA:
Chicago (ORD) to Tokyo Haneda (HND) from $710 on ANA:
New York/Newark (EWR) to Osaka (KIX) from $733 on Air China via Expedia:
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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