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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.

Air Canada has a great sale for flights from the US to Tokyo with fares starting from $559 round-trip. You can fly from Boston (BOS), Baltimore (BWI), Detroit (DTW), Dallas (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), Orlando (MCO), Portland (PDX), Salt Lake City (SLC) Seattle (SEA) and likely more to Tokyo-Haneda (HND) or Tokyo-Narita (NRT) at discounted rates.

No basic economy fares here — these flights include a free checked bag, seat selection and meal to make your journey a little bit more pleasant.

If you’re looking for something to do while in Japan, check out Get Your Guide’s list of best activities in Tokyo to maximize your time while on vacation. Tokyo also has the world’s largest fish market, which just opened in a new location.

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. You’ll want to book through Priceline to get the best price.

Airlines: Air Canada, Air China, Delta
Routes: BOS/BWI/DTW/DFW/LAX/JFK/MCO/PDX/SEA/SLC to HND/NRT
Cost: $559+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: October 2018 – February 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier CardChase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Booking Link: PricelineExpedia or directly with the airline

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

New York (JFK) to Tokyo (HND) for $559 round-trip via Expedia:

Portland (PDX) to Tokyo (NRT) for $584 round-trip via Priceline:

Seattle (SEA) to Tokyo (NRT) for $584 round-trip via Priceline:

Orlando (MCO) to Tokyo (NRT) for $584 round-trip via Priceline:

Boston (BOS) to Tokyo (HND) for $626 round-trip via Priceline:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (NRT) for $627 round-trip via Priceline:

Baltimore (BWI) to Tokyo (HND) for $655 round-trip via Priceline:

Salt Lake City (SLC) to Tokyo (HND) for $692 round-trip on Delta:

Detroit (DTW) to Tokyo (HND) for $710 round-trip via Priceline:

Minneapolis (MSP) to Tokyo (HND) for $710 round-trip via Priceline:

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), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti PremierCiti Prestige (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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