If you research travel destinations often, you’ll likely notice Japan is near the top of many travelers’ wish lists. From the ski resorts in the northern part of the country to the capital city of Tokyo to the beaches in Okinawa, Japan has it all.
Similar to popular destinations like Hawaii, the cash price of tickets to Japan can make traveling a challenge. Thankfully, you can use points and miles to make getting to this hard-to-reach destination a reality, without spending an arm and a leg.
In this post, we detail the best programs to use for all cabin classes, including flying economy and business class across a multitude of airline carriers. You’ll also find out how to fly first class from the U.S. to Japan.
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Best Programs to Use to Book Flights
It’s important to note that booking premium cabin award space will require you to book in advance. Since Japan is a popular destination, it can be challenging to find award tickets, particularly the closer you are to the date you want to travel.
When you read through each option, remember that the key to award travel is flexible points and flexible dates.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) Mileage Club
ANA’s Mileage Club offers one of the lowest redemption rates for both economy and business class flights to Japan from multiple U.S. cities.
The program’s award chart uses 10 zones, with North America in Zone 6 and Japan in Zone 1. U.S. cities in Zone 6 include:
- Chicago (ORD)
- Houston (IAH)
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- New York (JFK)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- San Jose (SJC)
- Seattle (SEA)
- Washington, D.C. (IAD)
Book Awards With ANA
Award space for ANA flights from the U.S. to Japan can be found on ANA’s website. When flying a Star Alliance partner like United Airlines to Japan, search for award space on United’s website and then confirm availability on ANA’s website. For help on finding Star Alliance availability, check this guide on searching for award availability on Star Alliance partners.
ANA uses different award charts when flying their own metal versus flying with an ANA partner like United Airlines. It’s important to note that the ANA award chart when flying ANA has a high, regular, and low season, meaning you can save a significant amount of miles depending on when you fly.
Unlike many airline award programs, ANA’s Mileage Club requires you to book round-trip award tickets as a one-way award ticket isn’t allowed. Here are the round-trip redemption rates and an estimate of the taxes and fees for ANA and United Airlines flights from the U.S. to Japan.
|Carrier||Cabin Class||Miles||Taxes and Fees|
Need help booking this award? Here’s our step-by-step guide to booking business class award tickets on ANA.
Hot Tip:The key to using your ANA miles is fly to during the low season. For 2019, low season is from January 7 to February 28 and April 1 to 25. If you can’t make the low season, regular season runs from March 1 to 31, May 8 to July 24, and August 20 to December 17.
Examples of nonstop flights that can be booked on the ANA website include:
- ANA: Chicago (ORD) to Tokyo (NRT)
- ANA: Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (NRT)
- United Airlines: New York (JFK) to Tokyo (HND)
- United Airlines: San Francisco (SFO) to Tokyo (HND)
Earning ANA Miles
Amex points transfer to ANA at a 1:1 ratio and take 3 days. If you’re looking to transfer Marriott points, the transfer ratio is 3:1 and will take 7 days. With that said, transfer Amex points first to ANA given the 1:1 ratio.
Amex has a number of personal and business cards that earn Membership Rewards points to choose from, making it easy to accumulate the necessary points.
Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)
|The Platinum Card® from American Express - There's currently a welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in your first 3 months. This is our favorite card for getting into 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide (including Priority Pass) and we get about $2,700+ in value from the card every year. |
Plus, get up to $200 in Uber credits annually ($15 per month and a $20 bonus in December) — and up to $200 in annual credit for airline incidental charges (e.g. baggage fees). For rates and fees of the Platinum Card, click here.
|American Express® Gold Card - We love using this card as it earns 4x points at restaurants worldwide and 4x points at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x). There's no better card in our opinion if you eat out and/or shop at supermarkets regularly.|
With a welcome bonus of 35,000 points after you spend $4,000 in your first 3 months and a $100 airfare credit per year, for many this is an easy addition to your wallet. For rates and fees of the Gold Card, click here.
Recommended Amex Cards (Business)
|The Business Platinum Card® from American Express - Right now, there's a HUGE welcome bonus of up to 100,000 points. Earn 50,000 points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 50,000 after you spend an additional $15,000, on purchases within the first 3 months. |
We get ~$5,525+ in value per year by leveraging many of the benefits & perks.
This is the best business card for lounge access as you'll get into 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide. For rates and fees of the Business Platinum, click here.
|American Express® Business Gold Card - probably our favorite Amex business card because we earn 4x points across the top 2 select categories that we spend the most money in each month. The 4x points applies to the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these 2 categories each calendar year. This means you'll max out at a (whopping) 600,000 points per year. After that, you earn 1x. For rates and fees of the Business Gold Card, click here.|
|The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express - This is a simple card that earns you 2x points on any business purchase, up to $50,000 annually (then 1x). That makes for an easy 100,000 points per year! The card has no annual fee. For rates and fees of the Blue Business Plus, click here.|
Hot Tip: Curious about business class? Here’s a review of an ANA 777 business class flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo.
Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
The Japan Airlines Mileage Bank program offers competitive rates from the U.S. to Japan on Oneworld partners from Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), and Los Angeles (LAX).
Japan Airlines uses a zone-based award chart when flying its own metal, which is different from its partner airline chart. When flying partner American Airlines, the award chart is distance-based.
Book Awards With Japan Airlines
Japan Airlines award space can be found on Japan Airlines’ website. When flying a Oneworld partner like American Airlines, search for award space on either the British Airways or Qantas websites. For help on finding Oneworld availability, check this guide on searching for award availability on Oneworld partners.
When you locate an available Japan Airlines award flight, it’s important to note that flights can be booked one-way with the same number of miles required from Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles.
If you’re flying American Airlines, use Great Circle Mapper to calculate your total trip distance. The round-trip distance will correspond to the number of miles required on the partner award chart. American Airlines flights can be booked one-way.
Here are the round-trip redemption rates and an estimate of the taxes and fees for both Japan Airlines and American Airlines flights to Japan:
|Carrier||Cabin Class||Miles||Taxes and Fees|
Need help booking this award? Here’s a step-by-step guide to booking Japan Airlines business class.
Hot Tip: The sweet spots for this redemption are to fly in economy and business class. If first class is on your bucket list, consider flying Japan Airlines, which requires 140,000 miles round-trip.
Examples of American Airlines and Japan Airlines flights to Japan include:
- American Airlines: Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX) to Narita (NRT)
- American Airlines: Los Angeles (LAX) to Haneda (HND)
- Japan Airlines: Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), San Diego (SAN), Seattle (SEA), Vancouver (YVR) to Narita (NRT)
- Japan Airlines: Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA) to Haneda (HND)
- Japan Airlines: Los Angeles (LAX) to Kansai (KIX)
Earning Japan Airlines Miles
What makes earning Japan Airlines miles tough is that the airline only partners with 1 of the 5 transferable point programs in Marriott Bonvoy. Also, Japan Airlines doesn’t currently offer any credit card with a meaningful welcome bonus or earn rates.
You can earn Marriott points and transfer those to Japan Airlines at a transfer rate of 3:1. Plus, for every 60,000 Marriott points that you transfer, you’ll receive an extra 5,000 Japan Airlines miles bonus, meaning 60,000 Marriott points become 25,000 Japan Airlines miles. It’s important to note that it takes 7 days to transfer Marriott points to Japan Airlines.
Recommended Marriott Cards
|Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card - Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Get automatic silver elite status each account anniversary year; and a free night award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.|
|Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card - earn 75,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. A solid card for business owners who will get complimentary Marriott Bonvoy silver elite status. Annual fee is $125. For rates and fees of the Bonvoy Business Card, click here.|
If you’re looking to fly Japan Airlines first class, check out the JAL 777 FC from Tokyo to LA review!
Korean Air SKYPASS
The Korean Air SKYPASS program doesn’t have the lowest redemption rates, but when you factor in low taxes and fees in premium cabins, it’s a program to consider. Another upside with Korean Air is that you can book a stopover until July 1, 2020.
Korean Air uses a zone- and season-based award chart when flying Korean Air metal. When flying a Korean Air partner like Delta, the award chart is zoned-based.
North America is considered a single zone in the award chart, and includes Atlanta (ATL), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Honolulu (HNL), Houston (IAH), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Toronto (YYZ), Vancouver (YVR), and Washington, D.C. (IAD).
Book Awards With Korean Air
Korean Air award space can be found on the Korean Air website. When you locate availability, book the flight directly online. As mentioned above, the program uses different award charts when flying Korean Air versus a SkyTeam partner like Delta. For this redemption, the Korean Air award chart is the one to use.
Similar to ANA, Korean Air uses a peak and off-peak award calendar. Flying Korean Air during peak dates requires a premium of 35,000, 60,000, and 80,000 miles for economy, business class, and first class respectively.
Here are the off-peak redemption rates and an estimate of the taxes and fees for Korean Air flights to Tokyo (NRT) with a stopover in Seoul (ICN).
|Cabin Class||Miles||Taxes and Fees|
Need help booking this award? Here’s our step-by-step guide to booking Korean Air business class.
Hot Tip:The key to this redemption is to fly during off-peak dates and take advantage of the stopover. Peak dates in 2019 are January 1, February 1 to 7, July 12 to August 18, September 11 to 16, October 3 to 7, and December 20 to 31.
Examples of flights that can be booked online with a stopover in Seoul (ICN) include:
- Atlanta (ATL) to Tokyo (NRT)
- Dallas (DFW) to Tokyo (NRT)
- Seattle (SEA) to Tokyo (NRT)
Earning Korean Air Miles
Like Japan Airlines, the most accessible transfer partner for many to earn Korean Air miles is Marriott Bonvoy. Marriott points transfer to Korean Air at a 3:1 ratio and take 7 days to transfer. Keep this in mind before transferring your points.
Unlike Japan Airlines, Korean Air has credit cards with decent welcome offers. This will allow you to earn Korean Air miles directly with your credit card spend.
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
Asia Miles provides another option for Oneworld flights with the most value being found in economy award flights from Oneworld hub cities like Los Angeles and New York.
The Cathay Pacific program uses several distance-based award charts that start to make more sense once you spend time reviewing how the mileage is calculated.
Book Awards With Cathay Pacific
Award space when flying Cathay Pacific can be found on Cathay Pacific’s website. For flights on Oneworld partners like American Airlines, you can redeem miles for award flights by completing the Flight Award Request Form or call the airline at 866-892-2598 to book the flight.
For help on finding Oneworld availability, check this guide on searching for award availability on Oneworld partners.
The Asia Miles program underwent major changes to their awards on June 22, 2018. As a result, there are multiple award charts with the number of miles required based on the distance that you travel.
|Cabin Class||Asia Miles Required by Distance Zone (One-Way)|
|Short||Medium||Long – Type 1||Long – Type 2||Ultra-Long|
|751-2,750 miles||2,751-5,000 miles||5,001-7,500 miles||5,001-7,500 miles||7,501+ miles|
Flying Asia Miles partners gets complex fast. If you fly multiple Oneworld partners there’s a unified distance-based chart. However, if you only include 1 Oneworld airline, simply add 5,000 miles to the Asia Miles Standard Award Chart rate.
|Award Zone||Distance in Actual Miles||Required Miles|
|01||0 – 1,000||30,000||55,000||70,000|
|02||1,001 – 1,500||30,000||60,000||80,000|
|03||1,501 – 2,000||35,000||65,000||90,000|
|04||2,001 – 4,000||35,000||70,000||95,000|
|05||4,001 – 7,500||60,000||90,000||140,000|
|06||7,501 – 9,000||65,000||100,000||150,000|
|07||9,001 – 10,000||70,000||110,000||160,000|
|08||10,001 – 14,000||90,000||135,000||220,000|
|09||14,001 – 18,000||100,000||155,000||250,000|
|10||18,001 – 20,000||105,000||165,000||260,000|
|11||20,001 – 25,000||115,000||185,000||280,000|
|12||25,001 – 35,000||130,000||210,000||300,000|
|13||35,001 – 50,000||150,000||240,000||345,000|
Earning Cathay Pacific Miles
What’s great about Cathay Pacific is that the airline partners with 4 out of the 5 transferable point programs. You can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points, Capital One Miles, Citi ThankYou Points, and Marriott Bonvoy points to your Asia Miles account.
Amex and Citi points transfer to Cathay Pacific at a 1:1 ratio. Capital One points transfer to Cathay Pacific at a 2:1.5 ratio. Marriott points transfer at a 3:1 ratio. However, keep in mind that you’ll receive a 5,000-point bonus for every 60,000 Marriott points that you transfer to Cathay Pacific.
Transfer Citi ThankYou Rewards to Cathay Pacific first as the transfer time is within 24 hours and you get a transfer ratio of 1:1. American Express Membership Rewards transfers take 7 days, Capital One Miles transfers are within 36 hours, and Marriott transfers take 10 days.
|CREDIT CARD||CARD INFO|
|Citi ThankYou® Premier Card|
|Citi Prestige® Card|
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
The Virgin Atlantic Flying Club program can provide tremendous value for flights from the U.S. to Japan. Flying Club has partnerships with Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, ANA, Delta, Hawaiian Airlines, KLM, SAS, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, and Virgin Australia allowing you to redeem miles for flights around the world.
Book Awards With Virgin Atlantic
Award space for ANA flights to Japan can be found on the ANA website. Unfortunately, when you find an award flight, you’ll need to call Virgin Atlantic at 800-365-9500 to book the flight as the Virgin Atlantic website won’t allow you to book ANA flights.
The ANA award charts divide the U.S. into Western USA and Eastern USA zones. The difference between the 2 is that the Eastern zone requires a 5,000-mile premium for both economy and business class flights and a 10,000-mile premium for first class flights.
Similar to ANA, the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club program requires you to book round-trip tickets. One-way award tickets aren’t allowed when flying ANA.
With that said, below are the redemption rates and an estimate of taxes and fees for ANA flights to Japan:
|Cabin Class||ANA Western U.S.||Taxes and Fees|
|Cabin Class||ANA Eastern U.S.||Taxes and Fees|
Hot Tip: Need help booking this award? Here’s a step-by-step guide to booking business class award tickets on ANA.
Examples of nonstop ANA flights that can be booked by calling Virgin Atlantic include:
Earning Virgin Atlantic Miles
One of the best aspects of this redemption is the fact that Virgin Atlantic partners with 4 of the 5 transferable point programs: Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, and Marriott Bonvoy.
Points from Amex, Chase, and Citi transfer to Virgin Atlantic at a 1:1 ratio. If you’re transferring points from Marriott to Virgin Atlantic, the transfer ratio is 3:1 with a 5,000-point bonus for every 60,000 Marriott points transferred to Virgin Atlantic.
If you decide to transfer points from 1 of these programs, it’s helpful to know that Amex transfers take 1-2 days, Chase transfers are instant, Citi transfers take 2 days, and Marriott transfers take 24 hours. In short, transfer points from Chase to Virgin Atlantic first.
Air Canada Aeroplan
Aeroplan is generally thought of as the program to use when looking to fly Star Alliance business class across the Atlantic. While redemptions from the U.S. to Europe are valuable, Aeroplan has competitive rates for Star Alliance economy flights to Japan.
Book Awards With Aeroplan
Search for Star Alliance award space on both the Aeroplan and United Airlines websites. When you find award flights that make sense for you, book the flight directly on the Aeroplan website. For help on finding Star Alliance availability, check this guide on searching for award availability on Star Alliance partners.
Aeroplan uses a zone-based award chart. This means that you’ll need to pay the same amount of miles for flights between any cities in the 2 zones. In other words, a flight from San Francisco to Japan will require the same amount of miles as a flight from Houston to Japan.
Unlike some of the award programs we’ve discussed, Aeroplan allows you to book one-way award flights, ideal for those who want maximum flexibility.
For Star Alliance flights from the U.S. to Japan, below are the number of miles, taxes, and fees you’ll need to pay.
|Cabin Class||Miles||Taxes and Fees|
Examples of Star Alliance flights to Japan include:
- Air Canada: Montréal (YUL), Vancouver (YVR) to Tokyo (NRT)
- Air Canada: Toronto (YYZ) to Haneda (HND)
- ANA: Chicago (ORD), Honolulu (HNL), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), Vancouver (YVR) to Haneda (HND)
- ANA: Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC), Seattle (SEA), Washington (IAD) to Tokyo (NRT)
- United: Chicago (ORD), Denver (DEN), Guam (GUM), Honolulu (HNL), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO), Washington (IAD) to Tokyo (NRT)
- United: San Francisco (SFO) to Haneda (HND)
- United: Guam (GUM), San Francisco (SFO) to Kansai (KIX)
Earning Aeroplan Miles
The Aeroplan program partners with 3 of the 5 transferable point programs in American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One Miles, and Marriott Bonvoy. In other words, you have 3 opportunities to earn points that can transfer directly to Aeroplan for a redemption.
If you decide to transfer points from any of these programs, keep in mind that Amex and Capital One transfers are instant and Marriott transfers take 5 days. With this in mind, transfer your Amex and/or Capital One miles to Aeroplan first.
Hot Tip: Amex and Capital One are the 2 transferable point programs that provide an easy avenue to book an award flight. Marriott has a transfer bonus, but the time it takes to transfer Marriott points to Aeroplan is too long in our opinion.
The American Airlines AAdvantage is the go-to program for those looking to fly business class from the U.S. to the Middle East or India. What you may not have thought of is that the AAdvantage program can provide value for flights to Asia as well.
Book Awards With American Airlines
Search for American Airlines award flights on the American Airlines website. Oneworld partner award flights (Cathay Pacific or Japan Airlines) can be found on the British Airways and Qantas websites.
When you find American Airlines award flights, book the flight directly on the American Airlines website or call American Airlines at 800-433-7300 to book Cathay Pacific or Japan Airlines flights.
The AAdvantage program uses zone-based award charts. This means that American Airlines flights from Chicago or Dallas to Tokyo require the same number of miles. The same is true of partner airline flights. It’s important to note that you can only travel transpacific when redeeming American miles for travel on American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, or Japan Airlines.
Similar to Aeroplan, American Airlines allows you to book one-way flights. For American Airlines flights from the U.S. to Japan, below are the number of miles, taxes, and fees you’ll need to pay.
|Cabin Class||American Airlines Miles||Taxes and Fees|
*American Airlines charges 65,000 miles off-peak round-trip in economy. Off-peak dates to Japan are from January 1 to April 30, and July 1 to November 30. Off-peak dates from Japan are from January 16 to April 19, May 2 to 31, September 1 to December 31.
|Cabin Class||Oneworld Miles*||Taxes and Fees|
*Oneworld flights in this example are flown by Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines
Examples of Oneworld flights to Japan include:
- American Airlines: Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX) to Narita (NRT); Los Angeles (LAX) to Haneda (HND)
- Cathay Pacific: Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Washington (IAD) to Hong Kong (HKG)
- Japan Airlines: Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (NYC), San Diego (SAN), Seattle (SEA), Vancouver (YVR) to Narita (NRT)
- Japan Airlines: Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA) to Haneda (HRT)
- Japan Airlines: Los Angeles (LAX) to Kansai (KIX)
Earning American Airlines Miles
American Airlines partners with 1 of the 5 transferable point programs in Marriott Bonvoy. This means that the Marriott points you earn can be transferred directly to American Airlines within 2 days.
In addition, American Airlines offers a number of personal and business credit cards where you earn American Airlines miles with your credit card spend.
Asiana Airlines is an interesting program because its award charts require fewer miles when flying a Star Alliance business class flight versus an Asiana Airlines business flight to Asia. In addition, it will cost the same number of miles to fly first class on Asiana as it does on a Star Alliance partner.
Book Awards With Asiana Airlines
Asiana Airlines award space can be found on the Asiana Airlines and United Airlines websites. If you’re looking to book a Star Alliance partner airline flight, search for award space on the Aeroplan or United Airlines websites, then call Asiana at 800-227-4262 to book the award flight.
The Asiana Club program uses zone-based award charts whether you fly Asiana Airlines or a partner airline. Similar to Aeroplan, American Airlines allows you to book one-way flights.
For Asiana and partner airline flights from the U.S. to Japan, below are the number of miles, taxes, and fees you’ll need to pay.
|Cabin Class||Asiana Airlines Miles||Taxes and Fees|
|Cabin Class||Star Alliance Miles||Taxes and Fees|
United Airlines doesn’t fly first class on this route, so this price is merely shown for Star Alliance first class routes from the U.S. to Japan.
Asiana only allows you to book its own flights on the Asiana website. For Star Alliance flights, use the Aeroplan and United websites to find award flights.
If you connect in Seoul to Tokyo, the number of miles shown above will increase. With that said, below are the routes that you can fly to Japan with a connection in Seoul.
- Asiana: Chicago (ORD), Honolulu (HNL), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA) to Seoul (ICN)
- United: San Francisco (SFO) to Seoul (ICN)
Earning Asiana Airlines Miles
Asiana Airlines has 1 partnership with a transferable point program and that’s Marriott Bonvoy. The major downside to point out with Marriott is that it takes 10 days to transfer your points from Marriott to Asiana.
In addition, Asiana Airlines has credit cards that earn Asiana Airlines miles. With a combination of Marriott and Asiana Airlines credit card spend, you’ll earn the miles that you need for any of these redemptions.
British Airways is a program many travelers turn to when looking to fly short-haul flights on a Oneworld partner airline. Economy flights on Cathay Pacific in Asia, LATAM in South America, British Airways in Europe, Qantas in Australia, Qatar in the Gulf, and American Airlines in the U.S. all have low redemption rates on short-haul flights.
Book Awards With British Airways
Search for British Airways and Oneworld partner award flights on the British Airways website. When you find a flight that works for you, book the flight directly on the website.
British Airways Executive Club program uses a distance-based award chart. The number of Avios (miles) that you’ll pay will be driven by the distance of your flight. You’ll want to focus on Oneworld partner airline non-stop flights. The more miles you fly, the more Avios you’ll pay, so any additional flight segment makes a flight more expensive.
It’s also important to note that British Airways has off-peak pricing only when flying Aer Lingus, British Airways, or Iberia. With that said, below are the number of Avios, taxes, and fees for Oneworld flights to Japan.
|Cabin Class||Miles||Taxes and Fees|
Earning British Airways Avios (Miles)
British Airways has partnerships with 3 of the 5 transferable point programs. The airline partners with American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Marriott Bonvoy. British Airways also has a co-branded credit card that allows you to directly earn Avios with your credit card spend.
We recommend transferring your Amex and Chase points to British Airways first. The reason is that the transfer time from Amex and Chase to British Airways is instant. If you need to transfer from Marriott to British Airways, it will take 1 day to transfer your points.
Etihad is similar to Virgin Atlantic in that the airline has partnerships with individual airlines. Etihad is most known for its award flight redemptions on Royal Air Maroc and Brussels Airlines. What you may not know is that Etihad partners with American Airlines and offers competitive rates to many destinations.
Book Awards With Etihad
The main downside with Etihad is that you can’t search for and book partner award flights on the Etihad website. For American Airlines flights, you’ll need to search for award space on the British Airways website, and then call Etihad Guest at 877-690-0767 to book the award flight.
The Etihad Guest program uses distance-based award charts for its airline partners. For American Airlines flights, the longer the distance that you travel, the more miles you’ll be required to pay.
With that said, below are the number of miles, taxes, and fees that you’ll pay when using Etihad miles to fly American Airlines:
|Cabin Class||American Airlines Flights||Taxes and Fees|
Keep in mind that American Airlines doesn’t fly first class to Japan. You’ll have to fly from Los Angeles or Dallas to Hong Kong and then book a separate flight from Hong Kong to Japan.
Earning Etihad Miles
The Etihad Guest program partners with 4 of the 5 transferable point programs. American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One Miles, Citi ThankYou Points, and Marriott Bonvoy are the programs that partner with Etihad.
We recommend transferring your Amex points to Etihad first. The transfer time is instant making it easier for you to book on award flight.
Hot Tip: American Express, Capital One, and Marriott have personal and business credit cards that allow you to earn points that can be transferred directly to Etihad.
Japan is a bucket-list destination that has a variety of redemptions to choose from across all cabin classes. The key to each of these redemptions is to accumulate transferable points across all of the programs to give yourself some flexibility.
Keep in mind that each program uses its own set of award charts and rules, which makes the miles vary depending on what partner you use, the cabin class you select, and your departure city. For the most part, the taxes and fees for each redemption are reasonable.
The competitive mileage requirements paired with reasonable and affordable taxes and fees make a trip to Japan more possible when earning the right points and miles. Now all you have to do is determine when you want to fly!
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