In 1951, Japan Airlines (JAL) became the first international airline in Japan. Now the largest commercial carrier in the country, it has hubs at Haneda and Narita airports.
As a member of the Oneworld alliance, JAL serves more than 305 airports in 51 countries.
Members of its airline loyalty program, JAL Mileage Bank (JMB), can earn miles for flights on JAL and partner airlines, as well as by making purchases with JAL’s travel and non-travel partners.
Let’s take a look at the myriad ways you can earn JMB Miles to redeem for free flights, e-money, and other awards.
Table of Contents
- JAL Mileage Bank (JMB)
- Earn JMB Miles With Credit Cards
- Collect Miles With JMB Partners
- Earn Miles Through Other Partner Travel
- Shop for Miles
- Special Offers & Services
JAL Mileage Bank (JMB)
1. Join JMB To Earn Miles
Sign up for JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) and start earning miles for JAL flights, partner flights, hotel stays, car rentals, and more!
2. Take Flights On JAL
Earn miles for flights on JAL Group Domestic and JAL International Airlines: Japan Airlines, Japan Transocean Air, Japan Air Commuter, and Ryukyu Air Commuter.
Flight mileage is determined by the sector mileage and the class/fare. Below is a table showing the JAL accumulation rates on international flights from Japan. Find accumulation rates for other international and domestic fares here.
3. Book Flights on JAL Partner Airlines
JAL partners with the Oneworld alliance and several additional carriers.
The following table shows the percentage of miles earned (depending on fare) for flights on each airline. Click an airline for more details.
Oneworld Airline Partners
|Airline||Miles Earned||Airline||Miles Earned|
|Air Berlin||50%-125%||British Airways||25%-150%|
|Qatar Airways||30%-150%||Royal Jordanian||50%-125%|
|S7 Airlines||25%-125%||SriLankan Airlines||30%-125%|
|Cathay Pacific||50%-150%||American Airlines||30%-150%|
|Airline||Miles Earned||Airline||Miles Earned|
|Jetstar Japan*||25%||China Eastern Airlines||30%-150%|
|Bangkok Airways||50%-150%||Alaska Airlines||30%-150%|
*on Plus Bundle and Max Bundle (not Starter Fare)
4. Elite Status Bonus Points
In addition to earning miles for flights on JAL and its partner airlines, JMB members earn FLY ON points, which are calculated based on mileage. Collect FLY ON points (or qualifying segments) to reach different membership levels and earn bonus miles:
|Membership Level||Qualifying Points||Qualifying Segments||Mileage Bonus|
|Crystal||30,000 FLY ON points||30 segments||N/A|
|Sapphire||50,000 FLY ON points||50 segments||105%|
|JGC Premier||80,000 FLY ON points||80 segments||105%|
|Diamond||100,000 FLY ON points||120 segments||130%|
JMB Miles Calculation: Flight mileage x FLY ON point conversion rate
5. Bonus FLY ON Points
JAL is running a promotion for bonus points through December 2017. Add up to 400 points according to the purchased fare as follows:
It really is possible to earn a TON of points and qualify for the bonuses that come with elite status!
One of the great things about the JAL status program is you don’t have to wait a full calendar year if you qualify for the next tier earlier. About 1 week after qualifying for a higher FLY ON tier, you’ll receive a new membership card to activate some of the service benefits!
Hot Tip: If you qualify for JMB Sapphire or JMB Diamond, you will receive an invitation to join JAL Global Club (JGC). Membership costs 5,000 miles and includes lounge access, annual gifts, and even bonus miles!
Earn JMB Miles With Credit Cards
6. JAL USA Card
With the JAL USA MasterCard, you earn miles and receive discounts on in-flight purchases. Pay a $20 annual fee to get 1 point per every $2 spent.
Add a $50 upgrade fee (for a total of $70 per year) and you can earn 1 point for every $1 spent.
Click here to find the current sign-up bonus as well as terms and conditions.
- Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
7. Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards
Transfer Starpoints to JMB miles at a 1:1 ratio. Plus, you will receive 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 miles you transfer.
When you make purchases with one of the Starwood credit cards, you can build up your Starpoints balance higher than ever.
Then transfer those points to JMB miles and qualify for terrific rewards!
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card|
|Starwood Preferred Guest Loyalty Program||Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express|
|Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express|
8. American Express Membership Rewards Credit Cards
While JAL is not a direct airline partner of Membership Rewards, it is a partner of the Asia Miles program. If you want to use your miles with JAL through Asia Miles, you can use any of the Membership Rewards credit cards:
9. Citi ThankYou Rewards Credit Cards
Similar to Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards has Asia Miles as a transfer partner. Collect Citi ThankYou Points and transfer them to Asia Miles to use with JAL:
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card Review|
|Citi ThankYou Rewards Loyalty Program||Citi ThankYou Preferred Card|
|Citi ThankYou Premier Card|
|Citi Prestige Card|
Collect Miles With JMB Partners
10. Partner Hotel Miles
With more than 15,000 participating hotels around the world, it’s easy to earn miles in your JMB account. Browse hotels with the partner hotel search engine.
11. Transfer Hotel Loyalty Points
We already discussed how to transfer Starpoints from the SPG loyalty program to your JMB account. But you can also transfer points from the IHG Rewards Club loyalty program.
Time to increase your IHG Rewards, which you can do by using the IHG credit card!
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card Review|
|IHG Rewards Club Loyalty Program||Chase IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card|
12. Hotel Special Offers
JMB provides plenty of opportunities to earn extra miles. For instance, earn double miles at Langham Hotels and Resorts through February 28, 2017, or earn up to 1,500 miles with Outrigger Resorts. Look for new deals on the Hotel Special Offers page.
Earn Miles Through Other Partner Travel
13. Book a Rental Car
Check out the variety of per-mile, per-day, and per-rental offers from JMB car rental partners. Click on a car rental agency below for terms and conditions.
|Car Rental Agency||Mileage Offer||Car Rental Agency||Mileage Offer|
|Avis||100 miles/day||Alamo||300 miles/rental|
|Hertz||50 miles/day||Budget||50 miles/day|
|Dollar||300 miles/rental||Smile (Japan)||100 yen/mile|
14. More Transportation Partners
If you don’t want to book a rental car but still need a ride, JMB has 2 partners that can help: MK Taxi Group Los Angeles and Japan Executive Limousine, INC.
Provide your JMB membership number when making a reservation with MK Taxi Group (Los Angeles) and show it to the driver. You’ll earn 1 mile per $1 approximately 1-2 months after completing travel.
Also, earn 1 mile per $1 with Japan Executive Limousine, INC.
Shop for Miles
15. Japan Airlines Partner Mall
Use your JAL USA MasterCard at any partner stores and get extra miles! Here are some of the retailers that ship to the U.S.:
|Bargain Japan||1 mile/$2 spent||Bloomingdale’s||1 mile/$2 spent|
|Fujisan.com||1 mile/$2 spent||Hanna Andersson||1 mile/$2 spent|
|Lane Bryant||1 mile/$1 spent||Macy’s||1 mile/$2 spent
|Saks Fifth Avenue||1 mile/$1 spent
16. JAL Shopping Americas
Purchase items at JAL Shopping Americas and earn miles. JLB members earn 1 mile per every $2 spent, while holders of the JAL USA MasterCard get 1 mile per $1 or enjoy a 5% discount.
To receive miles, provide your JMB membership number and look for miles to be credited about 2 months after purchase.
17. THE SHILLA DUTY-FREE
Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you can’t catch up on some shopping! THE SHILLA DUTY-FREE has 3 locations to shop with your JMB membership card: Seoul, Incheon Airport, and Gimpo International Airport.
Earn 2 miles for every $3 spent here. JMB members can earn miles for shopping even without boarding a flight!
Special Offers & Services
18. JAL Family Club
Whether Japan is your former home or you just travel there frequently, the JAL Family Club can be useful. There’s no fee to join, and you get a variety of benefits such as the ability to pool miles for award redemptions and bonus miles.
First, choose a JLB member over the age of 12 to serve as the Primary Member of the JAL Family Club Account. Members must live in an eligible region outside of Japan (America, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Asia/Oceana).
Up to 9 people (including the Primary Member) may join the account, including the Primary Member’s spouse, children, parents, and spouse’s parents.
While there is no annual fee for the JAL Family Account, a registration fee of 1,000 miles is required.
Don’t have 1,000 miles in your account? You can agree to have them deducted as soon as you do! A renewal fee of 1,000 miles will be deducted every 5 years.
With a family account, you can earn bonus miles for your first JAL flight and other promotions. See the below example of how quickly miles can add up:
The application and bonus mile terms and conditions are available here.
19. Book Moving Services
Moving to Japan? Need to ship items overseas to friends and family? The following U.S. to Japan shipping services will earn you JMB Miles!
|Nippon Express||1 mile/$1|
|Endo Freight Forwarders||1 mile/$1|
|Nissin International Transport U.S.A.||Up to 15,000 miles|
20. Sign Up for Media Deals
Take advantage of 2 offers to stay in touch with Japanese media in the U.S.
21. Local Area Services
|AI Klean||Maid services by Japanese professionals||1 mile/$1||Los Angeles, CA|
|Starts Pacific Inc.||Real estate||Up to 5,000 miles||Los Angeles, CA|
|SkinCeuticals||Skincare||1 mile/$1||Honolulu, HA|
|JAL ABC Mobile Phone Rental||Mobile phone and Wi-Fi router rentals||Up to 200 miles||Narita/Nagoya/Chubu Airports|
|JAL ABC Coat Storage||Coat storage||50 miles/ piece||Narita/Haneda/ Kansai Airports|
|JAL Airport Baggage Delivery Service||Baggage delivery||Up to 100 miles||Narita/Haneda/Kansai/Chubu Airports|
Earning JMB miles is as easy as flying JAL and booking travel with its partners. Plus, JMB provides plenty of opportunities to earn miles with non-travel partners.
Rack up miles even faster with the JAL USA MasterCard or by transferring SPG points earned with cards like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and theStarwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.