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[Expired] [Deal Alert] Los Angeles to Osaka for $1,437 in Premium Economy

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Want to visit Japan early next year and fly in a premium cabin? There’s a great flight deal to Osaka from the West Coast that you might want to consider!

Here’s what you need to know about this deal.

Fare Deal — The Details

This is a premium economy flight deal between Los Angeles (LAX) and Osaka (ITM or KIX) on American Airlines and Japan Airlines. Like many premium economy deals, this is a mixed-cabin itinerary where the long-haul flights (on American) are in the premium cabin, while the intra-Japan flights are in economy.

Still, you’ll get nearly 12 hours in American’s premium economy on the Boeing 787, which includes a spacious seat with extra legroom and a better in-flight meal than you would in economy.

Play around with some dates on Google Flights and then book directly through the airline or an online travel agency (OTA). If looking on Google Flights, make sure to book directly with American Airlines and not with Japan Airlines, as booking with the latter airline will cost you more than $3,000.

  • Class: Premium economy/economy
  • Routes: Los Angeles (LAX) to Osaka (ITM/KIX)
  • Dates: Select dates between January 2024 and March 2024
  • Rates: As low as $1,437 round-trip
LAX ITM in premium economy
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Bottom Line:

American announced last year that it would be updating its premium economy cabins on several long-haul jets, including the Boeing 787-9.

How to Book

There’s scattered availability through the first few months of 2024. However, you may be able to find other dates later in the year, albeit at a higher price.

Make sure you pay with a card that rewards you on American Airlines flights, such as the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® (4x on American purchases) or the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard® (2x on American purchases).

You can also pay with a card that rewards you on general travel purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x for flights booked directly with airlines or with, Chase Sapphire Reserve® (5x total points on flights when you purchase travel through Chase Travel), or the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card (5x on travel purchased through Chase Travel).

Final Thoughts

This is an excellent deal if you plan to visit Japan and want to fly comfortably. American’s 787 premium economy is an enjoyable way to fly, and you’ll arrive feeling more refreshed than if you were sitting in the back of the cabin. This deal likely won’t last long, so book before it disappears!

The information regarding the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.

For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.

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Victoria holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the Howard University School of Communications and is an award-winning journalist, travel reporter, and the founder of the “Carrying On with Victoria M. Walker” newsletter.


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