Update: The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available.
Looking for a lie-flat seat on your way to Japan? Well, you’re in luck.
Japanese low-cost carrier ZIPAIR is offering flights in its “business class” cabin for as low as $1,614 round-trip — let’s dive into the details!
Fare Deal — Details
First published by Scott’s Cheap Flights, you’ll find that these flights are pretty unique — while you’re still technically flying in a lie-flat business class seat, ZIPAIR offers little in the way of amenities. Still, you’ll have a lie-flat bed on the long flight over the Pacific — and that’s well worth it!
If there is a route you’re interested in booking, you’ll want to act quickly. We don’t expect these prices to last.
- Class: Business
- Routes: Los Angeles (LAX) or San Jose (SJC) to Tokyo (NRT)
- Dates: January 2023 to September 2023
- Rates: As low as $1,614 round-trip
These deals are available only via the West Coast, so if you’re located outside of California you’ll need to book a positioning flight to get yourself to either Los Angeles or San Jose. Both of these routes are nonstop and fly to/from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT).
Routes leaving from San Jose (SJC) are a little more expensive than what you’ll see from L.A.
ZIPAIR is a low-cost carrier, and this remains true even when booking business class. Although you’ll receive the lie-flat seat, everything else costs extra. Want food? There’s an onboard menu from which to choose. However, it’s the same as economy class and you’ll need to pay for it. The same goes for checked luggage — and don’t expect any pajamas, either.
All of these factors are the reason your entire itinerary will cost you just about $1,600 for 20 hours of flying.
Best Ways To Book
ZIPAIR flights can only be booked directly with the airline. Like Southwest, ZIPAIR fares are not available via online travel agencies (OTAs). This means you’ll want to purchase your flight with a credit card that’ll maximize such a purchase. If you choose to book directly with the airline, you’ll earn 5x Membership Rewards points per $1 spent with both The Platinum Card® from American Express (up to $500,000 in purchases per year) and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express. Because value Amex points at 2.2 cents apiece, you’ll receive an 11% return on your booking when using either of these cards.
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ZIPAIR is not the airline to book if you’re searching for an ultra-luxurious experience across the Pacific. It’s fairly bare bones and isn’t especially exclusive — but you can’t beat a lie-flat seat for just $1,614 round-trip to Japan and back.
If you’re just looking for a comfortable seat and the chance for a restful snooze on your flight, jump on this deal before it disappears.
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