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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 (HND) and Narita (NRT) airports.
As a member of the Oneworld alliance, JAL serves more than 90 airports in 20+ 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.
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 fare. Below is a table showing the JAL accumulation rates on international flights from Japan. Find accumulation rates for other international and domestic fares on JAL’s website.
|Classes||Applicable Booking Classes||
|First Class||F, A||150％|
|J, C, D, I||125％|
Premium Economy Class
|H, K, M||70％|
|L, V, S||50％|
|O, G, Q, N||30％|
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.
Oneworld Airline Partners
|Airline||Miles Earned||Airline||Miles Earned|
|Alaska Airlines||30% to 150%||Malaysia Airlines||25% to 150%|
|American Airlines||30% to 150%||Qantas||50% to 150%|
|British Airways||25% to 150%||Qatar Airways||30% to 150%|
|Cathay Pacific||50% to 150%||Royal Jordanian||25% to 125%|
|Finnair||25% to 125%||Royal Air Maroc||30% to 125%|
|Iberia||25% to 125%||S7 Airlines (temporarily suspended)||25% to 125%|
|Airline||Miles Earned||Airline||Miles Earned|
|Air France||20% to 150%||Jetstar Japan*||30%|
|Bangkok Airways||50% to 150%||Korean Air||30% to 150%|
|China Eastern Airlines||30% to 150%||LATAM Airlines||30% to 125%|
|Emirates||15% to 150%||SriLankan Airlines||30% to 125%|
|Hawaiian Airlines||30% to 125%||Vistara||50% to 125%|
* On Plus Bundle and Max Bundle (not Starter Fare)
Hot Tip: For more information, check out this in-depth guide to help you know where to credit your airline miles.
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||55%|
|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
|Eligible Route||Conversion Rate|
|Japan domestic flight||2.0|
|International flight||JAL flight to and from Japan – China + Hong Kong + Asia + Oceania routes||1.5|
|JAL flight other than above routes||1.0|
JAL is running a promotion for bonus points to add up to 400 points according to the purchased fare as follows:
|Fares||Flight Bonus FLY ON Points|
|JAL Group domestic flights within Japan
(for flights departing on or before April 11, 2023)
|Normal Fare, Child Fare, Round-trip Fare, JAL Business KIPPU, e Business, Shareholder’s Saver Fare, Discount for the Disabled, Care Giver’s Saver, Tokubin 1, Tokubin 3, Tokubin 7, Tokubin 21, Remote Island Round-trip, RAC Round-Trip Fare, etc||400 points|
|Special Transit, Child Fare for Special Transit, Discount for the Disabled for Special Transit, Transit Fare7||200 points|
|Sakitoku, Super Sakitoku, Ultra SAKITOKU, Senior Citizen Stand-by, Sky Mate Stand-by, JMB Award, JMB Companion, Transit Fare 28, Individual Inclusive Tour Fares, Group Discount Fares, etc.||0 points|
|JAL Group domestic flights within Japan
(for flights departing on or after April 12, 2023)
When traveling on the transfer fare, flight bonus FLY ON Points will be earned for each flight sector involved.
|Flex, JAL CARD Flex, Business Flex, Remote Island Flex, Specific Route Flex, Shareholder’s Flex||400 points|
|Saver, Special Saver, Round Trip Saver||200 points|
|Promotion, Sky Mate Fare, Senior Citizen Fare, Award Tickets, Individual Inclusive Tour Fare, Inclusive Tour Fare, Group Discount Fare, School Educational Fare, etc.||0 points|
|JAL international flights
(Flights departing on or after July 1, 2022)
|F, A, J, C, D, I, X, W, R, E, Y, B, H, K, M, L, V, S|
* Ineligible for agent-organized tours.
|Booking classes other than those above||0 points|
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!
With the JAL USA CARD, you earn miles and receive discounts on in-flight purchases. Pay a $20 annual fee (waived the first year) 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.
Hot Tip: JMB has a variety of non-U.S. financial partners. Check out more details on the JAL points transfer program.
You can earn Marriott Bonvoy points and transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to Japan Airlines at a transfer rate of 3:1. Plus, for every 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points that you transfer, you’ll receive an extra 5,000 JAL miles bonus.
A great option for Marriott hotel fans who want a no annual fee card and automatic Marriott Bonvoy elite status.
Casual travelers who like to frequent properties that are part of the Marriott Bonvoy collection of brands may want to consider the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card.
The Marriott Bold card rewards cardholders for Marriott stays and gives them a boost towards Marriott Bonvoy elite status.
Marriott loyalists will love this card's annual free night award, automatic elite status, and up to 17x points per $1 on Marriott hotel stays.
If you’re a frequent traveler and a Marriott loyalist, there’s a lot to love about the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card. The card comes packed with several great benefits like a free hotel night once a year, automatic Silver Elite status (with a fast-track to Gold Elite status), and multiple options for redeeming points.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bevy card gives you automatic Marriott elite status and helps you earn more Marriott Bonvoy points on your everyday purchases.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card, the latest mid-tier offering in the Marriott Bonvoy lineup of cards, offers cardholders automatic elite status and ways to earn more Marriott Bonvoy points on each of their stays and daily purchases.
A premium card for Marriott fans who want perks like an annual statement credit and Free Night Award, plus a fast track to Marriott elite status.
The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card is a premium card designed with road warriors and Marriott Bonvoy loyalists in mind.
So is the card a worthwhile addition to your wallet?
While JAL is not a direct airline partner of Amex Membership Rewards, it’s a partner of the Asia Miles program. If you want to use your miles with JAL through Asia Miles (1:1 ratio), you can use any of the Membership Rewards credit cards:
The Amex Platinum reigns supreme for luxury travel, offering the best airport lounge access plus generous statement credits, and complimentary elite status.
When it comes to cards that offer top-notch benefits, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better card out there than The Platinum Card® from American Express.
Make no mistake — the Amex Platinum card is a premium card with a premium price tag. With amazing benefits like best-in-class airport lounge access, hotel elite status, and tremendous value in annual statement credits, it can easily prove to be one of the most lucrative cards in your wallet year after year.
Hot Tip: Check to see if you’re eligible for a welcome bonus offer of up to 125k (or 150k) points with the Amex Platinum. The current public offer is 80,000 points. (This targeted offer was independently researched and may not be available to all applicants.)
This is the best card for food lovers who dine out at restaurants (worldwide), order take-out and want big rewards at U.S. supermarkets!
The American Express® Gold Card is a game-changer.
With this card, you can earn 4x Membership Rewards points at restaurants and you’ll also earn 4x Membership Rewards points at U.S. supermarkets on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1x.
There isn’t another card on the market that offers a 1-2 punch like this. Of course, there are several other benefits of the Gold Card as well, including extra monthly dining rewards and more.
Hot Tip: Check to see if you’re eligible for a welcome bonus offer of up to 90,000 points with the Amex Gold card. The current public offer is 60,000 points. (This targeted offer was independently researched and may not be available to all applicants.)
If you’re a business owner, see our list of the best Amex business credit cards.
Frequent flyers will enjoy 3x ThankYou Points at restaurants, gas stations, supermarkets, air travel, and hotels.
The Citi Premier® Card is an excellent option for anyone looking for an all-around travel rewards credit card. The card helps you earn points fast with great 3x bonus categories such as restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, airfare, and hotels. Plus, it offers access to airline and hotel transfer partners, doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees, and has a reasonable annual fee!
You can transfer points from several hotel loyalty programs, but we would not recommend this as a good use of your points unless you needed to top-up your JMB account for an award.
|Hotel Loyalty Program||Minimum Transfer||Transfer Ratio|
|ALL – Accor Live Limitless||5,000||5:1|
|IHG One Rewards||10,000||5:1|
|World of Hyatt *||5,000||5:2|
* If you transfer 50,000 or more World of Hyatt points, you’ll get a bonus of 12,500 World of Hyatt points transferred to the airline partner.
JMB provides plenty of opportunities to earn extra miles. For instance, earn up to 1,000 miles with Tokyu Hotels. Look for new deals on the JMB Promotions page (search for Hotel Mileage Information).
Check out the variety of per-mile, per-day, and per-rental offers from JMB car rental partners:
|Car Rental Agency||Mileage Offer||Car Rental Agency||Mileage Offer|
|Alamo||300 miles per rental||Funinsha Rent-a-car||1 mile per ¥100|
|Avis||100 miles per day||Hertz||50 miles per day|
|Budget||50 miles per day||Japan Executive Limousine, Inc. (Southern California)||1 mile per $1|
|Dollar||300 miles per rental||Smile (Japan)||1 mile per ¥100|
JMB World Marketplace also offers earning opportunities for car rentals.
Purchase items at JAL Shopping Americas and earn miles. JLB members earn 1 mile per every $2 spent, while holders of the JAL USA Card 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.
Hot Tip: You can also shop to earn miles at the JMB World Marketplace!
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: 1 in Seoul, and 2 at Incheon International (ICN).
Earn 2 miles for every $3 spent here. JMB members can earn miles for shopping even without boarding a flight!
Lotte Duty-Free Shop Ginza is an airport-style duty-free shop located in the city, where products of over 200 different brands are sold on the 2 floors of Tokyo Plaza Ginza, a new landmark of Ginza. The shop offers a new style of shopping that can be enjoyed by not only foreign customers visiting Japan but also Japanese customers planning to travel abroad.
You can earn 1 mile for every ¥100 spent at Lotte Duty-Free Shop Ginza.
Earn miles for souvenir purchases or home delivery of orchids, fruits, and spices with JALUX ASIA Ltd. Mileage earned varies by product purchased.
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/Oceania).
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.
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!
|Endo Freight Forwarders||10 miles per cubic feet|
|Nippon Express||1 mile per $1|
|Nissin International Transport U.S.A.||Up to 5,000 miles|
Sign up for a new subscription or renew your subscription to Asahi Shimbun Digital newspaper to receive 3,000 miles. JALFC members earn 5,000 miles. Asahi Shimbun Digital offers digital access to the printed morning edition newspaper as well as online features.
Take a detailed look at all of the Japan Airlines partnerships:
|Ai Klean||Maid services by Japanese professionals||1 mile per $1; 300 bonus miles for first-time customers||
Los Angeles, CA
|Global Action||Welfare service||500 miles for enrollment||Outside of Japan|
|JAL ABC Coat Storage||Coat storage||Up to 50 miles per piece||
Narita/Haneda/ Kansai Airports
|JAL ABC Mobile Phone Rental||Mobile phone and Wi-Fi router rentals||Up to 200 miles||
|JAL Airport Baggage Delivery Service||Baggage delivery||Up to 100 miles||
|Nippan IPS||Education Services||Up to 500 miles||Mobile|
|Starts Pacific Inc.||Real estate||Up to 5,000 miles||
Los Angeles, CA
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 Card!
Need some inspiration as to how you’d use those miles? Check out this Japan Airlines, 777 First Class review (Tokyo to LA)!
The information regarding JAL USA CARD was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
The information regarding the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
The information regarding the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® card, click here.
For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.
For rates and fees of the American Express® Gold Card, click here.
Japan Mileage Bank (JMB) is the free loyalty program of Japan Airlines (JAL).
Members earn miles by flying JAL and its partner airlines. You can also earn points by making purchases with other JMB partners.
Miles can be redeemed for flight awards and upgrades.
Miles earned in the Japan Mileage Bank program are valid for 36 months.
Japan Airlines is a member of the Oneworld alliance. It has additional partners including Emirates, Air France, Jetstar Japan, China Eastern Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Korean Air, Latam Airlines, Srilankan Airlines, and Vistara.
JAL is also a member of Asia Miles, which includes over 20 airlines.
From the U.S., call the JAL Mileage Bank Center at 800-JAL-FONE (800-525-3663).
Earn up to 2 points per $1 spent with the JAL USA card depending on which annual fee option you choose. You can also transfer miles directly from Marriott Bonvoy.
Any of the travel rewards cards from American Express Membership Rewards or Citi ThankYou Rewards will earn miles transferable to Asia Miles as well.
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