[UPDATE: AA bug shows phantom award space] Japan Airlines First Class Wide Open for 2 to/from Tokyo Spring 2021


UPDATE: We’re not seeing the same award space through other partners, and AA is unable to book the first class awards that it is showing.  This seems to be an AA bug.

Original post follows

Japan Airlines First Class 777-300ER

Japan Airlines 777-300 First Class. Photo courtesy of JAL’s website.
First class award space for 2 adults is wide open in April and early May in both directions on the routes: JFK-HND and SFO-HND.

I found first-class award space to be wide open for 2 adults in spring 2021 on two particular routes and in both directions:

  • Tokyo Haneda (HND) – New York (JFK)
  • Tokyo Haneda (HND) – San Francisco (SFO)

Flights between the US and Tokyo can be booked with 70,000 Alaska miles or 80,000 AA miles one-way.

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Is Japan even allowing Americans into the country? Thought no toursits were allowed?


That’s a big assumption. I’ve read Austraila or NZ isn’t planning on opening up until 2023


A few weeks ago I was able to book a one-way F on JL in 3/21 with AK miles to HND. I have seen absolutely no JL F space available from Japan to anywhere in the US in 4/21 during daily searches the past month. I read on one blog that AK is not releasing F on JL until 300 days prior to departure (rather than the customary 330). I realize that JL is one of the most unpredictable airlines when it comes to the timing of F class award space release, but I’ve never seen it this sparse before.


Yeah, doesn’t look like AS has any F availability after 4/1. Before 4/1 most of the F availability is LAX to HND/NRT. (SFO to LAX, then LAX to Tokyo).


Bummer. 🙁

Steve Hoechst

Unfortunately, this is almost entirely phantom award space. Something weird is going on with JAL first class award space. Some partners are showing correct inventory. AA and AS are all messed up from April onwards.


Good luck booking them! AA is actually showing the A class availability rather than the correct Z class. You’ll get the error message when you try to get it ticketed.


AS doesn’t have access to JL F on/after 4/1


No Mas Coach blogged about it a few days ago.