Japan Airlines has an incredible amount of Sky Suite Business Class Saver Award availability through the end of 2022. Flights are available out of Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Boston and New York to most if not all of JAL’s route map. In most cases there is availability of 2-4 seats.
The JAL Sky Suite III
Japan’s borders are closed to visitors through the end of February, so this might seem like an awkard time to be planning travel, and it is. It’s important to be aware that any travel right now, especially international, is somewhat speculative and should be treated as such. That said, I’ve never seen JAL Sky Suites this wide open and all of the award fares are easily cancellable. There is almost daily, multi-seat availability bookable from the multiple US airports that JAL services to almost their entire Asian and Pacific route map.
New York City to Singapore? Here’s availability for four using Alaska Mileage Plan in September (which has the option of a free stopover in Tokyo):
Are you a newly-minted AA Quadrillionare because of your end-of-year charity activity with SimplyMiles? How about Dallas to Delhi, 23 hours in JAL Business, for 70,000 AAdvantage miles? Here’s availability in September for four seats:
The list goes on and on. I couldn’t come up with a city combination from the US to Asia serviced by JAL that didn’t have ample availability. JAL operates 777 and 787’s out of the US in both their older Sky Suites I + II (Apex Suites) and the newer Sky Suite III, which is on 787’s only. Upgraded Points has a terrific post that breaks down all of the different options by route.
How to Book
There are multiple ways to book these JAL flights:
- Alaska : 60K one-way to North Asia one way (with the option of a free stopover in Japan or possibly Seattle)
- Alaska : 65K one-way to South Asia, plus add a free stopover each way
- American : 60K one-way to/from North Asia (no stopover)
- American : 70K one-way to/from South Asia (no stopover)
- JAL : Has the best rates at 50K one-way to Japan, but they don’t partner with any transferrable currencies (outside of Marriott) so miles can be tricky to come by.
From the actual seats, to the catering and service, JAL has some of the most enjoyable Business and First Class product out there. I’ve loved every experience. I’ve never seen business availability on JAL this wide-open for such a long window. If you’re planning ( or hoping for?) a trip to Asia this year, the flexible cancellation rules of both AA and AS make this a great option.