I always like to write about good award redemption opportunities as I see them pop up. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Japan Airlines launching service between Tokyo and Boston on the 787 starting next May and that there was plenty of business class award space. I briefly mentioned that ANA, the 787 launch customer, had announced that their first longhaul route with the 787 would be Tokyo Haneda to Frankfurt starting in January.
At the time the flight wasn’t yet loaded into the system, though now it is and there’s plenty of award space in business class!
The service launches on January 21 and initially operates Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Starting February 1 the service will be daily.
Best of all, based on the looks of it, ANA has a really nice staggered business class product on the 787.
So if you want to be one of the first to try the 787, this is an amazing award redemption opportunity. Keep in mind that if redeeming Continental, Untied, or US Airways miles, you can route from the US to Asia via Europe for the same cost as going via the Pacific. So you could book an award from the US to Japan via Europe for either 90,000 US Airways miles or 120,000 Continental/United miles and incorporate the above flights into the itinerary.