American offering double AAdvantage miles to Japan through August 31, 2013

Yesterday American unveiled a pretty generous promotion for travel to Japan through August 31, 2013.

AAdvantage_Bonus_Promotion

They’re offering double base AAdvantage redeemable miles for travel on select flights between the US and Japan, including their service out of Chicago and Los Angeles to Tokyo Narita, as well as their service between New York and Tokyo Haneda.

They’re offering double miles for the following fare classes:

Economy Class: Y, B, H, K, M, L, V, S, N, Q
Business Class: J, C, D, X, I
First Class: F, A

Both American marketed and Japan Airlines marketed flights operated by American are eligible for the bonus miles.

Registration is required prior to travel using promotion code JPS13.

It’s a bit odd to see this promotion during what’s historically a pretty peak travel period, a time when airlines usually don’t need to offer promotions to fill seats. So while this promotion isn’t in and of itself worthy of mileage running, there are some decent fares out there to Asia that become even better with this promotion. For example, there are ~$1,050 roundtrip all-in fares between Los Angeles and Tokyo.

LosAngeles_Tokyo_Fare

That’s ~11,000 miles roundtrip, so through this promotion you’re looking at ~22,000 miles roundtrip, and if you’re a Platinum/Executive Platinum member you’re looking at ~33,000 miles roundtrip. If you value those at ~1.8 cents per mile you’d be earning close to $600 “worth” of miles on this trip, which certainly makes this fare much more reasonable, especially if you can apply a couple of systemwide upgrades to the reservation and upgrade to business class.

Given that I’m a bit behind on elite status requalification with American this year, this may be a good opportunity to visit Japan again.

(Tip of the hat to AAdvantageGeek)

Comments

  1. Lucky, this promo is NOT good from DFW, check the landing page. Also, SAN flights on JAL are included. May want to update.

  2. Hello Lucky,

    Do you anticipate that AA (plus BA and Iberia) will be again offering the 20K bonus miles per round-trip between North America and Europe later in 2013 as they did in last quarter of 2012?

    I am planning my trips for the next 2 quarters and I was thinking on shifting as many transatlantic flights as possible towards the end of the year?

    Thanks a lot and congratulations on your work,

    David

  3. @ David — While I’m sure they’ll have some type of a promotion, I certainly wouldn’t count on it being similar to the one last year. I could be wrong, though.

  4. @ charles zhang — Best I can tell it doesn’t matter where you originate or terminate — the nonstop flights that are eligible for the promotion should accrue the double miles.

  5. @Lucky, The Flight Deal has some good flights that might work with this promo.
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    American: Los Angeles – Beijing & Tokyo. $653. Roundtrip, including all Taxes (http://www.theflightdeal.com/2013/06/22/airfare-deal-american-los-angeles-beijing-tokyo-653-roundtrip-including-all-taxes/)
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    American: Los Angeles – Shanghai and Tokyo. $740. Roundtrip, including all Taxes (http://www.theflightdeal.com/2013/06/24/airfare-deal-american-los-angeles-shanghai-and-tokyo-729-roundtrip-including-all-taxes/)

  6. Is there any way to accrue AA miles cheaply outside of the US? I’ve only seen the 30% bonus offers, which doesn’t seem to be a great deal. I’m contemplating buying 100 000 miles on the current USDM sale to keep until after the merger, do you reckon that’s the best way for an European to boost the balance? I have previously seen that you value AA and US miles about the same, is that correct?

    Also, do you know if CX F availability is as good from Europe (preferably LHR) to Asia as it is from the US?

    Thanks!

  7. Just keep in mind that the terms & conditions specify that the bonus miles do NOT count towards elite qualification.

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