As I previously reported, American will be launching daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Tokyo Haneda as of February 11, 2016. This comes after a huge battle with Delta over their Tokyo Haneda slot, which has finally been settled. This represents American’s re-entry to Tokyo Haneda, after they canceled their New York to Tokyo Haneda route a few years back.
The Los Angeles to Tokyo Haneda route will be operated by a Boeing 787-8, featuring 28 business class seats, 57 Main Cabin Extra seats, and 141 economy seats.
This route is also being operated as a joint venture with Japan Airlines, and complements the two daily existing flights that American and Japan Airlines have between Los Angeles and Tokyo Narita.
To celebrate the launch of this new service, American is offering bonus miles to passengers who take the Los Angeles to Tokyo Haneda flight. The promotion is valid for travel between February 11 and April 30, 2016, and registration is required prior to travel using promotion code LAHND.
The number of bonus miles you earn depends on your fare class, and ranges from 5,000 to 20,000 bonus miles roundtrip, as follows:
It’s worth noting that not all revenue fare classes are included. For example, “Q” fares don’t earn any bonus miles.
Here are the exact details of eligible fare classes depending on whether you’re booked on an American or Japan Airlines marketed flight:
* Includes Business Class fares booked in J, R, D or I; Full-fare Economy Class fares booked in Y, B or H; other Economy Class fares booked in K, M, L, W, V, G, N, or S on American Airlines marketed flights; Business Class booked in J, C, D or X; Full-fare Economy Class fares booked in Y, B or H; other Economy Class fares booked in K, M, L, V, S, G or R on Japan Airlines marketed flights.
This new route is part of American’s huge expansion out of LAX. They’re now offering longhaul flights from Los Angeles to London, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo Haneda, Tokyo Narita, and soon Auckland.
Based on the flight times I’m still not sure I’d want to take American’s new flight to Tokyo Haneda. Hopefully the airport opens up more daytime slots for longhaul flights, even though Delta is trying to stand in the way.
While this bonus offer isn’t a reason to book American’s flight to Tokyo Haneda, it is a nice bonus if you’re going to be taking the flight anyway.
Is anyone booked on American’s new flight to Tokyo Haneda?