Japan Airlines offers one of my favorite first class products in the world. They have a solid hard product, though it’s the service and food that sets them apart.
At the moment Japan Airlines has some great roundtrip first class fares for travel from Seoul to New York (unfortunately the same fare isn’t valid in the other direction, originating in the U.S.). The fare is ~$2,850 roundtrip in paid, full fare first class. That’s an incredible fare, given that this is a full fare ticket, so should be changeable/refundable at no cost.
Since this fare is actually filed by American, you’ll have to book through American Airlines’ Korean website. In theory you can of course fly American across the Pacific, though I’m guessing most of us would much rather fly with Japan Airlines. The best part is that since this is an American Airlines codeshare flight, you’ll earn triple elite qualifying miles through AAdvantage for this ticket. In other words, a roundtrip ticket would earn you over 40,000 elite qualifying miles with American. You’d also earn elite qualifying dollars based on the cost of the ticket, given that the ticket is issued by American.
Availability for this fare is wide open across many dates, given that it’s a full fare ticket, so you should be able to travel almost any time you’d like. The fare prices out in KRW, though when you convert the cost it should come to ~$2,850.
Similar fares are available to some other U.S. cities.
While ~$2,850 is still a lot of cash, this is one of the cheapest fully flexible first class fares I’ve ever seen. If you’re looking to travel from Asia to the U.S. and can swing it, I’d seriously consider taking advantage of one of these fares. Even the crazy among us in the U.S. may consider positioning ourselves in Asia for one of these trips.
If you do book this fare, be sure you use a credit card that helps you maximize your return on airfare spend, as the rewards could be substantial for a ticket like this.
Anyone planning on taking advantage of these great JAL first class fares?
(Tip of the hat to zoqfotpik)