Incredible Japan Airlines First Class Fares To The U.S.

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.

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At the moment Japan Airlines has some greatĀ 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.

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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)

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Ben Schlappig (aka Lucky) is a travel consultant, blogger, and avid points collector. He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to fund his first class experiences. He chronicles his adventures, along with industry news, here at One Mile At A Time.

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Comments

  1. Lucky, any idea how long this deal will be around? I’ve maxed out my premium travel purchase budget with that GA Black Friday Deal, which I’m not complaining about, based on your reports šŸ˜‰

  2. @ Rick — Unfortunately I doubt this will be around for more than a day or so, as it’s an especially good fare. Enjoy Garuda!!

  3. I just flew JAL from KUL to JFK yesterday. Both the 787 Business and 777 first were amazing experiences. The service is simply top notch. The hard product is very comfortable and decent, no bling but perfectly fine.

  4. Why does the fare type say “First Flexible” but the cabin say “Business Cabin for 3 of the 4 legs? Is there only one segment actually in first class?

  5. The following error(s) occured
    The fare for the flights you have selected is no longer available.

    Please contact Reservations for assistance with making a new booking and quote ā€œ15012ā€.

    American Airlines apologises for any inconvenience this may have caused. (15012 – 352)

    LOL…

  6. Uhh lucky
    You may wanna check the fine print

    Only AA8403 on the outbound is in first, the TYO-JFK sector. 737s don’t have first, and JFK-TYO AA8402 is in business.

  7. The screenshot shows First Flexible/Business Cabin. Does it mean it’s only a F fare class with a Business seat?

  8. For those looking for more information on this, click the tip of the hat name (zoqfotpik) at the end of the article.

  9. Booked! GMP-HND-LAX-JFK-NRT-ICN for $2,850. F on LAX-JFK portion is what excites me most as I have flown F on JL before.

  10. Here are the rules for the fare, here is the fare bucket F2E0Q5R1

    Seoul – New York
    Change conditions
    Prior to Departure of first flight
    Changes*: Not applicable (See reissue conditions)
    Reissue: Allowed with restrictions
    New travel dates must be prior to: Thursday, December 14, 2017
    No-show for first flight
    Changes*: Not applicable (See reissue conditions)
    Reissue: Allowed with restrictions
    New travel dates and change request must be prior to: Thursday, December 14, 2017
    After departure of first flight
    Changes*: Not applicable (See reissue conditions)
    Reissue: Allowed with restrictions
    New travel dates must be prior to: Friday, February 09, 2018
    No-show for subsequent flight(s)
    Changes*: Not applicable (See reissue conditions)
    Reissue: Allowed with restrictions
    New travel dates and change request must be prior to: Friday, February 09, 2018
    New York – Seoul
    Change conditions
    Prior to Departure of first flight
    Changes*: Not applicable (See reissue conditions)
    Reissue: Allowed with restrictions
    New travel dates must be prior to: Thursday, December 14, 2017
    No-show for first flight
    Changes*: Not applicable (See reissue conditions)
    Reissue: Allowed with restrictions
    New travel dates and change request must be prior to: Thursday, December 14, 2017
    After departure of first flight
    Changes*: Not applicable (See reissue conditions)
    Reissue: Allowed with restrictions
    New travel dates must be prior to: Friday, February 09, 2018
    No-show for subsequent flight(s)
    Changes*: Not applicable (See reissue conditions)
    Reissue: Allowed with restrictions
    New travel dates and change request must be prior to: Friday, February 09, 2018

    This is good sign for us, as I’m piecing together our trip to Italy next year, so went and purchased these tickets, will be moving flights to help our return from Europe and have a nice weekend trip back to Korea also will help with my recert as ExPlt

  11. FYI, this can be routed ICN-NRT-JFK-SFO in both directions for the same price if you use multi-city search.

  12. Just to be clear, if i booked rd trip and only use ICN-JFK portion, will I be able to get refund on the JFK-ICN part?

  13. I know this is off topic, but does anyone have any idea if JAL business class saver award availability from the US to Japan for late summer/fall 2017 will come back using AAdvantage miles? There was plenty of availability early last month but it was all gone the last time I checked. Thank you.

  14. Given that this is an American code share flight, could I credit the miles back to Alaska? If so, how many Alaska miles would get credited for a full fare first class ticket?

  15. @Lucky, you should clarify in your post that people should be careful when booking this fare, because if they want to fly in the First class cabin they’ll have to book the flights using the 777-300 between NRT and JFK. Most of the options on the website are using the 787, which does NOT have a F cabin. And even with that, based on your screenshot it seems that you can land a business class seat even on the 777-300 (the JFK to NRT leg). This is incredibly misleading on their end.

  16. It’s that easy to check if F cabin is booked.
    Select flights, then click upper-right + sign and see a pop-up.
    There should be “First cabin” or “Business cabin blur blur blur”

    This is a full fare ticket so that we could change dates and refund. No brainer.

  17. Booked this, but now I have a question – the fare allows for UNLIMITED STOPOVERS – does that mean between the two transpacific legs I could add stopovers like weekend trips to LAX or JFK whenever I want? This seems too good to be true, but that’s how I’m reading these fare rules:

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