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