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Failed attempts to rebook ANA
Japan Airlines availability wide open
- I could transfer points from Marriott Bonvoy to American Airlines – this could take 48-72 hours
- Buy AA miles
- Transfer miles from another AA account
I was 123,000 miles short, and none of the above choices made sense.
Zirk to the rescue
Here’s how to book Japan Airlines using American Airlines website
I had to search availability using American Airlines website. I simply went to search for business class availability.
- Choose Advanced/Multi-city search
- Redeem miles
- One way
- Pick a date
- # of passengers
- Airports (I chose LAX-TYO for Tokyo airports)
- Class: Business/First
- Airlines: ALL Airlines
- Once you hit search, it will take you to a results page. You will an option to click CALENDAR that gives you a 30-day view.
- Anything in GREEN means that’s the lowest fare available on that date of that month
- For the Japan business class deals, I looked for the ones that charge 60,000 one way and $5.60 in fees.
I checked for the dates that would work for me. Once Mike and I connected in the afternoon, I provided him the flight info and traveler info (just me and Nancy), anything needed for the booking. I had enough points to book 1 one-way ticket, while Mike booked the rest for me.
That was easy
LAX-HND on business class at 60,000 AA miles + $5.60 in fees
HND-LAX on business class at 60,000 AA miles + $47.75
120,000 AA miles per person + $53.35
For both of us , 240,K AA Miles + $106.70
If we paid in cash
$19,59 (per person)
- $38,716 (for two)
There is NO WAY I would pay that amount. But thanks to credit card miles and points, this all became possible
It’s not too late
You can still book this deal. You could use your AA miles, or check Alaska Airlines website and book a similar deal for 60,000 points.
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