an airplane bed with a white pillow and a wood cabinet

Economy can be nice, premium economy is better, business class is pretty wonderful but first class- is out of this world. But assuming you’re not a complete plane geek (and even if you are) we fly to get somewhere, and ideally, somewhere wonderful. For just 70,000 points, you can fly to Japan, enjoy- and then onto India, thanks to a wonderful opportunity.

a person holding a bottle of champagneJapan Airlines First Class

If you’re really snooty- you may have been wondering just “what” first class we’re talking about. Fortunately, we’re talking about one of the very best. Japan Airlines serves $350 a bottle champagne, has a gigantic bed and some of the best service in the sky. Best of all- you can do this crazy experience, even if you have no points at the moment.

a red building with a tall tower with Sensō-ji in the backgroundA Free Stopover In Japan

If you were wondering HOW this is possible- it’s because of Alaska Airlines really generous rules for tickets using miles. 70,000 points from the U.S. to Japan is the same rate as flying from the U.S. to Japan, stopping over for an extended period and then going onto India, thanks to the program. This is all because Japan Airlines considers India part of Asia- who knew?! Love it.

an airplane bed with a white pillow and a wood cabinetWith Alaska Miles

This is only possible for 70,000 points if you’re booking with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles. If you have 70,000 of those already- skip to the next section. If you don’t: you can create them in the US via the Alaska Airlines credit card. For everyone else- you can buy Alaska Miles in their regular, fantastic discount sales. During one of their sales (soon to be announced) the points go for $1473.

a large building with a pool of water with Taj Mahal in the backgroundHow To Find Seats & Book

SO now you know what you need, and it’s time to book. The easiest way to search for Japan Airlines first class seats is by using the British Airways website. It’s free. Simply search from your preferred departure point (which Japan Airlines serves) and search for flights to Tokyo. When you find seats, write down the dates and flight number. Next- search from Tokyo to Delhi. Choose dates for those flights that give you enough time to stop and enjoy Tokyo and Japan. When you find those flights, write them down and call Alaska Airlines to book. If you want help booking- we recommend Award Expert, or searching yourself- using ExpertFlyer to set alerts for seats.

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Featured image courtesy of Japan Airlines. A great way to travel.

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. I did just this in September. Couple of things. Award seats are easier searched on alaska’s website. Also there is no first class on JAL between Tokyo and Delhi. Business class at best.

    1. In the words of Coldplay “nobody said it was easy”. Plenty of people manage to do this all the time. Only business may be available on the connection to Delhi, but that’s not too bad for 13 hours of first class and 10 of business class.

  2. That’s great..any suggestions on how to get the connecting flights using miles to different cities in India other than Delhi .
    Also ,I fly out from Atlanta…so I need to purchase another ticket from ATL to One of the cities serviced by JAL

    1. @kukar we need to link up. I’m in ATL too and delta has this place in a strangle-hold. Having “the busiest international airport in the world” is worth nothing when 75% of the flights leaving ATL are DL flights. Your only options to fly internationally are 1) pay top dollar to fly non-stop on DL or KLM 2) fly on a “cheaper ticket” on DL AND connect in another city or 3) fly with AA or UA and still connect in some other city (e.g. CHI/DC/MIA) to fly internationally. I hate that!!

    2. Kukar, if you use an Alaska award, you don’t need to *purchase* another ticket. Alaska award rules allow you to make as many connecting flights as needed to “reach your international gateway.” as long as all of them are on Alaska. (The rules say one airline + Alaska.)

      From Atlanta, that would mean Atlanta to Seattle, then Seattle to either LAX or SFO. That’s a pretty tough schedule, but if you can find 1st Class in Alaska, that’ll soften it a bit, and If your JAL flight is in 1st, it won’t even boost the cost.

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