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The Olympics comes around every four years, but the memories and feelings from attending one last a lifetime. With robots and other cool tech innovations expected for 2020, there may not be a more anticipated games. So on to the more challenging part: getting there.

We’ve been monitoring award flight space from quite a few gateways, and despite the peak travel time, JAL has been honoring their commitment to release at least two seats in business class on every flight. They’re getting picked off fast, so you’d better hurry!

tokyo 2020 olympic stadiumThe Award Space To Use Your Points For Tokyo 2020

For most people in Europe or the US who read this blog, Tokyo is quite a distance. On a 10+ hour flight, being able to rest and relax in both directions is something that cannot be under-appreciated. Japan Airlines has been steadily releasing at least two seats in every cabin on all routes as the days are released, and today is no exception. In fact, they’ve even released two first class seats.

We’re taking gateways like: New York, Los Angeles, London, Chicago, Paris, Helsinki, San Francisco and more, each with the opportunity to get you to Tokyo in style, in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Take a look at what’s live, as of the time of posting…

New York to Tokyo

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The Points You Can Use To Book These Flights

Japan Airlines is a Oneworld alliance member, meaning you can book JAL flights with miles from JAL itself, British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia, Cathay Pacific, Alaska and more. Unfortunately, only British Airways and JAL have their booking calendars this far forward, so they are the only two currencies you could use to book these flight today.

Many of these mileage currencies, including British Airways Avios can also be instantly created using credit card points from programs like American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Capital One Venture, Citi ThankYou and more. There’s currently a 40% bonus when you transfer Amex Points into British Airways Avios, which softens their steeper rates.

  • American charges 60,000 AAdvantage miles in business one way, or 80,000 first.
  • Alaska charges 60,000 MileagePlan miles in business one way, or 70,000 first.
  • AsiaMiles (from Europe) charges 70,000 miles in business one way and 105,000 first
  • AsiaMiles (from the Americas) charges 75,000 miles in business one way and 115,000 first

To book, you simply call the airline you have your points with after finding space you can use. The easiest way to search award space on Japan Airlines is via the British Airways website, regardless of whether you’ll be using British Airways Avios or any other currency. Use BA to find the seats, then call the airline you have the points with to book them!

Long story short, even if you don’t have any miles right this minute, you may be able to create some using credit card points in mere minutes.

a crowd of people crossing a streetThis is an amazing opportunity to pay just over $100 and some miles to attend the Olympics in style. Of course, you may need to fork over your life savings for event tickets, but that’s another problem for another day. And hey, there’s always Airbnb if hotels prove too crazy. These seats are first come first serve and won’t last long, so get in on it.

And do note, even if you miss out on space today, each day means two new seats on each flight will be released. Early bird gets the champagne and a comfy bed.

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. You should probably mention that you cant book using AA or Alaska until their schedule opens up…..3 weeks from now.

  2. Nice info but these “open” awards are not bookable right now for anyone other than JAL members and British Airways members (with BA you will have to pay those crazy surcharges)
    By the time these dates open up with the partners you mentioned I doubt there will be any space left??

    1. That may be true, and good catch. However, BA charges under $200 for surcharges on these flights, which I’d hardly call crazy for a first or business class ticket to Japan.

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