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For many travellers, $1926 isn’t all that exciting a price for an airline ticket, but for business class to Southeast Asia on a top airline – it’s pretty outstanding. That’s particularly true from the East Coast of the USA, which hardly ever sees the deals found from Los Angeles, San Francisco and other ports of call.

Oneworld airline Japan Airlines (JAL) has some fantastic fares to Kuala Lumpur, which can be made even lower if you happen to have the Amex Platinum card. Even better, you can squeeze in a Tokyo side trip with the layover…

jal 787 sky suiteThe Flight Deals To Asia

Kuala Lumpur is an exciting city, and also one of the best places for stunning five star hotels under $150 a night. That’s not a bad combo. But even if it’s not your final destination, it’s a great stopping off point for nearby destinations like Langkawi, Penang, Singapore and Indonesia.

JAL has a $1926 round trip fare, which is at least $1000 less than average for travel from New York City to Southeast Asia. Creative routings are possible which allow transcontinental connections and other goodies.

Quite a few itineraries also allow a layover up to 20 hours, which means you could have a night, or day, in Tokyo in between to break up the journey further. A good travel agent could likely make it longer, if you like.

The Travel Dates You Can Book

These deals are wide open for booking in January, February and March of 2020, and can be booked directly with JAL, American and a variety of airlines. No one is saying this is cheap, but for business class to Asia it’s at least 40% lower than most fares, and a great way to earn elite status too.

It’s possible that you’ll find dates outside of this range, but for near term travel, these are the easiest dates we could find. Minimum stays seem to vary, but they don’t appear to require any more than 5 days, but longer is totally fine too..

How To Book These Flights

You can book these deals directly with JAL by searching JFK-KUL on their website, or via your favourite online travel agency. As noted, Amex IAP for Platinum cardholders may take a bit more off this fare, depending on the dates you’re looking at. Here are some examples where you can find the fare, like…

a screenshot of a computerIt’s worth noting that these can be routed to maximize your points earning, including routes like New York to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to Tokyo and Tokyo to Kuala Lumpur, and vice versa.

Here’s a few suggestions for how to spend your 24 hours in Tokyo. As noted Kuala Lumpur is superb for “cheap” five star hotels, and you really won’t find a better view than at the Four Seasons.

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’ve been on the phone with Amex Plat travel and they cannot find these fares anywhere.We’ve been searching for an hour. Did they seem out?

  2. Did they sell out I mean. The lowest price Amex Plat could find was more than double and we tried many different dates and One World airlines

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