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Round-trip Business Class Shell Flat Seats to Tokyo for just 50,000 AAdvantage Miles. 

American Airlines and Japan Airlines have created a joint partnership over the Pacific that’s similar to the joint operating agreement that American Airlines, British Airways, and Iberia have created over the Atlantic.

American and JAL have co-ordinated their schedules, terminal gates, lounge access policies, and operations so they can provide customers with more destinations, more award seats, and better service. To promote their new partnership their offering Double AAdvantage Miles between certain city pairs.  They’re also offering reduced mileage awards on Japan Airlines flights to Tokyo from San Francisco and Vancouver.

Though February 29, 2012 you can fly round-trip on Japan Airlines from these cities to either Narita or Haneda for 50 percent fewer AAdvantage Miles.  This is a really big redemption bargain.

For example, a round-trip Business class award from San Francisco to Tokyo is normally 100,000 AAdvantage Miles.  With this offer, you’ll be able to make the same trip for only 50,000 miles.  That’s the same number of miles you would usually have to burn in order fly round-trip in coach!

They are also offering reduced mileage awards in coach.  You can fly round-trip in the back of the plane for only 30,000 miles, which is 40 percent less than the usual 50,000 miles.

Here are the details of the San Francisco to Tokyo reduced mileage awards:

Fly for up to 50% fewer AAdvantage miles for round-trip travel on Japan Airlines between San Francisco and Tokyo Haneda

Airline: Japan Airlines

Award: Award Special – Book a Business Class round-trip award for 50,000 miles or an Economy Class round-trip award for 30,000 miles

Dates: Book your travel starting October 18, 2011 and travel between November 1, 2011 and February 29, 2012.

Offer: AAdvantage members can book a round-trip Business Class award for 50,000 AAdvantage miles and a round-trip Economy class award for 30,000 AAdvantage miles for nonstop travel on Japan Airlines between San Francisco and Tokyo Haneda. Offer applies to travel completed between November 1, 2011 and February 29, 2012.

To book your trip, contact American Airlines AAdvantage Reservations at 1-800-882-8880. An award service charge applies to AAdvantage award reservations ticketed by our reservations office, Travel Centers or airport agents.

Here are the details of the Vancouver to Tokyo reduced mileage awards:

Airline: Japan Airlines

Award: Award Special – Book a Business Class round-trip award for 50,000 miles or an Economy Class round-trip award for 30,000 miles

Dates: Book your travel starting October 18, 2011 and travel between November 1, 2011 and February 29, 2012.

Offer: AAdvantage members can book a round-trip Business Class award for 50,000 AAdvantage miles and a round-trip Economy class award for 30,000 AAdvantage miles for nonstop travel on Japan Airlines between Vancouver and Tokyo Narita. Offer applies to travel completed between November 1, 2011 and February 29, 2012.

To book your trip, contact American Airlines AAdvantage Reservations at 1-800-882-8880. An award service charge applies to AAdvantage award reservations ticketed by our reservations office, Travel Centers or airport agents.

I found mid-week, round-trip Business class fares from San Francisco to Tokyo during January for about $6,800. Using 50,000 AAdvantage miles for a nearly $7,000 trip is a really great redemption rate. This is about as good as an offer gets and this is why we collect the miles!

  • Gene said,

    Wow! Thanks so much. I just booked 2 one-ways in business class HND-SFO for 50k total! The agent was shocked!

  • aadvantagegeek said,

    I’m excited for you! This is an amazing deal, you were smart to book two seats whole they were still available. Congratulations!

  • Maren said,

    Called and the agents have no idea what I’m talking about- help! Also couldn’t find a link for the SFO-Haneda offer on here, both go to Vancouver. Can you help?

  • aadvantagegeek said,

    @Maren – Sorry about that, thanks for letting me know. I just updated the link in the post. I’m posting it here as well: SFO to HND Reduced AAdvantage Mileage Awards.

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  • Gene said,

    Ticketing denied. Round-trip only. If anyone has a different experience, please share.

  • Mike said,

    Ticketed! Round trip only, but that’s what we wanted. Got 12/17 to HDN, return on 1/5 arriving 1/4. Gotta love getting home before you leave!

    I’ve never been and always wanted to go, so the wife and I are going for our anniversary and the American new year!

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  • aadvantagegeek said,

    @ Gene – That’s disappointing. You were trying to go one way from HND to SFO, right?

  • aadvantagegeek said,

    @ Mike – Wow, congratulations! Two round-trip tickets to Japan and you didn’t have to use your SWU, nice:-) Read about your plans on your blog, sounds like it’s going to be an amazing trip. Can’t wait to see the trip report.

  • Gene said,

    @aadvantagegeek — Correct.

  • Pi said,

    Thank you for the great information. I called AA Advantage agent now. She had no idea what I was talking about. She said that the bonus code JLSEA does not exist. Please let me know how I can get this super deal. Thank you.

  • aadvantagegeek said,

    @ Pi – If you’re talking about promo code JLSEA, then you’re talking about the “Fly Nonstop from Tokyo to Asia on Japan Airlines. Earn Double AAdvantage Miles” offer. Were you trying to book a flight from Tokyo to a destination in Asia or were you trying to redeem AAdvantage miles for a trip from the US to Tokyo?

  • Pi said,

    I was trying to book a flight from San Francisco to Tokyo as advertised.

  • Mike said,

    @Pi – There’s no promo code for that, it’s simply the half price awards from SFO to Haneda. Tell the agent you want to redeem an award on JAL for half price according to the posted promotion. They may have to search for it, but they’ll find it. The link above on the text “Fly for up to 50% fewer AAdvantage miles for round-trip travel on Japan Airlines between San Francisco and Tokyo Haneda” goes right to the page the offer is on.

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