It’s no secret that Singaporeans LOVE to go to Japan.

So what if we told you that you can fly to Japan and thereafter to another country close by (Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok), on JAL Business class for under $750 SGD? (essentially being a round trip)

Which is pretty close to the prices advertised below.

Mind you, those prices that you currently see are on economy class.

Not JAL Business class.

So think direct aisle access for each seat, lie-flat seats for a sound sleep and a gourmet meal served on proper plates and cutlery.

Sounds too good to be true?

Here in this ultimate guide we show you the EXACT steps to do it.

 

JAL business class to Tokyo for less than $750 SGD

 

Back in 2016, Japan Airlines announced a new partnership with Alaska Airlines.

This meant that they would now be part of Alaska’s Mileage Plan, which Singapore Airlines has a partnership with as well.

If you have not heard of it yet, Alaska’s Mileage Plan is a really great one if you are into the miles game.

Just check out their list of airline partners.

Now, the important thing to know about this is the JAL business class award chart for travel within Asia.

  • Economy Class: 15,000 miles one-way
  • Premium Economy: 17,500 miles one-way
  • Business Class: 25,000 miles one-way
  • First Class: 35,000 miles one-way

 

Alaska allows you to do one stopover on a one-way ticket, which is what essentially makes this such a great bargain.

This means you can fly from Singapore to Tokyo for a few days (or weeks if you are rolling in cash) and then onto Kuala Lumpur, which you can then either spend a few days there or catch a cheap flight back.

That is essentially a round trip JAL business class ticket for just 25,000 miles!

If that isn’t insane value to you, I’m not sure what else will be.

 

How do i get Alaska Mileage Plan miles?

 

So there are two ways of obtaining Alaska Mileage Plan miles on the cheap here.

The first is to buy them at a discount of up to 50% (this can vary as it depends on if you are targeted) on their regular sales.

The second is to buy Starpoints during their yearly sale, which usually goes at 35% off.

If you do manage to get the Starpoints, they can be converted to Mileage Plan miles at a rate of 1:1, with a 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 points transferred.

Which is coincidentally exactly how much you need for a “round trip” JAL business class ticket from Singapore to Japan!

 

JAL business class on Mileage Plan walkthrough

 

First thing to do is to purchase the Starpoints online, which is really straightforward. At the point of writing, we purchased our points during the sale. So 20,000 Starpoints for 455 USD, which is currently 622 SGD. You can also buy Mileage Plan miles here.

transfer starpoints

Next step is to transfer your Starpoints to the Alaska Mileage Plan.

transferring starpoints to alaska mileage plan

Simply select a transfer partner, enter your frequent flyer number and number of Starpoints.

alaska mileage plan

confirm starpoints transfer

At this page you will see confirmation of the amount of Starpoints transferred as well as the conversion of 1:1, along with the bonus Starpoints!

alaska mileage plan

After confirming the transfer you will get a confirmation email as well. The miles should appear in your Alaska Mileage Plan account in 2-4 business days. It was pretty quick in our case, we received the miles within the next 2 days.

jal business class

Now that the miles are safely in your Alaska Mileage Plan account, here comes the fun part, the actual booking of the JAL business class seats!

booking JAL business class

Looking for award space is actually really easy. To start, select Multi-city and check “use miles”.

JAL business class

You can then enter in the starting destination “Singapore” and then select to “Tokyo”. Thereafter, you can select the connecting flight from “Tokyo” to whichever destination you prefer. Remember, this is not exactly a round trip per se, so if you want the cheapest way to come back, choose “Kuala Lumpur”. Which you can then book a cheap and quick flight back from. In this case, we have selected “Bangkok”. To take advantage of the “round trip” business class award, leave the returning flight blank.

alaska mileage plan

If you have done your selections correctly you will then be presented with this next screen. Under the Partner Business tab you can then select the flights with your preferred timings. In this case, for the dates we selected, they are all only mixed cabins. Which means, JAL business class there and economy class from Tokyo to Bangkok.

JAL business class

If you try to proceed, thankfully the system will prompt you to say that the itinerary is not entirely in Business Class. So just toggle the dates, and look out for the option where the blue seat icon is not present.

JAL business class

Ta-dah, this is the promised land right here. This means that you have a JAL business class flight from SIN-HND on May 4th 2019, and after 8 days in Tokyo, on business class again from NRT-BKK. Which you can spend a couple of days there, or just book a flight back from Bangkok to Singapore.

JAL business class

If you are still not convinced, the flight summary page will show everything. 25,000 miles plus $73.50 USD in taxes (this can vary) for JAL Business class! Note there is free cancellation within 24 hours of purchase. After that, it costs $125 USD to change or cancel so be sure of your dates before you continue. Unless you want to be $125 USD poorer.

alaska mileage plan changes

Just for your added information.

JAL business class confirmation

The icing on the cake here is really the flexibility of the flights as well. You can even choose to fly to Bangkok first, spend a few days there and then start your business class journey from there to Tokyo and then back to Singapore. Or to any of the other destinations that JAL flies to within Asia.

 

From Tokyo Narita

  • Bangkok (BKK)
  • Beijing (PEK)
  • Busan (PUS)
  • Dalian (DLC)
  • Hanoi (HAN)
  • Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)
  • Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Jakarta (CGK)
  • Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
  • Manila (MNL)
  • New Delhi (DEL)
  • Taipei (TPE)
  • Seoul (ICN)
  • Shanghai (PVG)
  • Singapore (SIN)

 

From Tokyo Haneda

  • Bangkok (BKK)
  • Beijing (PEK)
  • Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)
  • Guangzhou (CAN)
  • Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Kaohsiung (KHH)
  • Tapei (TSA)
  • Seoul (GMP)
  • Shanghai (SHA)
  • Shanghai (PVG)
  • Singapore (SIN)

 

From Osaka Kansai

  • Bangkok (BKK)
  • Shanghai (PVG)

 

From Nagoya

  • Bangkok (BKK)
  • Shanghai (PVG)
  • Tianjin (TSN)

 

With this much flexibility, you can even do an open jaw ticket. This basically means you can fly to Tokyo, spend a few days there. Then, take the bullet train down to Osaka for a couple of days, and then fly off from Osaka to either Bangkok or Shanghai if you so please. All for the same 25,000 miles (plus taxes)!

 

So there you have it, Alaska Mileage Plan is really a great tool to help fuel your luxury trips to Japan. We cannot be sure how long more this “deal” will last so if you are planning to visit Japan soon this will be a great option to look at. Feel free to reach out to us at hello@renthero.com.sg if you have any comments!

2 COMMENTS

    • No i am afraid because marriott and starwood have now combined into marriott bonvoy they have changed the ratio. If you are interested in acquiring alaskan miles you can do so still, there is currently a 40% of bonus sale till 23rd Feb!

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