Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Today’s deal sees some decently low prices for East Coast departures to Japan, with availability on Air Canada, ANA, Delta and JAL. Even better, most (if not all) of these flights allow you to check up to two bags free. Flights price out as low as $578 from Pittsburgh (PIT) to Tokyo-Haneda (HND), with other options in the $600s across the country, including departures from Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), Palm Springs (PSP), Philadelphia (PHL) and Tucson (TUS).
If you’re based on the West Coast and looking to fly to Tokyo-Narita (NRT), you can score a nonstop out of San Diego (SAN) for $635, while connecting flights are available from Las Vegas (LAS), Ontario (ONT) and San Francisco (SFO).
Available dates span from November 2019 through April 2020, excluding both Christmas and New Year’s.
Tokyo is notoriously expensive, but there are definitely still options when it comes to booking accommodations with rewards. Check out this guide to learn how to make your points stretch.
To search for these fares, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline, through an OTA like Priceline or plug those dates into the Ultimate Rewards travel portal. Note that some of these flights may have differing prices with the airline vs. an OTA, and certain cards only provide bonus points or miles when purchasing directly with a carrier.
Airlines: Air Canada, ANA, Delta, JAL
Routes: ORD/LAX/PDP/PHL/PIT/TUS/ABE/LAS/ONT/SAN/SFO to HND/NRT
Cost: $566+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: September 2019 to April 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige Card (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Pittsburgh (PIT) to Tokyo (HND) for $566 round-trip on ANA economy booked via Exploretrip:
Chicago (ORD) to Tokyo (HND) for $638 round-trip on Air Canada booked via Vayama (or $672 via Air Canada’s website):
Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (HND) for $694 round-trip nonstop on JAL economy booked via Japan Airlines:
Las Vegas (LAS) to Tokyo (NRT) for $635 round-trip on Air Canada booked via Priceline:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card, Citi Prestige Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
Featured photo of JAL economy by Katie Genter / The Points Guy.