Award Space Alert: Wide-open Business Class availability on Japan Airlines between Singapore and Osaka


Members of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan can find wide-open award availability for Japan Airlines Business Class between Singapore and Osaka.

Why is this a big deal?

As shared in my list of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan sweet spots, members only require 25k miles and very low taxes/fees to fly one-way in Business Class on Japan Airlines between Singapore and Japan.

Here’s a quick comparison of how many miles other frequent flyer programs (FFP) require for the same route:

Mileage Plan25kUS$50
Asia Miles61kUS$243
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How to accumulate Alaska miles?

Alaska miles can be earned through a number of ways including flight credits, buying miles and from the airline’s shopping portal.

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Japan Airlines Business Class experience

I have flown Japan Airlines Business Class a number of times and consider the overall experience as one of the best out there. Service and in-flight dining is always fantastic.

From the looks of it, the airline is only flying one aircraft configuration to/from Singapore and it is the one with the Sky Suite III business class seat in Boeing 787-9 aircrafts.

Related: Japan Airlines JL 729 Business Class Tokyo (Narita) to Jakarta

Japan Airlines Sky Suite III (read my review)
Meal onboard Japan Airlines Business Class

Japan Airlines Business Class award availability

Poor availability between Singapore and Tokyo

Like Turkish Airlines, Japan Airlines appears to have blocked most award availability between certain city pairings and Singapore-Tokyo is one of them.

As of today, there is zero availability until April 2023!

Japan Airlines award availability from Singapore to Tokyo in April 2023

Fantastic availability between Singapore and Osaka/Sapporo

However, if you search for flights between Singapore and Osaka, award availability magically appears, even though all flights require a layover in Tokyo!

Additional note: Japan Airlines flies to/from 2 airports in Osaka, KIX and ITM. There seems to be better award availability for ITM!

Japan Airlines award availability from Singapore to Osaka in November 2022

Book for up to 7 pax per flight

Yes, you can even find Business Class award availability for up to 7 passengers per booking for just 25k miles each!

There are potentially more seats available but the online booking engine only allows members to book for up to 7 pax at a time. If you plan to travel with a larger party and do not want to make separate bookings, try calling Alaska’s hotline for assistance.

Sample booking for 7 passengers

Bottom line

Business Class award availability to/from Singapore has been really scarce.

For that reason, having the opportunity to book Business Class seats to Japan for up to 7 passengers for just 25k miles each is quite a dream.

If you have been struggling to plan a high-value year-end trip with miles, you probably do not want to miss this.

Keep an eye on the news about Japan’s border re-opening that is supposedly happening in October 2022!

H/T: The MileLion

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