Award Space Alert: Japan Airlines Business & First Class Between Bangkok and Tokyo

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Japan Airlines, a oneworld member, started operating its Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts between Bangkok and Tokyo since June 2023.

These aircrafts are equipped with Apex Business Class (Sky Suite) and First Class seats!

Award availability

As shared in Suitesmile Chat earlier today, there is superb award availability for Japan Airlines Business Class and good availability for First Class awards, for 6-hour flights between Bangkok and Tokyo till mid-2024.

Travellers can even find up to 6 First Class award seats; making it possible to book almost the entire First Class cabin (of 8 seats) for friends/family.

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How to Book Japan Airlines Business & First Class

If you are based in Singapore, award flights in Japan Airlines between Bangkok and Tokyo can be booked through these popular Frequent Flyer Programs (FFPs), where miles/points can be transferred from selected Singapore credit cards.

Related: Singapore Bank Transfer Partners of Credit Card Miles and Points

Additional note: Miles (Avios) in Qatar Airways Privilege Club can be transferred to BA Executive Club for free.

Frequent Flyer
Program
Miles
Required
(Business)
Miles
Required
(First)
Taxes/Fees
British Airways
Executive Club
38.75k51.5k~S$180
Cathay Pacific
Asia Miles
61k87k~S$180
Qantas
Frequent Flyer
61.2k89.8k~S$180

Interestingly, I do not see similar availability on Alaska Mileage Plan.

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Japan Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Business & First Class seats

If it is your first time flying in Japan Airlines Business or First Class, I recommend booking a flight from Haneda (Tokyo) to Bangkok, to check out the airline’s Sakura lounge in its home city; although Bangkok’s BKK airport has a Sakura lounge too.

Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge (Sky View) Tokyo Haneda Airport (read my review)

Business Class

All Japan Airlines Sky Suites (Apex Suites) have direct aisle access (even the middle seats) and they are my favourite Japan Airlines Business Class seats.

Read my full review of this seat here.

Japan Airlines Sky Suite (Apex Suite)
Japan Airlines Sky Suite (Apex Suite)
Entry to the window seat
Bed mode
Food from the Japanese Menu
Food from the Japanese Menu

First Class

I flew in Japan Airlines First Class in a recent round-the-world trip and absolutely enjoyed the experience. I’ll share a full review in due course, as I navigate through my embarrassing backlog of reviews to write. 🥹

Passengers travelling with a partner In Japan Airlines First Class can request to dine together (face-to-face)!

Dining in Japan Airlines First Class
Kelp-marinated Sea Bream & Lobster with Japanese Dashi Broth Jelly
Tuna, Sea Urchin & Avocado With Soy Sauce Foam
Bed mode
Japan Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Business & First Class seat map (Image: Aerolopa)

How to find Japan Airlines award space

The easiest and quickest way to search for oneworld award availability is on American Airlines’ website, aa.com. No log in required.

This is because, you will be able to set filters like “Non-stop flights only”, “Business/First class only” and no. of passengers, and have a lovely calendar view of the award availability (as shown below).

Note: Use aa.com only as a reference and ignore the miles requirement indicated on the website.

When you see availability on aa.com, replicate the search on your preferred frequent flyer program (e.g. Asia Miles) to cross-check and complete the booking.

Calendar view on aa.com

Bottom line

Flying 6 hours in Japan Airlines Business Class for 38.75k miles and First Class for 51.5k miles is a fantastic deal, especially if you can include Bangkok as a side trip.

Just for comparisons, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer charges 52k miles (and ~S$118 lesser taxes/fees) for Business Class, and award availability is not good.

2 thoughts on “Award Space Alert: Japan Airlines Business & First Class Between Bangkok and Tokyo”

  1. What is the service like when booking BKK-HND on JAL 777 First Class? Is it like international First Class in terms of dining and drinks, or is it more like Business Class? (For example do they serve Salon champagne on HND-BKK?)

    Reply
    • I’ve not flown JL’s First Class on this route, so, I’m not sure about their First Class F&B options onboard a medium-haul international flight.

      Reply

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