AAdvantage Points – One-way Business Class: San Antonio to Tokyo [HND and NRT] (60000 points +$5.60 tax) (Limited availability) [departures between Apr21-May3] – JAL / American

[04/20/2023 @ 12:56 PM CT] Book this fare on: American Airlines.

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American, Alaska Airlines, and JAL have one-way Business class flights from San Antonio (SAT) to Tokyo (HND/NRT) for 60,000 points + $5.60 tax/fees with a connection. Fare allows for carry-on bag and seat selection. Most outbound departures are between Apr 21st and May 3rd. Very limited availability, two or three seats per date.

Booking flights with miles/points is worthwhile when the cost of airfare is high.

When searching for your flight, use the fare calendar on American’s website and filter by Business class, then sort the fares by lowest cost.

Inbound arrivals will need to be vaccinated and boosted to avoid needing a pre-arrival negative result for a Covid-19 test, according to [per Kyodo News].

The Yen is currently trading below 133 yen per dollar. In some cases, goods and services in Japan may be about 33% cheaper if you’re converting USD to Yen.

For your return flight you have a few options. There are a few business class return flights for the same point cost on but some of these have a connection or mixed cabin, so be sure to read the fare details on those. There are also a multitude of regular economy return flights for about 35,000 points + tax/fees.

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