United MileagePlus Business/Polaris One-way: San Antonio to Tokyo (72600 points +$5.60 tax) (Limited availability)

[04/25/2023 @ 1:01 PM CT] Book this fare on: United.

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United has one-way Business/Polaris flights from San Antonio (SAT) to Tokyo (NRT) for 72,600 miles/points + $5.60 tax/fees, with a connection. Flights depart April 26, 27, 28, 30, and May 01. Very limited availability, two or three seats each date.

Booking flights with miles/points is worthwhile when the cost of airfare is high. In this case, the cash cost of flights Business class Polaris fares with one stop between San Antonio and Tokyo is astronomically high, over $5,500 for a one-way.

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, we recommend booking an economy saver award ticket for about 35,000 points and $50 tax/fees.

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You can earn United MileagePlus miles several ways:

  • You can earn miles with United Credit cards. We recommend the United℠ Explorer Card for earning MileagePlus points because of the “free first checked bag” perk.
  • You can transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards® to United MileagePlus on a 1-to-1 basis. We recommend using the Chase Sapphire Preferred® or Chase Sapphire Reserve® for the ability to transfer points and earn bonus points with travel and hotel spending.
  • Use the United MileagePlus X app on iPhone or Android to link your MileagePlus account to “MileagePlus Dining”, “MileagePlus Shopping”, “Featured Apps”, and “MileagePlus eGift cards”. These bonuses can stack with the bonuses from your Credit Card purchases that you would get via Chase Ultimate Rewards.
  • Always add your MileagePlus number to flights operated by United or their alliance partners. You can add your MileagePlus account to tickets purchased via United, Priceline,  Expedia, Kayak, or any major booking website. How much you earn will depend on your fare price, fare class, status, and the partner airline. 

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