What if I tell you that you can go to Japan in comfort of Japan Airlines business class for only USD 550 (about IDR 7.5mio) or less? On this post I will show you how by utilizing Alaska Mileage Plan.
Alaska Mileage Plan is frequent flyer program of Alaska Airlines, an airlines based in United States. Alaska Airlines isn’t joined any airlines alliance, but they had partnership with some airlines around the world for you to earn or redeem miles. If you don’t have Alaska Mileage Plan account yet, you can enroll here.
Image courtesy: Rocky Horan from Travel Codex
Alaska Airlines offers one of the most generous award charts on their partner airlines out there. One of the best perks Alaska had is on most airlines partners they allowed free stopover for awards flight redemption, even if you only make a one-way awards flight redemption.
Alaska’s partner airlines I want to highlight on this post is Japan Airlines. Alaska will only charge you 15,000 miles in economy class and 25,000 miles in business class to traveling one-way in Japan Airlines’s networks all across Asia.
By means Asia to Asia, actually you can go from Jakarta (CGK) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) via Tokyo (NRT) with Japan Airlines business class for only 25,000 miles plus some small amount of charges. And remember what I wrote above? Alaska let you make a free stopover even in one-way awards flight. It means you can do ‘stopover’ in Tokyo as long as you want!
Japan Airlines awards flight are easily book via Alaska Airlines multi-city online search engine. I will give you an example how to book Japan Airlines business class From Jakarta (CGK) to Singapore (SIN) with 8 days stopover in Tokyo.
To make it easier, before perform multi-city booking I suggest you to check the awards availability segment per segment. You should tick ‘use miles’ box, otherwise you will not able to check the award flight availability. Also I suggest you to tick ‘Award calendar’ box so you can easily check whole month award flight.
First I searched award flight availability of Jakarta (CGK) to Tokyo (NRT) segment in whole March 2018.
I choose Japan Airline (JL) 726 in business class, leaving Jakarta (CGK) on the evening of 26th March 2018 and arrive in Tokyo (NRT) on the morning of 27 March 2018. This flight scheduled to be served with Boeing 787-9.
After I got the first segment, I searched awards flight availability of Tokyo (HND/NRT) to Singapore (SIN) segment in whole April 2018.
I choose Japan Airline (JL) 37 in business class, leaving Tokyo (HND) on the late morning of 4th April 2018 and arrive in Singapore (SIN) on the late noon same-day. This flight scheduled to be served with Boeing 777-200.
After got those 2 segments, I made a multi-city booking with the date and flight chosen before.
You can find below that the redemption rate for 2 passengers on this booking is 50,000 miles + USD 94.80. So for 1 passenger it will only cost you 25,000 miles + USD 47.4.
Then how to get 25,000 Alaska miles? You can simply buy their miles, they often let you buy miles with bonus as much as 40% when they running a promotion.
Alaska Mileage Plan are also transfer partner of Starwood Preferred Guest Points (Starpoints). You will get 5,000 bonus miles every transfer of 20,000 StarPoints. So actually you only need 20,000 StarPoints to satisfy this redemption.
With current StarPoints purchase promotion, you can purchase 20,000 StarPoints for only USD 455.
So the total amount to satisfy this redemption is USD 502.4 (about IDR 6.9mio). Such a great deal, no?
Featured image courtesy: Japan Airlines
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