When I discover something I didn't previously know about a loyalty program I rarely use I'm generally not very surprised because modern-day loyalty programs have so many nuances that it's almost impossible to keep on top of all of them...but today's discovery genuinely caught me off guard - I had no idea that you could credit Japan Airlines (JAL) flights to the Flying Blue program (and vice versa) and this is something I would expect myself to know.
Japan Airlines (JAL) has today announced that it will be changing the reservation start date for its international flights from 330 days to 360 days prior to departure later this year and this will be particularly good news for travelers planning to visit Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics.
Hawaiian Airlines & JAL Announce New Codesharing Agreement With Frequent Flyer Reciprocity On Its...
Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines (JAL) have today signed a "comprehensive new partnership agreement that will greatly enhance the ease and comfort of travel for passengers traveling between the two island chains". The new agreement, which is subject to government approval, will open up new codeshare routes for customers are well as leading to reciprocal lounge access and benefit for frequent flyers.
As I don't really visit many SPG properties my primary channel for earning Starpoints are my Amex/Starwood co-branded cards and my primary use for them is usually as a conversion to an airline's loyalty program (they convert at a 1:1 ratio into a surprising number of airline programs) - it's just one such conversion I'm going to write about today.
I tried and reviewed the JAL 777 First Class product between Japan and Europe earlier in the year so, although this was the cabin Joanna and I flew between London and Tokyo on our trip to Asia, it doesn't make all that much sense to write another review. Having said that they do say that a picture is worth a thousand words so I thought I'd pull together some images from our flight.
For the second year in a row I decided to book a trip for Joanna and I without actually telling Joanna where we were going. Last year the trip was primarily paid for in cash while this year I was very keen to book as much of it as possible with miles and points.
I'd had a pretty good experience with my JAL Business Class flight a few days beforehand so I was looking forward to seeing what the airline would offer in its long haul First Class cabin. With a scheduled travel time of over 12 hours there would be no shortage of time to try out the product properly.
My JAL 787 Business Class flight was scheduled to depart from gate D5 at Frankfurt airport's terminal 2 and because of where the JAL lounges are positioned I had to pass through security to get to the gate. There's even a warning sign posted outside the entrance to the JAL lounges letting passengers know that, unlike most other airports, there's no lounge past airport security.
Shortly before American Airlines significantly devalued its AAdvantage Miles (by hiking up the cost of awards) I decided to book a few flights that I felt I may not be able to afford after the devaluation. I hadn't ever seriously considered using my miles for First Class travel as Business Class is more than good enough for me most of the time but that suddenly changed.
Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced that it will be retrofitting its 787-9 Dreamliners with its latest Sky Suite seat before the same seat is then retrofitted on to the smaller 787-8 aircraft. This is the seat that JAL debut on its 777 aircraft last year and the airline plans to, eventually, have this seat on all of its longhaul fleet.
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