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Review: JAL Sakura Lounge Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport

I found myself in the JAL lounge for two reasons. Reason 1 - Qatar Airways (the airline I was flying with) doesn’t allow passengers who are traveling on a ‘Business Lite’ fare to use their lounge in Bangkok. Reason 2 - Because the Cathay Pacific lounge had closed for the day and I had to find somewhere else to do some work before my flight.
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Reusing pajamas? Is Japan Airlines taking sustainability just a little bit too far?

Impressive First Class cabin and in-flight dining aside, buried within the press release outlining what JAL will be offering on board it's A350-1000 aircraft was a line that caught the eyes of quite a few people.
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Japan Airlines (JAL) Increases Services To The United States

Right now, Airlines are making alterations to their schedules on a daily basis as they attempt to adapt to the ever-changing entry rules that various counties have been introducing. Recent restrictions introduced by the likes of the UK, Vietnam, and Thailand have seen numerous flights to those countries cut from the schedules so it's nice to be able to report that JAL will be increasing services to the US from September.
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The Japan Airlines July International Schedule Shows How Bad Things Still Are

It can be hard for a lot of travelers (like me) to get a feel for how things are really looking in the aviation world right now, but if you want to see how bad things still are (in the very near term) you only have to take a look at the latest international schedule Japan Airlines (JAL) has published for July
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Fly Boston – Beijing Business Class From $2,327 (JAL/American)

Last week I wrote about a good JAL Business Class fare from New York to Tokyo and Taipei and now it looks like the airline has posted another good fare for travel between Boston and Beijing with prices starting at around $2,327 for roundtrip travel.
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Fare Alert: Fly Oneworld Business Class New York – Taipei From $2,281 Roundtip

JAL has posted a very good Business Class fare for travel between New York JFK and Taipei which not only sees customers traveling in great cabins but also opens up the opportunity for members of various oneworld loyalty programs to earn a significant number of redeemable miles and miles/points towards elite status.
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Did You Know That You Can Earn Flying Blue Miles On JAL?

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.
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JAL Will Open Up Reservations From 360 Days Prior To Departure

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.
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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.
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How To Use Starwood Starpoints For Low-Mileage Premium Cabin Travel

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.
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Japan Airlines (JAL) 777 First Class In Pictures

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.
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Review: Japan Airlines 777-300ER First Class (HND-LHR)

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.
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Review: JAL 787 Business Class

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.
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JAL To Upgrade 787-9 Dreamliners With Sky Suite III Business Class

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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Iberia To Partner With JAL – Good For Low Tax Avios Redemptions

The first moves have been made to add Iberia to the joint business agreement that's currently in place between Japan Airlines (JAL), British Airways and Finnair. JAL has handed in a submission to Japan's Ministry of Transport seeking to obtain anti-trust immunity with Iberia which would allow the two carriers to coordinate their routes, flights and pricing on Japan - Europe flights without leaving themselves open to accusations of collusion and price fixing.
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Alaska Airlines & JAL Announce Codeshare & Frequent Flyer Agreement

Alaska Airlines & Japan Airlines (JAL) have announced that they plan to commence codesharing from 29 June 2016 (subject to government approval) and, with that, Alaska Airlines has taken another big step towards even closer ties with the OneWorld Alliance.
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Japan Airlines (JAL) To Upgrade Cabins On 777-200 Aircraft

Japan Airlines has been on a mission to improve its premium cabin hard product in recent years after the airline had fallen noticeably behind...
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JAL Japan Explorer Pass – An Affordable Way To Tour Japan

Japan Airlines (JAL) have introduced a new product called the "Japan Explorer Pass" which allows customers to pre-purchase between 1 and 5 sectors of travel within Japan for a fixed fee regardless of sector length.
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JAL Business Class: Vancouver – Hong Kong/Seoul From $2,106

Right now Japan Airlines (JAL) has some good Business Class fares on offer on their Vancouver - Hong Kong and Vancouver - Seoul routes. While the fares may not be stunning they appear to be quite a bit better than a lot of the other fares out there right now and JAL Business Class isn't a bad product.

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