Yesterday I provided first impressions of my JAL First Class flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo. I realized after I probably should have provided some context first.
Los Angeles To Amman The Long Way Via Asia
I was joining a friend in Amman, the trip was last-minute, and there was no award space on Royal Jordanian, Etihad, or Qatar Airways from the USA…which would have provided the most direct routing.
But flying west there was space…and actually an incredible deal using AA miles. Although it wasn’t the plan, I ended up taking advantage of two sweet spots. The USA to Tokyo is 80K AA miles in first class. That’s really an incredible deal for a leading carrier in first class.
Even better, you can then fly from East Asia to the Middle East for only 40K AA miles in business class.
Amazingly, the journey from Tokyo to Doha, an 11 hour, 55 minute flight, then the connection from Doha to Amman, another 2 hours, 50 minutes was only 40,000 AA miles in business class.
Considering how much award chart inflation we’ve seen these days, I think 120K miles for a longhaul flight in JAL first class, longhaul flight in Qatar Airways Qsuite business class, access to the Al Safwa lounge in Doha, and then a regional first class flight with lie-flat seats as well is about as good of a deal as you can find.
Sweet spots are never safe, so take advantage while you can…I expect these routes to go up in price during the next devaluation.
My routing to Amman may have been unorthodox, but it certainly made sense versus flying in economy class or even absorbing the heavy fuel surcharges on British Airways (theoretically…BA space was not available either). If you have some extra time, consider flying to the Middle East the long way using your AA miles.
Tomorrow, I’ll share my first impressions of the 777-300ER flight from Tokyo to Doha in QSuite business class.
image: Great Circle Mapper