You Can Now Book Emirates Awards On Japan Airlines’ Website

Filed Under: Awards, Emirates

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank is a lucrative frequent flyer program for travel on partner airlines thanks to their distance based award chart. They have reasonable award costs and also allow lots of stopovers, which is a nice combination for those looking to visit multiple destinations on a single trip.

Unfortunately they recently announced that they’re devaluing their award chart for bookings as of November 20, though even with that the mileage redemption rates aren’t that terrible. Here’s a comparison of their old and new rates:

Historically one of my favorite uses of Japan Airlines miles has been for travel on Emirates. Unfortunately the value of those redemptions got significantly worse last November, as JAL began to impose fuel surcharges on many Emirates tickets. For example, a roundtrip first class ticket from New York to Dubai now comes with over $1,600 per person in fees, which is insane.

When you combine those fuel surcharges with the upcoming award chart devaluation, the value of redeeming JAL miles on Emirates isn’t what it once was.

While it’s mostly bad news when it comes to redeeming Japan Airlines miles on Emirates, there is one positive development. It’s now possible to book Emirates award tickets directly on Japan Airlines’ website. Previously you had to call to book, meaning that you also couldn’t officially see online how high the fees would be. Now you can easily see the total cost of an Emirates award ticket on JAL’s website.

The process of searching online is quite easy. Just enter your origin and destination, dates, number of travelers, and preferred cabin.

Then you can select your flights in both directions.

Then the final page will show you a summary of the cost. A roundtrip New York to Dubai flight in first class will cost you 135,000 miles, which isn’t bad, but the $1,716 in taxes and fees are a real killer.

The good news is that these fees aren’t as high out of all markets. For example, there are no fuel surcharges out of Hong Kong, so a roundtrip from Hong Kong to Dubai in first class will cost you 100,000 miles plus $78 in taxes.

As before, one of the big problems with JAL miles is that they’re quite tough to earn. They partner with Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Barclays, though not with Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, or Citi ThankYou.

Bottom line

Unfortunately JAL Mileage Bank redemptions on Emirates aren’t the deal that they used to be, given the high surcharges and the pending award chart devaluation. For a while, booking Emirates awards through JAL was a sweet spot, given that Alaska Mileage Plan devalued Emirates redemptions a couple of years ago.

On the plus side, at least now it’s possible to book these awards online, and also to quickly see how much the fees will be for an award ticket.

(Tip of the hat to Jeff)

  1. Comment not related to the point of the post (sorry about that). Correct me if I’m wrong, but does the new chart say that round-trips on American that are less than 1000 miles total can be had for 12,000 miles (i.e., 6,000 miles for each one-way)?

    That would be better than both BA and American.

  2. I have a ton of JAL points that I transferred over from SPG in anticipation of spending them on EK-F, but I never see any F availability to or from YYZ. Frustrating.

  3. @HT
    Yes, that is what I also looked at. Also, I just checked, for American just minimal surcharges.

  4. Do you need to be logged in? Coz I get this message –

    There was an error connecting to the reservation system. Possible reasons:

    It has been more than 10 minutes since your last action.
    The correct action was not taken.
    Please try again later from the beginning.

  5. Thanks for the heads up. Booked JFK-MXP next March with a one week layover to go skiing. Then MXP-DXB-SYD with a nine day layover to go out to a celebration in Vanuatu. Finally SYD-BKK. 155,000 JAL miles and $785 in fees. Only disappointment is MXP-DXB is on a 777 so only three showers on this trip as the rest are A380’s. Booked it online and it was quite easy.

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