HURRY: Wide Open Business Class Awards To The Tokyo Olympics

Filed Under: Awards, Japan Airlines

I’ll keep it short. The Olympics are in Tokyo next summer, and I know a lot of people are looking to go there. The catch is that it can be really tough to find award availability to the Olympics, given how much demand there is.

Well, last week I wrote about how Japan Airlines is launching a new second daily flight between San Francisco and Tokyo Narita. Reservations have just opened for that flight, and I see four business class award seats on virtually every single day that the flight operates, including through Cherry Blossom, the Olympics, etc.

Want to redeem miles? Your best bet is to book through one of the following two programs (neither adds carried imposed surcharges):

If you’re looking to travel to Japan next year, this is a great opportunity. As a reminder, the route will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 daily as of March 29, 2020, with the following schedule:

JL58 Narita to San Francisco departing 6:10PM arriving 11:30AM
JL57 San Francisco to Narita departing 1:35PM arriving 4:45PM (+1 day)

Here’s a review of Japan Airlines’ 787 business class.

Hopefully some of you can take advantage of this amazing award space!

  1. I started booking a trip to Japan a few months ago found a lot of availability on ANA. Did not realize it was the time of the Olympics. Thank God I didn’t book because I started looking for hotel rooms. Good luck. Could barely find anything.
    But that being said great availability is great availability! Good find. Good luck to those who have booked maybe you’ll get lucky or already have a place to stay.

  2. @Ben — This is awesome, but you will have to live on he street. For now anyways (I am guessing it will open up last-second), chain hotels seem to be blocked out completely or asking for astronomical amounts of money. It would be incredibly exciting to be there for a few days during the Olympics, but I think I’ll be watching on TV from somewhere else.

  3. @Gene I booked a trip for my parents to go to the Tokyo Olympics. I was having the same issues with finding any availability at any chain hotels. Recently, the Hyatt Place Tokyo Bay became available for the dates during the Olympics. Hyatt Place isn’t the most aspirational brand, but it is pretty good for what it is. Also, the hotel is brand new, so it looks relatively nice for a Hyatt Place. Unfortunately, there was no awards or points availability. I ended up booking at the cash prices. It was between $600 and $700 a night after taxes. Much more than I would ideally pay, but I resigned myself to the fact that it would be expensive. Like you said, maybe it will open up last minute and maybe their will even be a possibility of points redemptions. If it was me travelling, I might take that chance, but I wanted to make sure everything was squared away for my parents.

  4. I will visit Tokyo after all the mess of the Olympics is over. It such a nice city that needs time for it and not to bounce of so many tourists. Bad time to visit if you want to enjoy Tokyo.

  5. If you put on hold, are you guaranteed to get the availability and price you put on hold as long as you finalize before the end of the hold?

  6. Flights are the easy piece of the puzzle. Just try and find a hotel room during the Olympics. The travel agencies booked them all. I have the flights done (1st Class on Singapore) and now I have to wait until right before the games start to find what is left after they release all what they haven’t sold.

    Same happened with the London Olympics. We booked last minute and found nice rooms at the Marriott.

  7. @JFB – I wouldn’t necessarily count on the same lodging pattern as the London Olympics. Even with the building boom, Tokyo will only have about one sixth of the four and five star properties that London had. Most of Tokyo’s rooms are at three star (or less) properties that are extremely cramped by Western standards but otherwise clean and suitable. I believe prices for these properties will likely fall drastically before the Games begin.

    If the predictions hold true that there will be 900,000 foreigners visiting Tokyo per day during the Olympics, availability at the typical Hyatt or Marriott will probably still be very tight. I am guessing most of those properties will be able to charge anywhere from four to eight times above normal and never release standard room to eliminate award bookings. Points bookings will likely still be very difficult, but hope I’m wrong.

  8. @Justin just prepare your parents for very small room. My room at Intercontinental Tokyo Bat was tiny. BTW if they want to take the train around, I love this site for planning – sorry if you already were aware of it!

  9. I’ll pass.
    I don’t want to irradiate myself inside out from eating Fukushima products that Japan plan on feeding Olympics visitors next year.
    Actually, Japan is feeding radiation food to visitors already.

  10. Might do this and go elsewhere in Japan.

    By the way, we booked rooms one Week before Atlanta games… right downtown cheap

  11. Lots of small Japanese hotels available , just think outside the box and move away from traditional American chain hotels . Get a local experience !!!
    Look at online agents .

  12. I looked at , there are 529 hotels available for 27th July 2020 in Tokyo, all business class Japanese hotels and smaller , some with 9.0 ratings , mostly 3 star.
    So saying there are no hotel rooms is false news . What you mean is there are no 5 star hotels . Yes, available rooms will be smaller rooms , but most are small in Japan .

  13. Not worry about flights. It’s the hotel situation that is ridiculous and the heat and getting event tickets.

  14. The hotel I usually stay at in Tokyo (Hamamatsucho area) is a no-frills Japanese business hotel that usually charges $80-100 per night. However during the Olympics it’s charging $350-400 even for the smallest, very cramped room. Insane. Similar ridiculous prices from all the other “cheap” hotels.

  15. I’ve been averaging EUR 800 for some real dives during the olympics. Pretty stressed about the whole experience (I expected the event tickets to be the hard bit).

    Looking for new options is literally a daily job for my wife and I.

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