If you’ve been waiting for the last couple of years for the green light to plan a trip to Japan, it’s time to celebrate and look for flight deals, as the country has finally relaxed its entry requirements for individual tourists.
This weekend, we have two offers that can help jumpstart your travel plans for the year ahead, including cheap West Coast budget flights and a way to travel in East Coast style – while also visiting a second country.
If you’re a short drive from Los Angeles, or if you can find a cheap placement flight that takes you to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), you can get to Tokyo and back for about $550 round trip during the first few months of 2023.
In the meantime, if you read Chief Content Officer Eric Rosen’s review this week of Japan-based ANA’s business-class product called The Room and are hoping to find a premium seat aboard one of these Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. from ANA, there’s good news: you can fly The Room for much of 2023 at a pretty reasonable cost, as long as you’re willing to continue from Tokyo to Jakarta… which, by the way, puts you in a prime position to visit. Bali.
Thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights for flagging these deals to Japan. For premium memberships starting at $49 a year, you’ll receive alerts about great economy fares, while a $199 annual membership offers premium economy and business class deals.
Whether you’re just hoping to get to Tokyo for the lowest price you can find or are planning a longer tour with multiple stops, these deals can be a great way to visit a country (or two) on the other side of the world.
Cheap flights to Japan
Airlines: America, Delta, Japan Airlines.
Route: Los Angeles to Tokyo.
Travel dates: January to March 2023.
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how to book: We suggest searching for the best itinerary on Google Flights and booking directly with the airlines.
Budget deals to Tokyo are available during the first few months of the year for around $550 from Los Angeles.
We see prices from other US cities, even major airline hubs, at twice the cost of LAX flights. For this reason, you may want to check the availability of rewards or offers on flights to Los Angeles to position yourself for the Pacific flight.
One of the anomalies with this arrangement is that many of the best availabilities involve a departure on American Airlines and a return flight on Delta Air Lines, or vice versa.
For example, here’s a February itinerary: You’ll depart LAX mid-morning aboard Delta Air Lines for the 12-hour, 25-minute flight to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND). To get that $552 fare, your return trip aboard American Airlines includes a stop at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), but it’s a brief stopover of less than two hours.
If you have Global Entry and can quickly clear customs, you will have ample time to refuel at one of DFW’s airline lounges before the final leg of the return trip to Southern California.
Business Class Offers to Tokyo
While cheap economy fares are a great find, flights to Japan are also available with much more comfort and luxury, especially on the long-haul part of the trip. Right now, one of the most cost-effective ways we’ve found to get to Tokyo is by booking a multi-city itinerary to another destination, with a stopover planned in Tokyo.
In that case, you can book ANA Business Class through your The Room accommodations aboard your 777-300ER aircraft, before heading to Jakarta.
Searching for business class options between New York and Tokyo (as well as many other US cities) for early 2023, you’ll find prices in the $4,000 to $7,000 range, round trip.
However, there are ways to pay less and this involves extending your trip, adding flights and seeing another country. (There might be worse ways to save money, right?)
When researching multi-city itineraries from New York to Jakarta, Indonesia with a stopover in Tokyo, you can get round-trip fares in this premium cabin for just $2,699 for travel next year. This is a way to stop in Tokyo and possibly spend more time in Tokyo than in Jakarta, depending on how you book the trip.
Route: Itinerary from New York to Tokyo to Jakarta and Jakarta back to New York.
Travel dates: January to August 2023; with some availability at the end of the year.
How to book: Search your itinerary on Google Flights and book directly through the airline.
Here is one such option that may offer ANA business class availability in the $2,600 to $2,700 price range.
Go to Google Flights to search for business class availability. Connecting a May 9 departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), it’s a 14-hour flight to Tokyo. You can play around with the dates for the next leg of the trip, from Haneda to Jakarta, keeping in mind that the price will fluctuate based on each departure date, as with any trip.
I’ll give myself a week in Tokyo and then a week in Indonesia. On the return journey, you will have to stop in Tokyo again, but if you don’t want to spend too much time there, just enter a flight from Jakarta to New York. This is a two-week trip for $2,699 in airfare for a premium seat.
Once you find the itinerary, you can go to the ANA website to make the reservation, and there you can verify that the long-haul portion of the trip is, in fact, on an ANA aircraft with The Room.
By putting these same dates, you will get details about each leg of the trip as soon as you click on “search”.
And from here, you can see, for the New York to Tokyo flight, “The Room” is, in fact, the business class service option; it’s the same story on the Tokyo to New York part of the return trip.
Keep in mind that in Jakarta you can explore the city or take a short flight or train ride to visit Bali and its many amazing resorts, beaches and sights.
Maximize your purchase
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We will certainly be on the lookout for more great deals to Japan as travelers look to make their way to the country now that it is open again. Whether you’re looking for the cheapest option on economy or traveling with a little more New York style and checking another destination like Bali off your bucket list, these are great deals to consider for 2023.