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Award Flight Booking Strategies: Tokyo to Sapporo on JAL

The best value with avios is short distanced flights.  For only 4500 avios and $2.56 USD, I flew from Tokyo to Sapporo and back.


I booked a flight from Tokyo to Sapporo for the next day using Avios for a total price of 4500 Avios + $2.56 USD.  I didn’t even bother looking if that was the best price because I KNEW that was the best price.  Especially getting the quality service of JAL, I knew my bags were already included so I wouldn’t have to pay the luggage fees that would have been included using a low cost carrier.

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The Flight

As you could expect with JAL, the service was fast, attentive and of the highest quality.  The plane was very clean and I had plenty of legroom.  The only problem I had was that the “call attendant” button is on the armrest.  I accidentally called the flight attendant once due to this reason.

Using United Miles In Japan

You can also book with United Airlines for 5k anywhere within Japan.  They charge a $75 close-in fee (if booked within 21 days of departure).  But sometimes dealing with United can be a nightmare.

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