Great Deal: East Coast to Japan From $226 Round Trip (Prem Econ for $600 More)

Let’s be honest – if you’re anything like us, you’ve been missing travel dearly. Heck, I even miss planning travel. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like international travel will be returning for the majority of us anytime soon. That doesn’t mean you can’t plan for the future though. Thanks to American Airlines’ latest deal, you might just have something to get excited about in 2021.

The Deal

a city with a tall towerAmerican Airlines is currently offering some insane deals to Japan from several secondary cities on the east coast. Starting at just $226, you can fly round trip between the US and Tokyo or Osaka. Those prices are INSANE. Seriously. These fares are cheaper than a lot of flights within the US.
For the best deals, you’ll want to depart from Pittsburgh (PIT). You can also fly out of Raleigh (RDU) for about $50 more.

If Pittsburgh or Raleigh aren’t your preferred departure airports, American Airlines is also offering these fares from several other east coast cities in the $300s. However, a cheap positioning or points flight would definitely be worth it in this case.

The Dates

One of the best parts of this deal is that availability it pretty much wide open from now until summer 2021. While I certainly wouldn’t recommend making any plans for this year, I think it’s perfectly reasonable to plan for May, June, or July of next year.

Want more room?

Maybe you’re someone who scoffed at the deal so far because it’s in economy. After all, 13 hours is a long time to spend in the back. If you’re one of those people, you’re in luck. AA is also offering this deal in Premium Economy as well. While it’s going to cost you about $600 more than economy, you’re still looking at a price that is closer to the standard economy fare than premium economy.

We flew AA’s Premium Economy between Asia and the US last year. While it’s not anything flashy, the extra cushion and legroom were well worth the price. Plus, if you credit these flights to Alaska Airlines, you’ll earn 4x as many points as you would on the economy deal.

Final Thoughts

Am I a fortune teller or a virologist? No. I have no idea what the world will look like eight to ten months from now. Would I personally be comfortable booking this deal though? I would.

The further out you book, the better chance we give people to figure this thing out and get the virus under control. Add in the fact that American is still offering increased flexibility on bookings and you at least give yourself some options down the road.

This is as good of a deal as you’ll see to one of the world’s best cities. It’s ultimately up to you to decide your risk tolerance.

Author: Stephen Hoechst

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