Airfare Alert: Los Angeles to Tokyo on Singapore Airlines for $550 round-trip

It’s not too often that I pass along some nice airfare deals that I find while roaming the wonderful Internet, but this offer appears too good to pass up on.

As reported by the travel blog God Save the Points, Singapore Airlines has launched a sale on economy and premium economy seats on their daily flights from Los Angeles to Tokyo Narita airport. Economy tickets are are as low as $550 round-trip, while Premium Economy tickets are a good price as well – the blog reports fares starting at $1100 round-trip, though my recent Google Flights search comes up with flights in the range of $1300.

These are for round-trip flights in the beginning of 2019: January 10 through the end of May to be exact. Your return flight to Los Angeles must be no more than 30 days after your flight to Tokyo. Fares are available through July 9, or, as the sales lingo goes, “while supplies last.” So you might not want to wait too long to book a flight.

LA to Tokyo flights are usually priced competitively, but what makes this sale unique is that you are flying on one of the “fifth-freedom” routes of Singapore Airlines, widely heralded as one of the best airlines in the world. Indeed, it is one of ten airlines in the world to receive a 5-Star Airline ranking from SKYTRAX. (One of the others is Japan-based ANA). In fact, Singapore’s economy class cabin itself also received a 5-Star rating.

I’ve yet to see if other airlines have tried to match Singapore’s fare sale, but if you do a search on Google Flights the sale prices should be bookable on Singapore’s website and most of the major online travel sites.

Airfares to Japan on Sale

THIS SALE IS NOW OVER šŸ˜¦

Normally I reserve airfare updates to Japan for my Facebook page, but I thought I would let everyone know here that there is a major price war for flights between the United States and Japan, now involving all three of the major U.S. Carriers: American, Delta and United. Many cities now offer discounted flights to Japan from between $550 and $650 round-trip. Some markets are excluded at the moment (i.e. Atlanta, New York) but do be sure to check out the websites of these airlines to snag your tickets NOW. (That’s my opinion anyway!)

Fares are good for travel for most dates in March and April.

Japan Airfare Deals on Facebook and Twitter

Going forward, I will most likely be sharing airfare deals only on my Facebook and Twitter feed. If you’d like to be informed about airfare deals as soon as I learn about them, just go to Facebook or Twitter:

facebook.com/myjapantips

twitter.com/myjapantips (@myjapantips)

If you look at the page now, there’s a new Tokyo fare war brewing, with airfares starting at $770 round-trip from many US cities!

And the fares just keep on falling… under $700 r/t on Delta

Update 4/9/15: Looks like the deals are now gone, and at the current time the below flights can be had for just aroundĀ $1,000 round-trip.

The amazingly cheap airfares that Delta has maintained on flights to Tokyo, Japan over the last few days are now… ridiculously cheaper. However, as the saying goes, “certain restrictions apply.”

Delta now has cheap airfares from select US cities… most of which have already been mentioned on this blog… connecting to their late-night flights to Haneda Airport. Depending on the arrival and timing, there are more limited travel options out of Haneda in the late night hours compared to an afternoon arrival at Narita, so keep this in mind… unless of course you’re willing to spend night #1Ā at the hotel inside the terminal šŸ™‚

Delta’s fares connecting to Haneda are now under $700 round trip. Found this morning:

Philadelphia to Tokyo Haneda: $674 round trip.
Charlotte to Tokyo Haneda: $668 round trip.
Miami to Tokyo Haneda: $670 round trip.
Dallas to Tokyo Haneda: $665 round trip.
Phoenix to Tokyo Haneda: $665 round trip.

Yes, these fares to Japan were found from American Airlines hubs.

Flying on Delta, with the exception of Phoenix, you will have to take TWO flights to connect to the Haneda flight out of Seattle. The start of the return tripĀ goes to the US on a Haneda flight to either Seattle or Los Angeles. The fare is good for all Monday-Thursday flights throughout the year, except for some summer dates.

I am wondering if these fare sales are going on because of the US Department of Transportation’s recent ruling concerning the slot, or authority, awarded to Delta for flights between Seattle andĀ Tokyo Haneda. Delta only operated this flight on occasion over the last few months, and while I won’t get into moreĀ specifics, the US DOT is requiring that Delta maintain a daily service on this route or else their slot will be forfeited and handed over to… surprise! – American Airlines. Maybe this is a way for them to desperately fill seats on that Seattle to Haneda flight?

In any case, you are the winner. If you’re willing to do a few hops to reach Tokyo, this is a ridiculously low airfare, so go ahead and book while it’s hot!

Low Fares to Japan continue – Sort of

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Did you bite on those low airfares to Japan that the major US airlines posted a few days ago?

Most of the cheap airfares are now gone… so if you were hoping to fly out of Abilene Airport and fly to Tokyo, you’re now out of luck unless you drive to Dallas.

That’s because a few cheap airfares still remain from a few cities. Given their volatility (availability might be a better word), you will want to pounce on these pretty soon.

While American and United have mostly dropped their sale fares, airfare on Delta Air Lines is still available in the low to midĀ $800 range from hubs of their competitors. This includes:

Philadelphia (PHL) $820 r/t
Charlotte (CLT) $818 r/t
Miami (MIA) $820 r/t
Dallas (DFW) $820 r/t

From Los Angeles (LAX), several carriers including United, ANA, Delta and Singapore are offering flights for $756Ā round trip.

If you are in Boston (BOS), United doesn’t want you to fly the nonstop Japan Airlines service to Tokyo. Book with them for spring travel to Japan (connection required) for as low as $771 round trip.

Be sure to check the rules for your airfare as someĀ are now more restrictive on time compared to the previous sale fares.

FARE WAR! Buy your Japan Airfare NOW!

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In the last 24 hours (since my last airfare post), prices on airfare to Tokyo have dropped significantly from a number of North American destinations. American, Delta and United are now in on the fare war for flights pretty much any time in 2015.

Low fares wereĀ found from the following cities – connections may or may not be required

Abilene ABI – $871 r/t
Atlanta ATL – $920 r/t
Boston BOS – $871 r/t
Charlotte CLT – $869 r/t
Chicago O’Hare ORD – $785 r/t
Dallas DFW – $856 r/t
Detroit DTW – $920 r/t
El Paso ELP – $851 r/t
Miami MIA – $862 r/t
Memphis MEM – $915 r/t
Los Angeles LAX – $765 r/t
New Orleans MSY – $989 r/t
Philadelphia PHL – $871 r/t
San Antonio SAT – $871 r/t

There might be more cities on sale… Heck, ABILENE which is only served by ONE AIRLINE in the middle of Texas is on sale for $871 round trip??

I say BOOK NOW. You never know how long these prices will last.

Airfare Alert – $971 R/t on Delta from Dallas to Tokyo

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Discovered today is a $971 round/trip airfare from Dallas-Ft Worth to Tokyo on Delta Airlines.

The good news about this airfare is that it only requires a 3 day advance purchase. Want to do a spur of the moment trip to Japan? Buy this airfare!

It is also valid for travel until the end of the year, and into early NEXT YEAR, on pretty much any day except for a few dates over the summer. Want to experience a Japan Christmas or New Year? Buy this airfare!

I am not sure how long this fare will be around. A change of planes will be required, but you do have the option to arrive/depart from Tokyo on an afternoon Narita flight or a late night Haneda flight.

If you are from around Dallas and want to experience Japan, book this trip while it lasts! Otherwise you are then looking at around $1,800-$2,000 round/trip for nonstop flights.

Airfare Alert! Delta flights to Japan on sale for April and May

This offer appears to have ended (Updated 3/2)

Today Delta Air Lines launched a sale on its flights to Tokyo Haneda – the ones that land and take off during the late night/early morning hours. The fares for flights connecting to these are also discounted.

The Economy airfare on Delta from Los Angeles is $600 round-trip… that’s right, ROUND TRIP, for flights departing and returning on all dates in April and May, except Fridays and Saturdays. Flights from Seattle to Haneda are $680 round-trip for almost the same time frame.

Lowest airfares from connecting cities:

*San Francisco, $615 r/t

*Las Vegas, $615 r/t

*Denver, $782 r/t

*Dallas DFW, $797 r/t

*San Antonio, $841 r/t

*Houston, $913 r/t

*Minneapolis, $931 r/t

*Chicago, $841 r/t

*Orlando, $745 r/t

*Baltimore, $841 r/t

*New York, $745 r/t

*Boston, $942 r/t

Note that you may have to connect once OR TWICE in either direction for the trip. Also, as I’ve mentioned on the blog before, it’s HANEDA. You’ll need to do some research to figure out the best options to/from the airport late in the evening, and you will also want to double check your departure time going back to the US… If it’s a 12:10 AM flight on a Monday, then be sure to show up on Sunday night!

Airfare Alert – Chicago to Japan for $759 round-trip on United Airlines

Discovered today is a discounted airfare from Chicago O’Hare Airport to Tokyo for last minute travel in early March.
The dates for departure and return are extremely limited – either March 3 or March 5 for the departure, and March 7, 12, 14, 21, 24 or 28 for the return.
The flight out to Tokyo leaves Chicago at 1:10 PM. After a connection in San Francisco you arrive at Haneda Airport at 10:30 PM the next day.
The return trip, however, requires you to fly from Haneda Airport to Beijing, China, and after a 5 hour layover, return on United’s nonstop flight from Beijing to Chicago.
A search on the United Airlines website yielded a sample fare of $759 round-trip.
If you prefer to fly nonstop both ways from Chicago, the cheapest nonstop fare is currently $1,115 round-trip on ANA, United, JAL and American.

This fare was checked 2/18/15 10 AM Eastern, subject to change.

Airfare Alert – Las Vegas to Japan for $700 round-trip

Posted last night on my Facebook page:

I’m here in Las Vegas where the Rugby Sevens tournament has just wrapped up. While looking for Japan airfares for a friend out here, I found some interesting information worth sharing.

There’s a last-minute airfare deal from Las Vegas to Japan for travel in late February or early March. The deal is on Hawaiian Airlines to Osaka’s Kansai Airport. The itinerary requires you to take Hawaiian’s early morning (1:45 AM) departure from Las Vegas to Honolulu. There is an eight-hour layover, which means you might be able to sneak away for a nice Hawaiian breakfast! Arrival in Osaka is the following day at 7:05 PM. The return leaves Osaka at 9:05 PM, arriving Honolulu the same morning once the time changes take effect. After a 5 1/2 hour layover for customs (and a potential Hawaiian lunch), you are back in Las Vegas at 11:40 PM.

All in all, it’s a total 25 hour journey going from Las Vegas to Osaka if the stopover in Honolulu is included, and about 18-19 hours on the way back.

While Google’s airfare search spit out a round-trip fare of $851 round-trip, a direct search on the Hawaiian Airlines website brings the fare down to as low as $700 round-trip. While the dates departing to Japan are limited to late February and early March, the time frame for the return seems to be slightly loose. If I remember correctly, Hawaiian Airlines will allow you to check up to two bags at no charge for the journey (per person).

If long layovers or trips are not your forte, for another $300 more or so you can fly from Las Vegas to Tokyo on American/JAL connecting in Los Angeles.

This airfare was re-checked on Monday afternoon February 16 (Pacific Time) and is subject to change! šŸ™‚