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JAL Mileage Bank

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Airlines
  • Japan Airlines
Alliance
oneworld
Website
ar.jal.com
Phone
1-800-525-3663

The Ace Line

Recommended

Generally unknown to US-flyers, JAL Mileage Bank has possibly the best award chart for international travel.

Pros
  • Book affordable business and first-class awards
Cons
  • Complicated elite tiers/requirements
  • Few transfer/credit card partners
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100,000

Earning

Accrual Type: Distance-based

Earn miles by miles flown. See our guide to earning points for more.

Credit Cards

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Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
Flexible Transfer Card

Transfer Partners

Program Partner Ratio Transfer Time
American Express
Chase
Citi
Starwood Preferred Guest 1:1 10-14 days

The ratio is the number of flexible rewards points it would take to transfer to JAL Mileage Bank.

Transfer time is what is reported by the transfer programs, supplemented by our own research. However, actual time to transfer is often highly variable.

Redeeming

Airline Type Pricing Type
PrimaryZone
PartnerDistance

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Strategy to Spending Points

Booking And Fuel Surcharge Guide

Our step-by-step booking guides can show you how to book tickets on any airline.

Airline Online Phone Surcharges Alliance
Air Berlin (AB) No Yes $ oneworld
Air France (AF) Yes Yes $$–$$$ SkyTeam
American Airlines (AA) Yes Yes $ oneworld
British Airways (BA) Yes Yes $–$$$ oneworld
Cathay Pacific (CX) Yes Yes $$ oneworld
China Eastern Airlines (MU) No Yes $$–$$$ SkyTeam
Dragonair (KA) Yes Yes $$ oneworld
Emirates (EK) No Yes $
Finnair (AY) No Yes $$–$$$ oneworld
Iberia Airlines (IB) No Yes $$ oneworld
Japan Airlines (JL) No Yes $$ oneworld
LAN Airlines (LA) No Yes $ oneworld
Malaysia Airlines (MH) No Yes $$ oneworld
Niki (HG) No Yes $$ oneworld
Qantas (QF) Yes Yes $–$$$ oneworld
Qatar Airways (QR) No Yes $ oneworld
Royal Jordanian (RJ) No Yes $$ oneworld
SriLankan Airlines (UL) No Yes $$ oneworld
TAM Brazilian Airlines (JJ) No Yes $ oneworld

Policies and Fees

Expiration: Points Expire 36 months since acquisition.

Fees and Charges

Fees JPY
Close-in
Phone Booking 2160
Change Award
Cancel Award

Key Airlines and Resources

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Primary Airlines Code City Name
Japan Airlines (JL) NRT Tokyo Narita Intl
HND Tokyo Tokyo Intl
KIX Osaka Kansai

Elite Status

Qualification

Tiers (4) FOP
Crystal 30000
Sapphire 50000
Premier 80000
Diamond 100000

Fly On Points (FOP)
Usually calculated through some combination of miles and/or base fare

Elite Benefits

Benefit Crystal Sapphire Premier Diamond
Oneworld Benefits
oneworld tier Ruby Sapphire Emerald Emerald
Reservation Services
Priority Waitlist
Advance Front Seat Assignment Service on Japan Domestic Flights
Boarding services
Priority Check-in
Priority Stand by
Extra baggage allowance 1 1 1 1
Special Security Gate
JAL Global Club (JGC) Entrance
Priority Security Line
JAL First class LOUNGE Access
DIAMOND/PREMIER LOUNGE Access
Lounge Access on Card Presentation
Priority Boarding
Priority Baggage Service
Bonus Miles
Elite Bonus (JAL/AA) 55% 105% 105% 130%
Elite Bonus (BA) 25% 100% 100% 100%
Other services
Diamond Award Tickets
Suspend Mileage Expiration
Airline Pilot Experience

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