Japan Airlines miles are one of the most valuable Airline Miles in the market especially for booking Emirates First Class. The Best Ways to accumulating them were transferring from SPG with a 5,000 Mile Bonus for every for 20,000 transferred. But, in this post I’m going to look at if it’s worth it to credit your miles to Japan Airlines for flights on American Airlines. Japan Airlines Partner Mileage Accrual Chart works like Sector Mileage x Accumulation Rate. While American Airlines Mileage Accrual on their on flights are 5x the money spent for AAdvantage Members.
American Airlines Short Haul flights are usually unrewarding in Award Miles but could they become valuable if credited to Japan Airlines? Japan Airlines Miles are calculated as you saw above so for a flight from LGA-ORD for the lowest price of $441 in First nonstop on American you would earn 1,950 American Airlines Award Miles Roundtrip. If you credited to Japan Airlines you would earn (1.25 x 1440) 1,800 Japan Airlines Award Miles Roundtrip. Now, I know what you’re thinking, Credit to AA it’s more Miles but WAIT. You have to factor in the value of the miles, I value JAL Miles at 2.5 Cents a Piece while I value AA Miles at 1.5 Cents a piece. You’d obviously want to credit to JAL now.
American Airlines Medium Haul flights are moderately awarding if you fly often. If you book a round trip from JFK-LAX for $1,313 in Business Class on American Airlines Round trip you’d earn 6,000 AA Award Miles. If you credit to Japan Airlines you’d earn (4916 x 1.25) 6,145 Japan Airlines Award Miles! Japan Airlines is an obvious choice even before calculating the bonus you get by adding value.
American Airlines Long Haul flights are very rewarding even if you fly occasionally. If you book a round trip from DFW-HKG for $5,889 in Business Class on American Airlines Round trip you’d earn 28,920 AA Award Miles. If you credit to Japan Airlines you’d earn (16320 x 1.25) 20,400 Japan Airlines Award Miles. Unfortunately, with the bonus you get for Value AA still wins this one.
Japan Airlines is the best for crediting AA Miles to on Short and Medium Haul Awards, but American Airlines is more rewarding for a Long Haul Flight. But, there are other things you need to factor in that I didn’t in this post including EQM’s and EQD’s that you wouldn’t earn if you credit to Japan Airlines which bring you closer towards moderately valuable Executive Platinum Status.