Over the Pacific Ocean, each airlines alliance have their own joint venture cooperation, American Airlines with Japan Airlines, Delta with Korean Air, and United with ANA. A joint venture is the highest level of airline cooperation; this means that these airlines: share profits on specific routes, sell tickets on each other’s flights and also build the network together.

The good news for travellers is that a joint venture can often lead to great fares in the market. Currently American Airlines and Delta are offering the same deal on flights from Japan to Los Angeles.

The Deal

  • Departure Airport: Tokyo (HND, NRT), Osaka (KIX), Sapporo (CTS)
  • Arrival Airport: Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Departure Date: selected dates June 2019 – September 2019
  • Class: Business (I/Z)
Example Itinerary American HND-LAX
Example Itinerary American KIX-LAX
Example Itinerary American CTS-LAX
Example Itinerary Delta HND-LAX
Example Itinerary Delta KIX-LAX
Example Itinerary Delta CTS-LAX

How to Find This Deal?

This deal can be easily found using Google Flights and ITA Matrix. When using Google Flights: choose Business as your cabin, enter your departure and arrival city, choose a date pair and select American or Delta (or both) as your preferred airline.

Google Flight Search Setting

Then you can use the calendar tool to find the lowest possible price.

Google Flight Calendar Tool

Finally, choose the flights you like and book on the website that has the lowest price.

What is the Business Class Product Like?

American Airlines uses Boeing B777-300ERs on flights in this deal. The aircraft is equipped with reverse-herringbone Business Class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. Check Sam’s Review below on American Airlines Business Class:

Delta uses the latest Airbus A350-900XWBs on flights from Tokyo and the old Boeing B767-300s on flights from Osaka. Both aircraft feature staggered Business Class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. Check Sam’s Review below on Delta Business Class.

Where Should I Credit This Ticket?

American Airlines is a member of oneworld, which means all oneworld partners can be credited for this ticket. The deal ticket books into I fare Class and below are the earning rates for American Airlines I Class.

American Airlines I Class Credit Information

Delta is a member of SkyTeam, which means all SkyTeam partners can be credited for this ticket. The deal ticket books into Z fare class and below are the earning rates for Delta Z Class.

Delta Z Class Credit Information

To calculate the specific amount of miles you can get, visit where to credit website and fill in your flights.

Bottom Line

This is a great transpacific Business Class fare. Both airlines provide their top cabin product and on American Airlines, you can even upgrade to Flagship First Class using miles or a system-wide upgrade. The date range is very wide and recent, covering the whole summer.

How do you feel about this deal? Are you planning to take advantage of it? Are there more available departure or arrival cities offering this deal?