Saturday, July 26, 2008

Japan Airpass



Even though a Japan Railpass is very popular among foreign tourists, airpasses sold by Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) can be of great use depending on your destinations.
They have officially published the fares at least until the end of September, 2009. Would like to introduce the details of the passes.

One common element through all the following four passes is that they are exclusively sold outside Japan, before you make a trip to Japan on an international flight.

JAL Boeing747

Type of passes and prices at a glance ( currency: Japanese Yen )

-----JALANA
# of couponsOneworld Visit Japan Welcome to Japan S.Alliance Japan*1ANA Visit Japan
110,000 unavailable11,000unavailable
220,00026,00022,00026,000
330,00039,00033,00039,000
440,00052,00044,00052,000
550,00065,00055,00065,000
Who to fly*2 Oneworld carrierAny airlineS.Alliance carrier*3Any airline

*1: ANA Star Alliance Japan Airpass
*2: Who to fly with to and from Japan
*3: Star Alliance carrier

You can fly any sector(s) served by these airlines, including their subsidiary, in Japan on these passes.


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Index on this page ( Links to each item )

1) JAL Oneworld Yokoso / Visit Japan Fare

2) JAL Welcome to Japan Fare

3) ANA Star Alliance Japan Airpass

4) ANA Visit Japan Fare


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1) JAL Oneworld Yokoso / Visit Japan Fare

Published period: from now until the end of March, 2012 on a first flight basis
Applicable to: basically foreign visitors flying into and out of Japan with Oneworld carriers such as BA, AA, CX, JL, QF, AY etc

Prices: 10,000 yen per sector + consumption tax 5% + airport service charge at HND (100yen), NGO (200yen) and KKJ (100yen)
Number of coupons you can purchase: between 1 and 5

Blackout periods: From 05 August 2011 to 16 August 2011, from 23 December 2011 to 05 January 2012
Booking and ticketing period: from 330 days prior to the flight date to just before you fly to Japan; The first flight's booking must be fixed and is unchangeable, though an earlier flight may be permitted on a standby basis at the airport on the day of departure, while the rest of the sectors can be left open.

Validity: for 2 months after the first flight on all JAL and two regional subsidiaries' flights in Japan
Sold at: your travel agency, your carrier on the international segment or the nearby JAL branch, ALL OUTSIDE OF JAPAN

Link to JAL site


2) JAL Welcome to Japan Fare

Published period: from now until the end of March, 2012 on a first flight basis
Applicable to: basically foreign visitors flying into and out of Japan with any airline regardless of alliance

Prices: 13,000 yen per sector + consumption tax 5% + airport service charge at HND (100yen), NGO (200yen) and KKJ (100yen)
Number of coupons you can purchase: between 2 and 5

Blackout periods: From 8 July 2011 to 31 August 2011, from 09 December 2011 to 05 January 2012, from 04 March 2012 to 31 March 2012
Booking and ticketing period: from 330 days prior to the flight date to just before you fly to Japan; The first flight's booking must be fixed and is unchangeable, though an earlier flight may be permitted on a standby basis at the airport on the day of departure, while the rest of the sectors can be left open.

Validity: for 2 months after the first flight on all JAL and two regional subsidiaries' flights in Japan
Sold at: your travel agency or the nearby JAL branch, ALL OUTSIDE OF JAPAN

Link to JAL site

JAL official site for schedule search




3) ANA Star Alliance Japan Airpass
Published period: from now until the end of March, 2012 on a first flight basis
Applicable to: basically foreign visitors flying into and out of Japan with Star Alliance carriers such as UA, LH, SQ, AC, NH, TG, NZ, SK, OZ etc

Prices: 11,000 yen per sector + airport service charge at HND (100yen), NGO (200yen) and KKJ (100yen) + consumption tax 5% (exempt if the first or, and the last flights are connected to the international flights within 24 hours when you fly in and out of Japan.)
Number of coupons you can purchase: between 1 and 5

Blackout periods: 05 AUG 2011 - 16 AUG 2011, 23 Dec 2011 - 4 Jan 2012.
Booking and ticketing period: from 60 days prior to the first flight date to just before you fly to Japan; The first flight's booking must be fixed and is unchangeable, though an earlier flight may be permitted on a standby basis at the airport on the day of departure, while the rest of the sectors can be left open.

Validity: for 60 days from the first flight on all ANA and Air Nippon flights in Japan
Sold at: your travel agency, your international segment Star Alliance carrier or the nearby ANA branch ALL OUTSIDE OF JAPAN

Other regulations: Those who visit Japan on a short stay can buy this airpass.
You need to produce your international ticket out of Japan to the ANA rep when you board the plane on this pass.

Link to ANA site in Japanese
Link to ANA site in English


4) ANA Visit Japan Fare

Published period: from now until the end of March, 2012 on a first flight basis
Applicable to: basically foreign visitors flying into and out of Japan with any airline regardless of alliance

Prices: 13,000 yen per sector + airport service charge at HND (100yen), NGO (200yen) and KKJ (100yen) + consumption tax 5% (exempt if the first or, and the last flights are connected to the international flights within 24 hours when you fly in and out of Japan.)
Number of coupons you can purchase: between 2 and 5

Blackout periods: 08 JUL 2011 - 31 AUG 2011, 9 Dec 2011- 9 Jan 2012
Booking and ticketing period: from 60 days prior to the first flight date to just before you fly to Japan; The first flight's booking must be fixed and is unchangeable, though an earlier flight may be permitted on a standby basis at the airport on the day of departure, while the rest of the sectors can be left open.

Validity: for 60 days from the following day of the first flight on all ANA and Air Nippon flights in Japan
Sold at: your travel agency or the nearby ANA branch ALL OUTSIDE OF JAPAN

Other regulations: Those who visit Japan on a short stay can buy this airpass.
You need to produce your international ticket out of Japan to the ANA rep when you board the plane on this pass.

Link to ANA site in Japanese
Link to ANA site in English

ANA official site for schedule search, and online bookings



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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi, I don't really understand what an air pass mean..
Is it like the railway pass where you can get unlimited internal flights?
Also, what does the no. of coupons mean?
Thanks.

gutereise09 said...

On each flight coupon, you can fly on any segment with the designated airline regardless of its distance, e.g. Tokyo Haneda to Naha, Osaka Itami to Sapporo. It's mostly substantially cheap compared with the normal airfares.

You need to purchase the coupon per flight by specifying the number of coupons (flights) upon purchase. All types of the airpass are limited up to 5 coupons per purcahse.

Therefore this is totally different from the Japan Railpass in concept.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I and my friends (we are non residence) will fly from outside Japan to Narita airport. We want to visit Sopporo. We want to use one way trip, therefore; each one of us must buy one coupon. Is that right? Where can I buy the ANA Air Pass?

Note: For the return trip, we want to take Shinkansen (Utilizing Japan Rail Pass)

Thanks,
Pol.

gutereise09 said...

>>We want to visit Sopporo. We want to use one way trip, therefore; each one of us must buy one coupon. Is that right?<<

That's right.

>>Where can I buy the ANA Air Pass?<<

On the assumtion that you are going to fly to Japan with one of the Star Alliance members, you might contact the airline you are flying, or ANA in your country so that you can purchase the airpass.

http://www.ana.co.jp/wws/

bobochacha said...

Hi, I dun really understand by what it means 1 sector, 2 sectors, so on and so forth ? Is there a way to check how many sectors - is this domestic sector within Japan, or are we talking about international sector from country A to Japan ? thanks for your help!

gutereise09 said...

Hi,

One sector means any one flight, regardless of its distance, e.g. from Tokyo to Okinawa Naha etc. You can fly between one or two and five flights depending on the fare.

These fares are valid only for domestic flights in Japan.

Warmest regards.

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