How to fly to Japan this fall for less than $400 each way

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Is Japan one of your bucket list destinations? Have you had to cancel your plans to attend the Summer Olympics in Tokyo and now want to try again, but without the sports?

Whether you’ve wanted to visit Japan for decades, or since you started reading this article, you’re in luck: A major airline recently slashed fares on nonstop flights to Tokyo this fall. Here’s what you need to know to track down and book the tickets before they’re gone.

How to find plane tickets to Japan for less than $400 each way

This pointer comes from us a recent article from The Points Guy on the availability of nonstop flights between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Haneda Airport in Tokyo with American Airlines for $287 each way, traveling in August, September and October 2023.

The unusually affordable fare is in response to a relatively new arrival on the scene: Japanese low-cost carrier Zipairoffering one-way flights from Los Angeles to Tokyo for less than $400 each way during the same period.

To find American Airlines flights, The Points Guy recommends continuing to browse Google flights, then book directly with the airlines. Along with Zipair and AA, you’ll also see some reasonable one-way fares on non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Tokyo on Singapore Airlines, with prices hovering around $400. After that, it’s Delta, which comes in with fares on the equivalent route starting at about $560.

Currently, Zipair has routes from Tokyo-Narita International Airport to three US cities: Los Angeles, Honolulu and San José, California. The airline also operates additional routes within Asia, between Tokyo-Narita International Airport, Seoul-Incheon International Airport, Bangkok-Swan Napoom International Airport and Changi-Singapore Changi International Airport.


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