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Redeeming Mileage JAL International Upgrade Awards

Important information

Reservation handling for Upgrade Awards has been revised as follows.
At the time of making reservations, you must already have your ticket, which is valid for use with an upgrade award. (Before any upgrade request, the booking class must be confirmed.)
However, if you wish to upgrade* prior to purchasing the ticket due to various reasons, we will accept upon asking you to purchase the ticket (1) within 3 days once upgrade seats are arranged, (2)before the ticketing deadline of the ticket, or (3)one day before the departure date, whichever date is earliest.
* Including upgrades to Class J with Class J-e Coupon for domestic sectors included in international flight tickets
Please note that we will cancel your upgrade seats if we cannot confirm your purchase.

Upgrade awards allow the user to fly in the next higher class of service than that of the purchased ticket.

Eligible Routes

<NEW> Japan ⇔ Sydney route has been added to the routes eligible for Business Class to First Class upgrade.

Tickets Eligible for Upgrade Awards

Tickets eligible for Upgrade

Business Class First Class
Booking Class Fare
J/C/D/X Business class normal fares, Business Saver , Business Saver 14 , Business Saver 21 Weekend Stay, Business Saver 7 Weekend Stay, etc.
Economy class Business Class
Booking Class Fare
*Ineligible for package tour.
Economy class normal fares, Economy Saver Flex , Economy Saver Premium , Economy Saver , Dynamic Saver Premium, Dynamic Saver Type A / Type B, etc.

The upgrades below will be available on a permanent basis for flights taken from April 1, 2015 onward.

Economy class Premium Economy
Booking Class Fare
B/H/K Economy Saver, Dynamic Saver Type A / Type B.

Tickets not eligible for Upgrade
Dynamic Saver Type C / Type D / Type E / Type F, individual or group inclusive tour fares, special discounted fares, JMB award tickets or tickets subject to special provisions.

* Certain types of fares are not eligible for upgrade irrespective of booking.

Who is Eligible for Awards

Awards can be used by the JMB member and the following relatives designated by the member: Please click here for details.

Required Mileage

Please refer the "JAL International Upgrade Award Chart". Special mileage levels apply for award travel that is not via Japan. Refer to the notes in the chart.

Restricted Travel Dates for UPgrade Awards

Please refer "Restricted Travel Dates for JAL International Upgrade Awards". At other times the number of seats available for award travel may be limited, or may not be available.


Upgrade awards are valid only for the flight and date originally reserved, Failure to travel on the reserved flight and date will result in forfeiture of the award. Only for the case of changes to reservation for the new flights is confirmed before boarding, the validity of upgrade awards will be 1 year from the date mileage is deducted (the date the award ticket is issued), provided it is within the validity of the purchased ticket.

Conditions for Using Upgrade Awards

Changes to Upgrade Awards

Change to flight number and flight date are permitted if the provided fare rule of purchased ticket allows date change and the reservation for the new flight is confirmed before boarding.
Please note that airport office counter cannot handle these changes.
Changes to the traveler's name, the flight sector, the class of service, reversing the direction of travel, exchange of awards and open itinerary are not permitted.

How To Redeem / Use / Receive Upgrade Awards

How to Apply

1. JAL Homepage . . . 
Please apply from here
2. JMB International Award Reservations Desk, Japan . . .  ND0570-025-121 (Toll call)
When you use an international call or from IP-phone, please call 03-6733-3062 (Toll call).
(8:00 - 19:00 / 7days a week)
The content of conversation with the customer may be recorded or monitored to ensure quality service.

Deadlines for Award Application

Reminders for Award Application

Notes on redeeming for awards when applying for the JALCARD Family Program

Reminders for Award Usage

[As of January, 2014]

AIR PASSENGER DUTY : 83GBP*1/85GBP*2 for departure from London.
(Payment is not applicable to Upgrade from Premium Economy class to Business class.)
 *1 Until March 31, 2014 (flight date)
 *2 From April 1, 2014 (flight date)
AIR PASSENGER SOLIDARITY TAX : 36 EUR for departure from Paris.
* However, 40.56EUR will be necessary for flights departing from Paris on/after April 1, 2014 on tickets issued on/after January 15, 2014.

Standard services
Our standard services such as advance seat selection on upgraded classes and airport lounge access for First and Business class passengers also apply to award travel.
Please note that if you are connecting between a flight operated by another airline (including codeshare flights with a JAL flight number) and a JAL-operated flight, the free baggage allowance for the upgraded class will not be applicable to the flight sector operated by the other airline. If connecting from other airline operated flights, the free baggage allowance for the upgraded class will not be applicable when the baggage is through checked-in at other airlines' check-in counters.
To receive the upgraded class free baggage allowance service for the upgraded sector, members are required to check-in again at the transit airport counter.

Mileage Reinstatement Service for Unused Awards

After application for the award has been completed*1 the mileage used for the award can only be reinstated for totally unused award by paying the applicable fee. All reinstated mileage must be returned to the JMB account from which it was redeemed.
Please click here for details.

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