Expanding alliances; European deal; Cathay gives extra miles

Expanding alliances

Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair began joint services between Japan and Europe from Tuesday.

The joint venture gives customers departing from Japan more flight transfer choices via London and Helsinki for easier travel between Japan and Europe.

Given its proximity to Asia, Helsinki is the perfect gateway to Europe.

The three airlines will work closely together on their marketing and other activities to improve the quality of their products and services.

The joint business also combines the networks of all three airlines, connecting over 40 cities in Japan to more than 80 destinations in Europe.

Currently, Japan Airlines flies daily from Tokyo to London, Paris, Frankfurt and Helsinki, while British Airways will begin daily flights from April 10 from London to both Narita and Haneda airports in Tokyo. Finnair also operates flights daily from Helsinki to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.

European deal

SAS is having a sale on its SAS Go (economy class) tickets through April 8.

Return tickets from Tokyo to Northern Europe and more than 80 major European cities are now available from ¥86,370 (including tax and fuel surcharge).

The offer is valid for flights departing Japan between May 27 and June 21 and from Oct. 14 to Dec. 10 in autumn. The last days for return flights are June 30 and Dec. 15, respectively, for each period.

Customers can also collect up to 100 percent in points for SAS’ EuroBonus frequent flyer program during this sale.

Cathay gives extra miles

Cathay Pacific and its subsidiary, Dragonair, are having a Double Asia Miles campaign on their Japan routes to promote flights to existing members and attract new members to their frequent flyer program.

Double miles will be awarded to members who buy a return ticket between April 1 and June 30.

Members who reserve tickets via Cathay Pacific or Dragonair websites will receive 2,000 Asia miles for first- and business-class tickets, 1,500 Asia miles for premium economy-class tickets and 500 Asia miles for economy-class tickets.

The campaign is offered on flights run by the two airlines departing for Hong Kong from both Haneda and Narita airports in Tokyo, as well as airports in Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo and Okinawa. Flights departing from Narita, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka for Taipei are also eligible for this campaign.

New members will also receive 500 bonus miles if they purchase tickets for the above routes during the campaign period.

To be eligible for the extra miles, customers must apply through the airlines’ Asia Miles website.

This offer is open to all residents of Japan and is valid one time only.