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Booking domestic JAL flights with classic rewards

lumm

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Hi everyone, I've got most of my other legs of my oneworld award flight organised, but been struggling to find information on the web and after speaking to two QFF operators still haven't found a good answer. Started a new thread as I think others may find this helpful in the future.

Currently I'm trying to book two domestic flights in April 2020, from Osaka to Okinawa, and then Okinawa to Tokyo.

On the JAL Mileage Bank website, it says that reward flights become available 2 months prior, but in another resource I found on the web stated available from 330 days prior.
Japan Airlines JAL Mileage Bank330-360330 days for domestic flights; 360 days for international ones

I then tested it with a flight which had availability on the awards JAL booking site, and I quoted the 14th July flight from ITM (14:55) to OKA (16:55) - JAL2087 - which was showing up as available on the JAL mileage bank rewards site

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When I asked the operator they said they couldn't find any rewards flights availability.

So my questions are:
1. Do reward flights for JAL domestic on classic rewards become available 2 months or 330 days prior
2. Does the JAL reward availability on their website reflect what's available for classic rewards, or is it from a different pool?
3. If from a different pool, is there any method to manually check the availability myself rather than relying on the phone operator?

If anyone can help in terms of redeeming a domestic rewards flight with my QFF points that will be much appreciated!
 

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On purely domestic itineraries, flights are indeed only available for redemption 2 months prior. If it's an international itinerary (which it would be as it is part of a Oneworld Award) then it is now 360 days (was 330 days until last month).

That said, the JAL website is only accurate at showing what's available to JAL Mileage Bank members when searching for awards on JL metal. Have you tried searching on the Qantas website? If the flight doesn't show on the QF website, I suspect you can't book it using Qantas points.
 

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@lumm JAL are changing their domestic booking window restrictions on 10 September 2019.


If you haven't arranged your April 2020 flights yet, I would expect you can secure them in a couple of months time :)
 

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