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JAL and ANA offer free tickets and special deals as part of 2020 campaign

By Connie Sceaphierde, grape Japan

The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has launched the campaign “Your Japan 2020,” which will see a year full of unique experiences and have fantastic deals up for grabs for international visitors to the country.

With the country prepared for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games, set to be held in Tokyo during the summer, 2020 is sure to be a year filled with boundless cheer and celebration.

The campaign has been put in place to share Japan’s merriment with international visitors and will offer exclusive unforgettable experiences and deals across the nation, including special limited public openings, events exclusive to 2020, deals on domestic travel, and large discounts in stores all over Japan.

Yoko Tanaka, JNTO Sydney Office Executive Director spoke on behalf of the organization, “In addition to world-class sporting events taking place in 2020, Japan as a destination provides such diversity across all areas of the country for visitors to truly enjoy. We anticipate that this along with the added benefit of some unique experiences on offer this year will attract many more travellers of all segments from this region.”

Amongst the many deals up for offer, Japan’s two major flight companies, Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) have introduced some exciting deals for foreign tourists in Japan.

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JAL: 100,000 free seats on domestic flights

Japan Airlines have announced that they will be giving away 100,000 free seats on domestic flights with their campaign “Win a Trip with JAL.” The deal will allow visitors to make use of JAL’s Dokokani Mile (Go anywhere) system, where you will be awarded tickets for a surprise Japanese destination, revealed to you a few days after applying. The offer which started in February is for specific flights departing and arriving in Tokyo’s Haneda Airport or Osaka’s Itami and Kansai Airports and is to be used between July 1 and Sept 30, 2020.

To be eligible, participants must:

-- be a member of JAL Mileage Bank (JMB)

-- live outside of Japan (Japanese nationals with permanent overseas residency are eligible)

-- be in Japan between July and September 2020

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ANA: Flights to the Tohoku region for 2020 yen

All Nippon Airways campaign “ANA Discover JAPAN Fare” will see the company reduce fares to 2020 yen (subject to exchange rates in foreign currencies) for domestic flights to and from the Tohoku region for foreign tourists visiting Japan. By travelling with the offer, visitors will be able to save up to 80% on regular fares when travelling from major cities in Japan. The routes eligible for the offer must depart from or arrive at Aomori, Odate-Noshiro, Akita, Shonai, Sendai or Fukushima airports.

Save on domestic flights when purchased alongside an international flight

ANA will offer special fares for ANA domestic flights on specific travel packages sold by UK, France, Germany and Australian travel agency websites for a limited time only. Selected domestic routes will be available for the equivalent of 2,020 yen when purchased together with an international flight.

Other airlines

In addition to the offers available from JAL and ANA, domestic airlines, Peach Aviation Ltd. and Spring Airlines Japan both have exclusive deals up for grabs in 2020. Offers available aside from flights include trips to snow resorts, cruises across Japan’s coastline, visits to hidden gems such as Totsukawa and Sado, an overnight stay in one of Japan’s castles, tours in areas of outstanding beauty and multiple experiences at food and drink fairs being held this year.

With numerous offers available for every season and all over the country, the JNTO hopes that 2020 will be a fulfilling year and that you will “Find Your Japan, Your Way.”

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Would love to fly with Japanese airlines more but they are uncompetitive on price when compared with foreign airlines, flying out of Japan-shame...

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2020 is sure to be a year filled with boundless cheer and celebration.

I'm not quite so "sure" about that....

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"where you will be awarded tickets for a surprise Japanese destination, revealed to you a few days after applying. " I don't wish to sound cynical, but may be the free seats are on flights that are not fully booked. that's why its a bit last minute.

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With the COVID-19 threat, most airlines have already slashed off air fares in Japan and most of Asia. Cheap tickets abound! - the caveat of course are travel bans and one will never know where the next flight ban or quarantine can be.

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Won two free return tickets for late September on JAL from Osaka Itami to Hanamaki. Completely free (includes luggage, and all associated airline fees) , so there's no downside to entering. Contest ends 9/30.

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