With JAL launching their Boston – Narita flights in the coming days there are a number of promos out there on the route. Other oneworld carriers are offering bonus miles and discounted redemption rates for the route. And it appears that United might also be matching, at least on the bonus miles side. Even more interesting is that the bonus miles are PQMs for elite status.
Sounds great, right? Well it is, assuming it is actually valid. But reading the T&C of the promo it isn’t completely clear that the bonus is going to work out. The very first section of the fine print includes this nugget:
Itineraries with connecting flights into or out of Boston and Narita are eligible for this promotion; however the bonus award miles only apply for segments between Boston and Narita.
And, unfortunately, that seems to be vague enough that the bonus might not actually apply. See, there are no actual flights between Boston and Narita on United Airlines. So unless all connecting flights between them are eligible the promo is actually useless. Some of the historical promos that the company has offered with similar language have required the segments to be on non-stop flights between the cities, so there is some precedent here.
Oh, and it only applies to tickets purchased after 1 April 2012 and only if you register for the promo.
Also, they don’t actually have the promo listed on the main promo page, so it isn’t clear if this is supposed to be some sort of secret deal or what.
Maybe it will work and maybe it won’t. If you want to give it a try go ahead and register here.