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  • Traveljunkie 15 posts

    I have a companion voucher that i’m looking to use in May 2025 to Tokyo. Club cabin. Given I can’t search for May 25. I was browsing and noticed zero availability for using companion vouchers in March/Apr 2025

    What is the best method to find tickets if any in May 25?

    PeteM 737 posts

    Tickets are released 355 days ahead…

    runnerbean 57 posts

    And do trial runs online at midnight to see the seats appear.

    NorthernLass 7,985 posts

    Seats are currently only released up to 1/4/25. CW gets snapped up pretty much immediately, but there is plenty of Y and PE availability. If you want CW you have to be on the ball, either online or on the phone, as soon as they are released (1 am just now). There’s is a LOT of info on this site about this process!

    *I think IB now flies to TYO as well so you may want to look into that option.

    Traveljunkie 15 posts

    Seats are currently only released up to 1/4/25. CW gets snapped up pretty much immediately, but there is plenty of Y and PE availability. If you want CW you have to be on the ball, either online or on the phone, as soon as they are released (1 am just now). There’s is a LOT of info on this site about this process!

    *I think IB now flies to TYO as well so you may want to look into that option.

    Thanks all. I guess I have to keep an eye out. I was just trying to get an idea on prices!

    I believe there have been articles on the companion voucher not being the best use for PE and Y flights though?

    NorthernLass 7,985 posts
    NorthernLass 7,985 posts

    You can get the pricing from doing a dummy booking – there are CW seats currently showing available for this month which will tell you. Also Rob has done articles on RFS pricing for long haul. CW will be from 200k avios return for 2 of you, plus the relevant fees. If you can’t get CW for your travel dates, you may want to consider other cabins, it depends how flexible you can be.

    You have a few weeks now before BA starts releasing seats for May – all the info you need to make the most of your voucher and avios can be found on this site!

    yorkshireRich 205 posts

    Looking at all the talk on Japan, I’m not holding my breath for tickets in May 2025. That being said, this morning at 7am there was one ticket in J showing on the BA07 for 355 days ahead.

    NorthernLass 7,985 posts

    The “booking the return with the 241” is full of people who managed to score at midnight/1 am so I wouldn’t completely write it off, especially as you’re heading into low season in the summer.

    I’m more a path-of-least-resistance gal myself, though, if I did get a sudden urge to visit Japan I’d be looking at somewhere nearby with plenty of availability, which would make a good stop-off point for a few days, with decent connections.

    yorkshireRich 205 posts

    The “booking the return with the 241” is full of people who managed to score at midnight/1 am so I wouldn’t completely write it off, especially as you’re heading into low season in the summer.

    I’m more a path-of-least-resistance gal myself, though, if I did get a sudden urge to visit Japan I’d be looking at somewhere nearby with plenty of availability, which would make a good stop-off point for a few days, with decent connections.

    that’s my plan for the inbound NL.
    Going to use a new companion voucher for the outbound and use the more cash less avios option then I’m going to use my other companion voucher that I’m using for flying to Singapore in September to add that as a return back to the UK. I’ll then call back the day after to add the LHR to Manchester flight.

    Only thing is I’m unsure where to fly back from.
    Hong Kong would be the obvious answer but it doesn’t seem great lately and Bangkok to LGW isn’t ideal.

    NorthernLass 7,985 posts

    I like this plan a lot! I think I’d print off a big map of the region and mark out all the places which would comply with the open jaw rules. Then use flight connections to see how easy it is to get between TYO and them. Though of course time may be a factor!

    Somebody needs to create an app for that!

    yorkshireRich 205 posts

    I like this plan a lot! I think I’d print off a big map of the region and mark out all the places which would comply with the open jaw rules. Then use flight connections to see how easy it is to get between TYO and them. Though of course time may be a factor!

    Somebody needs to create an app for that!

    what a great idea.

    Yeah time may be an issue. It will be a 2 week to 3 week holiday. Hong Kong is easy due to me been able to use avios to fly from Osaka or Tokyo. Kualur Lumpur isn’t a bad one but it’s quite a long flight and only just visited there. Feel free to throw any ideas to me

    bennymoon 49 posts

    And do trial runs online at midnight to see the seats appear.

    This is 1am if we’re in British Summer Time (which in May, we would be).

    NorthernLass 7,985 posts

    I haven’t been to the Far East since 1993 (apart from touching down in BKK en route to NZ). A friend went to work in Hong Kong after uni so we had a pretty raucous fortnight with her. We also had the first of our encounters with disgraced B-list celebs as Right Said Fred were on the same flight home from HKG.

    OH has a diving bucket list which involves the Philippines, Truuk Lagoon and Guam so those might feature on an eventual sortie out there! I definitely fancy SIN due to Kevin Kwan and my great-uncle who had lots of stories about being posted there after the war.

    meta 1,451 posts

    It’s very simple in terms of connections as most of Asia is very well connected with Japan.

    The problem are distances. Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok are almost long-haul (6-7 hrs) and unless you take an overnight flight you will lose of the trip just travelling

    If you are using 241 voucher, think good options are Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. Seoul would be good option, but BA stopped flying so it’s either AY or QR.

    Actually if not using 241 on the inbound then you can do Iberia or AY which also offer avios + cash options.

    NorthernLass 7,985 posts

    Surely IB would actually be an option with the 241 if enough seats were available?

    meta 1,451 posts

    Yes, my point was that on Iberia (whether you use a voucher or not) and AY, you can do avios + cash unlike for example with QR or some other partner airlines.

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