Japan Airlines SFO GMP Seoul $615 May 2015 and AAdvantage miles

American Airlines has Seoul, Korea on sale for $615 all in flying Japan Airlines San Francisco SFO – GMP Seoul, Korea via Tokyo Haneda HND. These fares around $615 all-in ($494 base fare) are available for late April and May 2015 on select dates departing Monday to Thursday. Skyteam flights with Delta are about $100 more. Departures from LAX start at $725.

There have been many southeast Asia sales routing through Korea, but surprisingly, this is one of the few sales to Korea in the past month. Star Alliance had Korea at around $700 round trip March 23.

Singapore or United SFO to Seoul ICN $695 to $715 April-May 2015 (March 23)

SFO-SEL AA $615 May15

The transpacific flights are American Airlines codeshares for Japan Airlines operated flights. These segments earn 100% AAdvantage miles for economy Q class.

SFO-HND segments round trip earn 10,320 redeemable AAdvantage miles.

HND-SEL is 1,470 miles round trip and these segments earn either 2,940 AAdvantage miles at 100% or 882 miles if credited at 30% as Japan Airlines operated flights, but not AA codeshare segments.

SFO-HND-SEL-HND-SFO earns 11,202 or 13,260 redeemable AAdvantage miles.

Reader expert response desired: I questioned in the past month if flights purchased on American Airlines as JL flights like the two Japan-Korea segments for this itinerary earn 100% redeemable miles? My thought is JL91 and JL94 only earn 30% miles since they are Japan Airlines operated flights, but not AA codeshare flights? Any reader know for sure how these Japan Airlines flight segments credit to AAdvantage?

This is a good deal for Seoul, Korea.

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  1. I flew ICN-NRT-LAX-SEA-LAX-NRT-ICN a few months ago and the Japan Airlines segment earned 100% miles.

  2. As per the chart: https://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/earnMiles/airlines/japan.jsp The sections on JL flight numbers in Q will earn 30%. This is pretty basic Oneworld stuff.. you go by the marketed flight number (all AA get 100%) If they are others you reference the charts listed on aa.com… in this case as its a JL flight you reference the JL page.

    Oneworld mileage accrual: based on marketing carrier

    Star Alliance mileage accrual: based on operating carrier (except united has lots of extra craziness involved now that I haven’t really followed)

  3. @cakflyer – you describe AAdvantage earning the way I assume it is earned.

    The confusion comes from comments like JGM and another comment on an earlier post with flyers stating they got 100% miles, but neither commenter stated if the Japan Airlines flights were AA codeshare segments or JL numbered flights.

    All my American Airlines ticketed flights on oneworld operated airlines the past couple years are all codeshare segments, so I do not have personal experience to see how non-codeshare numbered flights by other oneworld airlines are credited on American Airlines purchased tickets.

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