Japan Airlines (JAL) has just rolled out a new JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) award calendar search tool. Now you can search for awards in a calendar format for up to 330 days for international awards and 2 months for domestic awards! And it will display award availabilities on all flights from your airport! Before this enhancement, you could only search for international award using the calendar search features up to 180 days and 1 city at a time. Unfortunately, it is only available in Japanese right now. But even if you are only using the English version of JMB website, you also get an enhancing which allows you to use the calendar search for up to 330 days now :D. In case you are and adventurist and want to try out the Japanese version, below are the instructions for domestic and international calendar search.
First switch to Japanese version of JMB website. Look for this tab at the upper right hand corner on the main JAL page to switch to the Japanese site. Then login to your JMB account as usual. Then you should see the following main page (for non-Japan region members)
|Japanese main page of JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) website with enhanced award calendar search|
|JAL international award calendar search Step 2: Pick your departure city|
|JAL international award calendar Result|
|JAL international award calendar search Step 6: Confirm your selections|
Domestic award calendar search is very similar to the international one. But since it's domestic, you don't have to pick your regions.
|JAL domestic award calendar search Step 1: Pick your departure airport|
|JAL domestic award calendar search Step 2: Pick your arrival airport|
This is a pretty cool new feature. Especially for those who are desperate to search for premium award and would fly to any airport "nearby" just to try out the amazing JAL Suite (sounds like someone? :p) I have wasted so much time searching for individual flights one day at a time when I was looking for a First class award before, now all it takes is just a few clicks and availability on all flights are there! :D This is yet another great enhancement on JAL website after the FLY ON Points calculator they rolled out earlier. Looks like they are constantly looking for ways to improve their website.