[Updated] JAL adds Bangkok Airways as a Mileage Bank and codeshare partner


JAL and Bangkok Airways codeshare flight network. Image from Japan Airlines

[Update: JAL and PG have issued a press release regarding this new JMB partnership and codeshare agreement] 

Japan Airlines (JAL) announces the new partnership with Bangkok Airways (PG). JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) members can now redeem miles on PG operated flights. But there are no words on mileage accumulation rate yet you will NOT be able to accrue mileage on PG flights. To celebrate the commemoration of the new partnership, JAL is launching a discount mileage campaign which JMB members can redeem a economy class roundtrip ticket on PG with as little as 5,000 miles!

To be eligible for this campaign, you must be traveling between November 15 2012 and December 31 2013 and make your reservation no later than noon 4 days before your first departure. Application will begin on November 7 2012. Note that both of your inbound and outbound flights must be within the campaign period. If one of the legs fall outside of the period, standard rate will apply.

For more details on this campaign, you can refer to JAL website (Japanese, English)

Seems like someone release the campaign details a day early :P Today, JAL and PG have finally issued a joint press release about this new mileage program tie-up and codeshare agreement between the two airlines. The tie-up and codeshare agreement will commence on November 15 2012.

While the mileage program tie-up also begins on November 15 2012, award redemption will starts on November 8 2012 for award travel on or after November 15. However, this tie-up is limited to mileage redemption. Frequent flyers from each program can redeem awards on the other airlines but mileage accumulation isn't part of the agreement.

PG will be placing its code on JAL operated flights between Bangkok (BKK) and three airports in Japan, namely Tokyo Haneda (HND), Tokyo Narita (NRT), and Osaka Kansai (KIX). In return JAL will be placing its JL code on PG operated flights between Bangkok (BKK) and Mumbai (BOM) and domestic destinations which include Sami (USM), Phuket (HKT), and Chiang Mai (CNX). This makes transit at BKK to these destinations so much easier. As usual, these codeshare flights are subject to government approvals. Below are the codeshare flight numbers

JAL Operated Flights (November 15 2012 - March 30 2013)
JL33 / PG4152 HND - BKK B767
JL34 / PG4153 BKK - HND B767
JL707 / PG4160 NRT - BKK B767
JL708 / PG4161 BKK - NRT B767
JL717 / PG4162 NRT - BKK B777
JL718 / PG4163 BKK - NRT B777
JL727 / PG4170 KIX - BKK B767
JL728 / PG4171 BKK - KIX B767

PG Operated International Flights (November 15 2012 - March 30 2013)
JL5979 / PG733 BKK - BOM A320
JL5978 / PG734 BOM - BKK A320

PG Operated Domestic Flights  (November 15 2012 - March 30 2013)
JL5983 / PG119 BKK - USM AT7 (November 15 - 30 2012)
JL5983 / PG121 BKK - USM A319 (December 1 2012 - March 30 2013)
JL5985 / PG169 BKK - USM A319
JL5982 / PG170 USM - BKK A319
JL5984 / PG806 USM - BKK A319
JL5987 / PG271 BKK - HKT A320
JL5989 / PG277 BKK - HKT A320
JL5988 / PG278 HKT - BKK A320
JL5991 / PG215 BKK - CNX A320
JL5993 / PG906 BKK - CNX A319
JL5995 / PG221 BKK - CNX A319
JL5990 / PG220 CNX - BKK A319

Note that PG also flies to other destinations which JAL does not codeshare at the moment. And PG will be expanding to Vientiane from December 1 2012. One of their destinations is Yangon (RGN) which recently had quite a few mistake First Class fares so some people might find it useful to transfer their SPG points to JMB and redeem an one-way ticket as their positioning flight. However, please note that only roundtrip tickets are allowed per JMB single partner award rules. And the sector miles between BKK and RGN is 372 miles so a roundtrip ticket will still below the minimum 1,000 miles and shouldn't affect the amount of miles needed. 

For more details about this new partnership, you can refer to the JAL Press Release (Japanese, English)



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