The two SkyTeam members Air France and KLM are currently selling cheap tickets for flights from Barcelona to Tokyo. Prices start at €368. You can depart from Valencia, Barcelona, or Madrid. Unfortunately, this fare does not include any checked bags but only a carry-on, and one personal item. If you want to add additional luggage, you can do so during the booking process. This will cost you an extra €80 for the entire trip.
This deal is sadly only available for flights until June. Nevertheless, Air France and KLM will give you a full refund if you cannot travel (or simply don’t wish to fly) – therefore this is quite risk-free despite the rather short-term availability.
Please be aware that right now, Japan is not letting tourists enter the country.
Your trip will include a layover in Amsterdam or Paris, depending on the carrier you chose. Both airlines will operate a Boeing 777 on most of their long-haul flights.
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
By the way, we also offer other economy class deals for our Spanish readers:
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According to the fare rules, the deal should be available until April 11, 2021 for flights before June 30. Furthermore, you need to respect a minimum stay requirement of 4 days (or a Sunday).
You will be able to find this fare on Google Flights (instructions). Especially if you’re going to add luggage, we would recommend booking directly on KLM‘s or Air France‘s website. The absolutely best option is using our calendar above, which will redirect you to KLM’s booking site.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
Tickets for flights within Europe will be issued in booking class L, while the long-haul segments will be in booking class X. So the short-haul connections will get you around 50% of the actual distance traveled while you can only earn miles at a very limited selection of programs for the flights from Europe to Asia. Here’s an example of what to expect if you depart from Barcelona, flying with Air France:
- 3,540 Award Miles + 13,130 MQM on Delta SkyMiles
- 2,940 Miles on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 2,940 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 1,000 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
- 850 Miles on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 850 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 680 Miles on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 640 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 600 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 530 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 530 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
- 530 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 530 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 530 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 530 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
- 530 Miles on Air Europa Club
- 530 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 530 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 530 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
- 530 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 0 Award Miles + 30 XP on FlyingBlue
The best program for these flights is Delta SkyMiles. Not only will you get the highest number of award miles, but will also get roughly 13,000 MQMs (status miles).
Information & Tips for Tokyo
Tokyo is Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis as well as one of Japan’s 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns, and villages west of the city center.
Today, Tokyo offers a great choice of shopping, entertainment, and culture to its visitors. The city’s history can be appreciated in many excellent museums, historic temples, and gardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers many attractive green spaces in the city center.
Best Time to Visit
You can visit Tokyo at any time of year because of its moderate weather. However, the best times to visit Tokyo are from September to November and March to May. Summer in Tokyo is hot and humid and should be avoided.
Although winter in Tokyo is cold, it is not too cold for travel.
Three attractions in Tokyo
- Tsukiji Outer Market
A market for fresh seafood. A very vibrant place with lots to see (and smell).
District for electronic and otaku goods. What one might have in mind when thinking of Tokyo. Newest gadgets to be found.
- Koishikawa Korakuen
Landscape garden next to Tokyo Dome. An oasis of calm in the middle of a bustling city.
Airports Narita & Haneda
The Tokyo Metropolitan Region has two international airports: Narita and Haneda. Narita is the airport where most flights from Europe will arrive. Tokyo-Narita is located 55 kilometers east of Tokyo city center and is served by the Narita Express. The journey time between the city center and the airport is approximately one hour.
Only a few international airlines fly to Haneda. From Haneda, which is south of the city center, it is much easier to get to Tokyo city center. The JR Tokyo Monorail System takes you to Hamamatsucho Station, which is not far from Tokyo Station.
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