May 30, 2019 – This article has been updated following British Airways Executive Club new Avios rates on oneworld partners rewards.  The cost in Avios and dollar amounts have been updated in the text only (in bold).

The power of BAEC Avios in Japan

British Airways Executive Club (BAEC) Avios miles will give a lot of value on your reward flights. Fly domestic Japan with Japan Airlines is a mind-boggling deal. See details and how to make it happen.

Travel domestic in Japan

For many of us Japan is a destination we dream of. A far-away insular land with strong idiosyncratic cultural traits we often  look forward to. However as a Canadian traveller you need to budget carefully as domestic transportation in Japan can be expensive. The Shinkansen train is great and you cannot us it to go across the country, it’s just too expensive. But there is a way to fly across Japan’s three major islands (Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu) for less than C$4.

I’ll use the following itinerary Tokyo (HND) – Sapporo (CTS) – Fukuoka (FUK) – Osaka (ITM) flying Japan Airlines (JAL). As a Canadian resident you can burn your British Airways Avios points towards the entire trip. Here’s how:

Map of Japan with Tokyo-Sapporo- Fukuoka- Osaka route
Map of Japan with Tokyo-Sapporo- Fukuoka- Osaka route

Fly domestic Japan with BAEC Avios

Leg 1 : Tokyo-Sapporo

Flight 1 – Tokyo (HND) – Sapporo (CTS):         6,000 Avios – C$8.76


Leg 2 : Sapporo-Fukuoka

Flight 2 – Sapporo (CTS) – Fukuoka (FUK):      9,000 Avios – C$3.33


Leg 3 : Fukuoka-Osaka

Flight 3 – Fukuoka (FUK) – Osaka (ITM):          6,000 Avios – C$3.21

Leg 4 : Osaka- Tokyo

Flight 4 –  Osaka (ITM):          6,000 Avios – C$6.79

With 17 flights a day, there is plenty of seats to be had on the Osaka-Tokyo shuttle. The inventory only shows up to 2 to 3 months in advance. So if you have plans in one year from now, don’t panic. Wait for it, it’ll show.


So there you go, you just went across Japan for C$22.09 in taxes & airport fees and by burning a mere 27,000 British Airways Avios.

In Canada, RBC and British Airways have a co-branded credit card, you can also transfer your RBC Rewards Points towards British Airways Avios.

If you want to know how to do this, or for any question, please contact me via my Facebook page.