2020 Summer Olympics Travel News

2020 Summer Olympics: Get Ready to Book Award Flights with US Airline Miles!

Written by Charlie

Get ready to use your US airline miles to book tickets for the 2020 Summer Olympics! Reservations to Japan from the US are about to open!

While some airlines have had their calendars open for the 2020 Summer Olympics for a couple of weeks, the US airlines are just getting ready to release the reservation schedule for that time. This means you will need to act fast to snap up any US airline space or any partner award space. Here is when the US airlines start their reservations for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

2020 Summer Olympics: Get Ready to Book Award Flights with US Airline Miles

Link: 2020 Summer Olympics

The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan from July 24 – August 9, 2020. This is already a very hot event with event tickets selling out very quickly and hotels filling up or already filled. Given how beautiful Tokyo is and how efficient the Japanese run things, it is expected to be a very well run Olympics!

Many people will be trying to get there with airline miles since tickets will likely cost quite a bit more than normal and it will be easier to save money on flights than on even tickets. While airlines like JAL, ANA, and British Airways have had their calendars open for flights to Japan for a couple of weeks now, US airlines are not yet taking reservations just yet.

Here are the key dates for US airlines and award reservations for the 2020 Summer Olympics:

US AirlineDate to book for Start of OlympicsDate to book for End of the OlympicsEconomy Cost in MilesBusiness Cost in Miles
Alaska AirlinesAugust 28, 2019September 14, 2019From 30,000From 50,000
American AirlinesAugust 27, 2019September 13, 201932,50060,000
Delta Air LinesAugust 27, 2019September 13, 2019From 42,000From 120,000
United AirlinesAugust 21, 2019September 8, 201935,00080,000

It is important to note that each of these airlines do have saver/low cost awards as well as everyday/standard awards that are quite a bit more expensive. Also, with Alaska Airlines, visit this page to see the different award amounts since it will depend on the airline.

As you can see, you can already book United Airline awards for flights the day before opening day, July 23, 2020. However, the price is huge! So, if possible, fly a couple of days before the start of the Olympics (especially since you will arrive a day later) to take advantage of pricing at just 35,000 miles one way.

I would definitely lock in a flight with miles earlier rather than later! Airline award availability will certainly open up again as airlines see if they cannot sell as many seats as anticipated, but the prices will not go down.

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


  • Might be better to book an award to elsewhere in Asia got longhaul, and then figure out how to get to Tokyo.

    • Definitely! I have another post I am working on after the schedule is completely open for the whole Olympics to highlight some potential deal destinations. Thanks!