JAL coupons can be used for JAL flights, accommodation at select JAL Hotels and in-flight shopping. Until Sept. 30, 2012, JAL Mileage Bank members can redeem 10,000 miles for a JAL coupon worth JPY15,000. The coupon must be redeemed through the JAL website only at http://www.insideflyer.com/link/?6594
Starting Oct. 1, 2012, when you use your miles for a JAL coupon, you can claim a coupon worth JPY12,000 for 10,000 miles (six coupons worth JPY2,000 each). This is a change from the current standard offer of a coupon worth JPY30,000 for 20,000 miles (six coupons worth JPY5,000 each). Eligible members for the JAL coupon include members in the Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe/Middle East/Africa regions.
Bottom line: The change is not good news for members, your 20,000 miles will now get you a value of JPY24,000 instead of 30,000. The only consolation is that the award is more accessible for members who don’t have a lot of miles because of the lower award threshold. You can take advantage of the current more lucrative offer of a JAL coupon worth JPY15,000 for 10,000 miles until Sept. 30, 2012, so you have some time.