One of the biggest ancillary expenses of air travel is ground transportation to and from the airport.
In Tokyo, if you are a foreign JCB credit cardholder, you can get a free ride on the airport limousine bus from downtown hotels to Tokyo’s Narita (NRT) airport.
To qualify for the free ride, you must demonstrate that you spent 50,000 yen on a JCB credit card during your visit to Japan. (At the current exchange rate, 50,000 yen is equivalent to about $412.) It would be pretty easy to meet that threshold after spending a few days in Japan.
The regular one-way fare on the airport limo bus is about 3000 yen (about $26).
How to Get a Free Ride To Narita Airport
The airport limo service picks up at major hotels in Tokyo.
You can get two free airport limo tickets per JCB card! To get your free tickets to Narita International Airport (NRT), bring your JCB credit card receipts totaling at least 50,000 yen of purchases in Japan (including tax) to JCB PLAZA in Tokyo.
The fine print:
- Offer applies for all JCB brand card issuing companies.
- JCB cards issued in Japan are not eligible.
- Cash advances are excluded.
- The offer runs through June 30, 2016.
Get 20 Percent Discount on Airport Limo From Narita (NRT) or Kansai (KIX)
JCB cardholders can also get a discount on the airport limousine bus from Tokyo’s Narita airport (NRT) to downtown hotels.
Passengers arriving at Osaka’s Kansai (KIX) airport can get a 20 percent discount on select bus lines from the airport.
Just show your JCB credit card when you purchase your bus tickets at the airport.
You can get four tickets at the discount price!
JCB issues several different credit cards in the United States, but they are only available to residents of certain states:
- JCB Standard or Mitsuwa JCB Card
California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon or Washington
- Marukai Premium and Marukai JCB Card (California)
California, Nevada, Oregon or Washington
- Marukai Premium and Marukai JCB Card (Hawaii)
Earn up to 3% Cash Back Points with the JCB Card!
The JCB Marukai credit card is an all around great deal because it pays cash back on all purchases, with no limit on how much you can earn. It pays:
- 1% cash back points on first $1,000 spent yearly
- 2% cash back points on next $2,000 spent yearly
- 3% cash back points on over $3,000 spent yearly
That is an outstanding payout for a rewards credit card but it is only available to residents of Hawaii, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
But, what if you don’t have a JCB credit card?
Discover Card Offers 20% Discount on the Airport Limo in Japan!
Discover card members save 20 percent off one-way airport limousine bus tickets when using their Discover card at the Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) and Kansai International Airport (KIX) limousine ticket counters.
You can get up to three discount tickets at a time!
The Discover card offer runs through March 31, 2016.