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ANA Mileage Club, the mileage program of Japan’s 2nd largest airline, ANA, is a transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest, so you can turn spending on credit cards into ANA Mileage Club miles any time.
While it has some great headline prices for award tickets to Asia, there are a couple of snags to be aware of.
But ANA offers special, lower prices on awards that just involve ANA’s own flights, with a Business Class award to Japan as low as 75,000 miles roundtrip from the U.S., giving you a great way to score tickets worth thousands of dollars for around 100,000 miles or less.
Here’s a rundown of countries in Asia and the Pacific ANA serves with its own flights, and the approximate fuel surcharges and miles you’ll pay for a roundtrip award. Unfortunately, one way awards aren’t allowed.
ANA charges different award prices depending on the date you fly. Most dates fall under the ‘Regular’ price list, while most of January, February, and April fall under the ‘Low’ price, and much of August, two weeks in late April / Early May, and the Winter holidays fall under the ‘High’ price.
ANA serves North America from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, San Jose, Washington Dulles, New York Kennedy, Chicago, Houston, and Vancouver, making it easy to grab one of their flights from just about anywhere in the U.S.
The real deal with ANA miles is to fly in Business Class, getting thousands of dollars in value for just about 100,000 miles and often just $100 or so in taxes and fees to destinations like these:
Japan. At 75,000 – 90,000 miles roundtrip in Business Class it’s hard to find a better deal to Japan. Surcharges are minimal, and you’re basically paying normal airport taxes when you redeem for an award to Japan, making the low headline mileage price a truly great deal.
Vietnam as your launchpad to Southeast Asia. While taxes and fees to most of Southeast Asia, like Thailand and Singapore, are over $400, those to Vietnam are just over $100.
And there are lots of cheap flights for the short hop from Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi to the rest of Southeast Asia, often less than $100 roundtrip. So you could use ANA flights to get to Vietnam for 90,000 – 105,000 miles in Business Class and pay just about $250 in airfare and taxes / fees on your whole trip.
Non-mainland China. Hong Kong and Taiwan are great deals at just over $100 in fees roundtrip, and just 90,000 – 105,000 miles.
ANA’s First Class is a fantastic experience, with some of the best food and wine you’ll find in the sky when you’re on flights departing Japan.
At 150,000 – 165,000 miles roundtrip to much of northern Asia during all but the busiest weeks of the year, it’s a decent deal if you want an unforgettable experience (though not as outstanding a deal it was before a price increase last year).
In ANA First Class, you can dine on poached blue lobster, foie gras with truffles, scallops with squid mousse and caviar, and Umami cheese, among other delights while sipping on Two Hands Shiraz or Krug Grand Cuvee Champagne.
It’s truly an in flight experience that rivals the glory days of flying, and yours via a transfer to ANA Mileage Club. Just beware that aside from flights between North America and Japan, you’ll only find full First Class on ANA’s flights to Singapore, so if you’re headed elsewhere in Asia or Australia, you’ll sit in Business Class for the rest of the trip.
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