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ANA’s great award chart for its own flights & when surcharges are worth paying

by on Wed January 27, 2016 • 24 Comments
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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.

  • First, transfers aren’t instant, so if you see award space you’ll have to wait a few days and hope the award space sticks around – generally 2 – 4 days with Membership Rewards, and up to one week or so for Starwood Preferred Guest transfers. ANA won’t hold award reservations for you while you wait, unlike the very generous Korean SkyPass, a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner.
  • Second, there are fuel surcharges on many awards. Even though Japanese airlines like ANA are planning to remove fuel surcharges altogether as fuel prices stay low, that might only apply for trips originating in Japan. At least that’s how Korean and Qantas, two airlines that recently dropped surcharges handled the situation.

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.

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ANA’s lie flat Business Class seat

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.

Economy Class – ANA flights to / from North America

ANA economy award chart

 Business Class – ANA flights to / from North America

ANA Business Award Chart

First Class – ANA flights to / from North America

ANA First Class award chart

What does Low / Regular / High mean?

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.

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Where does ANA fly?

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.

What are the good values?

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.

For the splurge

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).

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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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24 thoughts on ANA’s great award chart for its own flights & when surcharges are worth paying

  1. Steve Curtis

    I found an award flight I like, using united. com. It was my understanding that if I did so, and then contacted Singapore Air, I could purchase that flight with miles – according to the United site. However, I received an email reply saying that I would have to pay SIA rates (45k miles vs 40k on United) and, further, that the flights on United (even though they are “Saver” flights) may not always be available using KF miles. I attach their email below. Have I just misunderstood how this works all along, or does this represent a change? Thanks for your help!

    Dear Dr Curtis

    Thank you for your email dated 8 October 2016 to Singapore Airlines regarding redemption flight reservation.

    Please allow us to explain that the mileage requirement for redemption ticket on other airlines flight cannot be viewed in their website as it will only reflect the mileage required when using miles in their respective frequent flyer points/miles.

    In addition, the flights shown in their webpage may not be applicable for redemption using points/miles from other airlines’ frequent flyer programme.

    Please use the flight search option from our Star Alliance website instead. We append the link below for your perusal:

    http://www.staralliance.com/en/flight-search

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    1. Steve Curtis

      Sorry – I meant to post this on the page containing the relevant discussion to KF but now I don’t know how to move it!

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    2. MileCards.com

      @Steve – Yes you would have to pay the Singapore award chart rates. Not sure where you trying to fly from / to but generally the Singapore rates are close to the United rates.

      As for availability, always best to call Singapore to double check what you see on the United site and get the price. Use the United site to narrow your options, then call them to confirm. The Saver availability on United matches Singapore most of the time. If there’s a discrepancy it’s usually because the seat got booked up on the United side and their site may not have updated.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Corey – A bit better – an NRT – BKK for example is about $100 roundtrip. That might go lower for flights ex-Japan once they remove fuel surcharges in that market this spring.

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      1. Abhinav

        I am planning PIT-IAD-SAL-GYE-LPB and return on LPB-BOG-JFK.

        Should I be able to do a stopover at SAL? And for the return is it possible to stopover at JFK and do something like JFK-BOS or JFK-MEX later.

        Also what does it mean by transfers in “Up to two transfers may be made on the outbound and inbound trips to Japan.”

        Thanks!

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        1. MileCards.com

          @abhinav – ‘Transfers’ are literally connecting cities. So you have 3 connecting cities on your outbound, which is one too many.

          And there is only one stopover allowed on the entire ticket – so you could do a stopover in JFK, but it means you won’t be able to do a stopover in SAL on the way out.

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  2. ed

    Navigating this airline’s chart seems like more hassle than it’s worth. Double down on an airline you have greater flexibility with.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @HikerT – Yes, good reminder that ANA is much like its neighbor Korean SkyPass. You’d have to register that person as a ‘partner’. Or, have the person traveling with you set up as an authorized user with Amex, and then transfer the points to separate accounts, and redeem separately.

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      1. andy shuman

        @HikerT and MileCards,

        I can assure you it’s not problematic at all. That’s why in-laws exist. 🙂 They will register your “in-law” in a second during the booking call. No Amex scheme or whatever is necessary.

        @MileCards,

        Thanks for the datapoint about Vietnam low YQ. I knew about HKG, but thought it was the only bright YQ spot in Asia, Good to know there is another one.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @David – Generally no (not like Korean where there’s lots of extra space for its own members), but ANA does let you waitlist when using its own miles. The ANA website is a bit buggy when it comes to showing space that doesen’t exist, but it is good about warning about that before you try to ticket an award.

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