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$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
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You can use ANA Airways Mileage Club miles to book travel on ANA, Star Alliance members, such as United Airlines, Singapore or Lufthansa, and ANA non-alliance partner airlines, for example, Etihad or Virgin Atlantic. Booking on non-alliance member airlines can be only be done by phone.
Below is a list of airlines you can book with ANA Mileage Club miles and where you can check for award space. Those that aren’t available on one of the websites below can be booked by calling ANA: 800-235-9262.
|Region||Airline||Where to check award space|
|Africa||Egyptair||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Africa||Ethiopian||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Africa||South African||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Asia||Air China||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Asia||Air India||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Asia||Air Macau||Call ANA|
|Asia||ANA Japan||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Asia||Asiana||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Asia||Thai||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Europe||Adria||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Europe||Aegean||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Europe||Austrian||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Europe||Brussels||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Europe||Croatia||United.com, ANA.com, Air Canada.com|
|Europe||LOT||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Europe||Lufthansa||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Europe||SAS||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Europe||Swiss||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Europe||TAP Portugal||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Europe||Turkish||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Latin America||Avianca||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|Latin America||Copa||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|North America||Air Canada||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|North America||United||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
|North America||Virgin America||Call ANA|
|Pacific||Air New Zealand||United.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com|
ANA has separate prices for awards that involve partner airlines, like United or Lufthansa, or awards that are entirely on ANA’s own flights.
For awards on its own flights, ANA uses seasonal price charts that vary based on the time of year you plan to travel.
One way awards are not available with ANA miles.
These prices are for roundtrip awards that include an ANA partner airline like United, Lufthansa, or Virgin Atlantic.
|Class||From / To|
|Africa, Middle East|
|South, Latin America|
You can see partner prices for travel from other regions here.
ANA scrapped fuel surcharges on April 1 for its own flights, but it still adds them to most other carriers. Some of them are reasonably small, less than $100 per segment, like Asiana and LOT, while others are quite draconian and can reach $400-500, like Lufthansa. If you want to save money on fuel surcharges, use the airlines that don’t impose them.
1While simple round-trip ANA itineraries are usually priced correctly without fuel surcharges, some more complex itineraries may still show some erroneous fuel surcharges. You will need to take it up with a representative and see if she can clear it up.
These prices are for roundtrip awards that are entirely on ANA flights.
|Asia 1/ Korea|
|Asia 1/ Korea|
|Asia 1/ Korea|
You can find award charts for ANA flights from other regions here.
ANA charges different award prices depending on the date you fly for its own flights. Most dates fall under the ‘Regular’ price list, while most of January, February, and April fall under the ‘Low’ price, while much of August, two weeks in late April / early May, and the Winter holidays fall under the ‘High’ price.
|Japan||(Zone 1-A, 1-B)||Japan|
|South Korea||(Zone 2)||South Korea|
|Asia 1||(Zone 3)||China, Guam, Hong Kong, Macau, Philippine, Taiwan|
|Asia 2||(Zone 4)||Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, British Indian Ocean Territory, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam|
|North America||(Zone 6)||Alaska, Canada, Mexico, The United States of America|
|Europe||(Zone 7)||Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (including Azores and Madeira), Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including Canary Islands), Svalbard and Jan Mayen Island, Sweden, Switzerland, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City|
|Africa, Middle East||(Zone 8)||Angola, Bahrain, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Comoros, Congo(Kinshasa), Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Iraq, Islamic Republic of Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya , Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Republic of Yemen, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tomeand Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Togo, Uganda, United Arab Emirates (composed of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras El Khaimah, Sharjah, Umm Al Qaiwain), United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe|
|South, Latin America||(Zone 9)||Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bonaire/Saint Eustatius/Saba, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Maarten, Suriname, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Torinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Venezuela|
|Oceania, Micronesia||(Zone 10)||American Samoa, Australia, Canton (Phoenix Island), Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Gilbert Islands, Johnston Island, Kiribati, Mariana Island (except Guam), Marshall Island, Micronesia/Caroline Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, US Minor Outlying Islands, Vanuatu, Wake Island, Wallis and Futsuna Island|
ANA allows awards to be booked from 355 days to 96 hours before departure.
A waitlist on awards that use ANA flights is available, but clearance is far from guaranteed, especially during summer and popular holidays, such as Golden Week.
A single stopover and up to two open jaws are allowed on awards, and you’re allowed to include two regions in your journey, so for example you could stop over in Asia on the way to Australia. Up to 8 stopovers are permitted for around-the-world itineraries.
Routing is generally pretty generous, letting you book a trip that lets you touch two regions, but there are quirks advanced users should be aware of.
These are the basics of what you can’t do.
On the flip side, what you can do allows you to fly some very creative routings from North America.
Unfortunately ANA won’t hold award space, which is a challenge because transfers from Amex Membership Rewards to ANA can take 2 – 4 business days.
ANA has some great sweet spots.
You can upgrade ANA flights and Star Alliance flights with miles, but not the flights on ANA non-alliance partners. The fare codes eligible for upgrades of ANA flights originated outside of Japan include: Y/E/B/M/U/H. ANA has the following upgrade charts:
|The distance of 1 sector (one way)|
(Basic segment mileage *1)
|Economy Class →|
|Business Class →
|Distance of 1 sector|
|Economy Class →|
|Business Class →
|10,001 or more||40,000||60,000|
There are no fees or surcharges for an upgrade.
If you don’t have Mileage Club miles, there are plenty of ways to book ANA flights. You can use programs like Air Canada Aeroplan, United MileagePlus or even Etihad Guest among others. Unfortunately, none of these programs offer award prices as attractive as ANA’s, but unlike ANA they allow one-way awards.
There is a US-based ANA credit card, but it doesn’t provide the cardholder with any sensible benefits.
Since ANA is an American Express transfer partner, you can transfer points from American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest. Transfers from Amex Membership Rewards typically take 2 – 4 business days.
Yes. While ANA rules state that you can book only for an immediate family member, they have a generous definition of family that includes in-laws. You don’t normally have to provide any proof of kinship, although ANA reserves the right to request it. You can add up to 10 family members and you can complete the registration on the ANA website or during the booking call.
You are not allowed to transfer, gift or buy Mileage Club miles.
You can, however, transfer points from Amex Membership Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest anytime. Transfers from Amex take 2 – 4 business days.
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