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ANA Mileage Club cheat sheet for using your miles

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ANA Mileage Club, which is a transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards, is one of the most powerful mileage programs available for international awards, with good award prices, a variety of Star Alliance partners, and a generous stopover policy that lets you piece together exotic trips. This guide will help you take advantage of the opportunities a transfer to ANA miles can offer.

Airlines you can book with ANA and where to find award space

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.

Here’s how to book award flights with the ANA website.

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.

RegionAirlineWhere to check award space
AfricaEgyptairUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
AfricaEthiopianUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
AfricaSouth AfricanUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
AfricaEtihadEtihad.com
AsiaAir ChinaUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
AsiaAir IndiaUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
AsiaAir MacauCall ANA
AsiaANA JapanUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
AsiaAsianaUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
AsiaGarudaFlyingBlue.com
AsiaJetCall ANA
AsiaSingaporeFly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
AsiaShenzhenFly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
AsiaThaiUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
AsiaPhilippineCall ANA
EuropeAdriaUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
EuropeAegeanUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
EuropeAir DolomitiMiles-and-more.com
EuropeAustrianUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
EuropeBrusselsUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
EuropeCroatiaUnited.com, ANA.com, Air Canada.com
EuropeEurowings/GermanwingsMiles-and-more.com
EuropeLOTUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
EuropeLufthansaUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
EuropeSASUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
EuropeSwissUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
EuropeTAP PortugalUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
EuropeTurkishUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
EuropeVirgin AtlanticDelta.com
Latin AmericaAviancaUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
Latin AmericaCopaUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
North AmericaAir CanadaUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
North AmericaUnitedUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
North AmericaVirgin AmericaCall ANA
HawaiiHawaiianHawaiianAirlines.com
PacificAir New ZealandUnited.com, Fly-ANA.com, Aeroplan.com
PacificVirgin AustraliaDelta.com
AfricaEgyptairUnited.com

How much do awards cost?

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.

Partner award chart from / to North America

These prices are for roundtrip awards that include an ANA partner airline like United, Lufthansa, or Virgin Atlantic.

ClassFrom / To
_South Korea
(Zone 2)
Asia 1
(Zone 3)
Asia 2
(Zone 4)
Hawaii
(Zone 5)
North America
(Zone 6)
Europe
(Zone 7)
Africa, Middle East
(Zone 8)
South, Latin America
(Zone 9)
Oceania, Micronesia
(Zone 10)
Economy60,00060,00080,00040,00030,00055,00065,00055,00075,000
Business95,00095,000136,00068,00055,00088,000104,00088,000120,000
First180,000180,000240,000120,00090,000165,000195,000165,000225,000

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.

  • There shouldn’t be1 any surcharges for ANA, United, Air Canada, Air China, and Air New Zealand.
  • Surcharges on LOT, Asiana, and, to some degree, Turkish are moderate.
  • You won’t pay more for fuel surcharges in first or business class, than in economy.
  • Intra-Europe and intra-Asia fuel surcharges can be reasonably low.

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.

ANA award chart from / to North America

These prices are for roundtrip awards that are entirely on ANA flights.

Economy ClassLowRegularHigh
Japan40K50K55K
 
Asia 1/ Korea
China45K55K60K
Hong Kong45K55K60K
Korea45K55K60K
Phillippines45K55K60K
Taiwan45K55K60K
 
Asia 2
India55K65K70K
Indonesia55K65K70K
Malaysia55K65K70K
Myanmar55K65K70K
Singapore55K65K70K
Thailand55K65K70K
Vietnam55K65K70K
 
Oceania
Australia60K70K75K
Business ClassLowRegularHigh
Japan75K85K90K
 
Asia 1/ Korea
China80K90K95K
Hong Kong80K90K95K
Korea80K90K95K
Phillippines80K90K95K
Taiwan80K90K95K
 
Asia 2
India100K110K115K
Indonesia100K110K115K
Malaysia100K110K115K
Myanmar100K110K115K
Singapore100K110K115K
Thailand100K110K115K
Vietnam100K110K115K
 
Oceania
Australia105K115K120K
First ClassLowRegularHigh
Japan150K150K165K
 
Asia 1/ Korea
China165K165K180K
Hong Kong165K165K180K
Korea165K165K180K
Phillippines165K165K180K
Taiwan165K165K180K
 
Asia 2
India195K195K210K
Indonesia195K195K210K
Malaysia195K195K210K
Myanmar195K195K210K
Singapore195K195K210K
Thailand195K195K210K
Vietnam195K195K210K
 
Oceania
Australia210K210K225K

You can find award charts for ANA flights from other regions here.

What does Low / Regular / High mean?

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.

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What are ANA award zones?

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
Hawaii(Zone 5)Hawaii
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 Zone Map

What are award change and booking fees?

  • Close-in booking fee: None
  • Change date:  $1-2 in tax
  • Change airlines: Not allowed (you need to cancel and redeposit instead)
  • Change origin / destination cities: Not allowed (you need to cancel and redeposit instead)
  • Any changes in routing or class of service: Not allowed (you need to cancel and redeposit instead)
  • Cancel and redeposit miles: 3,000 miles
  • Phone booking fee: $25

 

Tip: While no changes other than dates/times are allowed, it’s only 3,000 miles to cancel an award flight. An agent might allow you to book the new itinerary before canceling the old one, provided you have enough miles in your account.

When are award seats made available?

ANA allows awards to be booked from 355 days to 96 hours before departure.

Waitlists

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.

What stopovers and routing are allowed?

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.

  • – You can’t fly from North America to South America via Europe or Japan (a very, very long route like New York to Rio via Paris)
  • – You can’t fly from the Americas to Asia via Europe, as well as Africa, or the Middle East. (this is a frustrating one, since United MileagePlus, for example, lets you fly from the Americas to Asia via Europe)
  • – You can’t fly from Europe to Asia via Hawaii.

On the flip side, what you can do allows you to fly some very creative routings from North America.

  • – You can fly to anywhere in Asia via Australia, Oceania, or New Zealand, making for an epic trip when you use a stopover.
  • – You can fly to Australia, Oceania, or New Zealand via Asia, a riff on the above for a stopover.
  • – You can fly to Asia via Hawaii, getting a free visit to Hawaii in the process.
  • – You can fly to Africa or the Middle East via Europe.
  • – You can fly to Europe via Africa or the Middle East.

Tip: An around-the-world award ticket is a fantastic deal featuring the old ANA chart. You must fly in the same direction, cross the Pacific and the Atlantic and you can’t retrace, but you’re free to visit from 2 to 8 places for very low mileage costs.

Can you hold an award seat?

No.

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.

What are the best award values?

ANA has some great sweet spots.

  • North America to Japan can be as cheap as 40,000 miles in economy and 75,000 miles in business per round trip. First Class is reasonable accessible as low as 150,000 miles roundtrip.
  • North America to Oceania (which includes Australia and New Zealand) in business class costs just 120,000 miles round trip, and you can route via Asia, which often has better award availability.
  • North America to Europe and southern South America for 88,000 miles roundtrip in business class – the closest U.S. contenders, AA and UA are 27,000 miles more. You can fly United Airlines and pay no fuel surcharges.
  • A flight in an Etihad First Apartment between North America and the Middle East/Africa can be had for 208,000 miles.

etihadapartment

Can you upgrade with miles?

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:

ANA flights

The distance of 1 sector (one way)
(Basic segment mileage *1)
Economy Class →
Business Class
Business Class →
First Class
0-2,00012,00020,000
2,001-3,50018,00030,000
3,501-4,50020,00035,000
4,501-5,50025,00040,000
5,501-7,00028,00045,000

Star Alliance flights

Distance of 1 sector
(one-way)
(Basic mileage)
Economy Class →
Business Class
(1 segment)
Business Class →
First Class
(1 segment)
0-2,00012,00020,000
2,001-2,50018,00030,000
2,501-3,00022,00035,000
3,001-3,50024,00040,000
3,501-4,00026,00045,000
4,001-4,50028,00045,000
4,501-5,00030,00050,000
5,001-5,50032,00050,000
5,501-7,00034,00050,000
7,001-9,00036,00055,000
9,001-10,00038,00055,000
10,001 or more40,00060,000

What does an upgrade cost?

There are no fees or surcharges for an upgrade.

Alternative miles to book ANA flights

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.

What hotel points can you transfer from?

  • Starwood Preferred Guest permits point transfers to Mileage Club at a ratio of 1:1. There is a 5,000 mile bonus for every 20,000 points you transfer.
  • IHG Rewards transfers points at a rate of 10,000 points to 2,000 miles.
  • Hyatt’s Gold Passport rate is 2,5 points to 1 mile. If 50,000 points are converted in 20,000 miles, you’ll get a bonus of 5,000 additional miles.
  • Hilton’s HHonors program exchanges points to miles at a 10:1, with a minimum exchange of 10,000 points.
  • Shangri-La Golden Circle transfers points at a rate of 1:1 in 500 points increments with a 500-points bonus for every 2,500 transfer.

What credit cards earn ANA miles?

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.

Can you book awards for others?

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.

Can you transfer miles?

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.

Do ANA miles expire?

Miles will expire after three years regardless of activity except for Diamond members.

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Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee, then $95

Annual Fee

$0

Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes

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4 thoughts on ANA Mileage Club cheat sheet for using your miles

    1. MileCards.com

      @Dennis – In theory yes, though you’d get hit with huge fuel surcharges on Virgin Atlantic. Better to do a low surcharge Star Alliance option like Turkish, Swiss, ANA, Singapore, or Air India.

      Reply
  1. Stannis

    Are you certain that ANA doesn’t charge YQ for Air Canada flights? I ask because AC’s own program, Aeroplan, does indeed add YQ to AC awards.

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @Stannis – Yes, surprisingly they are not levied on Air Canada flights – you can see it when searching flights on the ANA site.

      For example, YYZ-AMS for 88k miles + 7,000 Yen, which is all airport facility charges / taxes of about $70 USD.

      It’s like how Aeroplan doesn’t levy them on Swiss flights, yet does on Lufthansa.

      Reply

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