All-Nippon Airways (“ANA”) is a Japanese airline based in Tokyo. ANA is one of my favorite airlines and award programs and it is one of the best options to transfer American Express Membership Rewards points.
Good Things About ANA
Round the World Awards– ANA’s round the world chart is one of the best ways to use ANA points and/or American Express Membership Rewards if you have several weeks to travel. I love the fact that you can do eight different stopovers, so you could stop in several places in Asia, then stop in India, the Middle East, a few places in Europe, and fly back home. In our Round the World/Distance-Based Chart comparison, ANA was the best option for routings under 28,000 miles long. (You could easily stay under 22,000 miles for only 125,000 points in business class)
Diverse Set of Partners: In addition to being apart of the Star Alliance, which is the best airline alliance, ANA is also partners with several other great airlines: Etihad, Garuda Indonesia, Virgin Atlantic, Vietnam Airlines, and Hawaiian.
Great Award Chart for ANA Flights– ANA gives a 15,000 point discount for business class if you travel in the low season on ANA’s own planes and a 5,000 point discount when you travel during the regular season. This is great considering that ANA is one of the best airlines in the Star Alliance.
Great Award Chart for Partners– ANA’s partner award chart is one of the best in the points world. I was able to visit five countries in Asia for 95,000 points in business class, by using ANA points and two cheap flights to connect open-jaw tickets (booked Charlotte to Seoul, Tokyo to Hong Kong, Manila to Chicago, but had a 23-hour layover to explore Taipei).
Bad Things About ANA
Fuel Surcharges on Partners– ANA passes the fuel surcharges that most of their partners charge. This makes it very expensive to fly to Europe using ANA points unless you want to fly on United or Air Canada. Most of ANA’s partners in Asia and Oceania have small or no fuel surcharges, so I like to use my points in those regions.
ANA’s North America Routes to Tokyo (NRT)
- Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York (JRK), San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle.
ANA’s North America Routes to Tokyo (HND)
- Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York (JFK), and Vancouver.
Seat Maps by Plane: SeatGuru
Flight and Lounge Reviews- We collected ANA reviews from all around the web on our Flight and Lounge Reviews page.
Points Expiration: 36 months from earned with no way to extend.
Video: “Experience Class”
ANA Experience Japan Pass
Individuals residing outside of Japan with an international air ticket to and from Japan are eligible to purchase ANA Experience Japan Pass. Checked bags are included and can be a great deal if you are booking at the last minute (e.g., Tokyo to Okinawa is about $250 within a month of departure (only costs about $100 with pass), but the price two months in advance drops to $80).
- JPY 5,400 (~US$45-50)
- Sapporo to Wakkanai, Memanbetsu, Nemuro Nakashibetsu, Kushiro, Hakodate, Aomori, Akita, Sendai, Niigata, Fukushima.
- Tokyo to Odate Noshiro, Akita, Shonai.
- Osaka to Aomori, Akita, Sendai, Fukushima, Niigata
- JPY 7,560 (~$65-70): Tokyo to Osaka(Itami/Kobe/Kansai)
- JPY 10,800 (~$95-100): Routes aside from the above.