Best Ways to Use All-Nippon Airways (ANA) Miles for Maximum Value


ANA has two separate award charts. One for ANA operated flights, which is based on a low, regular, or high season. The other is the Airline Partner award chart, which is one of the best partner award charts out there (with the exception of Alaska Airlines).

My first big award trip was using ANA points. I visited 5 countries in two weeks for only 95,000 points plus $202. I flew business class on the following routing: Charlotte to New York on United (4-hour layover), New York to Seoul on Asiana; Tokyo to Hong Kong on ANA; and Manila to Taipei (23 hour stop) to Chicago on EVA. (I used other points for the missing connections). 


How Much It Will Cost

Partner Award Charts: Partner Award Charts for All Zones (U.S. chart below)

ANA Award Chart: ANA-operated International Award Chart (U.S. chart below) and ANA-operated Domestic Chart

Round the World: We cover ANA’s round the world in detail on this page. Basically, you can do eight stopovers on a round the world trip for about 20,000-40,000 more points than a business class trip to Asia.  

Seasonality: For ANA operated flights (not partners), the points required depends on the departure date seasonality (scroll down to “Step 2”). Mid-January to February and April are generally the low season. 

Region Definitions: The chart with the full list of countries for each region is below. Zone 1 (Japan), Zone 2 (South Korea), Zone 3 (Asia 1 (China, Philippines, Taiwan)), Zone 4 (Asia 2), Zone 5 (Hawaii), Zone 6 (North America), Zone 7 (Europe), Zone 8 (Africa and Middle East), Zone 9 (Central and South America), and Zone 10 (Oceania)


Airlines You Can Fly

Star Alliance Partners: Adria, Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air India ($$), Air New Zealand, ANA ($), Asiana ($), Austrian ($$), Avianca, Brussels Airlines ($$), Copa, Croatia Airlines, Egyptair ($$), Ethiopian ($$), EVA Air, LOT Polish ($), Lufthansa ($$), SAS , Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways ($$), SWISS ($$), TAP Portugal , THAI, Turkish Airlines ($), and United.

  • $ denotes average fuel surcharges between $100-300. $$ denotes average fuel surcharges above $300.)

Other Partners: Etihad (temporarily restricted to codeshare routes with ANA, which is only AUH-NRT), Garuda Indonesia, Philippine Airlines, Virgin Atlantic ($), Vietnam Airlines, Air Dolomiti, Air Macau, Eurowings, Germanwings, and Jet Airways

  • You cannot mix “Other Partners” with the “Star Alliance Partners.” (i.e. you cannot fly Etihad to Asia and then fly Singapore back to the US. You would need to fly Etihad the whole way). Additionally, you cannot use any of the “Other Partners” for round world award redemption.

Fuel Surcharges:  ANA passes on partner’s own surcharges with the exception of Air Canada, Air China, SAS, and United (except to/from Asia, which is usually under $100). Therefore, I recommend targeting awards with ANA, Etihad, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Asiana, EVA, SAS, Singapore, Thai, and United.


Routing Rules

One-Ways: Not Allowed. Only roundtrip awards.  

Routing Rules: Only one stopover plus one open-jaw is allowed; or two open jaws and no stopovers.  You can only book roundtrip flights and you can also do a open-jaw at the end of your trip if it is in the same country as start points (i.e. start in Charlotte and end in Chicago). For transfers, “Up to two transfers may be made on the outbound and inbound trips each in Japan. Up to two transfers may also be made on outbound and inbound trips each other than Japan.”

Rule 1: “The location which requires the largest amount of miles to redeem an award for from the selected departure point is considered to be the destination.” (This means if you fly to Zone Asia 1 and then go to Asia 2, you will charged the number of points to go to Asia 2. In that case, there is a 20,000 point difference, so try to stay in equally priced zones

Rule 2: The outbound journey cannot pass through the first or last cities of the outbound journey again before ending at the last city. Likewise, the return journey cannot pass through the first or last cities of the return journey again before ending at the last city (e.g. Tokyo⇒Sapporo⇒Tokyo⇒Frankfurt⇒Tokyo does not work because you go through Tokyo three times, but Tokyo⇒Seoul⇒Tokyo⇒Fukuoka does work)

Rule 3: If the departure point and the final return point are not the same, they must still be within the same country (U.S. and Canada are considered same country and all of Europe is considered one country)

Rule 4: If the last city of the outbound journey is different from the first city of the return journey, they must still be within the same area. (Area 1 is North America and Hawaii; Area 2 is Europe, Middle East, Africa; and Area 3 is Japan, South Korea, China, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Southwest Pacific) (This means you can do Tokyo to Frankfurt to Paris to Tokyo, but not Tokyo to Frankfurt to China to Tokyo)

Rule 5: There are restrictions regarding where you cannot connect (i.e. you can’t fly from the U.S. to South America via Europe). The full list is below, but you are allowed to do the following routings: North America to Oceania to Asia back to North America (or Asia then Oceania); North America to Hawaii with a stopover and to Asia; North America to Europe and then to Africa or Middle East (or Africa to Europe).

Other Rules:

  • You can book up for up to 10 family members, but they must be registered with ANA.
  • You can pool your points, but they must register with ANA and pay an application fee of 1,000 points.
  • You must begin your trip within one year of ticket issuance
  • Flights are available within 355 of departure.
  • You can put reservations on hold for up to 48 hours sometimes by calling in, but you are subject then to the $25 phone booking fee.

Award Changes: You can only change the date and time of your travel. You cannot change the carrier and you cannot change the routing. If you need to change any of those things, just cancel for 3,000 points and rebook.

Fees: 3,000 points to cancel an award ticket and $25 phone booking fee.

Mixed Classes: If there are flights for multiple classes included in an itinerary, the required mileage for both the outbound and return journeys are divided by 2, then totaled. If the itinerary has flights for multiple classes and also includes connections, the required mileage for the higher class of service on both the outbound and return journeys will be applied.


Booking an Award

Family Registration: A member can only book an award for themselves and family members within two degrees. If your travel partner is not related or married to you, transfer points into their own account. Additionally, you can pool points with your family members by signing up for the AFA program, which costs 1,000 ANA points.

Premium Economy- ANA announced that sometime in 2019, you will be able to book premium economy seats using points. North America to Japan will cost 62,000 in low season, 77,000 in regular season, and 82,000 in high season.

Phone: 1-800-235-9262

Award Search Tip: If you use the multi-city award search and one date does not have award space, then the entire search will bring up nothing. Therefore, it is best to break up the trip and find award space for each route, then put it all together.

You should also use the +- 3-day feature on ANA’s award search engine.

You will then get a choice of several dates with award space. You will need to click a date and hit next to see what flights are actually available. 

Search results will then return results for several different flight options. You can play around your selection to (1) reduce the number of points required (ANA operated are fewer points), (2) reduce fuel surcharges, and (3) reduce travel time. 


Sweet Spots

ANA-operated from North America:

Japan on ANA business class for 75,000 points during the low season, 85,000 during the regular season, and 90,000 points in the high season.

  • “Regular Season” Award Compared to: American Airlines (120,000), Alaska (100-105,000), United (140,000), Korean (140,000), and Aeroplan (150,000)

Seoul, Bejing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila, Tapai, etc. (Asia 1 and South Korea) on ANA business class for 80,000 points during the low season, 90,000 during the regular season, and 95,000 points in the high season.

  • “Regular Season” Award Compared to: American Airlines (140,000), Alaska (100-130,000), United (150,000), Korean (155,000), and Aeroplan (150,000)

Singapore, Bangkok, India, Vietnam, etc. (Asia 2) on ANA business class for 100,000 points during the low season, 110,00 during the regular season, and 115,000 points in the high season.

  • “Regular Season” Award Compared to: American Airlines (140,000), Alaska (125,000), United (170,000), Korean (170,000), and Aeroplan (150,000)

Sydney on ANA business class for 105,000 points during the low season, 115,000 during the regular season, and 120,000 points in the high season.

  • “Regular Season” Award Compared to: American Airlines (160,000), Alaska (110,000-125,000), United (180,000), Korean (185,000), and Aeroplan (160,000)

 

Partner Flights from North America:

South Korea in Business for 95,000 points round-trip

  • Compared to: American Airlines (120,000), Alaska (100-120,000), United (140,000), Korean (140,000), and Aeroplan (150,000)

Asia 1 in Business for 95,000 points round-trip (Guam, Taiwan, China, Philippines, Hong Kong, and Macau)

  • Compared to: American Airlines (140,000), Alaska (100-130,000), United (150,000), Korean (155,000), and Aeroplan (150,000)

Asia 2 in Business for 136,000 points round-trip (Singapore, Thailand, India, Maldives, etc.)

  • Compared to: American Airlines (140,000), Alaska (125,000), United (170,000), Korean (170,000), and Aeroplan (150,000)
  • Note: For this award, you are better off doing an round the world trip.  For 11,000 points less (125,000), you could fly business class from LAX and have stopovers in Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Maldives, Athens, Rome, Paris, London, and then back to LAX. (21,915 miles flown assuming all direct flights, which costs 125,000 ANA points)

Europe in Business for 88,000 points round-trip. (watch out for surcharges)

  • Compared to: American Airlines (115,000), Alaska (100,000), United (120,000), Korean (80,000), and Aeroplan (110,000)

Australia or New Zealand in Business for 120,000 points.

  • Compared to: American Airlines (160,000), Alaska (110,000-125,000), United (180,000), Korean (185,000), and Aeroplan (160,000)

South America in Business for 88,000 points

  • Compared to: American Airlines (115,000), Alaska (90,000-100,000), United (120,000), Korean (110,000), and Aeroplan (110,000)

ANA (operated) Flights Award Chart From North America

Charts for other zones for ANA flights.

L= April 1-25, 2018; January 7-29, 2019

R= March 1-31, May 8-July 25, August 21-December 18 for 2018; March 1-31 for 2019

H= January 1-7, April 26-May 7, July 26-August 20, December 19-31 for 2018; January 1-6 for 2019.


Partner Award Chart from North America


Partner Zone Definitions


ANA Zones


Restrictions on Connection Points