Much has been written about using ANA points to redeem on East Coast – London Upper Class rewards on Virgin Atlantic because those first class tickets only cost 63,000 miles when you use ANA. (That ANA-to-Virgin award is less valuable now since ANA now charges fuel surcharges on Virgin tickets). How do these awards get to be such a bargain? Their mileage requirements are based on distance, not zone. That can lead to some great deals (see their chart here).
I was just doing some initial planning for a possible trip to the Middle East and checked ANA because they allow you to redeem ANA’s miles on both Etihad and Qatar. From New York, the round trip mileage from JFK to Abu Dhabi or Doha is just under 14,000 miles. Looking at that chart, you can redeem ANA points on either of those airlines for 60,000 miles in coach or 90,000 miles in business class. That business class award is a huge bargain – most airlines charge 150,000 miles for that same reward.
You can transfer points into ANA from Membership Rewards and, even more lucratively, from SPG, which gives you a 5,000 point bonus for every 20,000 points transfered, meaning a business class award on Etihad or Qatar to Abu Dhabi or Doha would only cost 75,000 Starwood points. Fantastic.
Any other mileage-based bargains out there with ANA?