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One of the best redemptions in the mileage game is ANA first class with Virgin Atlantic miles.
ANA is an incredible Japanese airline with great first class suites that have very comfortable beds and amazing service. I reviewed them here towards the end of the 4th part of my Island Hopper adventure.
Here are their old first class suites product:
You only need 110K Virgin Atlantic miles to fly round-trip from the west coast to Japan or 120K miles to fly round-trip from the east coast to Japan in first class.
Virgin Atlantic also allows for one-way travel for half the round-trip rate in the chart below.
That means you only need 55K Virgin miles to fly one-way from the west coast to Japan or 60K miles to fly one-way from the east coast to Japan in first class.
There are fuel surcharges on these flights.
Compare that to 121K United miles for the one-way flight!
A paid ticket can set you back $21,000!
Unfortunately, you do need to call Virgin Atlantic to book travel on ANA at 800-365-9500. You can search for ANA award space on United.com.
You can fly in ANA first class to Tokyo/Narita from Chicago, Houston, JFK, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Washington DC.
You can fly in ANA first class to Tokyo/Haneda from Chicago, JFK, or Los Angeles.
Search for first class saver awards on United.com to TYO and then call Virgin Atlantic to book:
They’re rolling out new first class suites and business class suites that are amazing!
New ANA First, with a 43″ 4K LED, a door for privacy, windows, and more:
The middle seats have a partition for privacy that goes up and down so that companions can talk to each other:
Business class is staggered with forward and rear facing seats that also have privacy doors and middle partitions and go up and down:
It has been very hard to find any ANA first class space since Japan has reopened, however the floodgates have just opened!
You can find availability between San Francisco and Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Tokyo Haneda (HND) on many dates from April-June.
The Haneda flights have the new suites product on most dates, which you can confirm by searching for a paid flight on the ANA site.
The new first class will say THE Suite and the new business class will say THE Room.
Using the United legacy search, I found the following availability for the number of seats on each date, by route. This will change quickly, so check there for live availability.
San Francisco to Tokyo:
April 4: 3 SFO-NRT
April 5: 3 SFO-NRT, 1 SFO-HND
April 6: 1 SFO-NRT
April 12: 1 SFO-NRT, 1 SFO-HND
April 13: 1 SFO-NRT
April 15: 1 SFO-HND
April 16: 1 SFO-NRT
April 17: 1 SFO-HND
April 18: 5 SFO-HND
April 20: 1 SFO-NRT
April 22: 1 SFO-NRT
April 23: 1 SFO-HND
April 24: 1 SFO-HND
April 25: 2 SFO-HND
April 26: 2 SFO-HND
April 27: 1 SFO-HND
April 28: 3 SFO-HND
April 30: 1 SFO-NRT, 3 SFO-HND
May 3: 2 SFO-HND
May 4: 2 SFO-HND
May 6: 1 SFO-HND
May 7: 2 SFO-HND
May 9: 1 SFO-NRT, 3 SFO-HND
May 11: 1 SFO-NRT, 1 SFO-HND
May 12: 1 SFO-HND
May 14: 1 SFO-NRT
May 15: 2 SFO-HND
May 16: 1 SFO-NRT
May 17: 3 SFO-HND
May 22: 1 SFO-HND
May 23: 1 SFO-HND
May 26: 1 SFO-HND
May 27: 1 SFO-NRT, 1 SFO-HND
May 28: 1 SFO-HND
May 29: 1 SFO-HND
May 30: 1 SFO-NRT
June 2: 1 SFO-NRT, 1 SFO-HND
June 3: 1 SFO-NRT, 1 SFO-HND
June 4: 1 SFO-HND
June 5: 1 SFO-NRT
June 6: 1 SFO-NRT
Tokyo to San Francisco:
April 4: 2 NRT-SFO
April 5: 1 NRT-SFO
April 6: 1 HND-SFO
April 7: 1 HND-SFO
April 10: 1 HND-SFO
April 11: 2 NRT-SFO
April 12: 2 NRT-SFO, 3 HND-SFO
April 13: 4 NRT-SFO, 1 HND-SFO
April 14: 2 NRT-SFO
April 15: 1 NRT-SFO
April 19: 1 NRT-SFO
April 20: 3 NRT-SFO, 2 HND-SFO
April 21: 4 NRT-SFO
April 22: 1 NRT-SFO, 2 HND-SFO
April 25: 2 NRT-SFO, 1 HND-SFO
April 26: 1 HND-SFO
April 27: 1 NRT-SFO, 1 HND-SFO
April 28: 1 HND-SFO
April 30: 2 HND-SFO
May 1: 1 HND-SFO
May 2: 2 HND-SFO
May 3: 3 NRT-SFO, 4 HND-SFO
May 4: 3 NRT-SFO, 3 HND-SFO
May 5: 5 NRT-SFO, 1 HND-SFO
May 6: 1 NRT-SFO, 4 HND-SFO
May 7: 2 NRT-SFO
May 8: 2 NRT-SFO, 1 HND-SFO
May 9: 2 NRT-SFO
May 10: 5 HND-SFO
May 11: 2 NRT-SFO, 3 HND-SFO
May 13: 3 NRT-SFO
May 14: 1 HND-SFO
May 16: 1 NRT-SFO, 3 HND-SFO
May 17: 2 NRT-SFO, 3 HND-SFO
May 18: 3 NRT-SFO, 3 HND-SFO
May 19: 4 NRT-SFO, 1 HND-SFO
May 20: 2 NRT-SFO, 1 HND-SFO
May 22: 1 NRT-SFO, 2 HND-SFO
May 23: 1 NRT-SFO, 1 HND-SFO
May 25: 2 NRT-SFO, 5 HND-SFO
May 26: 4 NRT-SFO, 2 HND-SFO
May 27: 5 HND-SFO
May 28: 1 NRT-SFO, 1 HND-SFO
May 29: 1 NRT-SFO
May 31: 1 NRT-SFO
June 1: 1 NRT-SFO, 3 HND-SFO
June 2: 1 HND-SFO
June 3: 1 HND-SFO
June 5: 4 HND-SFO
June 6: 4 HND-SFO
June 7: 1 NRT-SFO, 2 HND-SFO
June 8: 2 NRT-SFO
Want to earn Virgin Atlantic miles?
- You can transfer AMEX, Capital One, Chase, Or Citi points to Virgin Atlantic at a 1:1 ratio or Marriott points at a 60K:25K ratio.
AMEX cards with transferable Membership Rewards points include:
- AMEX Blue Business Plus
- AMEX Platinum Business
- AMEX Gold Business Card
- AMEX Platinum Consumer Card
- AMEX Gold Consumer Card
- AMEX Green Consumer Card
- AMEX Everyday Preferred Consumer Card
- AMEX Everyday Consumer Card
If you, a member in your household, or an authorized user has one of the following Chase cards, you can transfer points into miles:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred has 60K signup bonus, earns 2.1 points per dollar on travel, 3.1 points per dollar on dining, streaming, and online groceries, has a $50 hotel credit, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.3 cents each for paid travel or pay yourself back categories ($95 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Sapphire Reserve has a 60K signup bonus, earns 3 points per dollar on dining/travel, has a $300 travel credit, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.5 cents each for paid travel or pay yourself back categories ($550 annual fee with $300 travel credit). Read more here.
- Chase Ink Preferred has a 100K signup bonus and earns 3 points per dollar on shipping, advertising, and travel, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.25 cents each for paid travel or pay yourself back categories ($95 annual fee). Read more here.
Chase no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:
- Chase Ink Cash has a record high 90K signup bonus and earns 5 points per dollar on cable, TV, telecom, cellular, office supply stores, and gift cards from office supply stores, plus 2 points per dollar on dining and gas ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Ink Unlimited has a record high 90K signup bonus and earns 1.5 points per dollar everywhere ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Freedom Flex has a 20K signup bonus, plus 5 points on rotating categories, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Freedom Unlimited has a signup bonus offering 3 points per dollar on up to $20K of spending in your first 12 month, afterwards earn at least 1.5 points per dollar everywhere, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
If you or a friend has one of the following Citi cards, you can transfer points into miles:
- Citi Premier has a 60,000 point bonus for spending $4,000 in 3 months, 3 points per dollar on airfare, hotels, travel agents, groceries, gas, and dining. $95 annual fee. Read more here.
Citi no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:
- The Citi Double Cash card offers 2% cash back or 2 points per dollar spent everywhere that can be transferred into ThankYou points. If you also have a Citi Premier Card you can transfer points into miles. No annual fee. Read more here.
- The Citi Custom Cash Card offers 5 points per dollar on up to $500 in purchases in your top eligible spending category each billing cycle. This is marketed as 5% cash back, but will actually come in the form of 5 ThankYou points per dollar spent! Eligible categories include Restaurants, Gas Stations, Grocery Stores, Select Travel, Select Transit, Select Streaming Services, Drugstores, Home Improvement Stores, Fitness Clubs, and Live Entertainment. You will also get 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months. No annual fee. Read more here.
- The Citi Rewards+ Card offering 20,000 points for spending $1,500 in 3 months. This card can’t transfer points on its own, but can transfer points if you have one of the Citi cards above. This card automatically rounds up rewards earned on every purchase to the nearest 10 points, meaning you earn 10 points on a $0.50 Amazon balance reload. Earn 2 points on $6K in annual spending at supermarkets, and a 10% points rebate when you redeem points, up to a 10K points rebate per year. If you also have a Citi Premier Card you can transfer points into miles and get a 10% points rebate on transferred or redeemed miles. No annual fee. Read more here.
Capital One cards with transferable points include:
- Capital One Venture X Card: Earn 75,000 bonus miles for spending $4,000 in 3 months, plus earn 2 miles per dollar spent, $300 annual travel credit, 10K anniversary bonus miles, Global Entry/Pre-Check, Capital One lounge access, Priority Pass Lounge membership, and more. Read more here.
- Capital One Venture: Earn 75,000 bonus miles for spending $4,000 in 3 months, plus 2 miles per dollar spent. Read more here.
- Capital One Spark Miles: Earn 50,000 bonus miles, plus 2 miles per dollar spent.
- Capital One Spark Cash Plus Card: Earn up to 100,000 bonus miles, plus 2 miles per dollar spent, convertible into transferrable miles with any of the 3 cards above. Read more here.
Marriott cards with transferable points include:
- Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Consumer Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express®Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card
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It is from NYC that is rare.
No, there has been practically nothing from any city for months now.
Shouldn’t be an issue if you cross both ways during sefira. The problem is crossing the dateline just one-way AFAIK.
But definitely AYLOR.
No they don’t have this deal to Israel lol
Thanks Dan! What about departure cities other than SFO?
If you find anything, let us know!
Any way to conect onwards
ANA or JAL better?
Any kosher chabad restaurants?
In Tokyo? Not sure if you’re joking or not. Btw, that’s the least of your problems, every single one of the seats Dan posted are gone by now.
There used to be but not since covid. Only catering booked way in advance.
does it have to show saver award under Business or First to qualify? can’t seem to find any to or from SFO 🙁
Saver First is 121K United miles or 55K Virgin miles:
great to know, thank you!!
Business and First cost the same?
Are there cancel/change Re deposit fees if allowed? How long do you have to use value if you book and must cancel? Thanks
For example, for a one-way ticket from SFO to Tokyo, how much are the taxes + fuel surcharges when using Virgin miles? If one uses ANA miles, the total becomes $7xx, which is way too much.
Using Virgin miles, from/to any US gateway is $429 each way, in surcharges. It drops to $329 on Feb. 1 to March 31st. So even on an economy ticket there are $858.75 in surcharges for each award ticket. Which means if an award seat is available, it is best to book it using either United or Aeroplan because, even though it cost more miles, the fees will a lot less.
Anything in July??
Is there any availability left? I’ve been looking since this evening and found nothing on united
Ana award seats in first is almost always bs never available for a good rate
Virgin charges fuel charges
A lot !!