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ANA revealed their new business and first class cabin on their 777-300ERs and it looks pretty awesome:
The service was among the best I’ve ever experienced on an airplane, the flight attendants were truly amazing. And the 21 year old Suntory whiskey and Hermolis kosher meals were the icing on the cake:
The first class seat and bed were very comfortable, but you couldn’t see out of the window and it didn’t have a door:
The middle seats were also oddly designed as people sitting in them can’t talk to each other:
ANA is rebranding first class as The Suite and business class as the room. They both look 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:
New ANA business:
Business class is staggered with forward and rear facing seats that also have privacy doors and middle partitions and go up and down:
The first class seat will have the advantage of more legroom, a bigger screen, and more amenities, but the difference between business and first class continues to shrink. No wonder first class is dying.
The first plane with this layout starts flying between London and Tokyo on August 2nd with service on even days until the end of the month when it moves to daily service. After that it will roll out to other routes.
The best way to fly on ANA is using Virgin Atlantic miles.
Here is the Virgin Atlantic award chart for round-trip travel on ANA:
You need just 95K miles to fly round-trip from London or the East Coast to Japan in business class or 120K miles in first class.
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 and then call Virgin Atlantic to book at a fraction of what United charges:
Want to earn Virgin Atlantic points?
You can transfer AMEX, Chase, Or Citi points to Virgin Atlantic at a 1:1 ratio.
AMEX cards with transferable Membership Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic include:
Chase premium cards with transferable points:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred
- $95 annual fee, 60K points signup bonus, earn 2 points per dollar on dining/travel, 25% bonus value on using points for paid travel redemptions.
- Chase Ink Business Preferred
- $95 annual fee, 80K points signup bonus, earn 3 points per dollar on select business spending and travel, 25% bonus value on using points for paid travel redemptions.
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
- $450 annual fee, $300 in annual travel credit, 50K points signup bonus, earn 3 points per dollar on dining/travel, 50% bonus value on using points for paid travel redemptions, Global Entry/Pre-check, Priority Pass lounge access.
Chase no annual fee cards with transferable points if you, a spouse, or an additional user have one of the premium cards above:
- Chase Freedom Card
- No annual fee, 15K points signup bonus, earn 5 points per dollar in rotating categories.
- Chase Freedom Unlimited Card
- No annual fee, earn 3 points per dollar everywhere on up to $20K in spending during your first year, then earn 1.5 points per dollar everywhere.
- Chase Ink Business Unlimited Card
- No annual fee, 50K points signup bonus, earn 1.5 points per dollar everywhere.
- Chase Ink Business Cash Card
- No annual fee, 50K points signup bonus, earn up to 5 points per dollar.
Citi cards with transferable points to Virgin Atlantic include:
- Citi Premier offering 60,000 points for a limited time for spending $4,000 in 3 months, 3 points per dollar on travel and gas, and 2 points per dollar on dining and entertainment. $95 annual fee.
- Citi Prestige offering 50,000 points for spending $4,000 in 3 months, 5 points per dollar on airfare and dining, and 3 points per dollar on hotels. $495 annual fee.
- The Citi Rewards+ Card offering 15,000 points for spending $1,000 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, 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, 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 or get a 25% added value for paid airfare, plus get a 10% points rebate on transferred or redeemed miles. No annual fee.
Marriott cards with transferable points to Virgin Atlantic include:
- Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Consumer Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express®Card
- All 3 of these cards offer 75K points for spending $3K in 3 months, elite status, and free annual nights at Marriott hotels.
- Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card offering 50K points for spending $2K in 3 months and no annual fee. Here is a comparison of all Marriott cards.
Will you be booking any ANA awards?