ANA’s New Business And First Class Looks Amazing, It’s Also The Biggest Mileage Bargain Around

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ANA revealed their new business and first class cabin on their 777-300ERs and it looks pretty awesome:

 

I flew ANA First Class from Tokyo to JFK on the way back from the United Island Hopper in 2015.

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.

Virgin also has frequent transfer bonuses from banks like AMEX and Citi.

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:

  • AMEX Blue Business Plus
  • AMEX Platinum Business
    • $595 annual fee, earn 1.5 points per dollar on eligible $5K+ transactions, $200 in annual airline fee credits, $200 in annual Dell credits, 1 year WeWork Global Office Space, Marriott and Hilton Gold status, 35% points rebate on paid airfare redemptions, Global Entry/Pre-check, AMEX Global lounge collection access.
    • For rates and fees of the AMEX Platinum Business Card, please visit here.
  • AMEX Gold Business Card
  • AMEX Gold Consumer Card
    • $250 annual fee, 40K points welcome bonus, $100 in annual airline fee credits, earn up to 4 points per dollar.
  • AMEX Platinum Consumer Card
    • $550 annual fee, up to 60K points welcome bonus, earn 5 points per dollar on airfare, $200 in annual airline fee credits, up to $200 in annual Uber credit, up to $100 in annual Saks credit, Marriott and Hilton Gold status, Global Entry/Pre-check, AMEX Global lounge collection access.
  • AMEX Everyday Preferred Consumer Card
    • $95 annual fee, up to 20K points welcome bonus, earn between 1.5-4.5 points per dollar everywhere with 30+ monthly transactions.
  • AMEX Everyday Consumer Card
    • No annual fee, up to 15K points welcome bonus, earn between 1.2-2.4 points per dollar everywhere with 20+ monthly transactions.

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:

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:

Will you be booking any ANA awards?

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Anon

Are there any way to use these miles for eretz yisroel?

Izz

Product looks awesome, hoping to fly it if they bring it to JFK-NRT route.

Regarding using VS points, VS does not allow you to use miles to book JFK/ORD-HND, only JFK/ORD-NRT. They only let you book to HND if flying from LAX or SFO.

Spoke with 2 agents and confirmed this, one of the agents was very knowledgeable on the subject, and advised it could be a recent change implemented by NH. Could possibly be a case of DROPR but I did get the same information from 2 agents at VS.

Izz

Thanks! DROPR it is in that case.

Thanks dan!!

Can it be booked 1 way?

ramen

In order to take advantage of the virgin airlines for 95K roundtrip total from London or east coast, I would have to search at United awards then call Virgin airlines to book ANA? So when comparing the miles, the United roundtrip is 160k while Virgin roundtrip is 95k?

bob

How long do Amex:ANA or Chase:ANA transfers typically take?

levi

the partitions looks really low, lower than average, not giving you much privacy from someone walking down the aisle; the FA in the video doesn’t seem very tall and the wall is not even up to her shoulders….

Doug

What’s the kosher scene in Japan?
Restaurants Chanas etc.?
Thanks.

CD

Chana’s just added somethings to the menu.
Can also get deliveries from them as well as Japan Kosher

Richard

How is biz or first class availability from NYC? Are 3 seats ever available?
Also you state:

“You can transfer AMEX, Chase, Or Citi points to Virgin Atlantic at a 1:1 ratio.”

But you left out that you can transfer Marriott points for 3:1 with a 25% bonus for every 60k miles transferred.

Andrew

I wonder what the chances are I might get the new business class with ORD-HND or HND-JFK in October.

ramen

Would it be better to transfer the points to Virgin first then call to book?

CD

Flew their 787 HND-SYD in April
Food was Ungers from MEL
Service TOP and good drinks selection

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