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.
They’re rolling out new first class suites and business class suites that look amazing! You can find them on routes like NYC and London to Tokyo.
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 best way to book ANA awards is with Virgin Atlantic miles.
You only need 110K miles to fly in first class round-trip from the west coast to Japan or 120K miles to fly round-trip from the east coast to Japan.
Virgin Atlantic does pass along fuel surcharges, which has added a few hundred dollars onto the cost of an award in the past.
However ANA has now removed their fuel surcharges on flights to or from Japan! That will make this bargain of an award redemption even better as you can now book ANA awards with Virgin Atlantic miles without paying hundreds of dollars in fuel surcharges.
Using 120K miles for a first class award that costs $25,000, makes for a redemption worth more than 20 cents per mile!
Here is the Virgin Atlantic award chart for travel on ANA:
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.
Round-trip travel is required on ANA awards.
You can fly in ANA first class to Tokyo/Narita from Chicago, Honolulu, JFK, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.
You can fly in ANA first class to Tokyo/Haneda from Chicago, Houston, JFK, or Los Angeles, or Washington DC.
You can also fly ANA business class from Honolulu, San Jose, Seattle, or Vancouver to Tokyo/Haneda.
United now charges a whopping 242K miles to fly round-trip from the US to Japan in ANA first class, but you can call Virgin Atlantic to book travel for just 110-120K miles!
Search for first class saver awards on United.com and then call Virgin Atlantic to book:
You can transfer points from AMEX, Chase, or Citi instantly at a 1:1 ratio to Virgin Atlantic, or from Marriott to Virgin Atlantic at a 60:25 ratio, and you can hold awards over the phone.
The only question is, how long can this deal last? Have you taken advantage of ANA awards with Virgin Atlantic miles?