Virgin Atlantic Awards On ANA: The Best Deal In Miles Gets Even Better!

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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.

 

ANA Scotch offering from Tokyo to JFK, May 2015

 

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.

The Achilles’ heel has been that a round-trip flight is required. That means you need to find award availability in both directions, and you can’t use another routing and other miles to fly the other direction or to fly on the island hopper as I did.

But now Virgin Atlantic is allowing 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.

Compare that to 121K United miles for the one-way flight!

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:

 

ANA is rolling out new first class suites and business class suites that look amazing!

New ANA First, with a 43″ 4K LED, a door for privacy, multiple 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:

Want to earn Virgin Atlantic miles?

  • You can transfer AMEX, Chase, Or Citi points to Virgin Atlantic at a 1:1 ratio or Marriott points to Virgin Atlantic at a 60K:25K ratio.
  • Virgin Atlantic miles never expire!

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 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 75K 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 75K signup bonus and earns 1.5 points per dollar everywhere ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Freedom Flex has a 20K signup bonus and earns 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 20K signup bonus and earns 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.

AMEX cards with transferable Membership Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic include:

  • AMEX Blue Business Plus
    • Earns 2 points per dollar spent everywhere on up to $50K in annual spending. 
  • AMEX Platinum Business
    • Earn 1.5 points per dollar on eligible $5K+ transactions, $200 in annual airline fee credits, $200 in annual Dell credits, Marriott and Hilton Gold status, 35% points rebate on paid airfare redemptions, Global Entry/Pre-check, AMEX Global lounge collection access.
  • AMEX Gold Business Card
    • 25% points rebate on paid airfare redemptions, earn 4 points per dollar on your most common spending categories each billing cycle.
  • AMEX Platinum Consumer Card
    • Earn 5 points per dollar on airfare, $200 in annual airline fee credits, up to $200 in annual Uber credit, Uber Eats pass, up to $100 in annual Saks credit, Marriott and Hilton Gold status, Global Entry/Pre-check, AMEX Global lounge collection access.
  • AMEX Gold Consumer Card
    • $10 monthly Grubhub credits, $10 monthly Uber credits, Uber Eats pass, earn up to 4 points per dollar.
  • AMEX Green Consumer Card
    • $100 in annual CLEAR credit, earn up to 3 points per dollar.
  • AMEX Everyday Preferred Consumer Card
    • Earn between 1.5-4.5 points per dollar everywhere with 30+ monthly transactions.
  • AMEX Everyday Consumer Card
    • Earn between 1.2-2.4 points per dollar everywhere with 20+ monthly transactions.

If you or a friend has one of the following Citi cards, you can transfer points into miles:

  • Citi Premier offering 60,000 points for spending $4,000 in 3 months, 3 points per dollar on airfare, hotels, travel agents, groceries, gas, and dining. $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.

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.
  • 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 and get a 10% points rebate on transferred or redeemed miles. No annual fee.

Marriott cards with transferable points to Virgin Atlantic include:

HT: Yoel, via DDF

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Jack

Thanks Dan, does this work for israel?

BT

Is there ever availability?

yoni1983

Any options for stopovers when using VA to book on ANA?

Izz

Too bad Japan is not opening up anytime soon or any countries in the region for that matter 🙁

Issac Jones

The problem is by time places like Japan, Bali will be opened most of those flights will be canceled

mf

can you do the opposite? fly VA with ana miles?
if yes is there fuel surcharges?

Ay

Does ANA fly anywhere besides Tokyo?

Steve

Are the rate cheap as well if you continue on to other destinations in Asia?

cant breathe

just curious if a door means that no one can see if you’re wearing a mask? Any other airlines have this (besides spirit)?

LLCoolBeans

what about ANA from Seattle to Narita?

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