ANA, part of Star Alliance, is moving from a distance-based award chart to a zone-based one. For our purposes, this was supposed to be a positive change. Distance-based award charts generally are not particularly great for long-distance itineraries, or ones with multiple connections (see this post on the recent British Airways Devaluation). Zone-based ones allow more flexibility in most cases.
ANA announced the new chart back in November, and people (especially me) got very excited because there were some tremendous values on it:
- Flying from the US to Europe in Business Class was 72K miles round trip.
- Flying from the US to Middle East/AfricaU in Business Class was 90K round trip.
- Flying from the US to Japan in Business Class was 85K round trip.
- Other values all over the chart in ALL classes of travel.
Travel Is Free had a great summary here.
ANA decided to make some changes to that chart before it goes into effect this Sunday, April 12th, 2015. The bad news is that some awards have become more expensive than previously noted. The good news is they’re still fantastic values compared to programs like United, American, and Delta, and there’s even a proper award chart now.
New ANA Award Chart
Note the chart shows round trip prices. Below are some updated values from the new ANA award chart that might be of interest.
Round trip US to:
- Japan remains 85K in Business Class.
- Asia 1 (Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan) is 95K in Business Class.
- Asia 2 (the rest of Asia) is 115K in Business Class.
- Africa/Middle East is 104K in Business Class.
- Oceana is 120K in Business Class.
While these prices have increased over what we were previously told, they still present tremendous value for premium cabin travel. I haven’t listed economy prices because many are now somewhat competitive with the US domestic airline award prices, but in many cases are still cheaper.
Unfortunately, First Class prices have increased rather significantly for all regions to the point where it’s not really worth considering in my opinion. Economy and Business Class are great values.
How to Get ANA Miles
There are two main ways to earn ANA miles: through American Express Membership Rewards and through Starwood Preferred Guest. Amex MR points transfer at a 1:1 ratio, and SPG points will transfer at 1:1 also but provide a 5K bonus for every 20K transferred.
In my mind, this is definitely worth considering a shift of manufactured spending if you’re interested in flying Star Alliance.