Continuing with the trend of fuel surcharges being waived by airline programmes, All Nippon Airways (ANA) has followed suit in removing fuel surcharges from its flights! This opens up so many amazing opportunities for real cash savings when flying around the world with ANA!
You can see from this link that with effect from 1 June – 30 September 2020, ANA flights originating in Japan no longer incurs any fuel surcharges.
Things were still different in May 2020, when ANA still levied fuel surcharges. A return trip from Tokyo to New York would incur 21,000 Japanese Yen (~275 SGD) worth of fuel surcharges, before applicable taxes.
What does this mean for us?
I went to confirm this amazing development by making an attempted search on ANA’s first class route from Tokyo to Frankfurt using Krisflyer. Krisflyer miles can be used to book ANA flights because they participate in the same airline alliance, Star Alliance!
There seemed to be decent availability for ANA’s new First Class ‘THE SUITE’, which is always pleasant news. First Class tickets are among the toughest to book in the aviation world. Do note that you will want to book the flight NH 203, which features the new seats. NH 223 features the older first class seats of ANA, though I believe they are about to be retrofitted with the new seats too!
True enough, the applicable amount that one has to top up is only 3,710 Yen, which represents the relevant government taxes. I confirmed this amount using the ITA Matrix application, as you can see for yourself. Relevant surcharges now are at a nominal 100 Yen.
However, it’s no secret that 153,000 Krisflyer miles is a TON of miles, although you would be spending it on one of the most luxurious experiences in the sky, so do go ahead and pull the trigger if you will.
However, the best way to redeem ANA business and first class seats lie with using your Virgin Atlantic miles, which I wrote about here previously. Did you know that a round-trip ticket in ANA’s First Class only costs 120k Virgin Atlantic miles? That’s simply amazing! Yes, Krisflyer charges more miles for a one-way flight than Virgin Atlantic does for a return flight. That’s the power of diversifying your miles arsenal!
Here’s the whole redemption table should you need referencing.
No kidding. Redeeming Virgin Atlantic miles on ANA premium cabin products is undoubtedly one of the best ways to redeem any type of miles around the world.
However, do note that only round-trips are allowed for redeeming Virgin Atlantic miles on ANA, which is a limitation since you will have to find availability on both flights before confirming the reservation.
However, recent reports emerge that it’s also possible to redeem an open jaw-ticket, and I think this does open many opportunities.
Simply put, an open-jaw ticket is an airline return ticket where the destination and origin are different. This means that I can redeem this itinerary JFK-HND-LHR for a total of 120k Virgin Atlantic miles.
Just take a moment to appreciate this. This means that I am visiting 3 continents; I’m starting out in New York, enjoying a stopover in Tokyo, before finding myself in London. For just 120k Virgin Atlantic miles.
You are not just restricted to this particular set of itinerary. Pre-COVID, ANA flies to 9 different destinations to USA, so you do have a plethora of options. You are also more than welcome to start your journey in Europe!
ANA’s premium cabins are still on the top of my bucket list of flights I want to fly in 2020. I was already prepared to pay around USD 400+ of surcharges for the stated itinerary above, but with the good news released by ANA, this only reduces my cash outlay and makes me more eager to embark for this flight.
I mean, it’s only been 111 days since I was last on a plane.. 🙁