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When you talk about airlines doing exciting things, ANA kinda took the world by storm in 2020. Without any teasers or product launches with fireworks, ANA quietly unveiled what I’d argue is the best business class seat in the world, and a brand new first class suites too. They don’t just look extraordinary, they are. In a rare move, ANA has dumped quite a few dates in each month from both New York and London where you can use points to book these exceptional experiences for yourself…

Great ANA First Class Award Availability

ANA is rolling out its new cabins between London Heathrow and Tokyo Haneda, and between New York JFK and Tokyo Haneda and Narita. Heathrow is already flying and New York will be online before the end of 2019, and fortunately, there’s amazing award availability for a seat in first class from both airports in both 2019 and 2020.

  • New York JFK to Tokyo 
  • London Heathrow to Tokyo

It’s worth noting that San Francisco and Frankfurt will also be added, so it’s a good idea to check space for 2020 from both as well…

From the start, you should know that there are a few ways to book this, and by far the best is via the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. Round Trip first class using Virgin Atlantic miles requires 120,000 points, whereas United would charge 110,000 miles each way to book these. The best options for booking ANA first class using points, including the transfer partners from which you can create these miles are…

Shut Up And Show Me The Dates

It’s typically not easy to find more than a few singular dates in an entire calendar year when ANA has released first or business class seats, let alone multiple dates in many months for their newest and very best seat, complete with privacy doors. It’s exciting stuff…

London to Tokyo

From London to Tokyo you can find first class availability on: January: 14, 29 February: 25, 28 March: 26 April: 13, 14, 15, 26, 27 May: 20,  June: 6, 15 July: 28 August: 7, 18, 19, 21.

New York to Tokyo

From New York to Tokyo you can find first class availability on: October: 2, 3 January: 29 February: 4, 5, 20, 21, 29 April: 1, 7, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 May: 20, 27, 28, June: 11, 16, 21, 22 July: 1, 13 August: 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 11, 18, 21, 22.

How To Search And Book ANA First With Miles

Don’t forget that you can use Amex Points, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, Capital One Venture Miles and more to create miles with any of the programs mentioned above. Award avail like this comes and goes, and since changes or cancellations are usually inexpensive, it’s best to book first and figure it out later.

Although you’re flying on ANA, all the searching and booking will be done with whatever airlines miles you plan to use to book this. In other words, if you want to use Virgin Atlantic miles, call Virgin Atlantic to book. If you want to use United miles, use the United website to book. If you want to use Aeroplan, use the Aeroplan website, and so forth.

The best way to search availability for ANA is with United.com so look there, and then call your airline to lock in what you find. There’s less availability returning from Tokyo, but you could always fly back in business, or at least lock in one segment now and add return later. Here’s first time tips for Tokyo and why expensive sushi is worth it, while you’re here…

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