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There’s a terrific opportunity to fly ANA First Class using points. We’ve reviewed it, it’s lovely and for just 120,000 points round trip it’s a total bargain. You can jet off from the US, UK or Europe to Tokyo in either direction – and availability is excellent, at the moment. These kind of opportunities don’t come along every day, so if you want to cash in your points for an unforgettable trip, we’ll show you how!

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This is for you if you have Virgin Atlantic miles, Amex points, Citi points, SPG points or Chase points. The end goal is 120,000 Virgin Atlantic points for First Class. You can merge points from any of the above into your Virgin Atlantic account to get settled. ANA First Class is pretty much everything you could ever ask for from a flying experience and at the same price Virgin Atlantic would charge for business class, it’s absurdly cool. You’ll need 120,000 points round trip for First Class or 95,000 for Business Class round trip.


Good news. You can use Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles for flights on All Nippon Airways (ANA). After finding space on ANA, you book through Virgin Atlantic. You can find space using points on ANA by using the United Airlines, ANA, Award Nexus or ExpertFlyer. Simply search “using miles or points” and look for seats available in First Class. Ignore the points rates on the United or ANA sites. You just need to find a seat at the “saver” level. After seeing Gary Leff’s article about US availability, we ran a search for UK availability and it’s also excellent.

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If you find a first class seat available using points you can call Virgin Atlantic to book it, with ease. You must search from places in the US, UK or Europe where ANA flies directly to Tokyo to make this work. There’s amazing availability for later dates in 2018, such as November. We found 15 available dates in a single month for flights between London and Tokyo. There are also lots of dates available from Boston, Chicago, Washington DC and West Coast US Cities. This is rare.


Virgin Atlantic offers amongst the very best rates to fly ANA First Class using points. ANA First Class is nicer than any business class out there – and they really spoil you. You’ll experience a massive bed, top notch service, Krug champagne and possibly the best sleep you’ve ever had on an airplane. It’s just like the commercials where you don’t actually want the flights to end. Taxes, points and surcharges will be lower than most ways to fly Virgin Atlantic business class!

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. is it possible to do a round the world this way? i.e NYC or D.C to Japan headed East, and then Japan continuing eastward to NYC or D.C?

    would a stop in europe on the eastward japan to nyc be allowed?

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