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Overview of ANA Award Taxes and Fees: Part 2

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This is part 2 of my series calculating the cost of award tickets using ANA miles. In Part 1 I priced out itineraries on Air Canada, ANA, Lufthansa, Singapore, SWISS, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United and US Airways. In this part, I’ll look at Adria, Aegean, Air China, Air New Zealand, Asiana, Austria, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa and Virgin Atlantic.

Although ANA is a Japanese carrier, it is a member of Star Alliance and its award search engine is one of the best ways to find Star Alliance availability. ANA is also a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards (transfers usually take about 48 hours) – which you earn on cards like the Premier Rewards Gold and the Platinum – and Starwood Preferred Guest (transfers can take up to a couple weeks), which makes it a very versatile program to maximize when it comes time to redeem some of those points for an award on a Star Alliance carrier or its other partners such as Virgin Atlantic.

However, ANA does levy fuel surcharges on many of its partners. In order to calculate them, though, you actually have to have the miles necessary to book an award in your account, which makes transferring miles in from one of the partner programs a bit of a gamble. I have the miles in my ANA account already, though, so I wanted to do a series going through awards on each of ANA’s airline partners and looking at the taxes and fees associated with each.

To get a good cross-section from which to extrapolate, I looked at award availability for specific segments – both international and regional – so that I could find how much the taxes and fees would be for various routes on ANA’s partners in both economy and business classes.

Once I find all these redemptions on ANA’s Star Alliance partners, I’ll put together a comprehensive spreadsheet with estimates of taxes and fees to help you plot out your next award. For now, here is the next round of airlines.

ADRIA AIRWAYS

INTERNATIONAL
Route: Ljubljana – Moscow (SVO)
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 22,000
Taxes and Fees: $168.24 USD

Adria Airways Ljubljana-Moscow Economy Award

Adria Airways Ljubljana-Moscow Economy Award

Route: Ljubljana – Moscow (SVO)
Class: Business
Miles Required: 43,000
Taxes and Fees: $168.24 USD

Adria Airways Ljubljana-Moscow Business Award

Adria Airways Ljubljana-Moscow Business Award

INTRA-EUROPEAN
Route: Ljubljana – Vienna
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $182.50 USD

Adria Airways Ljubljana-Vienna Economy Award

Adria Airways Ljubljana-Vienna Economy Award

Route: Ljubljana – Vienna
Class: Business
Miles Required: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: $182.50 USD

Adria Airways Ljubljana- Vienna Business Award

Adria Airways Ljubljana- Vienna Business Award

AEGEAN AIRLINES

INTRA-EUROPEAN
Route: Athens – Paris (CDG)
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 22,000
Taxes and Fees: $187.70 USD

Aegean Airlines Athens-Paris Economy Award

Aegean Airlines Athens-Paris Economy Award

Route: Athens – Paris (CDG)
Class: Business
Miles Required: 43,000
Taxes and Fees: $199.40 USD

Aegean Airlines Athens-Paris Business Award

Aegean Airlines Athens-Paris Business Award

DOMESTIC
Route: Athens – Thessaloniki
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $63.30 USD

Aegean Airlines Athens-Thessaloniki Economy Award

Aegean Airlines Athens-Thessaloniki Economy Award

Route: Athens – Thessaloniki
Class: Business
Miles Required: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: $63.30 USD

Aegean Airlines Athens-Thessaloniki Business Award

Aegean Airlines Athens-Thessaloniki Business Award

AIR CHINA

TRANSPACIFIC
Route: Los Angeles – Beijing
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 60,000
Taxes and Fees: $346.90 USD

Air China Los Angeles-Beijing Economy Award

Air China Los Angeles-Beijing Economy Award

Route: Los Angeles – Beijing – San Francisco
Class: Business
Miles Required: 90,000
Taxes and Fees: $346.90

Air China Los Angeles-Beijing-San Francisco Business Award

Air China Los Angeles-Beijing-San Francisco Business Award

DOMESTIC
Route: Beijing – Shanghai
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $58.20 USD

Air China Beijing-Shanghai Economy Award

Air China Beijing-Shanghai Economy Award

Route: Beijing – Shanghai
Class: First
Miles Required: 60,000
Taxes and Fees: $58.20 USD

Air China Beijing-Shanghai Business Award

Air China Beijing-Shanghai First Award

AIR NEW ZEALAND

TRANSPACIFIC
Route: Los Angeles – Auckland
Class: Economy
Miles: 60,000
Taxes and Fees: $60.80 USD

Air New Zealand LAX-AKL Economy Award

Air New Zealand LAX-AKL Economy Award

Route: Honolulu – Auckland
Class: Business
Miles: 68,000
Taxes and Fees: $57.40 USD

Air New Zealand HNL-AKL Business Award

Air New Zealand HNL-AKL Business Award

Route: Auckland – Tokyo (NRT)
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 55,000
Taxes and Fees: $63.70 USD

Air New Zealand AKL-NRT Economy Award

Air New Zealand AKL-NRT Economy Award

Route: Auckland – Tokyo (NRT)
Class: Business
Miles Required: 85,000
Taxes and Fees: $63.70 USD

Air New Zealand AKL-NRT Business Award

Air New Zealand AKL-NRT Business Award

TRANS-TASMAN
Route: Auckland – Sydney
Class: Economy
Miles: 22,000
Taxes and Fees: $151.80 USD

Air New Zealand AKL-SYD Economy Award

Air New Zealand AKL-SYD Economy Award

ASIANA AIRLINES

TRANSPACIFIC
Route: Los Angeles – Seoul
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 60,000
Taxes and Fees: $381.20 USD

Asiana Los Angeles-Seoul Economy Award

Asiana Los Angeles-Seoul Economy Award

Route: Los Angeles – Seoul
Class: Business
Miles Required: 90,000
Taxes and Fees: $381.20 USD

Asiana Los Angeles-Seoul Business Award

Asiana Los Angeles-Seoul Business Award

INTRA-ASIAN
Route: Tokyo – Seoul
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $99.10 USD

Asiana Tokyo-Seoul Economy Award

Asiana Tokyo-Seoul Economy Award

Route: Tokyo – Seoul
Class: Business
Miles Required: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: $104.70 USD

Asiana Tokyo-Seoul Business Award

Asiana Tokyo-Seoul Business Award

AUSTRIAN AIRLINES

INTERNATIONAL
Route: Vienna – Beijing
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 55,000
Taxes and Fees: $476.80 USD

Austrian Airlines Vienna-Beijing Economy Award

Austrian Airlines Vienna-Beijing Economy Award

Route: Vienna – Beijing
Class: Business
Miles Required: 85,000
Taxes and Fees: $476.80 USD

Austrian Airlines Vienna-Beijing Business Award

Austrian Airlines Vienna-Beijing Business Award

DOMESTIC
Route: Vienna – Graz
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $117.10 USD

Austrian Airlines Vienna-Graz Economy Award

Austrian Airlines Vienna-Graz Economy Award

Route: Vienna – Graz
Class: Business
Miles Required: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: $117.10 USD

Austrian Airlines Vienna-Graz Business Award

Austrian Airlines Vienna-Graz Business Award

AVIANCA

INTERNATIONAL
Route: Bogota – Orlando
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 22,000
Taxes and Fees: $374.60 USD

Avianca Airlines Bogota-Orlando Economy Award

Avianca Airlines Bogota-Orlando Economy Award

Route: Bogota – Orlando
Class: Business
Miles Required: 43,000
Taxes and Fees: $374.60 USD

Avianca Airlines Bogota-Orlando Business Award

Avianca Airlines Bogota-Orlando Business Award

DOMESTIC
Route: Bogota – Medellin
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $111.10 USD

Avianca Airlines Bogota-Medellin Economy Award

Avianca Airlines Bogota-Medellin Economy Award

Route: Bogota – Medellin
Class: Business
Miles Required: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: $111.10 USD

Avianca Airlines Bogota-Medellin Business Award

Avianca Airlines Bogota-Medellin Business Award

BRUSSELS AIRLINES

TRANSATLANTIC
Route: New York – Brussels
Class: Economy
Miles: 43,000
Taxes and Fees: $607.30 USD

Brussels Airlines JFK-BRU Economy Award

Brussels Airlines JFK-BRU Economy Award

Route: New York – Brussels
Class: Business
Miles: 68,000
Taxes and Fees: $947.30 USD

Brussels Airlines JFK-BRU Business Award

Brussels Airlines JFK-BRU Business Award

INTRA-EUROPEAN
Route: Brussels – Geneva
Class: Economy
Miles: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $171.50 USD

Brussels Airlines BRU-GVA Economy Award

Brussels Airlines BRU-GVA Economy Award

Route: Brussels – Geneva
Class: Business
Miles: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: $171.50 USD

Brussels Airlines BRU-GVA Business Award

Brussels Airlines BRU-GVA Business Award

COPA

INTERNATIONAL
Route: New York (JFK) – Panama City
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: $281.90 USD

Copa Airlines New York (JFK)- Panama City Economy Award Read more: http://thepointsguy.com/2013/03/aeroplan-star-alliance-award-taxes-and-fees-part-3/#ixzz2QqWReX2V Copa Airlines New York (JFK)- Panama City Economy Award

Copa Airlines New York (JFK)- Panama City Economy Award

Route: New York (JFK) – Panama City
Class: Business
Miles Required: 63,000
Taxes and Fees: $281.90 USD

Copa Airlines New York (JFK)- Panama City Business Award

Copa Airlines New York (JFK)- Panama City Business Award

REGIONAL
Route: Panama City – Lima
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 22,000
Taxes and Fees: $208.24 USD

Copa Airlines Panama City- Lima Economy Award

Copa Airlines Panama City- Lima Economy Award

Route: Panama City – Lima
Class: Business
Miles Required: 43,000
Taxes and Fees: $208.24 USD

Copa Airlines Panama City- Lima Business Award

Copa Airlines Panama City- Lima Business Award

VIRGIN ATLANTIC 
*Resevations for Virgin Atlantic flights can not be made through the ANA site. You must call ANA to book.*

TRANSATLANTIC
Route: New York (JFK) – London
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: $675.60

Route: New York (JFK) – London
Class: Business
Miles Required: 63,000
Taxes and Fees: $1,148.00

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  • http://www.facebook.com/angel.rose.393 Angel Rose

    Thanks Travel Guy! I am new at acquiring miles on a serious tip. Want to mainly focus on upgrading my seat because I am going to be traveling from New York to South Africa very frequently for the next 2 years. Trying to decide on which card that would best suit me. I made a big mistake and got the HSBC master card and thought it was for travel miles but wasn’t. Tried to get them to switch my spending over to their miles card but they wouldn’t. Any suggestions on this situation? My budget is small and need to get the best for my monies.
    Thanks and will be watching you everyday.

  • Robert

    Doesn’t Aegean have flights to North America, say YYZ? Could you please give us the taxes on that too? Thanx.

  • Futura

    How about Ethiopian air and South African?

  • thepointsguy

    No, unfortunately, it doesn’t. It’s only got A319-321′s, so no transoceanic aircraft.

  • thepointsguy

    Stay tuned for the next installment.

  • pax

    TPG,
    Thanks for a great article. I’ve been meaning to transfer MR points to ANA but not sure about it. This article def. helps.
    would you be able to provide taxes and fees for TAP?

  • thepointsguy

    Yes, stay tuned for the next post in the series.

  • Adam

    Probably a dumb question for the experienced travelers, but I’m trying to do WAS–>BKK with a stopover in PVG and then BKK–>WAS using united miles. I’m not seeing any Star Alliance standard routes for the dates I want and therefore no award space. Can I book this using different carriers even if this doesn’t show up as a standard route, eg. WAS–>PVG on Lufthansa/Singapore/ANA and PVG–>BKK on say Asiana and still have that count as one stopover?

    I guess the general ? is whether its possible to book an award piecing together different airlines’ routes when its not a standard codeshare route, assuming you stay within the MPM reqts.

  • pssteve

    Including Air NZ is like a butcher advertising Prime Steak for .49 cents a pound but when you go to his shop he never has any in stock. You might consider adding a column to your final table (say 1-5 stars) showing typical award availability based on your experience. Thanks for all the work on this series.

  • pax

    Do you know if ANA let you transfer MR from two diff. accounts (Spouse and myself?

  • thepointsguy

    Yes.. you can transfer from different Amex into the same ANA

  • thepointsguy

    Delta and South African are the two airlines that fly to SA nonstop from the US. Delta requires expensive Y/b/m coach fares and I’m not 100% sure about South African. If you will be buying refundable coach, Delta will probably be your best bet.

  • Brian

    What happened to the frequent miler on your blog roll?

  • pax

    Brian/TPG,
    Since I do not yet have points in ANA account, would you be kind enough to do a quick search for me for ewr-lis-lhr-ewr on United and TAP for lis-ewr in August..
    Thanks a million…

  • Legal Eagle

    Note that if transferring from 2 different membership reward accounts to single ANA account, the transfers must be done over 2 days.Otherwise, ANA will only accept the first transfer and reject the second transfer. That was my experience a couple of months ago. Also keep in mind that it usually takes 2 days for each transfer from membership rewards to credit to your ana account.

  • Justin

    He only showed economy on the LAX-AKL route which has plenty of award space. Business class was to HNL or NRT which do open up for awards.

  • Sean

    are the miles/fees shown above for one-way trips?

  • pax

    Thank you for the great info….

  • thepointsguy

    Roundtrip.

  • thepointsguy

    We’ll be covering TAP in the next post.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pablo.zhang Pablo Jingfu Zhang

    How about on redemption on Qatar and Etihad?

  • JoeHeg

    You mentioned about having to call ANA for a booking on Virgin Atlantic. You can also not combine Star Alliance flights with non-alliance partners. I also found out they can not even look for availability without you having the miles in your account. The very nice Japanese agent explained to me that transferring in miles from MR to book on Virgin Atlantic is always “a gamble”.

  • Deepak Valecha

    WHOA – heres a possible sweet spot – BOM-EWR-BOM on the direct UA flight for 43000 ANA points…would the fees/surcharge on this be in the $400 range?

  • Jay

    “Although ANA is a Japanese carrier, it is a member of Star Alliance…”
    Quite a strange comment. Why does being a carrier from Japan make it unusual? It’s not like the member airlines in Star Alliance are mostly represented from a single country or continent. It’s like saying “Although Air Canada is a Canadian carrier…”

  • thepointsguy

    I think I meant to say something along the lines of “even though it is a Japanese member of Star Alliance, they have a lot of decent redemption opportunities even for us in North America.” Didn’t mean to insinuate it was weird for an Asian carrier to be in Star..

  • thepointsguy

    Stay tuned!

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