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Overview of ANA Award Taxes and Fees: Part 3

by on April 22, 2013 · 6 comments

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This is part 3 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 Part 2, I looked at Adria, Aegean, Air China, Air New Zealand, Asiana, Austria, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa and Virgin Atlantic. In this part, I’ve found the taxes and surcharges on partners: Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, SAS, Shenzhen, South African Airways, TAM and TAP.

ANA is a Japanese carrier that 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.

ANA is a transfer partner of Membership Rewards and SPG.

ANA is a transfer partner of Membership Rewards and SPG.

However, ANA levies sometimes huge fuel surcharges on many of its partners. To even search for award availability, you need ANA miles in your account, and in order to actually see the fees and taxes on tickets, though, you 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. The fee structure is similar on many of these awards whether you’re flying from Los Angeles or New York to Frankfurt, for example, so this is really just a cross-section from which to estimate what your taxes and fees will be on each particular carrier. By choosing which partner you fly carefully, you can save hundreds of dollars in taxes and fees.

Once I find all these redemptions on ANA’s Star Alliance and other 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.

CROATIA AIRLINES

INTRA-EUROPEAN
Route: Zagreb – Amsterdam
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $172.40 USD

Croatia Airlines Zagreb-Amsterdam Economy Award

Croatia Airlines Zagreb-Amsterdam Economy Award

Route: Zagreb – Amsterdam
Class: Business
Miles Required: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: $172.40 USD

Croatia Airlines Zagreb-Amsterdam Business Award

Croatia Airlines Zagreb-Amsterdam Business Award

EGYPTAIR

TRANSATLANTIC
Route: Cairo – New York (JFK)
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 60,000
Taxes and Fees: $682.70 USD

EgyptAir New York-Cairo Economy Award

EgyptAir Cairo-New York Economy Award

Route: Cairo – New York (JFK)
Class: Business
Miles Required: 90,000
Taxes and Fees: $687.70 USD

EgyptAir Cairo-New York Business Award

EgyptAir Cairo-New York Business Award

EUROPEAN
Route: Cairo – Paris (CDG)
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 22,000
Taxes and Fees: $370.50 USD

EgyptAir Cairo-Paris Economy Award

EgyptAir Cairo-Paris Economy Award

Route: Cairo – Paris (CDG)
Class: Business
Miles Required: 43,000
Taxes and Fees: $417.40 USD

EgyptAir Cairo-Paris Business Award

EgyptAir Cairo-Paris Business Award

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

INTERNATIONAL
Route: Addis Ababa – Washington, D.C. (IAD)
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 65,000
Taxes and Fees: $458.02 USD

Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa-Washington (Dulles) Economy Award

Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa-Washington (Dulles) Economy Award

Route: Addis Ababa – Washington, D.C. (IAD)
Class: Business
Miles Required: 105,000
Taxes and Fees: $458.02 USD

Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa-Washington (Dulles) Business Award

Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa-Washington (Dulles) Business Award

REGIONAL
Route: Addis Ababa – Dire Dawa
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $42.20 USD

Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa-Dire Dawa Economy Award

Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa-Dire Dawa Economy Award

LOT POLISH AIRLINES

TRANSATLANTIC
Route: Chicago – Warsaw
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 55,000
Taxes and Fees: $453.80 USD

LOT Chicago-Warsaw Economy Award

LOT Chicago-Warsaw Economy Award

Route: Chicago – Warsaw
Class: Business
Miles Required: 85,000
Taxes and Fees: $453.80 USD
LOT Chicago-Warsaw Business Award

LOT Chicago-Warsaw Business Award

INTRA-EUROPEAN
Route: Warsaw – Barcelona
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 22,000
Taxes and Fees: $122.60 USD
LOT Warsaw-Barcelona Economy Award

LOT Warsaw-Barcelona Economy Award

Route: Warsaw – Barcelona
Class: Business
Miles Required: 43,000
Taxes and Fees: $122.60 USD
LOT Warsaw-Barcelona Business Award

LOT Warsaw-Barcelona Business Award

SAS
TRANSATLANTIC
Route: Chicago-Stockholm
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 43,000
Taxes and Fees: $575.00 USD
SAS Chicago- Stockholm Economy Award

SAS Chicago- Stockholm Economy Award

Route: Chicago-Stockholm
Class: Business
Miles Required: 68,000
Taxes and Fees: $885.00 USD
SAS Chicago- Stockholm Business Award

SAS Chicago- Stockholm Business Award

INTRA-EUROPEAN
Route: Stockholm-Amsterdam
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $162.80 USD

SAS Stockholm-Amsterdam Economy Award

SAS Stockholm-Amsterdam Economy Award

Route: Stockholm-Amsterdam
Class: Business
Miles Required: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: $162.80 USD

SAS Stockholm-Amsterdam Business Award

SAS Stockholm-Amsterdam Business Award

SHENZHEN AIRLINES

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

Shenzhen Airlines Guangzhou-Chengdu Economy Award

Shenzhen Airlines Guangzhou-Chengdu Economy Award

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

Shenzhen Airlines Guangzhou-Chengdu First Award

Shenzhen Airlines Guangzhou-Chengdu First Award

 

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS

TRANS-ATLANTIC
Route: Washington (Dulles) – Johannesburg
Class: Economy
Miles: 65,000
Taxes and Fees: $502.00 USD

South African Airways IAD-JNB Economy Award

South African Airways IAD-JNB Economy Award

Route: Washington (Dulles) – Johannesburg
Class: Business
Miles: 105,000
Taxes and Fees: $596.00 USD

South African Airways IAD-JNB Business Award

South African Airways IAD-JNB Business Award

REGIONAL
Route: Johannesburg – Accra
Class: Economy
Miles: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: 341.60 USD

South African Airways JNB-ACC Economy Award

South African Airways JNB-ACC Economy Award

Route: Johannesburg – Accra
Class: Business
Miles: 63,000
Taxes and Fees: 421.60 USD

South African Airways JNB-ACC Business Award

South African Airways JNB-ACC Business Award

DOMESTIC
Route: Johannesburg – Capetown
Class: Economy
Miles: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $124.60 USD (had to call to price out fees)

South African Airways JNB-CPT Economy Award

South African Airways JNB-CPT Economy Award

TAM AIRLINES
SOUTH AMERICA
Route: Sao Paulo – Buenos Aires
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 22,000
Taxes and Fees: $93.78 USD
TAM Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires in Economy

TAM Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires Economy Award

Route: Sao Paulo – Buenos Aires
Class: Business
Miles Required: 43,000
Taxes and Fees: $93.78 USD
TAM Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires Business Award

TAM Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires Business Award

TAP PORTUGAL
INTERNATIONAL
Route: Lisbon – Newark
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: $598 USD
TAP Portugal Lisbon-Newark Economy Award

TAP Portugal Lisbon-Newark Economy Award

Route: Lisbon – Newark
Class: Business
Miles Required: 63,000
Taxes and Fees: $938.90 USD

TAP Portugal Lisbon-Newark Business Award

TAP Portugal Lisbon-Newark Business Award

INTRA-EUROPEAN
Route: Lisbon – Madrid
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $154.40 USD

TAP Portugal Lisbon-Madrid Economy Award

TAP Portugal Lisbon-Madrid Economy Award

Route: Lisbon – Madrid
Class: Business
Miles Required: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: $154.40 USD

TAP Portugal Lisbon-Madrid Business Award

TAP Portugal Lisbon-Madrid Business Award

Stay tuned for the next installment where I’ll be looking at non-Star Alliance travel partners including Etihad, EVA, Hawaiian Airlines, Jet Airways and Qatar Airways.

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  • http://twitter.com/MitchKeller Mitch Keller

    I hope the final summary post in this series includes what should have been the focus all along: For which carriers to the taxes/fees not align with what’s charged on revenue fares? It’s quite easy to search ITA Matrix and see the surcharges, and I sampled a few examples here and found they matched. I suspect there will be very few partners where things don’t match, so this whole series could be distilled down to “Unless you’re flying carriers 1, 2, or 3, just go to ITA Matrix and see what the taxes/fees are.”

  • George

    “Although ANA is a Japanese carrier, it is a member of Star Alliance…”
    What does being a Japanese carrier have to do with its membership in Star Alliance? Please explain.

  • Justin

    Etihad is one such carrier as fuel surcharge is apparently “built in” to the fare but ANA breaks it out for an award redemption to a pretty shockingly high #.

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  • http://twitter.com/MitchKeller Mitch Keller

    See, that’s actually useful information. You can, however, actually find that data through ITA if you know where to look. When you look at the fare construction line on a JFK-AUH-JFK through EY, it comes back with

    NYC EY AUH Q475.00 4743.50DXE4MUS EY NYC Q475.00 4743.50DXE4MUS NUC 10437.00 END ROE 1.00 XT 5.50YC 7.00XY 5.00XA 34.40US 2.50AY 20.40AE 1.40TP 1.40ZR 4.50XF JFK4.50

    The end is the traditional list of taxes, but the bits that say “Q475.00″ are an embedded Q surcharge, which functions as a fuel surcharge. That should match exactly what NH is collecting. This is also how KE does surcharges on most of their routes, and their Q surcharge (quite reasonable, only US$140 for BKK-ICN-JFK in F) embedded in their fares matches what they want on an award.

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