Overview of ANA Award Taxes and Fees

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ANA is a Japanese airline that’s 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.

ANA is a transfer partner of Membership Rewards and SPG.
ANA is a transfer partner of Membership Rewards and SPG.

However, ANA does levy fuel surcharges on many of its partners, so as a follow-up to my series on Aeroplan Star Alliance award taxes and fees, I wanted to do another series going through awards on each of ANA’s Star Alliance partners and looking at the taxes and fees associated with each.

Searching For Awards on ANA

ANA’s search engine pulls in almost totally up-to-date Star Alliance award availability. You must sign up for a Mileage Club account here and then login to use the search engine here. Award availability is shown 330 days in advance. To actually find awards and the taxes and fees on a particular itinerary, you need to have enough miles in your account to book it, which is why I hope that this series proves useful to some of you out there who want to know what you’ll be paying before committing to a points transfer.

Distance-Based Awards

The other important factor in determining whether ANA should be the program you use is that its award chart is distance based, so you need to know how many miles your trip is to figure out how many ANA miles are required for the award and awards are calculated based on the roundtrip distance.

ANA'a distance-based award chart.
ANA’a distance-based award chart.

I personally use gcmap.com to figure out distances between city pairs. For example, JFK-LHR-JFK is 6,903 miles so it comes in just under the 7,000 mile threshold so business class awards are only 63,000 miles, which is great because Virgin Atlantic is a partner airline and they have a lot of availability, so in certain circumstances, you could be saving significant mileage by transferring to ANA instead of using miles from one of its Star Alliance partner airlines.

What I Searched For

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. For instance, with ANA itself, I looked at how much it would cost to redeem a domestic award in economy and business, and then transpacific flights in economy and business as well. Note, all mileage requirements will be quoted roundtrip and taxes and fees in US dollars.

The fee structure is similar on many of these awards whether you’re flying from Los Angeles or New York to Tokyo, for example, so this is really just a cross-section from which to estimate what your taxes and fees will be. By choosing which partner you fly carefully, you can save hundreds of dollars in taxes and fees (for a good example, check out fees on transpacific flights on Air Canada versus ANA).

For this installment, I’ve just done the redemptions and conversions for some of the most popular Star Alliance carriers including: Air Canada, ANA, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United and US Airways, and will do an update with further Star Alliance partners.

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.

AIR CANADA

TRANSATLANTIC
Route: Montreal – Geneva
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 43,000
Taxes and Fees: $76.60USD

YUL-GVA Economy Award on Air Canada
YUL-GVA Economy Award on Air Canada

Route: Montreal – Geneva
Class: Business
Miles Required: 68,000
Taxes and Fees: $76.60USD

YUL-GVA Business Award on Air Canada
YUL-GVA Business Award on Air Canada

TRANSPACIFIC
Route: Vancouver-Tokyo
Class: Economy
Miles: 55,000
Taxes and Fees: $71.70 USD

Air Canada Vancouver-Tokyo Economy Award
Air Canada Vancouver-Tokyo Economy Award

Route: Vancouver – Tokyo
Class: Business
Miles: 85,000
Taxes and Fees: $71.70 USD

Air Canada Vancouver-Tokyo Business Award
Air Canada Vancouver-Tokyo Business Award

DOMESTIC
Route: Toronto – Vancouver
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: $47.50 USD

Air Canada Toronto-Vancouver Economy Award
Air Canada Toronto-Vancouver Economy Award

Route: Toronto – Vancouver
Class: Business
Miles: 63,000
Taxes and Fees: $47.50 USD

Air Canada Toronto-Vancouver Business Award
Air Canada Toronto-Vancouver Business Award

ANA

TRANS-PACIFIC
Route: Los Angeles – Tokyo
Class: Economy
Miles: 50,000
Taxes and Fees: $660.90 USD

ANA Los Angeles-Tokyo Economy Award
ANA Los Angeles-Tokyo Economy Award

Route: Los Angeles – Tokyo
Class: Business
Miles: 80,000
Taxes and Fees: $660.90 USD

ANA Los Angeles-Tokyo Business Award
ANA Los Angeles-Tokyo Business Award

INTRA-ASIAN
Route: Tokyo-Beijing
Class: Economy
Miles: 17,000
Taxes and Fees: $194.40 USD

ANA Tokyo-Beijing Economy Award
ANA Tokyo-Beijing Economy Award

Route: Tokyo-Beijing
Class: Business
Miles: 35,000
Taxes and Fees: $194.40 USD

ANA Tokyo-Beijing Business Award
ANA Tokyo-Beijing Business Award

LUFTHANSA

TRANSATLANTIC
Route: New York – Frankfurt
Class: Economy
Miles: 43,000 Miles
Taxes and Fees: $675 USD

Lufthansa New York-Frankfurt Economy Award
Lufthansa New York-Frankfurt Economy Award

Route: New York- Frankfurt
Class: Business
Miles: 68,000 Miles
Taxes and Fees: $1,014.60 USD

Lufthansa New York-Frankfurt Business Award
Lufthansa New York-Frankfurt Business Award

INTRA-EUROPEAN
Route: Frankfurt – Munich
CLASS: Economy
Miles: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $221 USD

Lufthansa Frankfurt-Munich Economy Award
Lufthansa Frankfurt-Munich Economy Award

Route: Frankfurt – Munich
Class: Business
Miles: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: $221 USD

Lufthansa Frankfurt-Munich Business Award
Lufthansa Frankfurt-Munich Business Award

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

TRANSPACIFIC
Route: Los Angeles – Tokyo
Class: Economy
Miles: 55,000
Taxes and Fees: $360.70 USD

Singapore Airlines Los Angeles-Tokyo Economy Award
Singapore Airlines Los Angeles-Tokyo Economy Award

Route: Los Angeles – Singapore
Class: Economy
Miles: 65,000
Taxes and Fees: $696.30 USD

Singapore Airlines Los Angeles-Singapore Economy Award
Singapore Airlines Los Angeles-Singapore Economy Award

INTRA-ASIAN
Route: Seoul – Singapore
Class: Economy
Miles: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: $289.80 USD

Singapore Airlines Seoul-Singapore Economy Award
Singapore Airlines Seoul-Singapore Economy Award

Route: Seoul – Singapore
Class: Business
Miles: 63,000
Taxes and Fees: $327.80 USD

Singapore Airlines Seoul-Singapore Business Award
Singapore Airlines Seoul-Singapore Business Award
SWISS AIRLINES
TRANSATLANTIC
Route: Chicago-Zurich
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 43,000
Taxes and Fees: $614.70 USD
Swiss Chicago-Zurich Economy Award
Swiss Chicago-Zurich Economy Award
Route: Chicago-Zurich
Class: Business
Miles Required: 68,000
Taxes and Fees: $954.70 USD
Swiss Chicago-Zurich Business Award
Swiss Chicago-Zurich Business Award

INTRA-EUROPEAN
Route: Zurich-Madrid
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $165.10 USD

Swiss Zurich-Madrid Economy Award
Swiss Zurich-Madrid Economy Award

Route: Zurich-Madrid:
Class: Business
Miles Required: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: $165.10 USD

Swiss Zurich-Madrid Business Award
Swiss Zurich-Madrid Business Award
THAI AIRWAYS
INTERNATIONAL
Route: Bangkok – Rome
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 55,000
Taxes and Fees: $458.80 USD
Thai Airways Bangkok to Rome in Economy
Thai Airways Bangkok to Rome in Economy
Route: Bangkok – Rome
Class: Business
Miles Required: 85,000
Taxes and Fees: $554.80 USD
Thai Airways Bangkok to Rome Business Award
Thai Airways Bangkok to Rome Business Award
INTRA-ASIAN
Route: Hong Kong – Bangkok
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 22,000
Taxes and Fees: $136.40 USD
Thai Airways Bangkok to Hong Kong in Economy
Thai Airways Bangkok to Hong Kong in Economy
Route: Hong Kong – Bangkok
Class: Business
Miles Required: 43,000
Taxes and Fees: $159.40 USD

Thai Airways Bangkok to Hong Kong in Business
Thai Airways Bangkok to Hong Kong in Business
TURKISH AIRLINES
TRANSATLANTIC
Route: New York – Istanbul
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 55,000
Taxes and Fees: $321.40 USD
New York to Istanbul in Economy on Turkish
New York to Istanbul in Economy on Turkish
Route: New York – Istanbul
Class: Business
Miles Required: 85,000
Taxes and Fees: $321.40 USD
New York to Istanbul in Business on Turkish
New York to Istanbul in Business on Turkish
INTRA-EUROPEAN
Route: Istanbul – Zurich
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 22,000
Taxes and Fees: $152.90 USD
Istanbul to Zurich in Economy on Turkish
Istanbul to Zurich in Economy on Turkish
Route: Istanbul – Zurich
Class: Business
Miles Required: 43,000
Taxes and Fees: $152.90 USD
Istanbul to Zurich in Business on Turkish
Istanbul to Zurich in Business on Turkish

UNITED AIRLINES

TRANSATLANTIC
Route: Newark- Madrid
Class: Economy
Miles: 43,000
Taxes and Fees: $55.00 USD

United Newark-Madrid Economy Award
United Newark-Madrid Economy Award

Route: Newark- Madrid
Class: Business
Miles: 68,000
Taxes and Fees: $55.00 USD

United Newark-Madrid Business Award
United Newark-Madrid Business Award

TRANSPACIFIC
Route: San Francisco – Tokyo
Class: Economy
Miles: 55,000
Taxes and Fees: $659.90 USD

United San Francisco-Tokyo Economy Award
United San Francisco-Tokyo Economy Award

DOMESTIC
Route: Los Angeles – Newark
Class: Economy
Miles: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: $5.00 USD

United Los Angeles-Newark Economy Award
United Los Angeles-Newark Economy Award

Route: Los Angeles – Newark
Class: Business
Miles: 63,000
Taxes and Fees: $5.00 USD

United Los Angeles-Newark Business Award
United Los Angeles-Newark Business Award
US AIRWAYS
INTERNATIONAL
Route: Philadelphia – Frankfurt
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 43,000
Taxes and Fees: $124.20
US Airways Economy Philadelphia to Frankfurt
US Airways Economy Philadelphia to Frankfurt
Route: Philadelphia – Frankfurt
Class: Business
Miles Required: 68,000
Taxes and Fees: $124.20
US Airways Business Philadelphia to Frankfurt
US Airways Business Philadelphia to Frankfurt
DOMESTIC
Route: Philadelphia-Seattle
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 38,000
Taxes and Fees: $5.00 USD
US Airways Economy Philadelphia to Seattle
US Airways Economy Philadelphia to Seattle
Route: Philadelphia-Seattle
Class: First
Miles Required: 90,000
Taxes and Fees: $5.00 USD
US Airways First Philadelphia to Seattle
US Airways First Philadelphia to Seattle

Stay tuned for installments two and three in my series for award pricing on ANA’s other Star Alliance partners.

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