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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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  • JP

    TPG – I love your blog, and the content that you provide, but this whole series on “Taxes and Fees” is so out of character from your normal style. Generally you put together succinct summaries or tables that are easy to review/digest.

    This is just a massive data dump (similar to the other series) that is not easy to sift through, and doesn’t really add anything to the analysis.

    If you were to create a matrix of different regional flight options, and color code the matrix based on low/medium/high fees, then maybe it would be helpful, but this is just way too much “raw” data, that anyone could look up on their own just as easily.

    Bottom line is that I love your analysis and aggregation of topics that are annoying/difficult for the average FF to dissect. This whole series however is so far away from that typical structure, that I can’t imagine many people taking much value from it.

    Just my 02 cents though.

  • thepointsguy

    When the series is over, there will be a recap that people can reference when they want to know how much taxes/fees are on an award. You need to have the miles in your ANA account to get these taxes/fees so most people actually cannot get this information easily.

    This is just another resource to use when deciding whether to transfer Amex to ANA- this will save people the time of having to call and price out specific awards.

  • JP

    Thanks for the response. If my comments came off as overly harsh or critical, i apologize. I really do appreciate the work you put in and the content you create. I just found this “series” to be out of character from your usual style.

  • Shawn

    Any thoughts on why there is a huge fuel surcharge on UA flying transpacific? I’ve never seen any carrier levy a surcharge on flights based on directionality.

  • Brian L.

    Does ANA offer greater availability on ANA flights to their own members than they do to partners?

  • LeeJeffrey

    For what its worth, I think the analysis is spot on. I have been debating trransferiing points to ANA and this infor helps solidify the decision. As another reader mentioned, I am curious why the fuel surcharge on UA transpac flights. The theme I see, for the most part, is expect to pay a surcharge for non-North American airlines. I am curious about South African, Ethiopian, Croatian, Air China and Egypt Air as well. I took a flight on air new zealand a few years ago and there were no added fuel charges.

  • Corey

    transpacific looks so bad on fees
    looks like air Canada is the best option. and transferring to ANA will make the flight cheaper in miles and money than aeroplan =o

  • Chris

    What about Virgin? Any fuel surcharge?

  • Mohsin

    I recently booked EWR-BOM on UA on J for 105,000 miles and only paid $34 in tax which I thought was a good deal

  • jmw2323

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

  • AC

    i’m considering flying from USA to Italy this summer, but hesitant to dump all my amex points into ANA instead of, say, delta, or some other carrier…. where would you start? Is there a way for me to figure out whether delta or ana make more sense to begin with before i throw all my points into one camp or another? Thanks so much. Love your blog.

  • HS

    You can access availability without any miles by searching for an award ticket on a route ANA does fly (i.e. ORD>NRT) first and then clicking on “Use Star Alliance Member Airlines” below once the results come up…

  • thepointsguy

    Right. But it won’t show you the taxes/fees unless you have enough miles to pay for the award in your account

  • HS

    TPG 1 HS 0

  • Phil

    Amazing/ There are several sweet spots on ANA’s chart and I was not aware of it!

  • Concussioner

    Umm. Yeah this is actually great content. Especially because the surcharges don’t necessarily map to the ‘YQ’ via itasoftware so it’s not easy to verify. So thanks for this!

  • dee seiffer

    Thank you so much, Brian! My daughter graduates from college next month and got a job in Japan. She thinks she’ll be there for 4 years. (That means at least an annual TransPacific flight for Hubby & me, unless she meets us in Europe.) I’m attempting to figure out my best strategy for flying business class.

    Between visiting her in Japan last year during her junior year there, flying her back and forth to Japan twice (1 leg 1st class), flying her to her job interview, flying 3 siblings and Gma to her graduation in Montreal, and flights to a wedding last month, my miles accounts look a little pale. Hubby’s are fine. (How did everything come out of my accounts?)

    I’m thinking Star Alliance is going to be our ticket. I’m concentrating on Amex and Chase points right now. If I need to, I can work on USAirways since I still have an active Mastercard with them.

    When I searched ANA, it showed 85,000 miles JFK to Tokyo business class, non-stop, but didn’t show fees. (No miles in my account. So that explains it.)

    I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the series. The plus side of Star Alliance is that it is big and offers lots of opportunities. The negative side Star Alliance is that is big and confusing.

  • PHX

    Regarding SFO-NRT via UA economy cabins, the total price is UDS659.90. Is this because the NRT is the destination using ANA mileage? What if other destinations in Asia, e.g., SFO-ICN via UA economy cabins or business cabins?

  • dee seiffer

    Please tell me if this makes sense…. JFK to Toronto via 9000 Avios + $2.50 Business class (or 4500 Avios for economy. It’s a short flight). Then Toronto to Tokyo via Air Canada 90,000 ANA miles + $70′ish Business class.

  • Yati

    Is it possible to book one-way awards with ANA or their partners? For example, i know you can only book round trip awards with US Airways, but if ANA allows one-way awards, (i don’t know if they do…) could i book a one-way ticket on US Airways using ANA points?

  • Justin

    See: Using BA miles on AA TATL flights. They don’t want to let you fly “their” route on which they charge through the ass for just gov’t taxes.

  • Corey

    that’s what I would do judging by these fees

  • Paris Eugene

    Is it possible to book roundtrip TATL flights to USA originating Europe with the same point/tax structure as shown for flights originating from USA?

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  • tony

    hey, could you give a run down on ANA’s parners nthat are non star alliane like qarar airlines thanks.

  • tony

    sorry like qatar airlines

  • thepointsguy

    Good suggestion! We’ll be covering them in a future post in the series.

  • thepointsguy

    ANA awards cannot be issued for one-ways: http://www.ana.co.jp/wws/japan/e/asw_common/amc/reference/tukau/teikeiair_1.html

    However, the airline has a generous stopover policy so you can construct some complex awards that can include one-ways on partners.

  • thepointsguy

    Yes, for instance an itinerary from MUC-ORD on Lufthansa in May carries fees of about $485 in both business and economy.

  • Paris Eugene

    Let my ask my question another way. I realize the taxes on LH are high, but in your example on United EWR-MAD-EWR the miles are 43K plus $55 in taxes. So, if I am booking UA (or US) originating Europe to USA, do I pay the customary lower taxes? I do if I book directly with UA or US, but don’t understand if ANA allows the lower taxes.

  • thepointsguy

    Yes, the taxes are lower. For instance a roundtrip ticket in economy or business from FRA-SFO on UA are just $124.

  • thepointsguy

    The taxes and fees on that route SFO-NRT-ICN end up being around $400 in either cabin – transiting through NRT incurs the charges.

  • jamar0033

    Could it also be the fact that UA has the joint-business agreement with ANA, thus treating UA flights the same as ANA flights in terms of surcharges? After all, it seems like flying AC to NRT costs a lot less in fees.

  • jamar0033

    UA has a joint-business agreement with ANA, thus the two are treated the same on trans-Pacific routes. I’m guessing this is why they charge the same for UA as if it were their own flights (at least when heading to Asia).

  • jamar0033

    I think the only difference is that ANA offers the ability to wait-list to its members, but not to partner members.

  • jamar0033

    Not directionality, I’m thinking it’s part of the agreement they have with UA to treat UA/ANA flights the same across the Pacific. Unfortunately, if you redeem with ANA miles that means ANA dings you their fuel surcharge. Notice how flying AC to Tokyo doesn’t cost nearly so much.

  • AirDoc

    Brian,

    This is super helpful, appreciate you taking the time to do this. I realize this is a personal request but could you price out EWR-GRU on UA in biz? Should be 85k ANA miles but wondering what taxes/fees will be. It seems like based on the data here, flights to Japan on UA are the only routes that incur YQ…

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  • Coyone

    Arghhh. Please help. I am trying to use AmEx Award Miles to book a flight on Turkish Airlines. The “partners” that I have checked (ANA, Aeroplan) are not showing that the flight is available, although there seem to be plenty of seats available for 130,000 miles on the TA web site. Any advice?

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  • Indra

    thank you very much

    please keep more information coming!

  • Indra

    thank you very much

    please keep more information coming!

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  • kp

    I head that by law all US airlines (Delta) cannot charge for fuel surcharges. Hope this helps

  • nathan1774

    I went ahead and transferred a bunch of Amex miles into ANA, so I could have access to up to date Star Alliance flights. I’ve been playing with various dates and routes for travel ORD to various European destinations. I have repeatedly found ANA missing available award tickets (have United pulled up also to compare). Plus, the ANA system is so clunky…so many drop down menus, and apparently no way to see a month’s worth of award ticket possibilities. What am I missing here? Is this award ticket search engine really better than United? Has anyone had problems finding award tickets being available? For example, check out ORD-LHR this week…United has tons of availability, ANA nothing outbound and some inbound.

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  • disqust101

    Er, time for momma to stop coddling her brood methinks. Ever heard of telling them to “get a job”?

  • shay peleg

    Incorrect

  • shay peleg

    Let her coddle it is her choice

  • shay peleg

    This is actually quite useful

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