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Sweet Spot Sunday: Round-trip business class to Asia for 75K miles

Aug. 28, 2022
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Sapporo View from Sapporo TV Tower in Sapporo City, Hokkaido, Japan
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It’s no secret that ANA Mileage Club is one of my favorite loyalty programs. The program offers some of the best redemption sweet spots for international business class and includes free stopovers on most international awards.

One of the best ANA deals is off-peak flights to Japan and the rest of Asia. This is in large part because it’s cheaper than what most airlines charge for one-way in business class.

Here, I’ll show you why this deal is special and how to book it with American Express Membership Rewards points.

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Why it’s special

ANA business class. ZACH GRIFF/THE POINTS GUY

You can book ANA business class from the U.S. to Asia for as little as 75,000 miles. This is less than what many airlines — like United — charge for a one-way business class ticket from the U.S. to Asia. Better yet, ANA offers one of the best business products in the sky, especially on routes equipped with the carrier’s new “The Room” business class product.

Pricing varies based on where you fly. Flights to Japan are cheapest at 75,000 miles round-trip off-peak, while flights to other Asian cities cost more miles. Here’s a look at off-peak business class pricing in all Asian zones. You can view the full award chart on ANA’s website.

  • Japan: 75,000 miles.
  • South Korea/East Russia: 80,000 miles.
  • Asia 1 (Central Asia): 80,000 miles.
  • Asia 2 (South Asia): 100,000 miles.

Off-peak dates vary based on where you fly. These are the dates for flights from the U.S. to Japan and South Korea/East Russia, you can view all the seasonality charts on ANA’s website.

  • 2023: Jan. to Feb. 28, Apr. 1-26.
  • 2024: Jan. 4 to Feb. 29.

You can add a free stopover to ANA award tickets too. This means you can see a second city at no extra points cost. For example, you can start by flying from Washington D.C. to Tokyo, where you can stay for as long as you’d like. Then, you can visit Sapporo and fly home through Tokyo.

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That said, there are a couple of restrictions to keep in mind when booking ANA awards. The first is that you can only book round-trip tickets — no one-ways are allowed. Second, you can only book off-peak prices on ANA-operated flights. Partner flights book at standard award pricing.

Related: The complete guide to maximizing stopovers and open jaws on award tickets

How to book this award

To book an ANA award ticket, go to the airline’s website, sign in and click the "ANA Mileage Club" button on the right-hand side of the screen. Then, click "ANA International and Partner Airline Flight Awards" and select "Flight Award Reservation" to go to the award search screen.

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Here, you can select whether you want to book a round-trip or multi-city award ticket. Select the multi-city option if you’d like to book a ticket with a stopover, which I’ll do in this example. Enter your itinerary and click the orange Search button at the bottom of the screen.

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You’ll find flight options for the first leg of your trip at the center of the screen. Flights listed as “Available” can be confirmed immediately, so skip waitlisted flights if you can. Select the flight you’d like and click the continue button to select flights for the remaining legs.

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After you select all your flights, you’ll get a quote for the miles and taxes required to book. Follow the prompts at the bottom of the screen to complete your booking if all looks OK.

Related: Sweet Spot Sunday: How to fly round-trip to Europe in business class for 88,000 miles

How to earn points for this award

You can transfer Amex points to ANA. JOHN GRIBBEN/ THE POINTS GUY

American Express Membership Reward transfer to ANA at a 1:1 ratio. You can earn Amex points by putting your everyday spend on an Amex card. Plus, you’ll earn bonus points when you open a new Amex card and earn the welcome bonus.

Here’s a look at two current offers that will put you well on your way to having enough points for an ANA round-trip ticket to Asia:

  • American Express® Gold Card: Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new card within the first six months of card membership. Earn 4 points per dollar at restaurants worldwide, 4 points per dollar at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year, then 1x points), 3 points per dollar on airfare purchased directly from airlines or American Express Travel, and 1 point per dollar on other eligible purchases ($250 annual fee; see rates and fees).
  • The Platinum Card® from American Express: Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards Points after you spend $6,000 on purchases within the first six months of card membership. Earn 5 points per dollar on airfare purchased directly from airlines or with American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), 5 points per dollar on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel and Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts, and 1 point per dollar on other eligible purchases ($695 annual fee; see rates and fees).

You can also transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to ANA Mileage Club at a 3:1 transfer ratio. You’ll earn a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 Marriott points transferred, so 60,000 points are worth 25,000 ANA miles.

Related: Move over Sapphire: Why I almost always go for Membership Rewards instead of Ultimate Rewards

Bottom line

Round-trip business class tickets to Japan for 75,000 miles are hard to beat. Bookmark this article and refer to it the next time you book a trip to Asia. It can save you a ton of miles if award space works out.

For rates and fees of the Amex Gold card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum card, click here.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

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  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
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  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
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