Whether flying Singapore Airlines first class or Cathay Pacific first class, many Asian carriers have developed a reputation for world-class service. When you fly ANA, not only will you enjoy the privacy and comfort of your first class suite but you’ll experience unbelievable service.
With several routes to the US, a competitive award chart, and plenty of partner booking options, let’s dive into ANA first class.
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A Look Inside ANA First Class
ANA is widely considered to be one of the best airlines in the world and their first class experience really drives that point home.
Departing from Tokyo (NRT), you’ll step into luxury from the moment you enter the airport thanks to the ANA Suite Check-In in Terminal 1. ANA’s concierge staff will help make the check-in process a quick and painless process. You can either check in at the counter or wait comfortably on one of the check-in area sofas.
ANA’s concierge staff will help make the check-in process a quick and painless process. You can either check in at the counter or wait comfortably on one of the check-in area sofas.
Once you’re finished checking in, you’ll be off to security. While this is probably one of the least enjoyable experiences for most travelers, you’ll be whisked through priority security in no time. At this point, you might rush to your gate but, hopefully, you’ve left enough time to relax in the ANA Suite Lounge.
At this point, you might rush to your gate but, hopefully, you’ve left enough time to relax in the ANA Suite Lounge.
It’s here where ANA’s amazing service really starts to shine. During your stay, you can enjoy a great meal and refresh in one of the fully-stocked shower rooms. ANA really makes an effort to ensure the wait as well as the flight is an experience to remember.
Once on board an ANA Boeing 777-300ER, you’ll see you a large rectangular first class suite waiting for you. Unlike some first class suites, theses seats do not have doors that close you off from the rest of the cabin. However, They provide more than enough privacy, especially the window seats.
Another difference you’ll notice is that the two middle seats also have tons of privacy. Even if you lower the divider, you still have to lean forward to talk to the person next to you.
A first class experience wouldn’t be complete without pajamas and an amenity kit. ANA first class amenity kits are provided by Samsonite and provide everything you need to refresh on a long flight.
How To Fly ANA First Class Using Points
ANA is a member of Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance, so you’ll have plenty of options for booking ANA first class.
ANA Mileage Club
The most straightforward way to book first class is through ANA’s own Mileage Club program. The entire booking process can be taken care of online.
Here are the steps to booking ANA first class:
- Visit ANA’s website
- Select “ANA Mileage Club”
- Select “International” then “Award Reservation”
- Log into your account
- Enter your desired route and dates
- Select “First Class”
- Select your flights
Hot Tip: Use our Transfer Partner Calculator to quickly determine how many miles you’ll get for transferring between programs.
There are a few important caveats to remember when booking with ANA Mileage Club. First, you can only book awards for yourself and your family members.
Second, ANA has low, regular, and high seasons for awards. Stick to the low and regular seasons for your award bookings to get the most bang for your buck.
The mileage cost of first class awards is actually the same for the low and regular seasons so there are plenty of travel dates from which to choose.
Third, ANA allows you to waitlist award bookings. This can be a nice feature, but there’s not guarantee you will move off the waitlist especially on popular travel dates. For this reason, it’s important to check if your selection is actually putting you on the waitlist.
Fortunately, it’s clear when you are waitlisting an award. Just make sure you confirm before moving forward.
Speaking of waitlisted flights pictured above, you’ll notice the route is from Chicago to Sydney, Australia connecting in Tokyo.
ANA not only allows you to transit a third region on your way to a destination, but they allow you to book a stopover. This means you could visit Tokyo for a bit before continuing on to Australia.
If you need some more miles in you Mileage Club account, you can transfer from American Express Membership Rewards or SPG Starpoints.
Membership Rewards generally take about 2 to 3 days to transfer while SPG Starpoints usually take around 7 days. Keep this in mind before transferring as award space isn’t guaranteed to be available if you wait.
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
Unlike when booking with ANA Mileage Club miles, to use Singapore KrisFlyer miles you have to call to book ANA flights.
Here’s what you need to know.
- Visit Air Canada’s Aeroplan site
- Log into your Aeroplan account (you’ll need your account number)
- Under “Use Your Miles” select “Travel”
- Select your travel dates, cities, and class of service
- Find your desired flight – make sure it’s ANA first class
- Call Singapore Airlines to complete the booking (800-742-3333)
Booking through Singapore KrisFlyer allows you to book a one-way first class award on ANA if that’s all you need. Singapore Airlines also allows stopovers (free on round-trip saver level awards and around $100 on one-way saver awards) but they are more strict on the routings they allow.
A big benefit to booking this way is that it allows you to leverage Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou Points as Singapore Airlines is a partner. Transfers to the KrisFlyer program generally take up to 24 hours. Transfers from Citi generally take 1 to 2 days.
Asiana Club provides another great option for booking flights on ANA. Like Singapore Airlines, they also allow one-way bookings.
- Search for availability using Aeroplan’s site (see above for the steps)
- Call Asiana at 1-800-227-4262
- The U.S. call center is open between 8:30am-5:30pm PT (Monday-Friday)
- Tell the phone representative you’d like to book an award with their Star Alliance partner ANA
- Provide your travel dates and flight numbers
- Once you confirm space, you will be prompted to give your credit card for any necessary taxes and fees
SPG Starpoints also transfer to Asiana Club at a 1:1 ratio. Transfers can take up to 10 days, so there is a chance your desired flights won’t be available once the points transfer.
Other Options for Booking ANA Flights
You can also book through one of ANA’s other Star Alliance partners including Avianca LifeMiles, United MileagePlus, or Air Canada Aeroplan.
Great ANA First Class Redemptions
Each program we discussed above has its sweet spots. Asiana Club often provides solid one-way redemption options but doesn’t allow stopovers. Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer might cost a few more miles, but you can book one-ways and stopovers. ANA Mileage Club requires round-trip bookings but offers some of the best redemption rates and allows stopovers.
Here’s a quick comparison of some round-trip award redemptions with each program. First, let’s look at flying between Chicago to Tokyo.
|Departure||Destination||ANA Mileage Club||Asiana Club||Singapore KrisFlyer|
|Chicago (ORD)||Sydney||210,000 miles||240,000 miles||255,000 miles|
|New York City (JFK)||Tokyo||150,000 miles||160,000 miles||200,000 miles|
|Washington, DC (IAD)||Bangkok||195,000 miles||180,000 miles||225,000 miles|
When booking with Asiana Club or Singapore KrisFlyer, a one-way ticket will cost half the miles of the round-trip award.
How To Earn Enough Miles for ANA First Class
If you’re not sure which program you’ll be using to book ANA first class, SPG Starpoints are your best option. They transfer to ANA, Singapore Airlines, and Asiana Airlines.
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card|
|Starwood Preferred Guest Loyalty Program||Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express|
|Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express|
Transferring American Express Membership Rewards to ANA Mileage Club are another great option. There are several cards that earn Membership Rewards from which to choose.
If you want to book with Singapore’s KrisFlyer program, you have two more transferable points options. First, there are cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points:
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card|
|Chase Ultimate Rewards Program Review||Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card|
|Chase Freedom® Card|
|Chase Freedom Unlimited℠|
|Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card|
|Chase Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card|
Finally, you can also earn KrisFlyer miles by transferring Citi ThankYou Points:
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card|
|Citi ThankYou Rewards Loyalty Program||Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card|
|Citi ThankYou® Premier Card|
|Citi Prestige® Card|
When Should You Search for Award Space?
You can search and book ANA flights between 355 days and 96 hours from departure. Start your search early to give yourself the best chance of finding award space and check regularly if you don’t see space initially.
What Makes This a Great Redemption?
ANA is one of the premier carriers operating out of Asia so you’ll definitely want to give their first class a try. Here are some of the aspects of this experience you’re really going to enjoy.
First Class Service
If you’re accustomed to the service on US carriers, you might be a bit overwhelmed. Don’t worry, there’s no trick here. ANA’s cabin crews really are that great.
From the moment you set foot onboard, they are ready to help you have a wonderful first class experience.
ANA Suite Lounge
Once you’re in the ANA Suite Lounge, staff will be there to offer you a hot (or cold) towel and a drink – champagne is a great choice. If that’s not a great way to start off a lounge visit, we don’t know what is.
If you need a shower after a long flight or a long day visiting Tokyo, you can enjoy a relaxing shower. There’s plenty of seating, even during busy times, so you can stretch out. If you need a quiet place to work, you can grab one of the workstations that include noise canceling headphones.
Whether you’re enjoying a nice vacation or visiting the lounge for work, the ANA Suite Lounge will be a great experience.
Go ahead and add ANA first class to your list of flights you must try. If you need a one-way flight, Asiana Club and Singapore Airlines Krisflyer can get you what you need. If you need a round-trip, you’ll often find your best booking option is ANA’s own Mileage Club.
What are you waiting for? From the moment you arrive at the airport, the service will be amazing. Enjoy some champagne and before you know it the journey will be as much fun as the destination.
Table of Contents
- A Look Inside ANA First Class
- How To Fly ANA First Class Using Points
- Great ANA First Class Redemptions
- How To Earn Enough Miles for ANA First Class
- When Should You Search for Award Space?
- What Makes This a Great Redemption?
- Final Thoughts