17 Best Ways To Earn Lots More ANA Mileage Club Miles [2017]

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is a Japanese carrier. It has hubs at Haneda Airport and Nanta International Airport in Tokyo, and Itami Airport and Kansai International Airport in Osaka.

Members of the ANA Mileage Club can earn miles by booking flights on ANA and its airline partners in the Star Alliance. ANA also has a variety of other travel and non-travel partners.

Most partners only award miles to members within Japan. However, there are plenty of opportunities to earn ANA miles and redeem for flights and travel services in the U.S. too!

In this post, we will show you how the best ways to earn miles in the ANA Mileage Club, including the use of credit cards. By the time you finish reading, you’ll be ready to begin earning tons more ANA Mileage Club miles!

Earn Miles Through ANA Mileage Club

ANA Mileage Club Card
Points earned in ANA Mileage Club can be redeemed for great travel rewards!

1. Become an ANA Mileage Club Member

Enroll as an ANA Mileage Club member and choose from a variety of cards in the ANA Mileage Club, including debit and credit cards from Japanese banks. The Mileage Club (TMC) card is a free card that earns miles for the primary member and family members. All miles are valid for 36 months.

Members in Japan will receive their TMC card within 2-3 weeks after ordering via Japan Post Yu-Mail. It takes a little longer (3-4 weeks) to receive cards via regular mail outside Japan.

There is now a digital membership card available to members in Japan as well.

2. ANA Domestic and International Flights

ANA Mileage Club Program
Earn up to 150% of miles flown when traveling ANA as an ANA Mileage Club member.

The formula that determines ANA Mileage Club miles for domestic and international flights:

[Basic Sector Mileage * Accrual Rate for the Booking Class]

Typically, you will earn between 50%-150% of miles for domestic flights and 30%-150% on international flights. ANA publishes a chart with the percentages and total ANA miles earned on the website.

Like other airline loyalty programs, you can’t earn miles for award tickets.

3. Star Alliance Partners

Earn 30% to 125% of miles for flights with the 27 Star Alliance carriers, depending on your fare type. Click on an airline below to find out the exact amount of miles you will earn for your flight.

Star Alliance Partners
Adria Airways Aegean Airlines Air Canada Air China
Air India Air New Zealand Asiana Airlines Austrian
Avianca Avianca Brazil Brussels Airlines Copa Airlines
Croatia Airlines Egyptair Ethiopian Airlines EVA Air
LOT Polish Airlines Lufthansa Scandinavian Airlines Shenzhen Airlines
Singapore Airlines South Africa Airways SWISS TAP Portugal
Thai Airways Turkish Airlines United Airlines

4. Other Airline Partners

The following airlines are other partners in the ANA Mileage Club, including Vietnam Airlines (added October 2016). These airlines also earn 30% to 125%. To find the exact percentage for each fare class, click on a link:

Other Airline Partners
Air Dolomiti Air Macau Garuda Indonesia Germanwings
Philippine Airlines Virgin Atlantic Etihad Airways Eurowings
Hawaiian Airlines Jet Airways Vietnam Airlines

5. ANA Premium Points

ANA Mileage Club Status
Become a Bronze, Platinum, or Diamond member in the ANA Mileage Club for additional bonus miles.

To earn elite status in ANA Mileage Club, you’ll need to collect Premium Points. The formula for earning Premium Points is:

Flight Miles * Route Ratio + Boarding Points

See the graphic below for the Premium Points needed to earn Bronze, Platinum, and Diamond status:

ANA Mileage Club Premium Points
Become a Bronze member when you collect 30,000 Premium Points in 1 year!

Here are the bonus miles earned at each status level:

Status Level Year 1
Years 2+
Bronze 40% bonus miles 50% bonus miles
Platinum 90% bonus miles 100% bonus miles
Diamond 115% bonus miles 125% bonus miles

While you’re earning miles, here is something else to aspire to…The Million Miler Program!

The Million Miler Program tracks your lifetime miles since joining the ANA Mileage Club. Receive special benefits for reaching 500,000 miles, 1 million miles, 2 million miles, and 3 million miles.

Benefits include permanent ANA Suite Lounge access, no miles expiration, and Super Flyers card eligibility.

Check your lifetime miles balance by logging into your account on the ANA website and going to the Mileage Balance Inquiry screen.

Earn ANA Miles With Credit Cards

6. American Express Membership Rewards Credit Cards

ANA Mileage Club American Express Membership Rewards
Transfer Membership Rewards points to ANA Mileage Club Miles at a 1:1 ratio.

Rather than using a credit card with a low earning rate, why not transfer American Express Membership Rewards to your ANA Mileage Club account instead? Each Membership Rewards point equals 1 ANA Mileage Club Mile.

Earn more Membership Rewards points by using the following credit cards:

Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
The Platinum Card® from American Express

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> Don't Miss These 18 Valuable Card Benefits
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • Up to $200 Uber Savings Annually.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $550
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Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 points.
  • 3x points for flights booked directly with airlines.
  • 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and at US supermarkets. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0 for the first year, then $195
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The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 10,000 Membership Rewards® points. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Full Review

Recommended Amex Cards (Business)

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The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN

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  • Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $450
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The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN

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  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points
  • Get 3x points - Choose 1 out of 5 categories. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175
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The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 2X points on everyday business purchases such as office supplies or client dinners. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
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7. Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards

Another hotel loyalty program that lets you transfer points to ANA Mileage Club is Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).

The transfer ratio is 1 Starpoint to 1 ANA mile, but you must transfer a minimum number of Starpoints based on your SPG status:

  • Preferred Guest: 2,500 points
  • Gold Preferred Guest: 1,500 points
  • Platinum Preferred Guest: 1 point (no real minimum)

SPG has 2 co-branded credit cards that earn Starpoints. Don’t forget that for every 20k SPG points that you transfer, you’ll receive a 5k bonus to ANA!

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

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  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints®
  • Up to 5x Starpoints® on eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
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Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints®
  • Up to 5x Starpoints® on eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Full Review

8. ANA Co-Branded Cards

Most of the co-branded cards in the ANA Mileage Club are from Japanese banks. However, there is one U.S. card that earns ANA Miles: ANA CARD U.S.A.

This is a Visa card offered by First Bank that earns 1 mile per $1 spent on all purchases including ANA flights…not the best earning power for an airline credit card, unfortunately.

In addition, the ANA CARD U.S.A. has a $70 annual fee and low sign-up bonus.

9. Citi ThankYou Rewards Credit Cards

The Citi ThankYou Rewards program also allows you to earn miles towards ANA Mileage Club. However, the way to utilize the points for ANA is to transfer them to Etihad Guest and redeem them as a partner airline.

Earn tons of Citi ThankYou Reward points with these credit cards and then move them over to Etihad to be used on ANA; note that you may not combine these with other ANA miles.

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
Citi Prestige® Card
  • $250 Air Travel Credit each year
  • Annual Fee: $450
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Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card
  • 2 ThankYou® Points per dollar spent on dining at restaurants and entertainment
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Card Review
Citi ThankYou® Premier Card
  • 3 ThankYou® Points per $1 spent on Travel, including Gas
  • Annual Fee: $95 (Fee waived for the first 12 months)
  • Card Review

10. IHG Rewards Club Credit Card

Points earned in the IHG Rewards Club can also be used for ANA Mileage Club redemptions. Transfer a minimum of 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points for 2,000 ANA Mileage Club miles.

Earn points quicker than ever when you use the Chase IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card!

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11. Other Hotel Loyalty Credit Cards

Other hotel loyalty programs that permit you to transfer points to ANA Mileage Club are Hilton Honors (10,000 points = 1,000 ANA miles) and World of Hyatt (2.5 points = 1 ANA mile).

The credit cards associated with these loyalty programs are listed below:

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express
  • Earn 75,000 Hilton Honors™ Bonus Points
  • 12X on qualifying purchases with hotels from the Hilton portfolio.
  • Annual Fee: $75
  • Our Review
Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express
  • Earn 50,000 Hilton Honors™ Bonus Points
  • 7X points on qualifying purchases with hotels from the Hilton portfolio
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Our Review
Chase Hyatt Credit Card
  • 3x points at Hyatt properties and 2x points at restaurants, airfare purchased directly from the airline and car rental agencies
  • Annual Fee: $75
  • Our Review

Using ANA Travel Partners

12. Rental Car Partners

Because ANA Mileage Club is a Japanese loyalty program, many rental car partners award miles based on the Yen. However, there are a few car rental agencies that award ANA Miles to members who rent in the U.S. and Canada.

Rental Car Agency Offer Rental Car Agency Offer
Alamo 300 miles/rental Alamo Up to 500 miles/rental
Sixt 350 miles/rental Dollar 300 miles/rental*
National Car Rental Up to 300 miles/rental Hertz 50 miles/day

*Extra 100 miles for booking online

13. ANA Hotel Partners

ANA Mileage Club hotel partners
Earn points per $1 spent or per stay when you book a hotel room with an ANA Mileage Club hotel partner.

Earn ANA Mileage Club miles when you stay at participating partner hotels. Some hotels do not participate in the ANA Mileage Club, so click on a link to read the terms and conditions for each hotel or hotel group.

Hotel Offer Hotel Offer
IHG Rewards Club Up to 500 miles/stay Caesar’s Las Vegas Up to 500 miles/stay
Hilton Honors 1 mile/$1 RIHGA Up to 500 miles/night
Marriott International Up to 2 miles/$1 New Otani 500 miles/stay
SPG Up to 3 miles/$1 Tokyu Hotels Up to 500 miles/night
Hyatt 500 miles/stay Okura Hotels & Resorts 500 miles/stay
Evergreen International Hotels 500 miles/stay Golden Tulip Hotels Up to 300 miles/stay
Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts 1 mile/$1 Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts 500 miles/stay
Worldhotels 500 miles/stay Melia Hotels International Up to 500 miles/stay
Preferred Hotel Group 500 miles/stay Raffles Hotels & Resorts 500 miles/stay
The Peninsula Hotels 500 miles/stay Langham Hospitality Group 500 miles/stay
TAJ Group 500 miles/stay Prince Hotels & Resorts Up to 500 miles/stay
JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu 150 miles/stay SURFEEL HOTELS Up to 150 miles/stay
New World Hotels & Resorts 500 miles/stay The Leading Hotels of the World 500 miles/stay
Regent Hotels & Resorts 500 miles/stay Silks Place 500 miles/stay
Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts 500 miles/stay PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts 500 miles/stay
Chatrium Hotels & Residences Up to 500 miles/stay

14. Other Hotel Transfer Partners

We already told you about how to transfer IHG Rewards Club points, SPG Starpoints, Hilton Honors points and Hyatt Gold Passport points to ANA Mileage Club miles.

You can also transfer points as a member of the following hotel loyalty programs:

Hotel Loyalty Program Transfer Ratio
Shangri-La 500 = 500
forTravel 1,000 = 50
Hotelista 3 = 1

Other Earning Options

15. ANA Sky Shop

ANA Mileage Club Sky Shop
Purchase duty-free items at the ANA Sky Shop and earn miles!

In-flight duty-free shopping is available on ANA international and domestic flights in the ANA Sky Shop. ANA Mileage Club members can present their membership cards to earn miles for purchases over JPY 1000 (every JPY 100 = 1 mile).

16. DUFL Virtual Packing Service

ANA Mileage Club DUFL
Don’t pack for your next business trip! Sign up for DUFL and your clothes will be waiting for you. Plus you’ll earn ANA Mileage Club Miles!

ANA Mileage Club members traveling from Japan to the U.S. on business can take advantage of a new premium travel service called DUFL that eliminates the need to pack and carry luggage.

Travelers store clothing in a personal DUFL closet. Then, when preparing for a trip, they select clothing from the closet via the DUFL app.

Upon arriving at the destination, the clothes will be there, cleaned and neatly packed.  After wearing the clothing, it’s simply a matter of scheduling a hotel pick-up until needing the clothes again.

The DUFL service earns 2 miles per $1 spent.

17. Earn Miles for Those Who Live in Japan

In addition to all the above tips for earning ANA Mileage Club miles, there are many other ways for people who live in Japan to earn miles.

These options include airport parkingsouvenirsinternational calling, taxis, and so much more!

Conclusion

We hope we’ve provided some useful strategies for maximizing the miles you earn in the ANA Mileage Club. Even though ANA is based in Japan, there are certainly many opportunities to earn miles in North America.

Make sure to enroll in ANA Mileage Club so you can begin accruing miles right away!

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FAQ

How can I earn miles in ANA Mileage Club?
Earn ANA Mileage Club miles by flying ANA, Star Alliance, and other partner airlines. You can also earn miles with a variety of travel and non-travel partners.

Perhaps the best way to earn ANA Mileage Club miles is by using credit cards to earn points in loyalty programs like American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest, and then transferring those points to your ANA Mileage Club account.

Which airlines make up the Star Alliance?
A total of 27 airlines make up the Star Alliance including ANA, United Airlines, and Air Canada.

How can I become a Bronze, Platinum, or Diamond member and earn bonus miles?
Earn Premium Points within 1 year to qualify as a Bronze (30k), Platinum (50k), or Diamond (100k) member. Premium Points are earned based on the following calculation:

Flight Miles x Route Ratio + Boarding Points

With status, you can earn up to 125% bonus miles for your flights!

Is there an ANA credit card that earns ANA Mileage Club miles?
Although the ANA CARD U.S.A. earns ANA Mileage Club miles, there is a better option.

Earn points by using credit cards associated with ANA transfer partners such as American Express Membership Rewards, SPG, and Hilton Honors and then convert these to miles.

When do ANA Mileage Club miles expire?
ANA Mileage Club miles expire after 36 months.

Where do I log into my ANA Mileage Club account?
Log into your ANA Mileage Club account here.