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[Expired] [Award Alert] Wide-Open ANA Business and First Class Availability From 27K Points

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If you’ve had your eye on ANA’s world-beating new first class product, now’s the time to make your move.

Thanks to a tip from Roame, we’ve found a ton of business and first-class award space between the U.S. and Tokyo from now through March 2025!

Many of the dates later in the year only have 1 seat available, but if you are looking for some last-minute travel, we are seeing some flights with 4+ seats available in business class.

With a current 30% transfer bonus from Capital One, you could be flying in style for a staggeringly low price!

Let’s take a look at all the details.

Award Deal — Details

It’s so rare to find space for these flights, even in business class — so we had to run to let you all know as soon as we came across this availability.

First Class

First class flights from San Francisco feature ANA’s incredible “The Suite” product, which includes a massive 42-inch TV screen and closing doors.

  • Class: First
  • Routes: San Francisco (SFO) to Tokyo (HND, NRT)
  • Cost: 72,500 Virgin Atlantic points one-way (or 56,000 with the 30% Capital One transfer bonus) + $300 in taxes and fees
  • Travel Dates: April 2024 to March 2025
  • Award Seats: 1 passenger per route

Your best bet for finding a date that works for you is to go to Seats.aero. While the free search will show you availability 60 days in advance, those with a paid membership can easily scroll through all available dates.

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Image Credit: Seats.aero

Once you’ve found a date that works for you, you’ll want to do a search on United’s website to ensure the flight you’re looking at is still available.

Business Class

While first class is obviously going to be more luxurious, ANA business class is still an excellent product, and we are seeing even more availability!

Depending on your departure airport, you and your family could be off to Japan for as little as 27,000 miles in lie-flat business class!

  • Class: Business
  • Routes: Honolulu (HNL), Washington, D.C. (IAD), Vancouver (YVR), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Chicago (ORD), and Houston (IAH) to Tokyo (HND, NRT)
  • Cost: 35,000 Virgin Atlantic points one-way (or 27,000 with the 30% Capital One transfer bonus) + $300 in taxes and fees
  • Travel Dates: April 2024 to March 2025
  • Award Seats: Up to 4 passengers per route

Honolulu will be the cheapest option, costing just 35,000 points each way (70k round trip), while Washington, D.C. would cost 47,500 points (95k round trip) before the transfer bonus. Both are incredible deals.

Note: Although the flights from Hawaii won’t have the newest product, it will be on the custom-painted A380, dubbed “The Flying Honu!”

Hot Tip:

We’re seeing availability to both Haneda (HND) and Narita (NRT), but note that Haneda is much closer to the center of Tokyo and much more convenient — pick that option if you can.

Best Ways To Book

After you’ve verified that there is saver-level availability on United’s site, it’s time to book. United is going to charge you 121,000 miles each way for first class — but don’t fall for that. Instead, book with Virgin Atlantic.

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Image Credit: United

Although Virgin increased the cost of ANA redemptions recently, it’s still a much better deal at just 35,000-72,500 Virgin points each way, depending on your class and airport.

Even better, Virgin points are incredibly easy to earn thanks to its partnerships with basically every transferable point currency. This includes American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One Miles, Citi ThankYou points, Bilt Rewards, and Chase Ultimate Rewards. All of these programs transfer to Virgin at a 1:1 ratio, meaning 1 flexible point becomes 1 Virgin point.

For the best bang for your buck, consider transferring your Capital One Miles (if you have them) to Virgin. Now through April 30, the program is offering a 30% transfer bonus, meaning you’d need to transfer just 27,000 points to fly business class or 56,000 points to fly first class, typically valued in the thousands of dollars!

Bottom Line:

Finding this amount of ANA business and/or first class availability is extremely rare. Stacked with a 30% transfer bonus, this is an excellent opportunity to use your points and miles to unlock some bucket-list travel.

Final Thoughts

Run, don’t walk. We’ve found ultra-rare award space — and plenty of it — in ANA business and first class, for departures into 2025. If you have any interest in trying this incredible product, now is the time to book!

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About Carissa Rawson

Carissa served in the U.S. Air Force where she developed her love for travel and new cultures. She started her own blog and eventually joined The Points Guy. Since then, she’s contributed to Business Insider, Forbes, and more.

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