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[Award Alert] Wide-Open ANA First Class Availability From 72.5K 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.

We’ve found tons of award space between Tokyo and San Francisco all the way through October. Most dates only have 1 seat available, but there are so many flights with a seat that it makes up for this slight downside.

Let’s take a look at all the details!

Fare Details

It’s so rare to find space for these flights, even in business class — we had to run to let you all know as soon as we came across this availability. 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)
  • Dates: March to October 2024
  • Rates: As few as 72,500 points one-way

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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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.

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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 — but don’t fall for that.

Instead, book with Virgin Atlantic. Although the airline increased the cost of ANA redemptions last year, it’s still a much better deal at just 72,500 Virgin points each way.

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 Citi ThankYou Points (if you have them) to Virgin. Beginning February 18th, the program is offering a 30% transfer bonus, meaning you’d need to transfer just 56,000 points to book this ticket, typically valued in the thousands of dollars!

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Check out our guide to the best websites for flight deal alerts to ensure you don’t miss out on the next great travel deal!

Final Thoughts

We’ve found ultra-rare award space — and plenty of it — in ANA first class, for departures into October. 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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