ANA Mileage Club Loyalty Program Review

ANA Mileage Club Loyalty Program Review

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ANA Summary Table

Branded and Partnered Credit Cards

ANA makes it challenging to earn miles from its co-branded credit cards. The airline currently only has 1 credit card for U.S. travelers that earns ANA miles.

ANA Credit Cards

The one credit card that you can apply for is through First National Bank of Omaha. But with a low sign-up bonus, we recommend passing on this card for now.

Marriott-SPG Credit Cards

Marriott-SPG credit cards are the best ways to earn points that can be transferred directly into ANA miles.

What’s great about earning these points is that for every 60,000 points you transfer to an airline partner, you’ll receive 5,000 bonus points. 60,000 points will mean you’ll have 25,000 airline miles (3:1 transfer ratio + 25% bonus) to use for your next redemption.

To help you earn enough points for a flight, here are the SPG and Marriott credit cards we recommend:

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card - Earn 3 Free Nights (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after qualifying purchases, plus 10x total points on eligible purchases in select categories. Get automatic silver elite status each account anniversary year; and a free night award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary. Plus, earn up to 17X points per $1 at over 7,000 participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels, and 2X points per $1 on all other purchases. Annual Fee is $95.
Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card - Earn 30,000 bonus points when you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. Earn up to 14X points per $1 at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels, earn 2X on other travel purchases, then 1x on all other purchases. A solid card for Marriott loyalists looking for a no-annual-fee card offering Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status.
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card - Earn 75,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Plus, earn up to $200 in Statement Credits for eligible purchases at U.S. Restaurants within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

Earn 6x per $1 at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels plus 3x at U.S. restaurants and flights booked directly with airlines. Annual Fee is $450. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Bonvoy Brilliant card, click here.
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card - Earn 75,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 of eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, earn up to $150 back in statement credits on eligible purchases made on your new Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.

This is a solid card for business owners who will get complimentary Marriott Bonvoy silver elite status. Annual fee is $125. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Business Card, click here.

American Express Credit Cards

American Express cards are another great way to earn points that can be transferred directly into ANA miles.

Amex has a number of valuable partners including ANA, and they regularly offer bonus miles when transferring points to airline partners — further increasing the value of the points you earn.

A combination of these Amex credit cards will make sure you are on your way to earning plenty of points:

Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)

The Platinum Card® from American Express - There's currently a new welcome bonus offer of 60,000 100,000 Membership Rewards Points after spending $6,000 on purchases in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Plus, earn 10x points on eligible purchases on the Card at restaurants worldwide and when you Shop Small in the U.S., on up to $25,000 in combined purchases, during your first 6 months of Card Membership.

This is our #1 card for accessing 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide, including Priority Pass (enrollment required). We leverage ~$4,900+ in benefits and perks from the card every year. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum card, click here.
American Express® Gold Card - This card has a new welcome bonus of 35,000 60,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $4,000 on purchases in your first 6 months of Card Membership.

We love using this card as it earns 4X Membership Rewards Points at restaurants, including takeout and delivery, and earns 4X Membership Rewards points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).

There's no better card in our opinion if you eat out and/or shop at supermarkets regularly; and you'll have access to many benefits and perks. Terms apply and for rates and fees of the Amex Gold card, click here.

Recommended Amex Cards (Business)

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express - Right now, there's a new welcome bonus of 85,000 100,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $15,000 on eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership.

See how we get $4,000+ in value per year by leveraging many of the benefits & perks, including access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide. For rates & fees of the Business Platinum, click here.
American Express® Business Gold Card - one of our favorite Amex business cards because we earn 4x points across the top 2 select categories that we spend the most money in each month, such as Facebook or Google ads. The 4x points applies to the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these 2 categories each calendar year. After that, you earn 1x. Terms Apply.

The current welcome bonus is 70,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $10,000 on eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. For rates and fees of the Business Gold, click here.
The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express - A super simple, no-annual-fee card that earns you 2x points on everyday business purchases, up to $50,000 in purchases per year. After that, earn 1x. Right now, you can earn 15,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $3,000 in eligible purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Blue Business Plus, click here.

ANA Overview

ANA’s loyalty program is called Mileage Club, and the miles you earn are called Mileage Club miles.

Miles can be earned by flying on ANA, Star Alliance, and partner airline flights. You can also earn ANA miles by spending with its non-airline partners, which include hotels and rental car companies.

When the time comes to redeem ANA miles, you can use your miles to fly on ANA and its partner airline flights. ANA miles can also be redeemed with the airline’s car rental, hotel, and other travel partners.

Joining Mileage Club

Enrollment in the ANA Mileage Club program is easy! Simply complete this form and ANA will provide you with your frequent flyer profile and number.

After enrollment, you will earn ANA miles by flying on ANA or its partner airline flights, and also by spending money with its partners.

How to Sign in to Your Mileage Club Account

Go to the ANA homepage and enter your ANA number and password to log in to your account.

ANA Login Screen
Login screen for ANA Mileage Club. Image courtesy of

Viewing Your Account Activity

ANA allows you to view 12 months of activity in your account. To view your account activity, log in, click the “Mileage Balance” tab on the right side of your account page, and then click “Miles” on the left side of your account page.

Points Expiration

ANA miles expire at the end of the 36th month in which the miles were earned.

For example, if you earn ANA miles on September 16, 2018, the miles will expire September 30, 2021.

The only way to extend the expiration of your ANA miles is to hold ANA Diamond member status.

Mileage Club Elite Status

ANA Elite Tiers
ANA elite tiers. Image courtesy of

The ANA Mileage Club program has 3 status levels: Bronze, Platinum, and Diamond. The level of your elite status is determined by the amount of Premium Points that you earn over the course of a calendar year.

Bronze: ANA’s lowest tier elite status comes with the following benefits:

  • Elite Reservations Desk
  • Access to the ANA Lounge using miles or Premium Points
  • Ability to use Premium Points to upgrade from economy to premium economy on domestic ANA flights, or upgrade to the next higher cabin class on ANA international flights
  • Access to early reservations for domestic (Japan) ANA flights
  • Access to advanced seat reservations for domestic (Japan) ANA flights
  • Access to a waiting list for a fully booked ANA flight
  • Priority check-in desk
  • Additional free baggage allowance on international flights

Platinum: ANA’s middle tier elite status comes with all of the benefits of Bronze plus:

  • Free upgrades to premium economy if upgrade space is available
  • Priority baggage claim
  • Exclusive security checkpoint

Diamond: ANA’s top-tier elite status comes with all of the benefits of Platinum plus:

  • Access to the ANA Suite Lounge (the airline’s most premium lounge)
  • Personal concierge to greet you at the Tokyo-Haneda or Tokyo-Narita ANA Suite Lounge
  • Waived fees when making changes to an international flight

If you’re interested in learning more about the elite benefits offered by ANA, here’s the link.

Value of Mileage Club Elite Status

ANA’s elite status is not as relevant for U.S.-based travelers as holding elite status is with a major U.S. airline.

In order to receive the most value out of ANA elite status, you will need to be either a Japan-based flyer, or a regular flyer of ANA or Star Alliance flights to Japan.

Earning Mileage Club Elite Status

ANA Elite Tier Qualifications
ANA elite tiers. Image courtesy of

ANA uses a point system to qualify for elite status tiers. The points are called Premium Points, and they’re earned when flying ANA or Star Alliance partner flights between January and December.

The airline miles and Premium Points you earn when flying are separate. Miles are based on your cabin class and the distance that you flew. Premium Points are based on a convoluted calculation and relate to your elite status.

Premium Points are based on 4 factors:

  1. Basic segment mileage
  2. Mileage accrual rate by booking class and fare type/rule
  3. Route Ratio
  4. Boarding Points

Basic segment mileage is the number of miles that you flew — pretty straightforward.

Mileage accrual rate by booking class and fare type/rule is based on the type of airline ticket you purchased. All cabin classes typically have letters associated with the type of fare you’re buying, which translates into a certain percentage of miles that you will earn.

Route Ratio is a multiplier based on the route. Domestic Japan flights earn 2x, ANA flights between Japan and Asia or Japan and Oceania earn 1.5x, and other ANA or Star Alliance flights earn 1x.

Boarding Points are the points you earn based on your cabin class and type of airfare. ANA provides guidance on how many points you will earn here.

To summarize, ANA awards flight miles and Premium Points, and the airline has a Premium Points Simulation to help you calculate the number of miles and points you will earn.

Hot Tip: First National Bank of Omaha’s ANA credit card is a way to earn additional Premium Points that count toward your ANA elite status.

How to Earn ANA Miles

ANA only has 1 co-branded credit card for U.S.-based travelers, so the best way to earn ANA miles is to look into the flexible point programs.

Marriott and American Express are the flexible points programs that allow you to earn ANA miles by transferring those points directly to ANA.

Earning Miles Through Flying

ANA awards what it calls “regular flight miles” by simply holding ANA elite status. If you fly on an ANA or a United Airlines-operated flight, you will also earn bonus miles based on your cabin class and fare type.

The flight miles that you earn can then be used for award flights or upgraded benefits.

Mileage will be determined by your elite status tier and the number of years you’ve had said elite status. In addition, you will earn 5% bonus miles for holding a co-branded ANA credit card.

If you don’t hold an ANA credit card, here’s what you’ll earn based on your elite status:

  • Bronze – 40% bonus miles during your first elite year; 50% bonus miles in year 2 continuing as long as you hold the status.
  • Platinum – 90% bonus miles during your first elite year; 100% bonus miles in year 2 continuing as long as you hold the status.
  • Diamond – 115% bonus miles during your first elite year; 125% bonus miles in year 2 continuing as long as you hold the status.

By holding one of the credit cards listed on this page, you will increase your earn rates in each elite tier by 5%.

For example, you will earn 45% bonus miles instead of 40% bonus miles during your first Bronze elite year if you have one of the credit cards listed in the link.

The ANA miles you earn when flying on an ANA partner will be driven by the partner that you fly, the fare class, and the marketing carrier of the flight (codeshare).

star alliance airlines chart
The Star Alliance network of airlines. Image courtesy of

Earn Miles With Credit Cards

ANA offers a single co-branded credit card through First National Bank of Omaha that we don’t recommend. The card doesn’t come with a significant sign-up bonus, and the earning rates when spending on the card leave much to be desired.

Instead, focus on earning Marriott and Amex points that can be transferred directly to ANA. Both partners offer a number of personal and business credit cards (Chase, Amex) that make it easy to earn enough points for a redemption.

Earning Bonus Miles in Other Ways

In addition to being in the Star Alliance and partnering with other airlines, ANA has non-airline partners like hotels and car rental companies.

As you’ll see on its earning miles page, you can earn miles by spending with ANA’s hotel, car rental, mileage mall, restaurants, and retail partners.

How to Redeem ANA Mileage Club Miles

ANA uses 3 different award charts: one when flying ANA domestically within Japan, one when flying ANA or Air Japan internationally, and one when flying ANA’s partner airlines.

For ANA or Air Japan flights, the award chart is based on:

  • Award zone
  • Date of the flight (seasonality)
  • Cabin class

For ANA partner airline flights, the award chart is based on:

  • Award zones
  • Cabin class

The ANA and Air Japan domestic chart can be found here, the ANA international award chart here, and ANA partner award chart here.

When you are flying on ANA to/from the U.S., below are the seasonality dates that you’ll want to keep in mind:

Low2018January 8-February 28, April 1-25
2019January 7-February 28, April 1-25
2020January 6-February 29
Regular2018March 1-31, May 8-July 25, August 21-December 18
2019March 1-31, May 8-July 24, August 20-December 17
2020March 1-31
High2018January 1-7, April 26-May 7, July 26-August 20, December 19-31
2019January 1-6, April 26-May 7, July 25-August 19, December 18-31
2020January 1-5

After you decide the dates that you want to fly, here are the round-trip mileage rates for travel to/from North America.

ANA flies from Tokyo-Narita (NRT) to the following airports in the U.S.: Chicago(ORD), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC), Seattle (SEA), Mexico City (MEX), and Washington, D.C.(IAD). 

ANA also flies from Tokyo-Haneda (HND) to the following airports in the U.S.: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Vancouver (YVR).

North America – Japan

Hot Tip: If you’re eyeing a trip to Japan and want to use your miles, we put together a piece on the best ways to redeem ANA miles.

Star Alliance and Partner Awards

For flights to Japan from North America on a Star Alliance partner like United Airlines, here’s the round-trip mileage required:

North America – Japan

It’s important to note that all ANA and partner airline flights must be booked round-trip, except for ANA domestic flights.

Booking Online

The best websites to search for Star Alliance availability (including ANA) are United, Aeroplan, and ANA.

Each search engine has its drawbacks, but when used in combination, they can help you find the availability you’re looking for.

United Airlines’ search engine is best to get a broad view of availability thanks to its month-long calendar. It’s also great that United doesn’t require you to log in to see award space.

The drawback with United is that you’ll come across phantom award space, so it’s important to click through the entire booking process to confirm award availability. Also, United doesn’t organize award routes by the most convenient routing, so use the drop-downs on the left side of the search results to find your desired flights.

Aeroplan is a great tool because it tends to be more accurate than United. The search engine is straightforward and allows you to easily search for the cabin class and route you’re after. Unlike United, you must log in to use the search engine.

The downside is that Aeroplan only allows you to search availability 1 week at a time, and like United, the search results can be inaccurate.

ANA is likely the least utilized website of the 3 because it takes the most time to learn. But once you learn how to use it, you’ll have access to more accurate award availability.

The ANA search engine requires you to search round-trip or an open-jaw route, which makes it more difficult to use than being able to search one-way. The website also requires you to log in to search for award space.

Hot Tip: If can’t find award space on the ANA website and the flights you want are showing on the United and/or Aeroplan website, call ANA at 800-235-9262. The agent can then search for the award space that you found and help you book the flight.

Frequently asked questions

In Mileage Club, who are the partners? Can I transfer miles to them?

With ANA in the Star Alliance, you’ll be able to use ANA miles to fly on any of the airlines in the alliance.

ANA also has separate airline agreements with airlines outside of the Star Alliance. The same structure works in that you can use ANA miles to fly these airlines.

In addition to its airline partners, ANA has other travel partners including hotels and car rental companies. You can transfer miles to its non-airline partners, but this will not get you the best value for your miles.

What is the ANA Mileage Club login?

The ANA login page can be accessed here.

Where can I sign up for Mileage Club?

You can sign up for the program here.

What is my Mileage Club number?

After logging into your account, click the yellow “My Menu” tab and then click the “List your ANA Number” tab to see your ANA number.

When did the ANA join the Star Alliance?

ANA joined the Star Alliance in October 1999.

When do miles post in Mileage Club?

ANA does not list how long it takes miles to post into your account in its terms and conditions, but based on experience with legacy U.S. airlines, miles should post within 7-10 days.

When do Mileage Club miles expire?

Miles expire at the end of the 36th month after you have earned them.

When does Mileage Club status expire?

The number of premium points you earn between January and December each year determines your elite status for the following year. Elite status starts on April 1 of that year and is valid for 1 year.

Is there an ANA credit card?

Yes, but we do not recommend it due to the low sign-up bonus currently offered.

In Mileage Club, what is a stopover?

A layover of more than 24 hours on an international flight is considered a stopover.

What is a Mileage Club hold?

The ANA website states that award flight holds are not possible, but you may be able to find an agent willing to put your flight on hold for 24-48 hours.

Michael McHugh

About Michael McHugh

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Michael took his first international trip in 2013 with friends to the Bahamas. Although he didn't travel much in his younger years, on that trip, he caught the travel bug and has been hooked ever since. Michael first caught wind of the points and miles game in 2014 while at a bar in Washington, DC where the conversation amongst friends was quickly derailed because of an alert on a friend's phone about a mistake fare.  That's where the love affair with points and miles began.

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  1. Am I able to transfer points from a Marriot credit card and from an American Express credit card to ANA? That way I can reach the 85k point mark to get a free business seat just on credit card signup bonuses alone.


    • Hi Allen,

      Yes, ANA is a transfer partner of both American Express Membership Rewards at a 1:1 rate, and Marriott Bonvoy at a 3:1 rate.


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