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In our article on ANA first class, we raved about the amazing service provided by ANA’s cabin crews. Business class passengers can rejoice, as they will also experience top-notch service.
Whether your long-haul business class flight is on one of ANA’s Boeing 777-300ERs or the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, you will enjoy the flight.
Thanks to amazing first class and business class products, ANA is considered one of the best airlines in the world.
At airports worldwide, ANA’s business class passengers enjoy priority check-in counters where the process will be quick, and your checked baggage will be marked as “priority.”
You will also have access to priority security lanes at airports worldwide, which can make the screening process much easier. Here are some examples:
Once through security, you can continue to your gate if your flight is about to depart. Otherwise, you can swing by the ANA Business Class Lounge (or Star Alliance business class lounge).
Not surprisingly, the ANA Lounge is busier than the ANA Suites Lounge. Fortunately, ANA designed its business class lounge to accommodate more passengers. There are a few different seating areas to prevent overcrowding.
While you wait for your flight, you can enjoy a meal from a large buffet, which also includes several dessert options. There’s even a hot food station if you are in the mood for something more substantial.
Once onboard your flight, you will see that every seat in the business class cabin has direct aisle access. This is a staple of a good business class seat. Additionally, each seat is lie-flat so you can rest peacefully during the flight.
Like many business class cabins, window seats are great for solo travelers. If you are traveling with a companion, the 2 middle seats might be better for you as it will be easier to chat.
During meals, you’ll have your choice of wine to pair with a nice meal. While the presentation is on a tray, the actual meal gets great reviews.
To read more, check out our review of ANA 777 business class.
ANA is on a mission to offer refreshed seats and products aboard the new 777-300ER aircraft. While ANA has revamped all cabin classes, perhaps the biggest improvement is business class.
ANA’s business class is already excellent, with staggered seats configured in a 1-2-1 configuration. Known as The Room, ANA’s new 777 business class truly feels like an endless expanse of in-flight real estate. The seats, which alternate between forward and rear facing, measure an utterly mammoth 35 inches wide. To put this in perspective, Cathay Pacific, which used to offer the largest first class seats in the world, measures 36 inches.
A business class product, ANA’s The Room is just 1 inch shorter than the previous record holder of the widest first class seat.
If this hasn’t intrigued you, ANA offers incredible 4K 22-inch inflight monitors for personal entertainment. These business class seats have sliding doors, allowing complete and utter privacy within your enclosed suite. ANA’s The Room might be the product that dethrones the QSuites.
You can find this new business class suite on the following routes:
As a member of Star Alliance, there are many ways to book business class award flights on ANA. Let’s talk about some of the best ways to do so.
|Departure Point||Class of Service||Destination|
|Hawaii (Zone 5)||North America (Zone 6)||Europe (Zone 7)|
|Japan (Zone 1)||Y||35,000||40,000||43,000||40,000||50,000||55,000||45,000||55,000||60,000|
The simplest way to book business class is through ANA Mileage Club. Follow these steps to book ANA business class:
Hot Tip: Use our Transfer Partner Calculator to quickly determine how many miles you’ll get for transferring between programs.
An important restriction with awards booked through ANA Mileage Club is that you can only book awards for yourself and your family members.
Additionally, ANA has 3 seasons that affect redemption rates: low, regular, and high. Book awards during the low and regular seasons to get the most out of your miles.
The number of miles required for a business class flight differs between each season, but both low and regular season awards are acceptable rates. If at all possible, don’t book award flights during high season.
Finally, you can waitlist award seats. While this is a useful feature, be aware that this does not guarantee that you will eventually get a seat. It will be listed, so you can make sure an award seat is available.
You’ll notice the route from Japan to Australia in the image above. ANA allows you to travel through a third region to your final destination. You can even book a stopover on the way, which is a great way to visit Japan!
You can transfer from American Express Membership Rewards to ANA to book with Mileage Club.
Transferring Membership Rewards points often takes 2 to 3 days. Remember this, as award space could disappear while you wait.
If you’re looking for flight inspiration, check out the best ways to redeem ANA miles.
While we’ve discussed elsewhere that it’s difficult to find Chase Ultimate Rewards sweet spots to Asia, Virgin Atlantic has remained a welcome exception to that rule.
The following chart is the ANA Award Chart using Virgin Points:
|Route||Economy Class*||Business Class*||First Class*|
|Japan – South Korea||18,000||35,000||50,000|
|Japan – China / Guam / Hong Kong / Philippines / Taiwan||23,000||45,000||60,000|
|Japan – Malaysia / Myanmar / Singapore / Thailand / Vietnam||40,000||65,000||105,000|
|Japan – Hawaii / India / Indonesia||45,000||70,000||115,000|
|Japan – Australia / Canada / Western USA||60,000||90,000||145,000|
|Japan – Europe / Central & Eastern USA / Mexico||65,000||95,000||170,000|
* or equivalent class
The above chart shows the round-trip cost in Virgin Points, though one-way trips are now allowed at half of the round-trip cost.
Here are some great examples of business class flights you can take:
To make things even better, Citi and American Express often run huge transfer bonuses of 25% to 30% to increase your miles! If you line everything up correctly, you can fly from the West Coast to Japan in ANA Business Class round-trip for 70,000 points!
Here’s how to book ANA Business Class with Virgin Atlantic (do not transfer your points yet):
The last thing you need to know is transfer times: Chase and Citi transfer instantly, Amex takes 2 to 3 business days, and Marriott can take the same as Amex. Make sure you know this when you’re planning your award booking.
If you want to fly business class on ANA, you’ll want to reconfirm availability on a different website before booking your flight online. Sometimes (especially with connecting flights), you must call Singapore Airlines to redeem KrisFlyer miles as the online website will not display availability.
Follow these steps to book:
With Singapore Air, you have the option to book one-way awards.
Transfers from Ultimate Rewards typically process almost instantly. Membership Rewards take 1 to 2 days, and ThankYou Points typically take 2 days.
Check out other great ways to redeem with Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer.
|Mexico, Hawaii, Central America||35,000||55,000||75,000|
|South America 1||35,000||55,000||75,000|
|South America 2||50,000||70,000||90,000|
You must reserve and have your ticket issued 3 days before departure, which prevents snagging last-minute awards.
Before you book your business class flight, decide what you need from the booking first:
Let’s check out some ANA business class booking examples:
|Departure||Destination||ANA Mileage Club||Virgin Atlantic Flying Club||Asiana Club||Singapore KrisFlyer|
|Chicago (ORD)||Sydney (SYD)||115,000 miles||N/A||165,000 miles||195,000 miles|
|New York (JFK)||Tokyo (HND/NRT)||85,000 miles||95,000 miles||120,000 miles||175,000 miles|
|Washington, D.C. (IAD)||Bangkok (BKK)||110,000 miles||N/A||135,000 miles||195,000 miles|
Asiana Club, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, and Singapore KrisFlyer require half the miles needed for a round-trip booking. ANA requires round-trip bookings.
ANA miles can be transferred from Amex Membership Rewards at a rate of 1:1 and Marriott Bonvoy at a rate of 3:1. For every 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points that you transfer, you’ll receive an extra 5,000-mile bonus.
Virgin Points can be transferred from Amex Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Capital One Miles (via Virgin Red), Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards at a 1:1 ratio. Transfer from Marriott Bonvoy at a 3:1 ratio and receive 5,000 bonus miles when you transfer 60,000 points.
Asiana Club miles can be transferred from Marriott Bonvoy at a 3:1 ratio, and for every 60,000 points you transfer, you’ll get a 5,000-mile bonus.
Singapore KrisFlyer miles can be transferred from Amex Membership Rewards, Capital One Miles, Chase Ultimate Reward partners, and Citi ThankYou Rewards, all at a rate of 1:1. Points can also be transferred from Marriott Bonvoy at a rate of 3:1 with a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 points transferred and Brex Rewards with a 1.67:1 transfer rate.
Hot Tip: Make sure to check out our transfer partner calculator to learn how to best maximize your points and miles!
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Business Owner? See our article on Chase business credit cards that earn Ultimate Rewards.
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With this card, you can earn 4x Membership Rewards points at restaurants and you’ll also earn 4x Membership Rewards points at U.S. supermarkets on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1x.
There isn’t another card on the market that offers a 1-2 punch like this. Of course, there are a number of other benefits of the Gold Card as well, including extra monthly dining rewards and more.
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ANA releases award space nearly a year before departure (355 days!), and you can even find availability up to 96 hours from departure. As soon as you know when you want to travel, begin your search. If award space is not available immediately, keep checking regularly.
ANA is one of the highest-rated airlines in the world, and they provide a great business class experience. Let’s look deeper at what makes these flights so much fun.
While there are many complaints about service on U.S. carriers, you will be happy to know that the business class crews on ANA are fantastic. They are personable and always ready to help make your flight that little bit better.
You can expect a pleasant meal in the ANA Lounge or on your flight. You’ll have a great food selection in the lounge at the buffet and hot food station to provide bigger meals.
You can choose from a nice selection of liquor, enjoy some sake, or try out the beer machine that tilts your glass and pours the beer for you (so fun if you like beer!).
When a business class flight to Asia or Australia is what you need, make sure you consider ANA. Long journeys can be tough and even worse when the service is poor. ANA’s world-class service and great catering will make your long flights an enjoyable experience.
ANA’s Mileage Club program often requires the fewest miles to book first class flights on ANA, but it requires round-trip bookings.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, Asiana Club, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, and other Star Alliance partners can also provide great redemption options.
First and foremost, you can expect amazing service when flying business class on ANA. To top it off, you’ll have great meals and enjoy some nice Champagne.
Yes, absolutely! ANA offers lie-flat business class seats on all of its long-haul flights.
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Always a fan of flying, it was only natural that Spencer was drawn to finding a way to improve the travel experience.
Like many, he started this journey searching for cheap flights to take him around the world. This was fun for a while, but Spencer was intrigued by the idea of flying in business and first class!
Throwing himself into what became an extensive research project, Spencer spent 3-4 hours per night learning everything he could about frequent flyer miles over the course of several months (he thinks this is normal). He runs Straight to the Points, an award-seat alert platform.
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