17 Best Ways to Earn Lots More ANA Mileage Club Miles

How to Earn ANA Mileage Club Miles

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) is a Japanese carrier with hubs at Haneda Airport (HND) and Narita International Airport (NRT) in Tokyo, and Itami Airport (ITM) and Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Osaka.

Members of the ANA Mileage Club can earn miles by booking flights on ANA, its Star Alliance airline partners, and 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!

Here are 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
Points earned in ANA Mileage Club can be redeemed for great travel rewards! Image Credit: All Nippon Airways

1. Become an ANA Mileage Club Member

Enroll as an ANA Mileage Club member and immediately receive your digital ANA Number to start earning miles on any qualifying activity. You will receive a physical membership card within 2-3 weeks if you live in Japan or 3-4 weeks outside of Japan.

All miles are valid for 36 months and their expiry cannot be extended through earning activities.

2. ANA Domestic and International Flights

All Nippon Airways
Earn up to 150% of miles flown when traveling ANA as an ANA Mileage Club member. Image Credit: Carlos Yudica via Shutterstock

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

[Basic Sector Mileage] multiplied by [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. Here’s the accrual chart for international flights:

Booking ClassAccrual Rate for Basic Sector Mileage
C, D, Z125%
Premium Economy
G, E100%
Y, B, M100%
U, H, Q70%
V, W, S, T50%
L, K30%

Whereas the accrual chart for international flights corresponds to a single-letter fare code, this isn’t the case for domestic flights. Instead, the accrual chart depends on the actual name given to the fare. Here’s the accrual chart for domestic flights:

ANA Domestic Flights Accrual Chart
The accrual chart for domestic ANA flights is extremely lengthy. Image Credit: All Nippon Airways

Putting this all together, let’s do a quick calculation of how many miles you would earn. If you flew a one-way flight from San Francisco (SFO) to Tokyo-Haneda (HND), which measures 5,160 miles in distance, on a N class premium economy ticket, you’d earn 70% of 5,160 miles, which is 3,612 ANA miles.

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 Star Alliance carriers, depending on your fare type. The Star Alliance airlines are listed below for reference.

Air CanadaEVA Air
Air ChinaLOT Polish Airlines
Air IndiaLufthansa
Air New ZealandScandinavian Airlines
ANAShenzhen Airlines
Asiana AirlinesSingapore Airlines
AustrianSouth African Airways
Brussels AirlinesTAP Air Portugal
Copa AirlinesThai Airways
Croatia AirlinesTurkish Airlines
Egypt AirUnited Airlines

To find out the earning structure for each Star Alliance partner, visit this link.

4. Other Airline Partners

The following airlines are other partners in the ANA Mileage Club and earn 30% to 125%. To find the exact percentage for each fare class, click on the applicable link for the airline you’re interested in:

Other Airline Partners
Air DolomitiEurowingsJuneyao AirlinesVirgin Atlantic Airways
Air MacauGaruda IndonesiaOlympic Air
AlitaliaGermanwingsPhilippine Airlines
Etihad AirwaysJet AirwaysVietnam Airlines

*While ANA suspended some awards on Etihad, this has not affected earning miles.

5. ANA Premium Points

ANA Mileage Club Status
Become a Bronze, Platinum, or Diamond member in the ANA Mileage Club for additional bonus miles. Image Credit: All Nippon Airways

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

[Basic Sector Mileage] multiplied by [Mileage Accrual by Class/Fare Type] multiplied by [Route Ratio] plus [Boarding Points]

ANA Premium Points Formula
The ANA Premium Points Formula is illustrated in a math equation. Image Credit: All Nippon Airways

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. Image Credit: All Nippon Airways

Here are the bonus miles earned at each status level:

Status LevelYear 1
Years 2+
Bronze40% bonus miles55% bonus miles
Platinum95% bonus miles105% bonus miles
Diamond120% bonus miles130% 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, 3 million miles, and 4 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.

Hot Tip: Use all of those extra miles you are earning to treat yourself to a business class flight on ANA or a luxurious first class flight on the ANA A380!

Earn ANA Miles With Credit Cards

6. American Express Membership Rewards Credit Cards

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

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 transfers to Amex at a 1:1 ratio.

Recommended American Express 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 American Express 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.

7. 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 National Bank of Omaha that earns 1 mile per $1 spent on all purchases, 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. For reference, find the entire line-up of ANA co-branded cards here.

Bottom Line: While the ANA Card U.S.A is an option, we wouldn’t recommend this card given other cards earn bonus points and transfer to ANA. 

8. Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards

You can earn Marriott points and transfer your Marriott points to ANA at a transfer rate of 3:1. Plus, for every 60,000 Marriott points that you transfer, you’ll receive an extra 5,000 ANA miles bonus.

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.

9. IHG Rewards Credit Card

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

Earn points quicker when you use the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card along with the card’s good benefits.

10. 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:

Using ANA Travel Partners

11. 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 AgencyOfferRental Car AgencyOffer
Alamo300 miles/rentalHertz50 miles/day
Avis100 miles/day for rentals outside of Japan (maximum of 500 miles per rental)National Car Rental50 miles/day, up to 300 miles/rental
Dollar300 miles/rental*Sixt350 miles/rental

*Extra 100 miles for booking online through the ANA website

The car rental partners who award miles for rentals in Japan are:

Rental Car AgencyOfferRental Car AgencyOffer
ANA Global Car RentalVaries according to conditionNippon Rent-A-Car Carsharing1 mile/¥100 (excl. tax)
ANA Traveler’s Rental Car1 mile/¥100Nissan Rent a Car1 mile/¥100 (excl. tax)
Budget Rent-A-Car1 mile/¥100 (incl. tax)SKY Rent-A-Car1 mile/¥100 (excl. tax)
Orix Rent-A-Car1-2 miles/¥100 (incl. tax)Times Car Rental1 mile/¥100 (incl. tax)
Nippon Rent-A-Car1 mile/¥100 or ¥200Toyota Rent a Car1 mile/¥100 (incl. tax)

12. ANA Hotel Partners

Hotel Travel Points
Earn 1 ANA mile per $1 spent at participating hotels. Image Credit: Kanyapak Lim via Shutterstock

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

Aqua-Aston Hospitality500 miles/stayOkura Hotels & ResortsUp to 500 miles per night
Chatrium Hotels & ResidencesUp to 500 miles/stayPan Pacific500 miles/stay
Club Med500 miles/stayPARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts500 miles/stay
Dusit Hotels & ResortsUp to 500 miles/stayPrince Hotels & ResortsUp to 500 miles/stay
Evergreen International Hotels500 miles/stayRIHGA Royal Hotel GroupUp to 500 miles per room per night
Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites, & ResortsUp to 300 miles per stayRosewood Hotels & Resorts500 miles/stay
IHG RewardsUp to 3 miles/$1Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts500 miles/stay
JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu150 miles/staySURFEEL HotelsUp to 500 miles/stay
Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts1 mile/$1Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces500 miles/stay
Langham Hospitality GroupUp to 500 miles/stayThe Peninsula Hotels500 miles/stay
Marriott BonvoyUp to 2 miles/$1Tokyu HotelsUp to 500 miles per night
Melia Hotels InternationalUp to 500 miles/stayWorld of Hyatt500 miles per stay
New Otani HotelsUp to 500 miles per nightWORLDHOTELS500 miles/stay
New World Hotels & Resorts500 miles/stay

13. Other Hotel Transfer Partners

In addition to the transfers partners of IHG Rewards points, Hilton Honors points, and Hyatt, you can also transfer points as a member of the following hotel loyalty programs:

Hotel Loyalty ProgramTransfer Ratio

14. Hotel Booking Portals and Miscellaneous Travel Agency Partners

Lastly, you can use some hotel booking portals and travel agencies to boost your ANA miles as shown here:

ANA Global HotelsVaries according to conditionJHC Reservations for Worldwide Hotels & Optional Tours1 mile/¥200
ANA Traveler’s Hotel1 mile/¥100Rakuten Travel1 mile/¥200
Booking.com1 mile/¥200

Other Earning Options

15. ANA Sky Shop

ANA Mileage Club Sky Shop
Purchase duty-free items at the ANA Sky Shop and earn miles. Image Credit: All Nippon Airways

Inflight 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 ¥1,000 (every ¥100 including tax = 1 mile).

16. Luggage Delivery Services

Tebura ANA
Using luggage packing services from ANA’s Tebura will allow you to earn miles, too. Image Credit: All Nippon Airways

ANA Mileage Club members traveling from Japan to the U.S. on business can take advantage of a their in-house packing services that eliminate the need to pack and carry luggage.

The idea is that you can send your heavy luggage directly from your home or office and then collect it again at the destination airport’s baggage carousel. This is called Tebura, which is the more expensive service, and earns 100 miles for every piece of baggage delivered.

The cheapest service, called ANA Airport Baggage Delivery Service, delivers from your home/office to your departure airport instead of the destination airport. Also, the reverse is possible. You’ll receive 50 miles for each piece of baggage delivered.

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!

Final Thoughts

We’ve discussed a number of 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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Frequently asked questions

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 American Express Membership Rewards, 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 (30,000), Platinum (50,000), or Diamond (100,000) member. Premium Points are earned based on the following calculation:

Basic Sector Mileage * Mileage Accrual by Class/Fare Type * Route Ratio + Boarding Points

With status, you can earn up to 150% 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 are better options.

Earn points by using credit cards associated with ANA transfer partners such as American Express Membership Rewards 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?

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  1. Chris Baxter April 15, 2018

    ANA is one of AMEX MR’s transfer partners? I don’t see them as an option in my account.


    • Chris Baxter April 15, 2018

      Ah, never mind. I see it now. Not sure where I was looking before. But thanks for the heads up on a new option.


  2. Recycled article. ANA have suspended partnership with Ethiad.


  3. Mitsu Hadeishi June 16, 2019

    Just a note: you misspelled Narita airport as “Nanta” airport


  4. ANA just informed me that to reach status one needs 30k miles and 15k of them need to be earned on Ana flights (Ana flights operated by partner airlines don’t count). What a scam.


  5. I am flying with United and I am an ANA frequent flyer member.

    The United kiosk offers premier qualifying miles for money upon checking in. Do you know if these miles will be registered to ANA premium miles if I purchase?


  6. Can ANA miles be purchase and if so, how much?


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