Well, that’s a pleasant surprise – the best value for redeeming rewards just got more lucrative.
Redeeming Virgin Atlantic Miles on ANA is great value
The Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is a fantastic niche frequent flyer program as it has some incredible reward redemption values. The best miles for Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles are used when traveling on All Nippon Airways.
Here is the award table for return flights with All Nippon Airways:
As you can see, a business class round-trip ticket from the US to Japan costs 90,000 to 95,000 miles, while a first class round-trip ticket from the US to Japan costs 110,000 to 120,000 miles.
The catch is, in the past, you could only redeem miles for round-trip flights. This was impractical for several reasons:
- Sometimes there was only premium availability in one direction and not the other
- Sometimes you might just wanted to fly one way between the US and Japan and then connect to another location before heading back home
- If you want to fly Business Class one way and First Class the other, you’ll have to pay the higher cost of the entire itinerary
All Nippon Airways Business Class
One-way rewards are now possible at ANA
There is some great news on this front – You can now redeem Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for a one-way trip on All Nippon Airways for half the price of a round-trip ticket.
The following was said on the ANA partner site:
One-way award rides with ANA are not available.
Now it says:
One-way journeys are permitted with half of the return journey specified below.
This is amazing!
In other words, you can now redeem:
- 45,000-47,500 Flying Club miles for a one-way ANA Business Class ticket between the United States and Japan
- 55,000-60,000 Flying Club miles for a one-way ANA first class ticket between the US and Japan
All of Nippon Airways’ new Business Class “The Room” and “The Suite” are absolutely amazing so this is a great opportunity.
All Nippon Airways first class
Should we be suspicious of this?
On the surface, it’s surprising to see that the world’s best rewards redemption is becoming even more valuable. So, should we assume that we are just waiting for the other shoe to fall, which would mean an increase in premium costs?
I have a few thoughts on this:
- The Virgin Atlantic Flying Club recently changed Delta award prices without notice, and this was largely a devaluation
- At the same time, Delta has a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic, and I had a strong feeling that Delta was forcing that change
- In the case of ANA, the reimbursement costs may not be very high and the program may not have any real incentive to “force” people to fly back and forth
So could we see a devaluation of this take-back option at some point? Absolutely, as it has been around for years. But do I necessarily interpret this change to mean that such a change is imminent? No
It goes without saying that this change is incredible news as of now. So we have to hope that this does not go hand in hand with a doubling of the price costs. 😉
Hopefully we won’t see an increase in ANA premium costs anytime soon
What a pleasant surprise to see that the world’s best use of miles just got better with the ability to redeem Virgin Atlantic miles for a one-way trip on ANA for half the price of a round-trip ticket.
What makes the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club great is how easy it is to get points because the program works with Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou.
If only we had a feeling when Japan will open its borders to visitors …
(Hat tip to David)