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The redemption of the world’s best awards gets better



Well, this is a pleasant surprise-the only best reward redemption value becomes more profitable.

It is valuable to redeem Virgin Airlines miles on ANA

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is a fantastic niche frequent flyer program because there are some incredible reward redemption values. The best single use of Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles is to travel on All Nippon Airways.

The following is the award table for ANA round trip travel:

As you can see, a round-trip business class ticket from the United States to Japan costs 90,000-95,000 miles, while a round-trip first-class ticket from the United States to Japan costs 110,000-120,000 miles.

It is worth mentioning that historically, you can only redeem miles for a round trip itinerary. This is inconvenient for some reasons:

  • Sometimes, rewards are only provided in one direction, but not in the other direction
  • Sometimes you may just want to fly one way between the U.S. and Japan, and then connect to other places before returning home
  • If you want to fly in business class in one direction and first class in the other, you will have to pay a higher rate for the entire trip


All Japan Airlines Business Class

Now you can get one-way rewards on ANA

There is good news in this regard- You can now redeem Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for one-way travel with ANA, and the round-trip fare is only half.

The ANA partner page has said in the past:

It is not possible to use ANA’s one-way award travel.

Now it says:

The cost of a one-way trip is half of the round-trip mileage shown below.

this is amazing!

In other words, you can now redeem:

  • 45,000-47,500 flying club miles to get a one-way ANA business class ticket between the U.S. and Japan
  • 55,000-60,000 flying club miles to get ANA first-class one-way tickets between the United States and Japan

All new “room” business class and “suite” first class of new Japan Airlines are incredible, so this is a huge opportunity.

All Nippon Airways First Class

Should we doubt this?

On the surface, it is surprising that the best reward redemption in the world has become more valuable. So, should we assume that we are just waiting for the other shoe to fall, which will increase the cost of the reward?

I have a few thoughts on this:

  • The Virgin Atlantic Flying Club did change the price of the Delta Rewards program without notice recently, and most of them are depreciated
  • At the same time, Delta Air Lines owns 49% of Virgin Atlantic, but I clearly feel that Delta Air Lines is forcing this change.
  • Taking ANA as an example, the rewards and reimbursement costs may not be very high, and the program actually has no incentive to “force” people

So, can we finally see this redemption opportunity depreciate? Absolutely, because this situation has existed for many years. But do I have to interpret this change as meaning that this change is about to happen? No.

Needless to say, this change is incredible news so far. Therefore, we must hope that this will not double the cost of rewards at some point. 😉

Hope we will not see an increase in ANA reward fees soon

Bottom line

It’s amazing to see the single best use of miles in the world get better, because ANA can now be exchanged for Virgin Airlines miles for one-way travel, while the round-trip cost is only half.

The reason why Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is so good is that the program works with Amex Member Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou to make points currency so easy.

Now, as long as we can feel when Japan will open its borders to tourists…

(Dave’s hat tip)


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