– Virgin Atlantic’s award rates using ANA as a carrier are already excellent but with the 30% transfer bonus from American Express is becomes awesome value
The sweet spot is the 90,000-95,000 ANA miles (70,000-74,000 American Express Membership Rewards) from an ANA gateway in the US to Tokyo, Japan. These are the rates for Round Trip!
With Virgin Atlantic Flying Club you need to book Round Trip for partners. ANA First Class is really hard to find availability but ANA Business Class is much easier and still a great product with great food.
Note that connections are increasing the miles needed. Tokyo and Osaka have become a capital of discount airlines such as Vanilla, Air Asia and Scoot lately.
– Turkish Airlines (while not my favorite airline by any means anymore) has an interesting fare from Manila to Accra, Ghana for $1,999 RT in Business Class
The fare books into J and earns 100%-135% on several Star Alliance programs. The flight to Accra is currently operated by a small 737 – this hopefully changes to an A330.
– Philippine Airlines has a good fare from London (LHR) all the way to Cebu, Philippines for $1,982 in Business Class Round Trip.
As with most Philippine Airlines fares this one earns 125% on Etihad Guest. The airline plans to 777 to the London route which would be a much better product.
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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents.
Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines.
You can reach Torsten at [email protected]
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