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ANA website to search Star Alliance availability?

Old Oct 16, 11, 3:52 am
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ANA website to search Star Alliance availability?

Hey guys, I don't have much experience with ANA but I've been told that their website is the best to search for Star Alliance availability for all the partners. However, after signing up for an ANA mileage club account, I went to search for a flight but can only search award flights on ANA, not on all Star Alliance partners.

The message I receive is: "The Partner Flight Award search function is only available for passengers who have a certain level of mileage."

Since I have no ANA miles, is there any way around this? Or is it impossible for me to search for Star Alliance? And if so, what is the best way to search for Star Alliance partners (Expert Flyer doesn't seem to have many options for Star Alliance airlines).

Thanks.
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Old Oct 16, 11, 4:56 am
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Old Oct 28, 11, 11:41 am
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Just transfer 1000 Amex points to ANA.
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Old Oct 28, 11, 11:45 am
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This thread explains how to workaround this issue:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/star-...tool-help.html
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Old Oct 28, 11, 5:08 pm
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Originally Posted by civico View Post
Hey guys, I don't have much experience with ANA but I've been told that their website is the best to search for Star Alliance availability for all the partners. However, after signing up for an ANA mileage club account, I went to search for a flight but can only search award flights on ANA, not on all Star Alliance partners.

The message I receive is: "The Partner Flight Award search function is only available for passengers who have a certain level of mileage."

Since I have no ANA miles, is there any way around this? Or is it impossible for me to search for Star Alliance? And if so, what is the best way to search for Star Alliance partners (Expert Flyer doesn't seem to have many options for Star Alliance airlines).

Thanks.
I have 100 miles in ANA account. I got it by answering to a survey they emailed me in August and I can start to use ANA tool since then. Very sweet. You may get the email too. Just wait.
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Old Apr 20, 12, 9:59 am
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Is the workaround just as good as having miles in the account and using it the normal way? I'm contemplating throwing some miles in there (how many miles is required?). But, if the workaround gives the same results, then why bother, right?
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Old Apr 20, 12, 3:01 pm
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Out of curiosity, I posted 25 miles to my account (from Rakuten) to see if it was enough to use the tool without the exploit.

Turns out it wasn't.

When my new card arrives I'll try loading a further 75 and see what happens.
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Old Apr 20, 12, 3:08 pm
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workaround or 100 points, search engine worked the same. I used it with zero point for many months using the workaround. Later I got some free points deposited and it's the same search engine/interface.
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Old Apr 20, 12, 4:13 pm
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Originally Posted by beep88 View Post
workaround or 100 points, search engine worked the same. I used it with zero point for many months using the workaround. Later I got some free points deposited and it's the same search engine/interface.
thanks!
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Old May 9, 12, 7:42 am
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Originally Posted by snaporaz View Post
Just transfer 1000 Amex points to ANA.
So, for the record as of now, this isnt needed. Just search an ANA flight first and the Star button opens up on the search results page.
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