ANA award change policy

Old Mar 20, 2024, 6:48 pm
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Originally Posted by Stgermainparis
Yes. I have only ever transferred to ANA when I had a specific trip to book and there was availability. Having lots of points just sitting there is an awful strategy bc of that expiry. Iíve been using them at crap value for two years just to burn through them. Still have 90k in there and am going to use for a trip I will enjoy but donít really have time for this year. Just bc the miles are expiring in March. Between RT, expiration, high fees, and difficult website then long hold times, I loathe using this points now.
I cannot disagree more. If you really want to book ANA award tickets repeatedly, parking your miles in ANA is a must. I flewed ANA first class 4 times already (twice after COVID, twice before; each time, 2 seats), and while it's difficult to book, it's not impossible. But I can say for sure that, had I not parked my miles there, I wouldn't be able to fly even once. On the other hand, I actually like the fact that their miles expired in 3 years. It gave me an advantage because people who aren't willing to take the the risk to park their miles won't be able to compete with me.
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Old Mar 20, 2024, 7:06 pm
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Originally Posted by toyssamurai
I cannot disagree more. If you really want to book ANA award tickets repeatedly, parking your miles in ANA is a must. I flewed ANA first class 4 times already (twice after COVID, twice before; each time, 2 seats), and while it's difficult to book, it's not impossible. But I can say for sure that, had I not parked my miles there, I wouldn't be able to fly even once. On the other hand, I actually like the fact that their miles expired in 3 years. It gave me an advantage because people who aren't willing to take the the risk to park their miles won't be able to compete with me.
No need to park miles in ANA when you can easily transfer them when the need arises. And for people who do not ďwant to book ANA award tickets repeatedlyĒ then no reason to let miles sit there when they could be accessible and used for other transfers.
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Old Mar 20, 2024, 8:02 pm
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Originally Posted by Stgermainparis
No need to park miles in ANA when you can easily transfer them when the need arises. And for people who do not ďwant to book ANA award tickets repeatedlyĒ then no reason to let miles sit there when they could be accessible and used for other transfers.
The problem is whether ANA will hold the seat for you while waiting for the transfer, and transfers from AMEX is not necessarily instant, often days.
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Old Mar 20, 2024, 8:23 pm
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Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer
The problem is whether ANA will hold the seat for you while waiting for the transfer, and transfers from AMEX is not necessarily instant, often days.
Wow what a bummer. Yet another reason to add to my list of why I use VS/AC/UA. Though TBH these days trying to book anything via AC is a joke.
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Old Mar 20, 2024, 10:47 pm
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Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer
The problem is whether ANA will hold the seat for you while waiting for the transfer, and transfers from AMEX is not necessarily instant, often days.
If Iím actively looking or strategizing for an award seat then to me thatís not ďparkingĒ miles. Thatís planning. In that situation I would transfer points well ahead. But to just randomly move points over to ANA for some future maybe trip somewhere as-yet-unknown seems foolish given the expiry and partner award restrictions (like only OW).
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Old Mar 21, 2024, 11:32 am
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I like the 3k cancellation fee. It reduces the number of speculative awards booked which increases total availability. Just mentally add on an extra 3k miles to every redemption - it'll remain cheaper than every other star alliance program. Similarly, the transfer time from amex decreases the number of miles people are willing to park in ANA and increases availability.
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Old Mar 25, 2024, 7:42 am
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Based on my experience, if your original reservation is made via US website, you are stuck in this time zone even if you use VPN to log into the Tokyo website, you are re-directed by to US website to make that change.
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Old Mar 25, 2024, 7:50 am
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Yes you can change the return flight to be returning within 1 year of the departure date and you can make that change even after you have started the trip.
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Old Mar 25, 2024, 8:47 am
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Originally Posted by aquanine
Similarly, the transfer time from amex decreases the number of miles people are willing to park in ANA and increases availability.
Why wouldn't people use other FF programs to book these same awards on NH metal? It seems to me ANA needs to relax its requirements (on RT redemption and/or mileage expiration) to get more people to use its program, especially after the recent devaluation affecting some popular routes.
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Old Apr 12, 2024, 11:08 am
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I have a 2J West Coast - NRT reservation for next year. If I find and change NRT to HND do I have to pay the revised (devalued) price or given it's same city and dates it would be same price?
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Old Apr 12, 2024, 11:14 am
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Originally Posted by freegunnersaurus
I have a 2J West Coast - NRT reservation for next year. If I find and change NRT to HND do I have to pay the revised (devalued) price or given it's same city and dates it would be same price?
Will be repriced with any change, unless a segment has already been traveled.

https://www.ana.co.jp/en/us/amc/part...-info-mileage/
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Old Apr 12, 2024, 3:32 pm
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My partner and I have two separate F tickets on the same day SFO-HND and SFO-NRT next year. We might try and see if we could be on the same flight by checking availability and calling T-14, but would this still be considered a change that triggers repricing? It's the same departure day that is technically going to the "same city," and I have seen some posts from some others saying they weren't even charged the 3k miles for similar situations.
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