Ideas for ANA award routings

Old Mar 26, 19, 11:50 pm
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Ideas for ANA award routings

I'm based in New York. I want to book an award to Japan but then I got to thinking. I'm considering doing something like New York to Delhi in J and then coming back from Delhi on F ticket with a stopover in Japan for a week or two. The Delhi-Tokyo route is J only The point increase is not too bad like an extra 35k points for those two J flights but what other routings would make for a good award? I have like 152k miles to make a redemption with. I figure I could also do SE Asia but didn't know if there is a better way to maximize my stopovers to hit more countries on the same redemption. Any have any experience with similar redemptions where they were able to make more use of the stopovers?
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Old Mar 28, 19, 11:58 pm
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ANA F is very expensive, it is the same as other airline. But J is only the half price compared to other airline.
I think the F seg will significantly increase the price, but if you really want to do it, I would rec you to make the entire one way to F to maximize its use, but the other way only J or economy.
Also l, I would recommend not fly to India as it is belong to Zone4 which also increase the cost significantly. If your main purpose is to travel to Japan, I would recommend China or Korea on the way.
Fly only ANA operated flights also could bring the costs down.
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Old Mar 29, 19, 7:10 am
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I'm based in New York. I want to book an award to Japan but then I got to thinking. I'm considering doing something like New York to Delhi in J and then coming back from Delhi on F ticket with a stopover in Japan for a week or two.
Where exactly do you want to go to? Tokyo? Or somewhere farther than Tokyo to get to fly some more flights on Business/First class?

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The Delhi-Tokyo route is J only The point increase is not too bad like an extra 35k points for those two J flights but what other routings would make for a good award
If you just want to go somewhere, then why not Australia or Jakarta or Bangkok or KL (or China?)
"Good" really depends on each person.
I find it Good to go to Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok for cheap getaways at resorts, but you might not find it good if that is not what you are looking for.



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I have like 152k miles to make a redemption with.
ANA miles? Or another mileage program currency?
If ANA miles, you cannot affort a First class award ON ANA out of the USA to anywhere beyond Japan (to Asia).
Cheapest is USA/Japan at 150K miles, and then USA to anywhere else into Asia with F combined comes out at a higher rate.
If you are looking for mixed awards (F out, J back etc.), then just play with the booking tool to find something you like.

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I figure I could also do SE Asia but didn't know if there is a better way to maximize my stopovers to hit more countries on the same redemption
Better to FIRST confirm required mileage and destination Zones definitions here.
https://www.ana.co.jp/en/jp/amc/refe.../tk/usage.html

Just play with the ANA search tool and see what prices out, and what doesn't price out, and also find out the cost of each award. Then chose one!
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Old Mar 29, 19, 10:56 am
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Yes i know about the cost of F, so i was going to do J one way and F back. I want to go to hokkaido as part of the trip and also Osaka. China (chengdu) or Taiwan are also of possibilities. Australia, kuala lumpur, bangkok i am actually all heading to in the next two weeks. Vietnam or laos may be possible (but i believe these cost more than china and taiwan). I want to try to maximize stopovers where possible and cover as much ground as i can in a single ticketing.
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Old Mar 29, 19, 6:16 pm
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Yes i know about the cost of F, so i was going to do J one way and F back. I want to go to hokkaido as part of the trip and also Osaka. China (chengdu) or Taiwan are also of possibilities. Australia, kuala lumpur, bangkok i am actually all heading to in the next two weeks. Vietnam or laos may be possible (but i believe these cost more than china and taiwan). I want to try to maximize stopovers where possible and cover as much ground as i can in a single ticketing.
You may consider something called round the world ticket, I never tried that before, but seems not very good. I mean that probably too much stopovers and open jaw. I would rather focus on Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan those region as this way, it is the most effective way and reasonable way. There are too many things and different cities in Japan, China those two countries only. You need even fly to these countries again and again and you still was not able to finish.
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Old Mar 29, 19, 6:32 pm
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You may consider something called round the world ticket, I never tried that before, but seems not very good. I mean that probably too much stopovers and open jaw. I would rather focus on Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan those region as this way, it is the most effective way and reasonable way. There are too many things and different cities in Japan, China those two countries only. You need even fly to these countries again and again and you still was not able to finish.
True although with the exception of Taiwan I have been to all these countries before. Japan and China multiple times. In the end I think what I will do is just book an award north america to Sapporo and then book an award out with Osaka to New York with a layover in Tokyo. I'll just buy two one way tickets leaving the Hokkaido region to Taiwan and then coming back a few days later to Osaka. Seems easier than flying to Taiwan via tokyo then coming back to tokyo and then having to buy all the domestic flights/bullet train tickets around Japan and it saves me like 10-12k points or something.
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Old Mar 29, 19, 9:49 pm
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True although with the exception of Taiwan I have been to all these countries before. Japan and China multiple times. In the end I think what I will do is just book an award north america to Sapporo and then book an award out with Osaka to New York with a layover in Tokyo. I'll just buy two one way tickets leaving the Hokkaido region to Taiwan and then coming back a few days later to Osaka. Seems easier than flying to Taiwan via tokyo then coming back to tokyo and then having to buy all the domestic flights/bullet train tickets around Japan and it saves me like 10-12k points or something.

Yeah, travel in any of those countries above domestically are super easy, Japan even sell the train pass for foreigners. All the countries or regions have high speed train which could sent you to anywhere faster than planes.
But if you have already been there before, I would rec just book wherever you really wanted to, but do not stop over too many cities far away each other, my personal experiences, I like travel within one region more than just stopover in majority major cities in different places.
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Old Mar 29, 19, 9:51 pm
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But do not ruin your trip by simply wanting to make the maximal use of your miles, fun is the most important.
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