After all of the complaining I’ve done about my nightmare using ANA miles, I feel the need to report something positive, something that might make me transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points to ANA again.
With ANA’s new award chart, a 5,000-7,000 mile flight on a partner airline in Business Class is only 63,000 miles. JFK-LHR is just under 3,500 miles each way, and since Virgin Atlantic is a partner with ANA, that’s a great way to redeem miles, in my opinion. For only 5,000 miles more (68,000 miles roundtrip), you can take them from anywhere else on the East Coast or connect onward in Europe, anywhere less than 9,000 miles roundtrip.
Virgin Atlantic is an airline I’ve always wanted to try, and although we’ll pay fuel surcharges when using ANA miles for Virgin Atlantic, that’s the case with almost every partner they have except Continental, although that’ll cost you 100,000, in which case I’d rather pay a bit more in cash.
Thanks to my friend Steven for the tip.