How To Book One-Way Award Ticket Using ANA Miles

How To Book One-Way Award Ticket Using ANA Miles

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ANA Mileage Club is one of the more unique Star Alliance frequent flyer programs, and partners with American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest.

ANA-Membership-Rewards

What makes them unique is that they have a distance based award chart, much like British Airways. The difference is that British Airways’ distance based award chart charges you based on the length of each individual segment, while ANA charges you based on the distance of your overall itinerary, whether you have two segments or eight.

Here’s ANA’s distance based award chart:

ANA-Award-Chart

One question I’m often asked is whether ANA allows one-way award tickets.

The short answer is no. The rules do clearly state that “awards cannot be issued for one-way travel.”

So how do they define that? Saying one-way travel isn’t allowed is quite different than saying a journey must be roundtrip with no open jaws.

Here are the applicable rules:

  • The departure airport and the final destination on the itinerary may differ, but must be in the same country
  • Routes cannot pass through the region of departure en route to another destination

What does this really mean? ANA defines a roudtrip ticket as being from one country and returning to the same country.

So using the “Flight Search” option on ANA’s website, try entering Newark to London and then Toronto to New York. Toronto to New York is just 357 miles, but in this case you’re technically flying from the US to another country, and then have a segment returning to the same country (the US).

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When you select the flights and price out that award, you’ll see that it does indeed price out at 43,000 miles one-way in business class, which is the cost for an award ticket of up to 4,000 flown miles.

ANA-One-Way-Award

One-way awards (sort of) are possible with ANA’s Mileage Club… with a bit of creativity. Just add on an international segment back to the US from a nearby country (whether it be Canada, Mexico, or elsewhere), and that award will be considered a roundtrip.

I should note that the value proposition isn’t really that amazing for one-way ANA awards. For example, the great thing about ANA’s award chart is that you can fly Newark to London roundtrip in business class for 63,000 miles (since the total distance is just under 7,000 miles).

But one-way travel between the US and Europe for 43,000 miles isn’t really that amazing — British Airways Executive Club charges fewer miles for travel from the east coast to Europe (40,000 Avios for one-way business class on airberlin from New York to Berlin/Dusseldorf, or just 25,000 Avios for one-way business class on Aer Lingus from Boston to Dublin/Shannon), and Aeroplan charges 45,000 miles for one-way business class travel between the US and Europe.

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  1. NellieVA Guest

    I know this post is quite old, but the information is really helpful. I am trying to book a "one-way" flight from EZE to IAD. I have tried using an open-jaw, and returning to EZE from cities with non-stop Star Alliance carriers, on which I know there is capacity. In trying flights from SCL, GRU, BOG, and PTY, and get an error on all. My only guess is that I'm bumping up against "(you) cannot...

    I know this post is quite old, but the information is really helpful. I am trying to book a "one-way" flight from EZE to IAD. I have tried using an open-jaw, and returning to EZE from cities with non-stop Star Alliance carriers, on which I know there is capacity. In trying flights from SCL, GRU, BOG, and PTY, and get an error on all. My only guess is that I'm bumping up against "(you) cannot pass through the region of departure en route to another destination." Any other ideas?

  2. John Kim Guest

    Very informative and helpful material. What about a segment about aircrafts and when they open nearer in booking grant seats (and if there are subterranean insect carriers that dont) I never book 300 days out, yet every now and again book in the couple of months/weeks before an outing

  3. Lim Guest

    Is this method no longer valid ? , I tried , but got error msg although seats are available

  4. Simon hotchkin Guest

    how could i use this to travel one way between tokyo and new york?

  5. Eric C Guest

    Hi Lucky, thanks for the great post! I was wondering if this still works under the new ANA chart. Thanks in advance!

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ Eric C -- It doesn't seem to be possible through the website anymore, though not sure about through the call center.

  6. kunia Guest

    Mr Lucky, I am interested in booking a one way F award on NH007 using NH miles for SFO-NRT, and am wondering if the trick you posted above still works. I was playing around with NH's webpage, but it seems to be giving an error when selecting a return flight such as YVR-SFO. If the method may not be allowed any more, would you have any recommendation? Thank you.

  7. mr. cool Guest

    @mulbry @lucky
    hmmm if mulbry's quote is correct..

    "..If ALL of the sectorS have not been used.."
    doesnt sounds like "not flown all". rather at least 1 segment complete & 1 uncompleted segment remains... could be very useful.
    would ANA prorate the distance though? doesnt seem likely

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ mr. cool -- I see how it could be interpreted that way, but I know for sure that in practice that's not the case.

  8. mr. cool Guest

    @Ivan Y
    haha i feel your pain
    только что завершил круг-световой турне... лишь пролетарным эконом классом :)

  9. Ivan Y Diamond

    @ Mr. Cool - запутался в правилах разных программ. Летаю не так часто, чтобы всё помнить :(

  10. mulbry Guest

    i guess it depends on what ANA mean by sectors. If you book a RT ticket from CDG-ORD and only fly CDG-ORD would the return ORD-CDG count as unused sectors? Do you need to call in and cancel the return flight? Or miss your flight and then call in?

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ mulbry -- I interpret that a bit differently. I read it as them saying that if you haven't used any sectors of the ticket, as in not flown it all, then you're eligible for a refund.

  11. mulbry Guest

    in the award ticketing rules it states that a refund is permitted (minus 3000 mile fee) if all sectors not used. Seems like a work around to get a one way flight. thoughts?

    "-Validity is one year from the ticket issuance date. The award validity period cannot be extended even if that period includes blackout periods.
    [Refund]
    -If all of the sectors have not been used, a refund is permitted. However, 3,000miles per passenger will be assessed as a refund fee."

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ mulbry -- Sorry I'm probably missing something, but how is that a workaround to getting a one-way?

  12. Mr. Cool Guest

    @ivan y
    уже запутались в халяве (:

  13. Ivan Y Diamond

    @ Lucky - thanks! I've been doing a lot of research/searches on both programs so got them mixed up :(

  14. Ivan Y Diamond

    @ Lucky - don't you think another interesting use of ANA miles is to book two one-way domestic awards, especially if you can't transfer to UA from UR? For example, it lets me do IAH-ORD outbound and LAX-IAH inbound for 22,000 miles in Economy. So you save 3,000 for Y RT and 7,000 for J RT compared to United.

    P.S. As an aside, domestic space on UA out of IAH sucks!

    P.P.S. Could've sworn...

    @ Lucky - don't you think another interesting use of ANA miles is to book two one-way domestic awards, especially if you can't transfer to UA from UR? For example, it lets me do IAH-ORD outbound and LAX-IAH inbound for 22,000 miles in Economy. So you save 3,000 for Y RT and 7,000 for J RT compared to United.

    P.S. As an aside, domestic space on UA out of IAH sucks!

    P.P.S. Could've sworn ANA now allowed one-ways on *A awards but guess I'm mistaken and it's some other airline.

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ Ivan Y -- I think you're thinking of Japan Airlines, which recently added one-ways:
      https://onemileatatime.com/japan-airlines-jal-mileage-bank-one-way-awards/

      Yes, it could make sense to book through ANA rather than United under some circumstances for sure. Just keep in mind the restrictions of booking through ANA.

  15. sherman Guest

    yyz-roc is shorter than yvr-sea, but still above 61 miles though.

  16. [email protected] Member

    AC flies YYZ-ROC, which is 106 miles. That's the shortest Canada/US Star Alliance flight I could find. (YVR-SEA is 127 miles).

  17. Papa Smurf Guest

    Don't you mean "ANA defines a round-trip ticket as being from one country and returning to the same country."?

  18. Chris K Guest

    It's also helpful to note that you can save a fare amount on fuel surcharge by positioning a flight ex-Canada. I'm not sure why, but, we recently flew RT on OS/SN and originating from ex-Canada saved us over $500.

  19. cocosun Guest

    This may take the discussion a bit off track, but I have a ton of MR points that I moved to ANA in hopes of scoring two business class tickets from the east coast (ideally, Washington DC area)to Europe (ideally Spain, but could be anywhere in western Europe)next May. I've been looking on ANA for availability of such awards from IAD to Munich, London, Frankfurt, etc, in April (just to get a sense of availability)...

    This may take the discussion a bit off track, but I have a ton of MR points that I moved to ANA in hopes of scoring two business class tickets from the east coast (ideally, Washington DC area)to Europe (ideally Spain, but could be anywhere in western Europe)next May. I've been looking on ANA for availability of such awards from IAD to Munich, London, Frankfurt, etc, in April (just to get a sense of availability) and coming up empty. Are there some transatlantic routes that typically have more availability of business class awards than others? Do these awards typically open up closer to the flight date vs. at the beginning of the booking period?

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ cocosun -- Star Alliance transatlantic award availability for next year is indeed looking grim. Generally you'll find better Lufthansa availability out of BOS, DTW, ATL, etc. That being said, with some date flexibility it shouldn't be impossible to find space out of IAD. I suspect more space will open as the departure date approaches. They just seem to be very stingy right now.

  20. Fan New Member

    Lucky, does this work with Etihad flight? ie JFK-AUH; YYZ-JFK?

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ Fan -- It doesn't, since you can't mix non-Star Alliance carriers with Star Alliance carriers on an ANA award.

  21. echino Gold

    I thought ANA now charges YQ on UA TATL awards, is that right? If so, Aeroplan one way is a better deal.

    On the other hand, one of the ANA deals useful to me is YVR-SJD-YVR for 22,000 miles in economy.

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ echino -- I believe they don't when booking online, though I could be wrong.

  22. Chris Guest

    Not vouching for it being the shortest and not helpful for the above query, but SFO-MRY gets you down to 77 miles.

  23. cocosun Guest

    Using your example, if I don't fly the last segment, are there any adverse consequences (other than wasting some points)?

  24. Lantean Diamond

    this is pretty cool... have you found a practical example where it would make sense to do this?
    thanks.

    ps: why don't you want us to see your current mielage balance?

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ Lantean -- I mean ultimately the above example is one where it could make sense. It's cheaper than Aeroplan for the same award.

  25. Allan Guest

    What is the shortest one-way star alliance flights? need a flight that is under 61 miles.

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ Allan -- Don't think it gets shorter than Seattle to Vancouver I believe.

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NellieVA Guest

I know this post is quite old, but the information is really helpful. I am trying to book a "one-way" flight from EZE to IAD. I have tried using an open-jaw, and returning to EZE from cities with non-stop Star Alliance carriers, on which I know there is capacity. In trying flights from SCL, GRU, BOG, and PTY, and get an error on all. My only guess is that I'm bumping up against "(you) cannot pass through the region of departure en route to another destination." Any other ideas?

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John Kim Guest

Very informative and helpful material. What about a segment about aircrafts and when they open nearer in booking grant seats (and if there are subterranean insect carriers that dont) I never book 300 days out, yet every now and again book in the couple of months/weeks before an outing

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Lim Guest

Is this method no longer valid ? , I tried , but got error msg although seats are available

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