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Sydney to tokyo
Hi thanks so much for looking at my question! I’m looking to fly from Sydney to Chicago and then back again using chase UR miles. I see a lot of availability in first and business on Ana to and from Chicago to Tokyo but no Ana availability for the Sydney Chicago leg. It keeps wanting to use Thai airways which adds a long chunk to the journey. It would be great to use these points on Ana if possible. Also would it be worth booking the Tokyo Chicago leg in first alone?
Try searching only for Tokyo to Sydney and see what it gives you. You may have to play with dates but if you find something that can work, call United to put it together.
ANA flies to SYD out of Haneda. However you should not have any problem finding THAI to BKK and then to SYD. Or even Singapore. I just flew SYD to SIN the other day using UA miles. Check for availability on Aeroplan or use KVS. Thai is a good option. Their 747 to Sydney is really nice. I was impressed. Another tip on finding availability: Using UA’s search engine do a multi-city search where the first leg is say ORD-BKK, ORD-TYO, ORD-PVG and the 2nd leg is BKK-SYD, TYO-SYD,PVG-SYD. I did this the other day and got ORD-PVG on ANA via NRT then PVG-SYD on Air New Zealand via Auckland. And I was on NZ the other day and their 787 business class is really nice.