ANA Discount Mileage Campaign: LAX-NRT roundtrip biz for only 68k miles!

ANA is having a Discount Mileage Campaign for select cities booked by October 31st for travel between November 1st and December 3rd or December 17th.  One of the notable routes include LAX-NRT, which is on sale for only 68,000 miles roundtrip in business class as opposed to the saver rate of 85,000 miles, which is already a great deal in itself.  Most of the discounted biz class awards are for intra-Asia routes, although Perth is also on the list for only 60k miles:

The discounted mileage routes for economy class is more extensive including flights to/from San Jose, Seattle, and Los Angeles in North America for only 40k miles, and Vienna, Paris, and Brussels in Europe for only 44k miles.  Many of the intra-Asia flights are on sale too.

How to book

For the whole list of destinations, visit ANA's Discount Mileage Campaign website.  As ANA already has an overall generous award chart, these are pretty much all good redemption deals, especially LAX-NRT biz for 68k miles roundtrip, which is unheard of at this time and age.  You can search for availability on ANA's award search engine, which does require you to have a free ANA Mileage Club account.  These flights are only bookable online, and applies to roundtrip travel only as ANA does not allow one-way award bookings.  ANA award flights must also be booked at least 96 hours before departure date, and are subject to fuel surcharges, which come out to $267.39 for LAX-NRT biz.

How to earn ANA miles

By far the easiest way of obtaining ANA miles is through the Amex Membership Rewards program, which is a 1:1 transfer partner with ANA.  The Amex Gold card is a solid earner with 4x earned on all dining and supermarket purchases and 3x on all flights booked directly with the airline.  Transfers from Amex can take up to 3 days, although they typically transfer over within 48 hours.  ANA also only allows one incoming transfer at a time with a minimum of 48 hours in between.  So let's say you wanted to transfer miles over from two different Amex MR accounts, then you'd have to wait at least 48 hours between the transfers.

ANA's staggered configuration business class seat for the LAX-NRT route

Bottom line

If you were planning on traveling to Japan in November or early December or have PTO to burn before the end of the year, these are definitely great redemption values to take advantage of if you can get the dates to work in your favor.  ANA has no change fees as long as the routing and carrier remain the same, and the cancellation fee for award travel would only set you back 3,000 ANA award miles, so even speculative bookings may be worth the effort if you plan on traveling.


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