ANA slashes carrier imposed surcharges to $1 per flight!!

I've written in the past on how ANA Mileage Club is one of the best currencies for international business class travel, particularly to Asia.  One of the shortcomings of their program was the hefty carrier imposed surcharges for award flights, which could be hundreds of dollars per flight.  So even if you could book a roundtrip business class flight to Asia for 95,000 miles, you'd have to pay over $200 in taxes and fees.  However, ANA has just slashed their surcharges to just $1 per flight!

One of many sweet spots on ANA's award chart is roundtrip business class travel on their metal from North America to Japan for only 85k miles.  Before, you'd have to pay well over $200 in fees, but as you can see above, that number has been dropped to just $58.  And since this $1 surcharge is also consistent when booking ANA metal through their partners like United, Air Canada, and Virgin Atlantic, you would still only pay $1 in surcharges for an ANA award flight no matter which avenue you booked through.  So this makes booking ANA first class with Virgin Atlantic for 110k miles even better:

A roundtrip first class flight on ANA between the SFO-HND prices out at over $20,000 USD.  But that's doable for just 110k Virgin Atlantic miles and ~$58 in taxes and fees.  Virgin Atlantic is also a 1:1 transfer partner for Chase, Amex, and Citi, making the miles easily attainable.

ANA's new business class "The Room" has closing doors and partitions for privacy and to shield you from other passengers

Bottom line

With international travel to Japan falling by as much 99.9% this past April, ANA is under extreme pressure to fill their planes and return to profitability.  Cutting surcharges may be one way for ANA to entice customers to return, even if it's just for award travel.  Whereas it still isn't a good idea to hit the skies, $1 surcharges is a really good deal that can be used to book for future award travel on ANA, especially with Virgin Atlantic miles.  And if you're fortunate enough to fly in ANA's new business dubbed "The Room", which is the new standard for business class, you'll have closing doors shielding you from other passengers.

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