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I was scrolling through my instagram today and saw a truly exciting post from Spencer Howard. Spencer writes some of the most in depth posts on various websites, is the editor of 10x travel, and also publishes an amazing award alert newsletter ( you can sign up here ). As you can see in his post below… he has discovered that ANA has slashed surcharges. In addition to ANA’s own program, you can now use Aeroplan, Virgin Atlantic, etc to book ANA and save a bundle on the taxes and fees. I’ve pulled a few first class dates, and the feature pic is ANA’s new “the room” which is arguably the best business class in the world. This is a great trend that started with Emirates…BA we’re looking at you!
Here is Spencer’s post
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𝐀𝐍𝐀 𝐁𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐓𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐉𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐆𝐨𝐭 𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫🥂 I mentioned this on last night’s IG Live but, yesterday, I was searching for award space (just for fun) and noticed that the carrier-imposed surcharges on ANA (All Nippon Airways) flights were gone. I checked ITA Matrix to see what was going on with the surcharges. 𝘐’𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘯 𝘐𝘛𝘈 𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘹 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘰𝘯. Well, I was wrong, the surcharges aren’t completely gone, they’ve just been reduced to $2 on a round-trip ticket from the U.S. 𝗪𝐡𝐲 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞🧐 On a round-trip award ticket flying ANA biz or first class, you could expect the total taxes/fees to be $250+. Now, you can expect the total taxes/fees to be ~$60. That’s nearly $200 in savings! 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐀𝐫𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐫-𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐒𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐬💰 Carrier-imposed surcharges (often called fuel surcharges) can be super frustrating for those who like to book flights with airline miles. When surcharges are tacked onto award tickets, they can wreck the value you’d get in using miles. For example, if you used Aeroplan miles to book a one-way biz class ticket on Austrian Airlines, the award rate of 55,000 miles is great. However, the $680+ in taxes/fees kind of wrecks the value in most cases. 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬 Using 110k or 120k Virgin Atlantic miles to book ANA first class round-trip from the west or central/east U.S., respectively, was already a great deal. Similarly, using 75-90k ANA miles to book business class round-trip has also been a great deal. Now, that you can save $200 on the taxes/fees for a round-trip, the deal just got even better! ❓Let me know if you have any questions about how to avoid surcharges when using your airline miles to book flights!
Here is an example on ANA’s website. Roundtrip 1st class for 150k and $57
Here’s a look at a route on Aeroplan…
And here is a look at Virgin Atlantic’s award chart for ANA flights
Great find Spencer
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