Members of All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) Mileage Club will be able to accrue miles on Vietnam Airlines’ flights from Hanoi to Siem Reap and from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City, as part of an expansion of codeshare services between the two carriers.
The new codeshare is set to kick in on Sunday, October 29, and adds to the two airlines’ existing agreements that have been in place since the second-half of 2016.
This is also alongside an agreement that has been in place since September 1 this year that allows ANA Mileage Club members to accrue miles on all Vietnam Airlines-operated flights on codeshare routes, not just those operated by the Vietnamese carrier that carry an ANA flight number.
Members can also get double miles for business class tickets on all ANA and Vietnam Airlines-operated international flights between Japan and Vietnam until December 31, as part of a campaign marking the first anniversary of the two airlines’ frequent-flyer tie-up. This also extends to all flights that Vietnam Airlines operates on codeshare routes with ANA.
Meanwhile as of this month, the two airlines are also offering a free wifi promotion for travellers from Vietnam to Japan. Running until February 28 next year, the campaign offers travellers four days of free 4G/LTE internet connectivity via a pocket wifi router from company Ninja. These devices have no data cap over the four-day period and can connect to multiple devices at a time, though a charge of 720 yen (US$6.3) per day will be levied for usage beyond the four-day period.
Travellers must register for the free device ahead of time at ana-vna.com and can pick up and drop off the router at the airport.
“With ‘Hi Japan!’, we hope that our passengers will better stay connected and to share their best moments in Japan – an amazing and beautiful destination,” said executive vice president of Vietnam Airlines, Trinh Ngoc Thanh. “We see this as a way to say thank you to our passengers, and a symbol of our commitment to make travel experience as exciting, enjoyable and satisfying as possible.”
Registrants travelling before December 29 will also be entered into a lucky draw, with prizes including round-trip business class tickets from Vietnam to Japan, phones, aircraft models and Aeon shopping vouchers.
Vietnam Airlines currently operates 156 weekly flights across ten routes between the two countries, including its A350 to Tokyo – which it introduced in March – while ANA operates 21 weekly flights across two routes.