Members of All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) frequent flyer programme, ANA Mileage Club, finally will be able to use their miles to book award tickets and upgrades in premium economy, with changes set to begin taking effect next year.
Regular travellers with Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) likely will be aware that the carrier currently only allows passengers to book award tickets in first, business and economy class, along with restricting upgrades to just business and first.
This is set to change next year, however, when the airline will begin permitting redemption of award tickets in premium economy class for flights departing on April 1, 2019 onwards, with award tickets able to be booked starting December 5 this year.
Below is a table showcasing the number of miles required to redeem a premium economy award ticket based on the sector and season:
Using miles to upgrade from economy to premium economy, however, won’t kick in until April 1, 2020.
Below is the mileage chart for premium economy upgrade redemption:
ANA Diamond, Platinum and Bronze members along with Super Flyers Card members can also use Upgrade Points to upgrade to premium economy.
ANA says it has seen a rise in customer demand for the ability to use points to book reward tickets and upgrade to premium economy.
“ANA believes that travelling should always be a pleasant experience, which is why we’ve sought to epand eating options to give passengers the greatest possible array of choices,” said Takeshi Inada, CEO and president of ANA X Inc, a member of the ANA Group.
“Our vision for air travel revolves around consumer satisfaction, and we aim to continue taking steps to make flying with ANA as effortless as possible.”
The changes likely will be welcomed by travellers wishing to spend a few miles to get a bit of extra space, rather than having to shell out a large amount of miles in order to upgrade directly to business class.
ANA currently offers premium economy seating on 59 of its aircraft, serving 30 routes.