MileValue is part of an affiliate sales network and receives compensation for sending traffic to partner sites, such as This compensation may impact how and where links appear on this site. This site does not include all financial companies or all available financial offers. Terms apply to American Express benefits and offers. Enrollment may be required for select American Express benefits and offers. Visit to learn more.

Note: Some of the offers mentioned below may have changed or are no longer be available. You can view current offers here.

All Nippon Airways (ANA)–a Japanese Star Alliance carrier–launches a new route between Tokyo-Haneda and Vancouver from March 30, 2014.

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 10.45.48 PM

Saver award space is excellent on the route in economy and business class. You can book the space this week–by January 31, 2014–with United miles at pre-devaluation rates. You can also book the award space with US Airways miles until March 30, 2014 when US Airways leaves the Star Alliance, which will end its partnership with ANA.

How good is the award space? Where does ANA connect to/from Haneda? What Star Alliance flights fly into Vancouver?


Vancouver to Tokyo-Haneda is a great strategic addition to Star Alliance route network.

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 10.18.31 PM

Because flights from the US to Japan take off heading northwest, connecting in Vancouver is a more direct routing for most people heading to Asia from the Western US than connecting in Los Angeles or San Francisco would be.

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 10.21.15 PM

The Award Space

For all calendars below:

  • Green means Saver award space in economy and business class that day on the direct ANA flight.
  • Blue means Saver award space in business class but not economy that day on the direct ANA flight.
  • Yellow means Saver award space in economy but not business class that day on the direct ANA flight.
  • White means no Saver award space in either cabin that day on the direct ANA flight.

Vancouver to Tokyo-Haneda

Award space is wide open on the route in both directions. From Vancouver to Tokyo, award space is nearly perfect in April and May in economy and business class for one passenger.

Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 12.58.06 PM

Even for two passengers, award space is pretty good in both cabins, though fewer days have two business class seats than economy seats.

Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 12.58.33 PM

Tokyo-Haneda to Vancouver

The picture for June and July for one passenger returning from Tokyo is similarly rosy in business class.

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 9.35.44 PM

Space for a pair of travelers is far worse this summer than for one passenger.

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 9.36.06 PM


From Tokyo-Haneda, ANA connects throughout Japan and Asia.

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 9.35.27 PM

To and from Vancouver, United, US Airways, and Air Canada fly from several American cities.

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 10.29.40 PM

While this is great, widely available space to Asia, there is one big drawback. The airplane operating the route–an ANA 767-300–does not have fully flat business class beds. Some of their 767s have recliners in business and some have angled lie flat seats.

Booking the Flights

ANA flights can be searched on Here’s a guide to searching Once you find the space you want, you have to book the flights with the airline whose miles you’re using. If using, book on If booking with US Airways, call US Airways at 800-622-1015.

United and US Airways never collect fuel surcharges on award tickets. Most other Star Alliance partners will collect fuel surcharges on ANA flights.


Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

Just getting started in the world of points and miles? The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the best card for you to start with.

With a bonus of 60,000 points after $4,000 spend in the first 3 months, 5x points on travel booked through the Chase Travel Portal and 3x points on restaurants, streaming services, and online groceries (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs), this card truly cannot be beat for getting started!

Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

The comments section below is not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all questions are answered.