5 Business-Class Award Flights You Can Book Using American Express Gold Card’s Elevated Welcome Bonus

The American Express® Gold Card, with its high reward rate in certain spending categories, is one of the best rewards cards to hold for dining and travel lovers.

The card’s elevated welcome bonus is enough to book a flight in business class on multiple airlines.

Booking An Around the World Ticket with ANA

After the last round of offers for The Platinum Card® from American Express that came with a 100,000 Membership Rewards welcome bonus (or more!), a lot of people will find themselves in possession of a huge number of Membership Rewards points.

If you’d like to maximize your latest haul of these extremely valuable points, read on, because we’ve got a fantastic idea for you that will allow you to stretch those points further than you ever imagined.

Japan’s largest airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) offers one of the absolutely best deals in the points and miles world.

The Basics of American Express Membership Rewards

We began this series with an introduction to the three types of credit card reward programs frequented by travelers: transferable point cards, airline- and hotel-branded cards, and fixed point value cards. Next we'll dive a little deeper into the first type, transferable point cards.

ANA Honoring the Error Fare in Business Class Between YVR & SYD

UPDATE 8/16: Did you nab one of these ridiculous ANA Business Class fares between Vancouver and Sydney? As long as your booking was actually ticketed then ANA will honor it. There are even some people who did not initially receive an e-ticket number at the time of purchase reporting that ANA is still honoring their tickets after calling in. Congratulations to everyone going to Sydney! 

I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account.

3 Stunning, Remote Destinations & How to Get There With Miles

Let's start your week off with a little travel inspiration to help fight the Monday blues.

Below are three destinations with astounding beauty I can attest to as I've personally traveled to all of them.

Best Way to Get to Israel with Miles

This is a post I am writing to illuminate how my friend can get from Denver to Tel Aviv with Amex Membership Rewards.

Unbeatable Sweet Spot: 75,000 Miles Roundtrip in Flat Bed to Japan

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has reduced fuel surcharges drastically on awards that travel to or from Japan. Now you can fly to Tokyo from the United States for 75,000 miles in flat bed Business Class roundtrip plus low taxes plus a $4--yes four dollar--fuel surcharge. That's tens of thousands of miles fewer than competitors charge.

The above screenshot is of a roundtrip Business Class award flying ANA between Los Angeles and Tokyo in February 2017.
Routing Rules
ANA has two award charts.

How to Use the ANA Search Tool for Awards with United and other Star Alliance Miles

I use united.com for most of my award searches when redeeming Star Alliance miles because it shows most Star Alliance partners' award availability, but it does have some drawbacks. Namely, it doesn't show all partners and it sometimes displays phantom award space--award space will show as available but in reality, it doesn't exist.

Star Alliance Airlines Whose Award Space I Want to Search

The best way to confirm Star Alliance award space is using the All Nippon Airways (ANA) search tool. ANA's tool is trickier to use, but it's the most reliable.

Comprehensive Spread Sheets of Eight Star Alliance Award Charts: Cheapest Awards to Every Region

Updated 1/29/16 to reflect new Aeroplan award prices effective for awards booked 12/15/15 or later.
Updated 10/6/15 to reflect new ANA award prices effective for awards booked 10/15/15 or later.

In the last few weeks, I have published some comparative charts of Star Alliance award charts. I'm putting all of those charts into this post for easier reference.

You can use any type of Star Alliance miles to book almost any Star Alliance flight. (Swiss, Lufthansa, and Singapore hold back some premium cabin award space for their own members.

ANA Devalues Its Award Chart, Effective October 15, 2015

ANA is devaluing its award charts for bookings made October 15, 2015 or later. This is all the notice they've given. (Hat tip @saianel on Twitter.) To beat the devaluation, book by October 14 for travel through mid-September 2016.

This devaluation affects you because you "have" ANA miles in the form of Membership Rewards and SPG Starpoints, both of which can be transferred to ANA miles.