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I don’t normally write about the search for award space. I rarely suppose that my readers are trying to book similar routes to myself. But I couldn’t resist writing about something that I noticed earlier today… I have previously written about the opportunity to fly First Class to Japan on All Nippon Airways, simply by buying 120,000 miles from Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. You can click here to re-read that post.
But this is what the award chart looks like…
You must book a return flight, and ALL CONNECTIONS are priced separately. But I’m sure that you wouldn’t mind flying to Tokyo (return!) for:
- 95,000 miles in Business Class
- 120,000 miles in First Class
Position to Munich
Of course, it’s not so simple to find award space in First Class. Award seats tend to be snapped up fairly soon after release. After all… this is one of the amazing bargains when using miles… and it is becoming more and more well known. In addition, if you choose to depart from London, you’ll be stung with that long-haul premium APD.
But recently I’ve been looking to spend 120,000 Virgin miles to visit Japan this summer and I noticed the following:
In simple terms… you can find one or two First Class seats on a huge variety of dates… starting on 1 July, 2020. You can even get yourself to/from Tokyo during the Summer Olympics! All you have to do is position yourself to/from Munich, Germany. Some Avios or a low cost carrier would do it – you can’t combine partners when booking Flying Club rewards…
It appears to me that ANA have recently decided to schedule a 777-300ER airplane to their Munich route. Since this is the only aircraft type with a First Class cabin – I must double-check to see whether it’s the new First Class layout that people are raving about – that scheduling decision would have resulted in the magic opening of substantial First Class award space.
I don’t expect that this award space will last long. So if you have 120,000 Virgin Atlantic miles and want to try out ANA’s First Class product… now might be your best chance.