ANA award tool now only available to those with miles in account

For years the ANA tool, which has been available to all members of ANA’s Mileage Club, has shown award availability on all Star Alliance partners. Well, given how much it was used by people that never had the intention of redeeming ANA miles, they’ve added a bit of a restriction. At the bottom of the log-in page there’s now a message that reads:

The Partner Flight Award search function is not available for passengers who do not have any mileage balance.

Can’t say I blame them! Nonetheless there are several easy workarounds here, like transferring 1,000 Membership Rewards points to ANA or crediting some partner activity to them, like a hotel stay.

Update: Via Brandon in the comments section, there’s a workaround for the time being (though I wouldn’t be surprised if they fix the loophole soon enough):
1.go to ANA International Flight Awards
2.Enter an ANA operated route
3.Click Next
4.at the bottom click on Use Star Alliance Members Airline (2nd blue button from the bottom)
5.in the near future credit something small to ANA to avoid having to do 1-4

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Comments

  1. I understand partners (hotel stay) can take some time to post. If only I had a MR account still.. I’m going the cheapo Fri night hotel rate in this hot PHX desert. Best thing going for the desert – summer mattress runs for IHG properties.

  2. Wonder if they received ‘pressure’ from a ‘certain star alliance partner’ to limit the use in this way in order to make shenanigans less obvious? Or it could be just to limit strain on their computer systems from people obviously not booking ANA reward travel. 🙂

  3. Turns out that the UI is still there if you can get the browser to it. Firefox + GreaseMonkey + understanding how the ANA site works = a pretty decent solution. Details on the script are here and it is working just fine this afternoon, even with no miles in my account.

  4. For Star Alliance flights if it says a UA flight is available at 85k miles is that just ANA miles? cause on UA’s site Business seats are on the cheapside 105k, high side is 210k?

  5. @Bonesaz, the ANA award chart is distance based so the amount of miles required for a C award depends upon the distance to the destination. UA awards come in Saver or Standard levels, but Saver awards are capacity controlled by inventory management, and Standard awards can be redeemed any time at twice the mileage cost. The 105K award = Saver and 210K = Standard. The UA mileage requirements are based upon Regions(US-Europe, US- North Asia, etc.) and not distance.

  6. 1.go to ANA International Flight Awards
    2.Enter an ANA operated route
    3.Click Next
    4.at the bottom click on Use Star Alliance Members Airline (2nd blue button from the bottom)
    5.in the near future credit something small to ANA to avoid having to do 1-4

    I dont’ understand. Did you mean
    ‘1.go to ANA International Flight Award’ site is http://www.ana.co.jp/eng/amc/reference/tukau/kokusai.html?
    I can’t find “2.Enter an ANA operated route” where is it?

    Thanks.

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