Travel Hack: First Class to Japan


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Travel Hacks: The Best Way to Get to Japan

 Traveling isn’t cheap. It especially isn’t cheap if you’re trying to travel luxuriously and internationally. But it doesn’t have to be. There’s actually an amazing travel hack for getting to Japan riding high and fly on first class without breaking the bank.

One of the best ways to redeem flights to Japan is through the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles.

What is Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles?

Virgin Atlantic is a British airline with hubs at London-Heathrow and Manchester. It is an alternative airline to the more traditionally known British Airways. It’s frequent flyer rewards program is known as Virgin Atlantic Flying Club and it has some of the best redemption values of points you can get. Most notably, there’s a great sweet spot redemption that’ll let you travel from the US to Japan on All Nippon Airways (ANA).

The Redemption:

Virgin Atlantic has a zone-based award chart system for travel on ANA with the following prices. These are costs associated with roundtrips and one-ways are now available as well as ½ the price of a roundtrip.


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Look at those redemption values. In fact, for a USA (east coast) to Japan 1st class trip, you would only need to pay 60,000 miles!!! For reference, that’s worth anywhere from $600 - $1200. WOW! If you were to search on google for first class trips to Japan on ANA, you’d be looking at cash prices in the $10,000 range – you’re saving over 900%!

If you don’t want to splurge on first but instead want to book business that, you’ll also get an outsized value at 47,500 miles one way!

Just take a look at ANA’s first and business class and be astounded:

A Look at ANA's New First-Class Suites | Departures

International flights New Business Class and New First Class B777-300ER  seats | ANA

How to get Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles

 The great thing is – Virgin Atlantic has partners with 3 major banks so getting their miles is not a hard thing to do. Specifically, they are partnered up with:

  1. American Express Membership Rewards Points
  2. Chase Ultimate Rewards Points
  3. Citi Thank You Points
  4. Marriott Bonvoy Points


Written by David Mui

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