Velocity members can now redeem points on All Nippon Airways or just ANA as the airline is more commonly known. For the time being, these redemptions can only be processed over the phone by calling Velocity Membership Line on 13 18 75, but in time, members will be able to make the bookings online.
From what we know, Velocity members have been granted access to redemptions in all cabin classes, namely Economy, Business and First throughout ANA’s global network of flights. It is not uncommon for airlines to sometimes limit their partnership to specific markets, that is not the case here, which is pleasing.
ANA Australia Network
ANA do not have the extensive network boasted by some of the other major carriers such as Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific (to name a few) that fly into Australia.
At present :
- ANA operate Double-Daily flights between Tokyo (Haneda) and Sydney.
- Starting 29 October 2023, ANA will add 3x weekly service between Tokyo (Narita) and Perth.
Outside of Australia, ANA flies a vast network of flights within Asia and several cities into North America. You can look up the full ANA network over here.
Redemptions between Australia and Japan
Velocity operates 2 distance-based redemption charts. One for it’s own flights as well as those of United and Virgin Atlantic. This chart has a more favourable pricing as you can see on this link.
Unfortunately, ANA have been relegated to the 2nd chart which also feature the likes of Singapore Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Etihad among others. This redemption chart is slightly pricier meaning members need to shell-out higher number of points for flying the same distance. That said, the difference in pricing is not ridiculous.
Velocity members can fly :
- ANA Business Class between Sydney and Tokyo for 78,000 points.
- ANA Business Class between Perth and Tokyo for 78,000 points.
In both cases, there will be fees and taxes of approx $92 which I consider to be mild. As a reference, ANA’s own Mileage Club members are slugged over $400 (one-way) on redemptions made on flights to Australia.
Note that First Class is not offered on ANA flights to Australia.
Redemptions between Japan and Rest of the World
As mentioned earlier, Velocity members have access to ANA’s global network. This opens-up redemption opportunities on flights to cities in Asia, Europe and North America.
Here are a few examples of Velocity points pricing that members may find useful :
- You can fly ANA Business Class between Tokyo and Singapore for 57,000 Velocity points.
- You can fly ANA Business Class between Tokyo and Bangkok for 55,000 Velocity points.
- You can fly ANA between Tokyo and London in Business Class for 92,000 and in First Class for 134,000 Velocity points.
- You can fly ANA Business Class between Tokyo and Honolulu for 67,000 Velocity points.
- You can fly ANA Business Class between Tokyo and Shanghai for 26,000 Velocity points.
- You can fly ANA Business Class between Tokyo and Sapporo for 18,000 Velocity points.
- You can fly ANA between Tokyo and New York in Business Class for 92,000 and in First Class for 134,000 Velocity points.
Velocity members are now able to redeem points for ANA flights over the phone. I expect Velocity to turn-on online redemptions soon too, which would be great.
When ANA announced resumption of Perth Service in June, I had suspected that Velocity redemptions were not far-off. So its nice to have another name join the ranks of Velocity’s global partners.
Velocity points are amongst the easiest to earn in Australia, so expect the demand to be strong once these redemptions come online. The good news is that ANA are known to consistently release up to 4 Business Class seats to partners about 3 weeks out from the departure date.
Do you plan to redeem Velocity points on ANA? Leave a comment below.