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Award Redemption ANA FIRST OR DELTA ONE SUITE FOR 120K MILES

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by Brandon, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. Brandon

    Brandon New Member

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    Looking to take advantage of the current Amex promo for 30% bonus on Virgin Atlantic miles in order to book my long dreamed about ski trip to Japan this winter. I spent around an hour and a half on the phone with Virgin last night (who are incredible) trying to find availability.

    Originally was planning on a 12-13 day trip (including travel), departing on a Friday and returning a nearly 2 weeks later on Wednesday -- however, this itinerary was unavailable on ANA, especially when trying to book TWO first class tickets for me and my wife. Business was entirely unavailable. Ultimately found a 2-week itinerary (Weds to Weds) with two award seats for ANA First Class that I plac3ed on hold.

    Alternatively, there was a ton of flexibility to fly our original itinerary on Delta in their OneSuite from Minneapolis to Haneda.

    Both are 120k miles per person RT (not including the AMEX promo). ANA has ~$600 of taxes and fees on the two tickets, while Delta is <$100. While I think I know most people's answers here, I'm looking for feedback. ANA first for ~$500 more on a slightly less than ideal itinerary, or Delta One for $500 cheaper and the "perfect" itinerary.

    Thoughts?
     
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  2. MidSouth Skier

    MidSouth Skier Well-Known Member

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    Welcome @Brandon - while my experience in ANA First was absolutely fantastic, it's tough to beat the $500 savings and ideal itinerary
     
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  3. Brandon

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    @MidSouthSkier My conundrum exactly. At the end of the day, ANA adds two days to my Japan trip, which, in the middle of January JaPow, isn't a terrible situation.

    Additionally, I've heard mixed reviews of the service and soft product on Delta One. Ultimately I guess the question is whether ANA first is worth an additional $250/pp.
     
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  4. David W

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    I think ANA F is definitely worth the additional $250pp, especially round trip. I flew ANA F a couple of months ago and the cabin went out 3/8. The crew member on my side proactively offered to set up my bed in the seat across the aisle for me. Service and food was fantastic and the crew was extremely friendly and nice.

    My only issue is the seat is very private, meaning you have to lean forward quite a bit to see out the window properly, and/or talk to your wife. That being said, depending on the time of the flight, you may be sleeping/resting anyway.

    Assuming your return has you flying from NRT (or if you're connecting in NRT in either direction), the ANA Suite lounge is pretty good too - a good amount of seating, especially the row if seats by the large windows and is great for watching planes. There were showers and the food and drink selection were decent.

    Taking into account the current transfer bonus, ANA F for your trip is an incredible value.
     
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    Thanks @David W. This was the feedback I expected to get, but wanted to put it out there for the community to respond. I have only flown F once before, last year from ORD to BKK via ICN on Korean. Not sure if you've ever flown Korean F, how would you compare the two if so?

    Also in reference to the Delta One option -- it seems to me from the reviews I've read that it's an exceptionally good hard product......for business class. While the food/service will leave you unimpressed. Is that a fair assessment from someone who's flown it?
     
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    David W Well-Known Member

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    I havent flown KE F, though I've been wanting to. I havent flown Delta's new suites either.

    Delta's the only US airline with doors in business class, so yeah the hard product is good. I would think that DL One Suites will be very nice but unmemorable. Apparently, when the door is closed, there's still about an inch-wide gap, which DL claims is for "security" *rolls eyes*
     
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    @David W, interesting, I didn't know that about Delta's suites. That is my thought as well, in regards to it being unmemorable.
     
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  8. Brandon

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    Done and done, 2 RT F ANA ORD-NRT ticketed for 184k miles and $650
     
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