Flying ANA to Australia in Business Class


One of my travel goals has been to go to Australia and New Zealand. I knew that flying ANA to Australia in business class was a great deal, but it was also difficult to find availability. At the end of the pandemic and right after Australia and New Zealand had reopened, I began to search. I also knew that you could get a free stopover in Japan and wanted to take advantage of that.

I started looking for flights from LAX (planning to position there) and to Sydney, Australia, with a stopover in Japan. Japan wasn’t even open yet, but I had high hopes! I began my search by checking out the newly opened seats about a year out. It took me a couple of days and hours of searching before I found a flight that would work. 120K in business class roundtrip is incredible, especially since it included a stopover in Tokyo!

The flight was LAX to Tokyo via United Polaris business class (they are both in the same alliance), and I love United Polaris. After visiting Tokyo, it was an ANA flight to Sydney.


Screenshot ANA flight itinerary

This was our itinerary for our flights with ANA.


Screenshot of ANA business class prices.

$10,000 business class seats for one credit card sign-up (AMEX Business Platinum) is a great redemption!


LAX to Tokyo on United Polaris

Our flight started out with a visit to the United Polaris Lounge in Los Angeles for breakfast (and dessert – can’t skip the cookie skillet!)


Polaris Lounge sign

Polaris Lounges are among my favorite airport lounges!


Cookie in a skillet with ice cream

I was so happy that they made the cookie skillets for breakfast too!


I love United Polaris for business seats. They are always comfortable, and the food is good. I feel like the service is usually very good too, and I’ve flown United so many times that it just feels like “home” to me. Always a good thing with travel. I ordered the short ribs – delicious! I watched a movie and went to sleep. Perfect!


Blue business class airplane seat

Here is my home for the 11-hour flight from LAX – NRT.


Welcome amenities and menu on flight

Why are amenity kits so much fun to open?


ANA Flight to Sydney

Our flight to Sydney (after 5 days in Tokyo) started at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. It cost us about $50 to get there from our hotel. As a major airport lounge geek, I was excited to attend the ANA lounge there. It is a large lounge but pretty dark and dated. The food didn’t interest me much, but my husband enjoyed it (I am a very picky eater). They did have a place to order fresh noodle dishes, so I am sure that many people enjoyed it.


Counter with signs on it.

I am sure that many people enjoyed the fresh noodle dishes.


It was after 11:00 pm when we boarded, and I was still exhausted from jet lag. ANA Business Class offered an Asian and Western menu, but I opted for sleep instead of eating. I did wake up in time for a light breakfast, though. The only unpleasant part of the trip was that we were required to wear facemasks, as Japan still follows strict guidelines.


ANA Return to LAX

Because you have to do a roundtrip ticket when booking ANA with points, we had to travel back through Japan. We landed at Haneda Airport and booked a shuttle service to take us to Narita Airport. It would have been much nicer if we had just been able to transit home from Haneda. I talked to other Americans who could do that because they were flying back to Chicago. Tip: Find a return flight that flies to a city from Haneda for your return.

The good news is we slept really well on both flights and returned home with almost zero jetlag! And I ALWAYS have jet lag! I’m not sure if two nights on a plane helped or what? And I had the BEST meal on that last flight – A perfectly cooked beef filet.


Man and woman sit-in in business class on airplane

Two happy people traveling to/from Australia in business class seat on points/miles.


I feel like the ANA business class setup is similar to United’s Polaris class. I especially like the side seats where you have more privacy. My husband and I were most impressed by the flight attendants – those Japanese girls can’t be beaten! They were seriously so attentive and cute!

Before our last flight, we went into the go into the ANA Lounge in Haneda. It was much nicer than the one at Haneda Airport.


Bottom Line

Our experience of flying ANA to Australia was great, except for transferring to a different airport in Tokyo. ANA offers tremendous service, comfortable seats, and the most attentive flight attendants. They are probably the cheapest redemption for points around. Paying 120K points per ticket (plus a little over $200 in taxes and fees) for a business class seat that costs almost $10,000 is why I am in the points and miles game!

Woman sitting on airplane in business class seat

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  1. Kristy says:

    I’ve been anxiously waiting for this blog post! Any advice on how to increase chances of finding availability from Tokyo to Sydney? I can find it from the US to Tokyo but am really stuggling to find anything from the Tokyo to Sydney!

    • Pam says:

      I really had to search for quite a few days. Booking as far out as you can and being really flexible help. I booked by ticket US to Sydney with a stopover in Tokyo. I didn’t have to look at US-Tokyo and then Tokyo to Sydney. Are you looking the right way?

  2. Tori smith says:

    This sounds like a dream trip!

    When booking, what type of points did you use? ANA specific? Or United points?

  3. Tori Rose Smith says:

    What type of points are ANA? It’s my first time booking international and I’m unsure what brand of cards would find me the best options for flights!

  4. Christina says:

    Can you explain the actual search/booking process? Are you searching for this flight in the ANA website? If so, how do you know what price your looking for to make the AMEX point redemption? And how do you get a 5 day stopover without booking two separate legs? I feel like I understand the concept, just not the process.

    • Pam says:

      Yes, you search on the ANA website. I found a roundtrip to Australia with a free stopover in Tokyo. It offers that free stopover on the site when booking so that you don’t have to book two separate legs. You can only book a round-trip flight with points/miles on ANA. Unfortunately, it isn’t an easy redemption to find for business class.

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