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Schedules, fares and redemptions for ANA’s A380 Hawaii flights

First Class Suites awards from Japan to Hawaii are available from 62,500 miles on ANA's new A380 flights

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We recently covered the rollout of All Nippon Airways’ first of three Airbus A380s in its special turtle livery, including details of the new cabin products set to be installed on these jets which will enter service in May this year.

Flight schedules and award tickets went online yesterday, with some special offers too, and here’s how it looks.

The schedule

This is the current ANA flight schedule between Tokyo and Honolulu, with two Boeing 787-9s flying the route on a daily basis from Narita airport and an additional 787-9 flying from Haneda.

Current schedule (until 23rd May 2019)
Flight From / To Aircraft Days
NH184 NRT2020 – HNL0840 789 Daily
NH182 NRT2135 – HNL0955 789 Daily
NH186 HND2200 – HNL1020 789 Daily
NH183 HNL1130 – NRT1500* 789 Daily
NH181 HNL1230 – NRT1600* 789 Daily
NH185 HNL1345 – HND1725* 789 Daily

* Next day

First A380 in service (24th May 2019 – 30th June 2019)
Flight From / To Aircraft Days
NH184 NRT2020 – HNL0840 789 1·34·6·
NH184 NRT2020 – HNL0840 388 ·2··5·7
NH182 NRT2135 – HNL0955 789 Daily
NH186 HND2200 – HNL1020 789 Daily
NH183 HNL1130 – NRT1500* 789 1·34·6·
NH183 HNL1130 – NRT1500* 388 ·2··5·7
NH181 HNL1230 – NRT1600* 789 Daily
NH185 HNL1345 – HND1725* 789 Daily

* Next day

Second A380 in service (From 1st July 2019)
Flight From / To Aircraft Days
NH184 NRT2020 – HNL0840 388 Daily
NH182 NRT2135 – HNL0955 789 1·34·6·
NH182 NRT2135 – HNL0955 388 ·2··5·7
NH186 HND2200 – HNL1020 789 Daily
NH183 HNL1130 – NRT1500* 388 Daily
NH181 HNL1230 – NRT1600* 789 1·34·6·
NH181 HNL1230 – NRT1600* 388 ·2··5·7
NH185 HNL1345 – HND1725* 789 Daily

* Next day

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A fleet of three Airbus A380s will join ANA for these Hawaii flights in 2019. (Image: ANA Holdings Inc)

It hasn’t been announced which flights the third and final A380 to join the ANA fleet will operate, though it seems logical that the NH182 / NH181 pairing will then operate with an A380 on a daily basis, switching the entire Narita to Honolulu operation to the superjumbo year-round.

This would then leave the sole daily Tokyo Haneda flight operated by ANA using the Boeing 787-9 from that time.

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(Image: ANA Holdings Inc)

First Class fares and award availability

First Class promises to be a treat on these aircraft, with eight suites on the upper deck in dark grey / black tones, with closing doors and 32″ IFE screen. Special amenity kits will be provided, as will catering from “Noe” an award-winning Italian Restaurant located at the five star luxury Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, as we highlighted in our recent article.

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ANA A380 First Class Suites. (Photo: ANA Holdings Inc)

ANA has published some promotional First Class fares for these Airbus A380 flights, announcing that return fares from Tokyo to Honolulu will be available from ¥ 350,000, around S$4,400, plus taxes and fees.

We did find this fare on a few dates, mostly in early July, however on other dates it costs much more.

Star Award availability (seats for redemption for those using miles from other Star Alliance programs like KrisFlyer and Lifemiles) is non-existent in Business Class so far on these flights, and very sparse indeed in Economy Class. This is not the case if you book using your ANA Mileage Plan miles, see later in the article for details on that.

First Class Star award availability starts off similarly, but it does pick up in July however once two daily flights are operating on certain days of the week (and a daily A380 is the norm), and award seats really become much more plentiful in August.

July

  • 13 First Class seats NRT-HNL; 7 First Class seats HNL-NRT
  • Max seats on same day: 4 (NRT-HNL); 2 (HNL-NRT)
  • Max seats on same flight: 2 (NRT-HNL); 1 (HNL-NRT)

August

  • 22 First Class seats NRT-HNL; 25 First Class seats HNL-NRT
  • Max seats on same day: 3 (NRT-HNL); 4 (HNL-NRT)
  • Max seats on same flight: 2 (NRT-HNL); 2 (HNL-NRT)

ANA has never offered First Class on its Honolulu route before, so this new 8-seat cabin at the front of the A380’s upper deck, featuring two rows of enclosed suites in a 1-2-1 configuration, is a true enhancement on the route.

With upwards of 16 seats per day flying on the city pair by July, and cash fares very much on the high side, we think First Class award availability will improve even more as the launch date for these flights approaches.

We found the same award space well replicated via the KrisFlyer portal:

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(Image: singaporeair.com)

at United.com:

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(Image: united.com)

and through Lifemiles:

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(Image: lifemiles.com)

You’ll certainly want to be redeeming Lifemiles or United MileagePlus miles on this route over KrisFlyer miles, which are a very expensive option in comparison. Other good options include Aegean Miles+Bonus and Lufthansa Miles & More. Which brings us on to…

Redemption rates

Here are the miles redemption options for these Hawaii flights. Firstly, all the way from Singapore to Honolulu via Tokyo.

ANA redemption Singapore – Honolulu via Tokyo Narita
FFP used Economy Business First
KFtrans 55,000 97,500 135,000
ANtrans 30,000* 50,000* 90,000*
MMtrans 30,000 52,000 85,000
MBtrans.png 40,000 55,000 75,000
UAtrans 35,000 65,000 80,000
LMtrans 30,000 51,000 75,000
EVtrans 55,000 97,500 145,000

* ANA Mileage Club requires all redemption flights to be return journeys, the mileage shown here is half the total for a return trip for proper comparison with other FFPs, but there is no option to actually book one-way under ANA Mileage Club. Slightly lower rates apply for low and regular season (high season rates shown for ANA).

Secondly if you just want to redeem from Tokyo to Honolulu.

ANA redemption Tokyo – Honolulu
FFP used Economy Business First
KFtrans 54,000 105,000 125,000
ANtrans 20,000* 32,500* 64,500*
MMtrans 20,000 35,000 62,500
MBtrans.png 40,000 55,000 75,000
UAtrans 27,500 55,000 85,000
LMtrans 27,500 48,000 66,000
EVtrans 50,000 92,500 145,000

* ANA Mileage Club requires all redemption flights to be return journeys, the mileage shown here is half the total for a return trip for proper comparison with other FFPs, but there is no option to actually book one-way under ANA Mileage Club. Slightly lower rates apply for low and regular season (high season rates shown for ANA).

COUCHii seats

One of the more revolutionary aspects of ANA’s Airbus A380s is ‘COUCHii’. These Economy Class seats at the very back of the aircraft have extendable leg rests and retractable armrests allowing rows of three or four seats to be converted into flat sleeping surfaces for couples or young families (or if you like, just for you!).

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COUCHii (Photo: ANA Holdings Inc)

The Fee for ANA COUCHii

ANA has revealed a special offer for COUCHii on flights departing from Tokyo between 24th May 2019 and 11th July 2019, or departing from Honolulu between 24th May 2019 and 12th July 2019.

Outside the special offer period the supplement payable for these seats is based on the season. Click here to view the low and high season definitions, plus full details of the terms and conditions for ANA COUCHii.

The following tables show the special offer fares, based on a booking in the three- or four-seat arrangement.

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COUCHii 3-seat

Couch3
Pax Special
Offer
Price (¥)
Usual Price (¥) Suggested Use
Low Season High Season
3 4,500 9,000 9,000 2A1C.pngor1A2C.png
2 9,500 19,000 49,000 2A.pngor1A1C.png
1 59,000 59,000 169,000 1A.png
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COUCHii 4-seat

Couch4
Pax Special
Offer
Price (¥)
Usual Price (¥) Suggested Use
Low Season High Season
4 6,000 12,000 12,000 2A2C.png
3 11,000 22,000 52,000 2A1C.pngor1A2C.png
2 52,000 52,000 172,000 2A.pngor1A1C.png
1 92,000 92,000 252,000 1A.png

Making an ANA COUCHii booking is relatively straightforward, simply select your ANA A380 flight in Economy Class via the ANA website, and once you proceed through to the seat selection stage you will be offered to select the COUCHii seats for your booking group.

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Click ‘Apply’ next to the Advance Seat Reservation section to choose your seats. This is when COUCHii will be offered if available. (Image: ana.co.jp)

On the seat map, navigate to the back of the main deck on the aircraft and you’ll see the available COUCHii options. Just allocate your party into one of the three or four seat groups as you wish.

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Selecting the rearmost right three seats for a single passenger. (Image: ana.co.jp)

Economy and Premium Economy award offers

For ANA Mileage Club (AMC) members, the airline has two offers running for the A380 Honolulu flights.

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Economy and Premium Economy Award Guarantee

The first offer is that for flights departing during the promotional period 24th May 2019 to 11th July 2019 in either direction, award seats in Economy Class and Premium Economy Class are guaranteed to be available to AMC members if there are seats available for commercial sale.

You must book by 7th July 2019 to take advantage of this availability.

Economy and Premium Economy Miles Back Draw

For the same promotional period mentioned above, 1 in every 100 AMC members making an Economy or Premium Economy redemption on these A380 flights will win all their miles back for those flights.

Not great odds, but you never know.

Summary

A great option from Singapore via Tokyo to Hawaii, this promises to be a much-anticipated product with couple seats in Business Class (not currently seen on other ANA planes) and those amazing enclosed Suites in First Class.

Not all frequent flyer programs offer a good deal for ANA flights, but there are some that do and award availability in First Class is decent. With up to 16 Suites per day flying the route by July, on a city pair ANA has never offered a First Class option on before, we’d put money on award availability getting even better.

(Cover Photo: ANA Holdings Inc)

8 comments

    1. Yes the KrisFlyer site struggles with airport time zones on Star Alliance and partner redemptions to/from airports it doesn’t usually fly to.

      Saw in one of the Star Alliance search updates last year a 5h20m Copa Airlines flight displayed as 10h20m. In a 737!

  1. Unless something’s changed recently, ANA doesn’t have any F Class on ANA metal for SIN>HND or SIN>NRT, correct? Which means, unless SIN>NRT on SQ F, then NRT>HNL on ANA F…?

    1. Yes that’s correct. ANA are occasionally using 777-300ER with F seats on SIN-NRT but these seats are sold as Business Class. You have the option to fly Business Class SIN-NRT then First Class NRT-HNL, but you will pay the F class rate for the whole itinerary.

      You’ll probably have to call your respective frequent flyer program to do this. Remember Singapore Airlines long-haul F and J seats are only redeemable by KrisFlyer members so that further complicates the issue. You might want to combine a NRT-HNL-NRT F award using Mileslife, for example, with the Alaska 25k stopover ‘trick’ from Singapore.

  2. Hi Andrew,

    Have you tried using LM to book the seat which has only 1 availability before? It would end up in error and not able to proceed.

    1. No I haven’t noticed that before. Is that just for ANA flights or all bookings? Are you able to secure the redemption over the phone? Thanks for the info.

      1. I tried but you will have to email them. They said they would escalate to their booking department but didn’t reply. I also tried other route, but not extensively and it ended up the same.

        Just a caution to others.

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