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ANA announces a new Vienna to Tokyo flight, redeemable with Virgin Atlantic miles

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Japanese airline ANA has announced a new daily service from Vienna to Tokyo. 

This will launch on 17th February.  The timings are:

  • NH206 Vienna 11:50 Tokyo Haneda 06:55 (next day)
  • NH205 Tokyo Haneda 01:55 Vienna 06:00

ANA announces a new Vienna to Tokyo service

Anika reviewed the ANA business class service from London to Tokyo and was impressed – see here.

You might not know that ANA is a Virgin Flying Club partner.  Full details are on the Virgin Atlantic website here.  I would imagine that there will be plenty of reward space on this new service, at least whilst it builds up demand, and it would not be a bad way of using your Virgin Flying Club miles.

A return Business Class flight from Europe to Japan on ANA is only 95,000 Virgin Flying Club miles – a steal compared to 180,000 peak day Avios!  You can only book return flights on ANA using Virgin Flying Club miles.

You can find out more on the ANA website here.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (December 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 Read our full review

You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

(Want to earn more Virgin Points?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

Comments (118)

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  • The streets says:

    Does anyone know an easy way to check ANA, Air NZ or Singapore reward availability using virgin miles for other routes. Would it be the same as what is shown on the united website?

    • Neil Donoghue says:

      Yup, the same as the united site but you need to find “Saver” availability.

      • The streets says:

        Brilliant thanks – that makes life easier!

        • barry cutters says:

          i managed to get a first redemption booked with them for net year.
          Its impossible almost to get 2x premium seats on the same flight . We were lucky.
          Economy isnt an issue.
          If you need one seat it will be much easier.

    • HeathrowFlyer says:

      Had a look at ex-VIE availability to HND in J/F for TWO seats earlier this week – basically forget it.

  • barry cutters says:

    im looking to go up there in the summer to do leg 1 of my 3 peaks challange.
    (i wont be doing them all in 24h-rather 1 each weekend for 3 weeks).
    Is inverness the best option for Ft William?, will be making a long weekend of it – so would prefer a nice drive over motorway from glasgow.

    • Relaxo says:

      Probably easier to just drive to ft William from Glasgow rather than routing through Inv?

      • barry cutters says:

        Iv just been looking and it looks as though inverness is 70 miles and glasgow is 110.
        Anyone know which is the nicer drive. -nice places to stop for lunch etc. – can also detour if something worth seeing which is not nesseserily on the way.

      • Stu N says:

        I’d do Glasgow as well, the drive is stunning on a good day. The views as you cross Rannoch Moor and down through Glencoe are absolutely world class. It’s about 3 hours drive – I’d personally avoid Green Welly Shop in Tyndrum and stop at Bridge of Orchy hotel for tea and cake half way.

        Ft William has a total mix of accommodation – the Lime Tree is good for accommodation and food. Grog and Gruel on the High St probably the best pub. Lots of other good suggestions for things to do, it’s amazing part of the world apart from the rain and the midge.

      • Anna says:

        +1 to Stu N. If you’re so inclined you can take the single track off the main road at Glen Etive (IIRC) before you get to Glencoe and recreate the famous Bond moment from Skyfall where Daniel Craig and M stop and brood by the river!

    • Will says:

      Are you in the South East? Personally, I’d just do the Caledonian Sleeper. Leave Euston at 9pm ish and wake up in Fort William about 12 hours later.

      • Cat says:

        Will – or, if you’re unlucky, you only just make the train in Euston by sheer luck, because Serco decide to leave an hour early without telling their passengers, and then you wake up in the middle of nowhere, were told to get on a rail replacement bus, which doesn’t turn up, so you’re put back on the train, and dropped in Oban instead of FW (because Serco) where you wait for a very cold hour by the side of the road for another tardy rail replacement bus, cursing the February drizzle, and then arrive in FW around about midday, still shivering.
        I’d avoid the Caledonian Sleeper, personally.

    • Cat says:

      Hey, for detours in the vicinity (ish) of FW, I’d choose between Glenfinnan, Ratagan, Plockton and Dornie. All of them are stunning in their own way.

    • Sandra says:

      Another alternative is leave the car in Glasgow and take the train to Fort William on the West Highland Line and if time over the weekend continue on to Mallaig either on the normal train or the steam train which is the one used in Harry Potter films. Very scenic, very popular so book early and book seats on the left side as you face the engine going to Mallaig for the best views. Gives you time to chill without worrying about traffic.
      Or walk the West Highland Way! Milngavie (home territory) to Fort William or in reverse but maybe a bit of an ask after your other challenge. Good luck anyway.

  • Max says:

    Is Newquay still free from APD?

    Can’t see it mentioned in

    An old article mentions only the Newquay to Gatwick route – does anyone know the situation there?

    • Shoestring says:

      Pretty sure it’s just the Gatwick/ Newquay route (both directions). Fairly long-standing policy of supporting NQY to help develop Cornwall. Eg check out the Regional Air Connectivity Fund. And NQY got £40m of EU funding to bring it up to modern standards in the last 15 years.

  • Relaxo says:

    Don’t need more tourists up here. Roads can’t handle em.

    • barry cutters says:

      Ahh ok- i wont bother then .

    • HeathrowFlyer says:

      Nonsense. Drove A9 INV – Aviemore last weekend, if you consider that busy try driving in London!

      • Genghis says:

        Reminds me of a Guernsey taxi driver complaining about the traffic as there were 3 cars in front of her at a junction…

      • Barry cutters says:

        Was that in the afternoon?
        It’s a lot quieter then as most of the population spend the day in the pub after lunchtime ????

  • Hugo says:

    I got my friend to get a amex gold to get the lounge access at Heathrow terminal 4 and told her she could prebook – was I wrong on that one? if I was, then what is her chances of getting in to either of the lounges?

  • Liz says:

    OT: I am now getting really p$$$$d off with our SPG/Marriott pts expiry dates. I converted both our accounts via the SPG website so we can log in via the old SPG number or the new generated number. I’ve added both these numbers for both accounts to Award Wallet. I just did a small MR transfer to my new account number in the hope it reset it to 2 yrs expiry – it hasn’t – it has been stuck on 29/2/20 for months now so new activity is not extending the expiry date. My husbands accounts date shows unknown expiry even though monthly Amex pts are going across. His SPG a/c when you log in also says 29/2/20. The SPG rewards people say as long as there is activity they won’t expire for 2 yrs but the accounts both say 1 yr 3 mths. Does everyone else have the same 1 yr 3 mth restriction or are others showing a full 2 year expiry date. I don’t plan on spending them on hotels and want to save long term for KF miles but don’t want to risk losing them in the future before I have enough saved and want to travel. Getting really frustrated trying to get this to work.

    • Clive says:

      It’s a known glitch. I am Lifetime but still have an expiry date

      • Liz says:

        Ok I didn’t know it was a known glitch. And neither did the SPG Rewards person I spoke to as she didn’t mention it.

  • IslandDweller says:

    @BarryCutters. Any route to Fort William is through stunning scenery. Far more flight options (and usually cheaper car hire) out of Glasgow.
    Drive time can be much slower than you’d expect in high summer. A combination of camper vans doing 35mph followed by a queue of drivers who apparently don’t realise overtaking is permitted.

  • mednec says:

    Is there another way of booking an ANA reward flight using Virgin miles to Tokyo other than using the Virgin call centre? ANA flights are bookable 355 days in advance but Virgin are 335 days. When I phoned the Virgin call centre I was told that I would have to wait for the 335 days; I asked him to double check but he said the computer wouldn’t let him.

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