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  • ATC 27 posts

    Quick question re ANA awards. I’m looking to book two seats one-way HND-LHR for Feb 2023 and wondered how far in advance to they release seats to book by Virgin. Is it the same as United website?

    Also, do they ever release 2F seats at initial offering or am I unlikely to get 2F and just go for 2J instead?

    Thanks

    Thegasman 204 posts

    2F on the same flight to LHR would be rarer than hens teeth. I’d take whatever you can get & accept it might be different class or widen search to include Frankfurt (although the 2 daily flights to FRA don’t seem to have First available in Dec/Jan next year).

    There’s no guarantees on numbers or timeframes for release to partners but United website is probably easiest way to look. Sometimes they release quite late but definitely have a backup plan.

    ATC 27 posts

    OK thanks for the info, much appreciated.

    tom1 63 posts

    330 days in advance I think – from memory they appear on United website a few days before that.

    meta 1,466 posts

    Star Alliance (United and others) availability is 355 days out. At the moment it’s not that of a problem as many seats are available, but later it will be difficult to get more than 1 seat on Virgin miles.

    Alexthenotsogreat 15 posts

    Hi, I’m planning to use my Virgin points for ANA in J next year (I need 2 seats). My dates aren’t available yet, but as I’ve never done this before I have been keeping an eye on availability via United. I’ve checked departures from London, Frankfurt, Brussels and Vienna and I can’t find a single flight which has more than 1 seat available.

    It doesn’t seem to be that they are all booked up, but that max 1 is made available in the first place. Does this seem the norm, and is what I’m seeing reflective of what I can book via Virgin? From what I’d read it was typical for only 1 F seat to be released, but getting 2 in J was normally realistic if booked quickly?

    Cheers for any advice!

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