ANA has just kicked-off a seat sale on flights between the UK and Tokyo or Osaka for £2,300 return. While the prices aren’t exceptionally cheap – about what you’d expect to pay for a discounted BA First flight to Tokyo – ANA is a 5-star airline (according to Skytrax). Dates are available throughout the winter and into late spring. There’s currently plenty of availability.

Destinations

Return prices in business class from Birmingham (BHX):

  • Tokyo – £2,296
  • Osaka – £2,294
  • Sapporo – £2,297

The Catch

There are 2 sectors each way on the Tokyo route and 3 on all other routes – You’ll fly Birmingham (BHX) to Dusseldorf with Lufthansa, then board an ANA 787/777 to Tokyo, and onwards from Tokyo aboard an internal ANA flight. The route doesn’t appear to be operating the new business class seats, so it’d be the older lie-flat product.

Travel Dates

2 Nov – 11 Dec 2019
28 Dec 2019 – 12 Mar 2020
14 Apr – 30 Jun 2020
The options here are huge – Go skiing in the north over the winter period, or go later in the spring to see the end of the cherry blossom. We’d avoid going after May as it can start getting really hot (and wet!)

Small Print

  • Departure points: Birmingham UK (via Dusseldorf)
  • Book by: 20th September 2019
  • Travel until: 30th June 2020
  • Minimum stay: 6 days / Max. 3 months
  • Weekend departures: No
  • Sectors: 2 each way (3 for destinations other than Tokyo)
  • Booking class: P
  • Frequent flyer points accrual: 70% miles flown
  • Refundable: Yes
  • Changes after booking: £250

How to Book

Use Google Flights calendar feature to find the cheap travel dates, then follow the links to book with Expedia.
The prices shown below are for 2 passengers.

BG1 Tip

ANA is part of Star Alliance, so don’t forget to add your frequent flyer number to the booking. Also, consider paying for the flight using an American Express Membership Rewards or Miles and More Mastercard so you can earn more points.