Yesterday, my wife and I were discussing options for shoehorning an around the world trip into our crowded schedules. You see, I had 269,000 ANA miles set to expire at the end of this month and I wanted to get the trip booked before it was too late. Then, this morning, I awoke to read a very welcome email. My 269,000 soon-to-expire ANA miles would be extended to the end of March 2023! I get a full year reprieve!
Almost two years ago, I posted my predicament. I had 269,000 ANA miles set to expire in March 2021 and no way to extend their life. In that post I discussed various ideas for how I’d use those miles before they were gone. Ultimately I decided that the best option was to book a Round the World business class trip for two. I presented my thoughts, ideas, and research in the following posts:
- My Round the World business class adventure (planning phase)
- Tips for booking ANA’s Round the World award
- My Round the World business class adventure (exploring hacks, and testing limits)
COVID struck while I was planning this Round the World trip, but in the early days I still thought that things would be back to normal by the time we travelled. Boy was I wrong! The bad news was that we had to scrap our plans. The good news was that ANA extended the life of my miles three times. Twice for six months at a time, and now for a year. As the diagram from the latest email shows, there will be a scary few weeks where the miles expire before they show up again (as has happened each time before):
This extension is awesome because it gives me time once again to plan for travel to far flung locations including many that, until now, have been closed off to U.S. travelers. Hopefully the trend of more and more countries opening up will continue.