This guide is is meant as an expansion of this thread, which describes how to access the ANA tool and its basic functionality. Please review the instructions there before using this guide. As many of you may be aware, there is extraordinary value in redeeming miles for premium cabins across Star Alliance partners. There are a number of ways to research these awards including Award Nexus, KVS, and ExpertFlyer (as well as other paid/free services I'm probably not aware of). Strengths of the ANA Tool ANA award availability checker allows a user to search through all Star Alliance carriers to find award seats in Economy/Business/First (Y/C/F) for specified flights. The interface offers you two options (click on the images for full screen captures): 1. Quick Search - good for simple round trip itineraries and single transit-point trips (e.g. JFK-NRT-JFK or JFK-FRA-NRT) Not a lot of availability here. 2. Flight Search - a powerful way to search individual flights between varied transit and/or stopover points (e.g. JFK-FRA/IST/CPH/VIE-NRT or JFK-FRA-ZRH-NRT) And the results... As you can see, there are many results to choose from - but at least you can see the direct flights for each route you searched. In this case, there's premium availability to FRA and coach to IST/ZRH/CPH etc. This exercise will be repeated for each leg of the trip as necessary. Remember to note the routes where you find availability. Also, note that ANA will give you all avialability regardless of connection time, which may be an issue if you are not diligent. How do you find available flights and flights you want? It's good to know the airline hubs and major connections points in the region of interest. For the major *A Hubs: http://milepoint.com/forums/threads/star-alliance-hub-google-map.1480/ For all *A airlines serving a certain airport: http://www.staralliance.com/en/services/destination-information/airport/ You don't necessarily have to connect at a hub. LHR & CDG for example, are not star alliance hubs but CO/UA/AC all fly there and NH flies there from/to NRT. Another great tool is the Airline Route Mapper that uses flight data released on a regular basis. There, you can filter by alliance, airline, plane type, codeshare etc. That's all for now, I'd be happy to answer any questions or add any information if requested. Thanks to all the others who have put together the helpful tools and guides.