Using ANA site to see *A award availability

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  1. cr34102
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    I have an account number and password for the ANA site, but I'm having difficulty finding my way around to check for int'l Star Alliance availability.

    I used it in the past and recall it being straightforward enough. Now I keep getting asked to register.

    The secret?
     
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    Click on "ANA International Flight Awards" - and search for an arbitrary ANA route - like SFO to NRT or something like that. Click "Next", then once you get to the availability page, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Use Star Alliance Member Airlines" (it should be selectable now) - and from then on, you can do any Star Alliance searches you want.
     
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    Thanks, but I can't get to anyplace to input a route. I get sent to a registration page which is apparently for adding other potential reward users. There's a note in red that "DOB and sex is missing" but I can't find anywhere on the site to update it ("profile" doesn't hold this info). I'm feeling quite the idiot and am probably looking right at it...

    On the "ANA International Flight Awards" page, I'm not seeing where to search a route, but two options (web and phone) for "application and ticketing". When I select "web", I get sent to that registration page.

    Grrrrrr
     
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    Hmmm, the ANA website is notorious for being user-unfriendly, so I'm not sure if I can help you out since I don't recall how the registration page works.

    But here's a direct link to the Award Search page. Hope that helps!
     
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    That was great - thanks!! I LOVE this place!!!
     
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    You're welcome! :)
     
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    Wandering Aramean also put together a script to get the link back, available here
     
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    The other method, which I use, is the GreaseMonkey script and link (as provided in previous post).

    Did anyone else notice that ANA recently redesigned their website? When I saw that, I was worried about the tool, but everything still works fine.
     
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    At least for me, I've found the greasemonkey script to be pretty hit or miss (on Mac), so it ends up being easier to search for ANA awards > then search star alliance...but that could just be my computer.
     
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  11. Alternatively, you can put a few AMEX MR points into your ANA account. Once you have a positive mileage balance, there's no longer a need for the work-around. The link will be live.
     
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    Thanks, Very help link
     
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    I thought it had to be more than a few, now (like a thousand or so), because of all the people that did just this (add one or two points from somewhere).
     
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    You're welcome! Glad to help :)
     
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    GreaseMonkey still works for me.
     
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    Good Day All! I'm a newbie. I've obtained an account on ANA. I just tried to install the GreaseMonkey script and it returns a Microsoft JScript runtime error. Likely, I've done somehting wrong. Any ideas?
     
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    What browser are you using? If I recall correctly it only works on Firefox and Chrome. I'm not sure if it works on IE.
     
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    Thanks! I switched to the Firefox browser and that opened the GreaseMonkey script. Next problem. I do I use the script? Sorry, not that techie...:)
     
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    I would consider using Chrome since it saves the "extension" so it would make it easier every time you want to use the availability tool.
     
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    Firefox Directions:
    1. Download GreaseMonkey from:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/greasemonkey/

    2. Install the starALink script from Wondering Aramean’s website:
    http://boardingarea.com/blogs/thewa...e-on-the-star-alliance-reward-search-problem/

    3. Create/Log into your account:
    https://aswbe-i.ana.co.jp/p_per/sky_ip_per_jp/preAwdSearchLogin.do?LANG=en
     
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    Besides the ANA tool, are there other tools I can use to search award availability? We primarily fly DL and CO/UA. I'm trying to find two J class (Business??) from DFW to EZE for travel 11 months out. Of course, we are very flexible on our routings. AC via YYZ looks interesting and I was told by CO that a stop-over in YYZ is allowed.
     
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    Continental.com (co.com for abbreviation) allows you to search for *A awards online. It also includes non*A CO partners (including Copa). IME the Copa options have a lot of availability to South America - however I have heard that their J isn't all that spectacular --- essentially a domestic F seat with better food and service. But I've never flown it, so I would look for another trip report for a better description.

    Co.com doesn't show all *A options (I think it leaves out LX and has trouble showing TK - but since you're not flying to Europe that's probably not an issue). You can also try to book stopovers on co.com using the multi-city search - which is a feature I like since stopovers are free on UA/CO and *A awards. Sometimes, though, it won't show some of the availability (which you do see when booking a r.t.). In that case you will have to call. I was recently successful booking an open jaw JFK to HAN/BKK with a stopover on OSL, and the return in C on TG/OZ via ICN on co.com so it certainly is useful!
     
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    Excellent - Thanks I now have access to the KVS Tool(Diamond level). I'll try it out tonight.
     
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