One Mile at a Time beat me to the punch, I got an email last night from ANA that I didn't read and I saw a thread on Milepoint but I was pretty tired… Ben was more on the ball. So he posted about an All Nippon Mileage Club Survey offering 100 points. It’s 16 quick questions about their website and about social media.
The real value in the offer, as Ben points out, is that ANA has a great website to search for Star Alliance awards but that they’ve implemented a restriction requiring you to have some miles in your account before you can use the search tool without extra effort for a workaround. This should get you the 100 miles you need to save you effort down the road.
I really liked the first question of the survey, “Please tell us how often you access ANA’s website…” Me? Umm, a whole heckuva lot! I suspect I’m one of their all-stars. 😉
Earning free miles in the program is nothing to sneeze at, too, because collecting miles with them is quite useful. It’s an American Express transfer partner, for instance, with a distance-based chart so some real award values. And with Continental leaving the Membership Rewards program at the end of September it’ll be a program that many will investigate in particular for awards that have gotten very expensive under Aeroplan’s reward chart. Of course, ANA adds fuel surcharges to awards (except where the partner airline doesn’t have any) so that’s a downside. But online booking is easy, they have some good partners (like Virgin and Etihad) beyond the Star Alliance. And some awards are relatively ‘cheap’ like East Coast to nearer Europe and also to Israel.