Airfare Deal – All Nippon Airways: Chicago – Delhi, India. $962. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

All Nippon Airways is putting India on sale also in addition to China. Most fares to India from the US takes transtlantic route. However, going via the Pacific is about the same amount of flying time. Most folks use Delhi as a starting point to visit Agra and the famous Taj Mahal. Just note, it is a long drive!

And for those who does not care about miles, Lufthansa has a fare for about $880 via Frankfurt or Munich. However, that fare earns zero miles with United and US Airways. This fare will earn over 16,000 miles. At a conservative valuation of a penny per mile, you will earn $160 in future travel. Spending an extra $80, you will actually come out ahead by $80.

Red Fort, Delhi, India. Photo: Arian Zwegers, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Red Fort, Delhi, India. Photo: Arian Zwegers, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • September 9th – 18th

Fare Availability:


  • ORD – NRT (Tokyo) – DEL (Delhi) – NRT – ORD. Includes an overnight layover in Tokyo on the outbound

Partner Fare Class:

  • K


  • 19,904 miles miles or 4.8 cents per mile. ANA and United are partners. The segments between the US and Tokyo will earn 100% mileage with United while the segments between Tokyo and India will be 50% mileage earning when crediting to United. If crediting to United, you will earn 16,226 miles or 5.9 cents per mile. This is better than crediting to ANA which would only be 25%.


How to Book:

  • Use dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and book on ANA.CO.JP.

Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – Visa required prior to arrival. Prices vary. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Indian Rupee (INR). $1USD = 59.78 INR

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