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China Eastern

World-class hospitality with Eastern charm. China Eastern – with the main hub in Shanghai – is one of the three major airlines in Mainland China. They serve 182 destinations in a worldwide network.

Member benefits

China Eastern is a member of the SkyTeam alliance, allowing Flying Blue members to enjoy the many SkyTeam benefits worldwide.

Earning possibilities

As a Flying Blue member, you earn Award Miles and Level Miles on China Eastern-operated flights that are marketed as MU, FM, AF, KL or SkyTeam. These flights also count as eligible flights toward your Flying Blue membership level.

The number of Award Miles and Level Miles you will earn depends on several factors:

1) The marketing carrier and the operating airline

The accrual scheme of the marketing carrier determines how many Miles you can earn on your flight. It is easy to find out which airline is the marketing carrier for your flight. The two-digit airline code that comes before the flight number (e.g. MU 0123) shows which airline is the marketing carrier.

If your flight number starts with an airline code from one of the Flying Blue partner airlines (e.g. AZ 0123) the accrual scheme of that specific partner (in this case Alitalia) will apply, even if the flight is operated by another Flying Blue airline. Please check the relevant airline partner page for more information about the number of Miles you can earn.

The below accrual percentages of China Eastern will apply when you take a China Eastern and/or Shanghai Airlines-operated flight that is also marketed as China Eastern and/or Shanghai Airlines.

2) The distance flown

The distance in miles between the place of origin and destination determines the number of Award Miles and Level Miles you will earn. Flying Blue offers you a minimum number of Miles when the distance you cover one-way is less than 310 miles. In this case, you will earn the minimum of 310 Award Miles and Level Miles. Please note that the below accrual scheme also applies to the minimum amount.

3) The booking sub-class

Every cabin class is divided into different booking sub-classes, related to the fare you booked. The booking sub-class is specified as a letter on your ticket and will determine the percentage of Miles you earn based on the distance flown, as described above. Please have a look at the table below to check the accrual percentage for your booking sub-class.

Remember to take into account your membership level when calculating how many Miles you will earn. The accrual percentages in the scheme below do not yet include the Mileage bonus for your membership level.

For example: MU flight from Shanghai to Los Angeles (6,482 miles one-way)

As a Flying Blue Gold member in Business Class – booking sub-class D, you earn:
  • 8,103 Level Miles (6,482 x 125%) and
  • 12,964 Award Miles (6,482 x 125% = 8,102 + 75% Mileage bonus)
As a Flying Blue Ivory member in Economy Class – booking sub-class L, you earn:
  • 3,241 Level Miles (6,482 x 50%) and
  • 3,241 Award Miles (6,482 x 50%) - no Mileage bonus applicable
China Eastern Accrual scheme (effective as of 01-11-2014):
Cabin Class Sub-Class % Accrual
First Class F, U 150%
  P 125%
Business Class J, C, D, I 125%
Premium Economy Class W 110%
Economy Class Y, B 100%
  E, H, M 75%
  L, N, R, S, V, T, K 50%
Not eligible for accrual Z, O, X, Q, G, A 0%
The following flights are not eligible for earning Miles:
  • All China Eastern flights with flight numbers between 3701-3868; 3901-4050; 4201-4255; 8002-8056; 8101-8112; 8401-8470; 8703-8772; 8967-8968; 8971-8991
  • All Shanghai Airlines flights with flight numbers between 8231-8232; 8234-8239
If the booking sub-class stated on your ticket is not mentioned in the above accrual scheme, it means that your booking sub-class is not part of the agreement for accrual or redemption of Miles. Unfortunately, you cannot earn or spend Miles on this flight.

Please note that the purchase of award tickets or other similar tickets will not earn you any Miles.

Spending possibilities

Flying Blue members can spend Miles on all China Eastern or Shanghai Airlines marketed (MU or FM) and operated flights.

For more spending possibilities, please click here.

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