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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 and serves 182 destinations in a worldwide network.

With China Eastern, Flying Blue members can:

Earn Award Miles
Earn Level Miles
Earn qualifying flights
Earn Elite bonus Miles
Spend Award Miles
Extend the validity of Award Miles
Enjoy SkyTeam benefits worldwide

What are the conditions for earning and spending Miles with China Eastern?

Flying Blue members can earn Miles on:
  • Flights that are operated by China Eastern or Shanghai Airlines and marketed as MU, FM, AF, KL or a SkyTeam-partner
  • Tickets with a booking sub-class that is mentioned in the table below
Flying Blue members can spend Miles on:
  • Flights that are operated by China Eastern or Shanghai Airlines and marketed as MU or FM
Flying Blue members cannot earn Miles on:
  • Tickets with a booking sub-class that is not mentioned in the table below
  • Tickets that were purchased with Award Miles: A, O and X
  • Flights operated by and marketed as China Eastern (MU) with flight numbers between: 3701-4050, 4201-4255, 4905-4949, 8002-8060, 8101-8126, 8401-8470, 8703-8772, 8967-8968, 8971-8990, 9001-9012 and 9867-9900
  • Flights operated by and marketed as Shanghai Airlines (FM) with flight numbers between: 8231-8232 and 8234-8239

How can I earn Miles?

To earn Miles according to the China Eastern earning scheme, you must purchase a flight that is marketed and operated by China Eastern. The distance you fly in miles provides a number that forms the basis of what you will earn. Your booking sub-class will determine the applicable earning percentage. Have a look at the scheme below and read more about how it works.

China Eastern Accrual scheme (effective as of 01-11-2014):
Cabin Class Booking sub-class
Earn %
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, Q, G 0%

How many Miles will I earn?

The number of Award Miles and Level Miles you will earn depends on three important 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 airline. Please check the relevant airline partner page for more information about the number of Miles you can earn.

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 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 accrual scheme to check the earning percentage for your booking sub-class.

How does the calculation work?

Use our handy Miles Calculator to find out how many Miles you will earn with your ticket. An explanation of the calculation for earning Miles is given below.

Earning Level Miles
  1. The distance flown is multiplied with the earning percentage of the booking sub-class.

Level Miles = distance in miles x earning percentage of booking sub-class

Earning Award Miles
  1. The distance flown is multiplied with the earning percentage of the booking sub-class.
  2. The distance flown is multiplied with the earning percentage of the Elite bonus, if applicable.
  3. These numbers are added up.

Award Miles = (distance in miles x earning percentage of booking sub-class) +
(distance in miles x earning percentage Elite bonus)

For example

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

As a Flying Blue Gold member in Business Class – booking sub-class D, you earn:

Level Miles
Distance in miles: 6,482 Total
Booking sub-class: 125% 8,103
8,103

Award Miles
Distance in miles: 6,482 Total
Booking sub-class: 125% Elite bonus: 75% 12,965
8,103 4,862
As a Flying Blue Ivory member in Economy Class – booking sub-class L, you earn:

Level Miles
Distance in miles: 6,482 Total
Booking sub-class: 50% 3,241
3,241

Award Miles
Distance in miles: 6,482 Total
Booking sub-class: 50% Elite bonus: N/A 3,241
3,241 0

How can I spend Miles?

With China Eastern you can use your Award Miles to purchase a flight. Our Miles Calculator will tell you exactly how many Miles you need to spend.

And did you know you can enjoy lounge access to one of the many SkyTeam lounges all over the world by paying with Miles? Find out more

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