Eastern Miles - China Eastern Airlines

Eastern Miles
Welcome to Eastern Miles, China’s leading frequent flyer program which rewards you in so many ways. Earn miles by flying China Eastern and world-class partner airlines, spending on credit cards, staying at hotels, dining out and more. Redeem miles for travel to hundreds of destinations around the world, upgrades to the next higher class of travel, extra baggage allowance, and other fabulous lifestyle awards.

One of three major airlines, China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited offers customers a complete, highly efficient service with 50-offices overseas and 11-domestic branches. With headquarters in Shanghai, China Eastern and its associate company Shanghai Airlines operate a fleet of aircraft with an average age of fewer than 7 years. With a controlling interest in 24-subsidiary operations, customers are provided with a global airline network, dedicated to earning and rewarding their loyalty!

Make your journey count with Eastern Miles!
  • Pros
  • Good rates to Japan
  • Good number of partner airlines
  • Cons
  • Changes restriction ❷
  • One way costs more than 50% ❶
  • Only one 1 : 1 transfer partner
  • Highly dysfunctional EN website ❸
  • Partners cannot be booked online
  • Most airlines impose fuel surcharge
  • Fees & Charges
  • Phone booking fee
    $25
  • Expiration: Miles expire 36 months since last activity.
  • For some programs, an activity is any accrual of miles, crediting a flight, transfering or purchasing miles. For others, spending activities such as redeeming or donating points counts as an activity.
  • ❶ One-way flights are not allowed on Japan Airlines
  • ❶ One-way flights can cost more than 50 percent of a round-trip ticket on China Eastern and Cathay Pacific
  • ❷ Only date and time changes allowed
  • ❸ In most cases website is not working as well as the booking tool. It means, that you have to call to book your award flights.

Transfer Partners

1,000
SPG points
1 : 1
+ 5,000 bonus
1,000
miles
30 days
1,000
Hyatt points
1.56 : 1
641
miles
56 days
1,000
Marriott points
4 : 1
250
miles
42 days
1,000
Wyndham points
5 : 1
200
miles
28 days
1,000
IHG points
5 : 1
200
miles
42 days
The ratio is the number of flexible reward points it would take to transfer to Eastern Miles.
Transfer time is what is reported by the transfer programs, supplemented by our own research. However, actual time to transfer is often highly variable.

Airlines and Fuel Surcharge

This table will show you the partner airlines can be booked online and those which impose fuel surcharge.

Airline
Online
Booking
Fuel
Surcharge
Alliance
China Eastern Airlines China Eastern Airlines
SkyTeam
Aeroflot Aeroflot
SkyTeam
Aerolíneas Argentinas Aerolíneas Argentinas
SkyTeam
AeroMexico AeroMexico
SkyTeam
Air Europa Air Europa
SkyTeam
Air France Air France
SkyTeam
Alitalia Alitalia
SkyTeam
Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific
oneworld®
China Airlines China Airlines
SkyTeam
China Southern Airlines China Southern Airlines
SkyTeam
China United Airlines China United Airlines
No alliance
Czech Airlines Czech Airlines
SkyTeam
Delta Air Lines Delta Air Lines
SkyTeam
Airline
Online
Booking
Fuel
Surcharge
Alliance
Garuda Indonesia Garuda Indonesia
SkyTeam
Japan Airlines Japan Airlines
oneworld®
Kenya Airways Kenya Airways
SkyTeam
KLM Royal Dutch KLM Royal Dutch
SkyTeam
Korean Air Korean Air
SkyTeam
MEA MEA
SkyTeam
Qantas Qantas
oneworld®
Saudia Airlines Saudia Airlines
SkyTeam
Shanghai Airlines Shanghai Airlines
No alliance
TAROM TAROM
SkyTeam
Vietnam Airlines Vietnam Airlines
SkyTeam
XiamenAir XiamenAir
SkyTeam

Program Review

Frequent Flyer Rewards With the Alliance

Serving approximately 80-million airline passengers annually, China Eastern Airlines has earned recognition by being listed among the top 5-airlines globally for passenger volume transportation. CEA is an official member of the 20-members Airline Alliance, which offers you not only 17,343 daily flights but access to 1,074 worldwide destinations, and increased flight connectivity! Supported by the network of member airlines your international business or leisure airline experience becomes a refined pleasure.

China Eastern Airlines is constantly striving to maintain par excellent service to the customers, and their trust and loyalty are suitably rewarded. Close association with the “SkyTeam” Alliance airlines, enables members to accumulate and redeem benefits, for example; relaxing in any one of the 525-VIP lounges across the world offered by all 20-member airlines.

Various incentive mile earning programs provide you with various and priority airport services within the Alliance Airline network. As a priority traveler you have the advantage of negotiating airport procedures faster; from check-in process to boarding and luggage collection! This is added to by enhanced cooperation of passenger and baggage transfers between the allied airlines.

 

China Eastern

China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited is one of the three major airlines in China and manages 50 overseas offices and 11 domestic branches. Moreover, it holds controlling shares of 24 subsidiaries. Based in Shanghai, China Eastern and its daughter company Shanghai Airlines operate a modern fleet with an average age of fewer than 7 years. The network covers China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, Europe, America, and Oceania. China Eastern diligently focuses on providing quality services for both passengers and shippers.

 

Saving You Time With Enhanced Prestige and Comfort 

Whether you are traveling between cities or countries, 20 member airline Alliance is dedicated to making your journey as comfortable, convenient and as economical as possible. As a Frequent Flyer member, the more flying time you experience, faster will your miles accumulate towards Elite status. You will be offered a variety of extra benefits that include; prioritized check-in procedures, preferential seating and preferred Lounge access. 

You have the opportunity to earn and redeem miles with all 20- “SkyTeam” Alliance member airlines with the option of attaining the Elite Plus status and the enjoyment of being a recognized customer with red carpet treatment!

We contribute to the leading worldwide airline alliance in the Greater China region, which over a 5-year period has extended its network by fifty-percent within this economically pulsating region. Serving 147 cities in the Greater China region, fourteen of the 20-members alliance operates services from their home locations to destinations within Greater China, including the only direct service with Latin America. Transporting over 350,000 passengers, the Alliance flights within the Greater China region account for about 26% of the total number of daily flight departures!

 

Your Convenient Mile-Rewards Options 

As one of 20 members, China Eastern Airlines and the “SkyTeam” Alliance enable the improvement of your flying experience, whatever its purpose.  As a valued customer, you are afforded a greater flexibility in personal choice provided by the Alliance cooperation and customer-friendly service and reward options!

China Eastern Airlines offer you a worldwide service around the world with highly visible "SkyPriority" signage situated in China Airlines airport terminals to assist passengers. Boarding passes of all premium and business-class passengers and Super Elite members display the "Sky Priority" logo. It represents their entitlement to enjoy a variety of priority and VIP services, which include the following SkyPriority Service Content:

  • SkyPriority baggage check-in, with ticket and transit counter service at airports
  • Precedence at designated airports regarding safety inspection service
  • Special considerations service at designated airports related to document inspection 
  • SkyPriority in respect of boarding an aircraft and baggage claims, available in all airports 

 

Auto Accrual of Miles

When you fly with various “SkyTeam” Alliance member airlines that form part of the same reservation, you are required on booking or checking in for your flight to provide only your frequent flyer number. Your earned miles will automatically be credited to your account. 

To earn miles, the airline displayed on your ticket, which is the marketing carrier and the operating airline must be members of the 20-airlines alliance. The booking you purchase must be a fare that is qualified for earning miles. You are able to confirm if you qualify for this benefit and how many you will earn by visiting the website of your frequent flyer program. 

 

Retroactive Miles Accrual

An innovative advantage for frequent flyers helps protect you in the event of having flown with an Alliance member airline and forgetting to register your program number. An original and innovative application has introduced an online, retroactive credit facility designed to make life easier for Frequent Flyers in the maintaining of up-to-date account balances. It functions in real-time enabling you to instantly validate retroactive requests for eligible flights. You can make a request within one week after your travel date, giving you the shortest industry time frame!

 

Online Travel Awards and Status

This is a convenient facility that enables your booking award travel with member airlines, directly from your frequent flyer website program easily and fast!

Whether you enjoy “SkyTeam” Elite or Elite Plus benefits they will apply worldwide, irrespective of which airline alliance member you travel with. Status and comfort combine when you are eligible to take advantage of Airport VIP Lounge facilities. Breaking a long journey to change aircraft can become a relaxing and refreshing experience with access to the following amenities: 

 

Tour the World and be Rewarded

Being part of the “SkyTeam” Frequent Flyer program with any Alliance member airline provides you with the opportunity to travel the world and earn miles on qualifying flights. If this has appeal then contact the frequent flyer program’s service center and get ready for take-off!  The options available to you are vast and varied with available levels of packages dependent on the number of miles you travel. By example; there are three levels of Eastern Miles Elite Status memberships: Platinum, Gold, and Silver." 

 

How the “SkyTeam” Alliance Works for You

Firstly, who and what are “SkyTeam”? The answer is simple; since 2007, it has become established as the leading worldwide airline alliance in the Greater China region.  The program has successfully extended its network to 147 cities throughout the region and is trusted by over 350,000 passengers who travel on SkyTeam flights within the region every single day! They work for and reward you for every mile you fly. 

With the majority of airlines, you can reap benefit from 1:1 SPG-points-to-miles exchange rates.  To be kept in mind is that contrastingly, your Elite Qualifying Miles are used to track your AAdvantage status level and are not in effect, redeemable! The issue of identifying the most frequent flyers of the various airlines was resolved by the “SkyTeam.” This was the creations of tier levels, which ensures that the appropriate benefits are delivered to the correct earning customers who have earned them. It is worth noting that the Elite membership program for each airline is equal to one of the two Elite tiers within “SkyTeam”.

 

Linking Your Points, Flying Miles, and Other Benefits

A further advantage for you to consider is to Link your SPG and 'Eastern Miles' accounts to enable you earning power in the Eastern Explorer Rewards™ program. It’s an easy procedure that will give you the opportunity to earn Starpoints on China Eastern flights and 'Eastern Miles Points' in respect of stays at hotels and resorts within the SPG program!

Operated by China Eastern Airlines, Eastern Miles is the frequent flyer program directed towards creating greater value for members. As an Eastern Miles member, you can benefit by using points traveling on CEA subsidiary flights or those recognized by the “SkyTeam” Alliance, for instance; Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and Qantas. If you stay at partner hotels and utilize a partnership credit card, such as for dining, and other services, you gain a points advantage. 

When you set your mind to earning miles, the CEA and the “SkyTeam” open a world of opportunity for unlimited and rewarded travel! Bon voyage!