The Sky Pearl Club is the official rewards program for China Southern Airlines. This program offers those who fly with this airline and their numerous partners a way to earn points that can be used for award flights, cabin upgrades, hotel reservations, and car rentals. This program uses kilometers as its currency. This will not make a difference for those who earn kilometers while flying, but you will lose value if your transfer points form Starwood Preferred Guest. Unlike LAN and other airlines that offer 1.5 kilometers per SPG point, China Southern Airlines uses a 1:1 exchange rate for points to kilometers. This means that you will get around 30 percent less value per point when compared to a program that uses miles. There are, however, quite a few different ways to go about earning miles in this program. Those who frequently travel with this airline and their partners will definitely want to take the time to look into this loyalty program because of everything it has to offer overall.

General Information

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Pros

  • Free hotel stay ❸
  • Good number of partner airlines

Cons

  • No stopovers
  • Transfer points issue ❹
  • Overpriced destinations ❶
  • Only one 1 : 1 transfer partner
  • Partners cannot be booked online
  • Most partners impose fuel surcharge

Fees & Charges

  • Change award fee ❷
    $16

Additional Information

Expiration: Miles expire 12 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 Award flights between the U.S. and most other regions.
❷ Only date and time changes allowed
❸ Free hotel stay if layovers exceed eight hours, including award flights
❹ Unlike LAN and other airlines that offer 1.5 kilometers per SPG point, China Southern Airlines uses a 1:1 exchange rate for points to kilometers. This means that you will get around 30 percent less value per point when compared to a program that uses miles.

Transfer Partners

1,000
Marriott points
4 : 1
250
miles
42 days
1,000
Marriott points
4 : 1
250
miles
42 days
1,000
Wyndham points
5 : 1
200
miles
28 days
1,000
Wyndham points
5 : 1
200
miles
28 days
1,000
IHG points
5 : 1
200
miles
42 days
1,000
IHG points
5 : 1
200
miles
42 days
1,000
Hilton points
10 : 1
100
miles
4 days
1,000
Hilton points
10 : 1
100
miles
4 days

The ratio is the number of flexible reward points it would take to transfer to Sky Pearl Club.

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
Aeroflot Aeroflot
SkyTeam
Aerolíneas Argentinas Aerolíneas Argentinas
SkyTeam
AeroMexico AeroMexico
SkyTeam
Air Europa Air Europa
SkyTeam
Air France Air France
SkyTeam
Alitalia Alitalia
SkyTeam
China Airlines China Airlines
SkyTeam
China Eastern Airlines China Eastern Airlines
SkyTeam
China Southern Airlines China Southern Airlines
SkyTeam
Czech Airlines Czech Airlines
SkyTeam
Airline
Online
Booking
Fuel
Surcharge
Alliance
Delta Air Lines Delta Air Lines
SkyTeam
Garuda Indonesia Garuda Indonesia
SkyTeam
Kenya Airways Kenya Airways
SkyTeam
KLM Royal Dutch KLM Royal Dutch
SkyTeam
Korean Air Korean Air
SkyTeam
MEA MEA
SkyTeam
Saudia Airlines Saudia Airlines
SkyTeam
TAROM TAROM
SkyTeam
Vietnam Airlines Vietnam Airlines
SkyTeam
XiamenAir XiamenAir
SkyTeam

Program Review

China Southern Airlines is an airline headquartered in Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. It is the currently the sixth largest airline in the world in terms of passengers carried, and Asia’s largest airline in fleet size, revenue, and passengers carried. It is the fourth largest airline in the world in domestic passenger traffic, and the sixth-largest in scheduled domestic passenger-kilometers flown. From its main hubs at Beijing Capital International Airport and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, the airline flies to 193 destinations using a fleet of more than 500 aircrafts.

This airline was first established on July 1, 1988, following the restructuring of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Since then, it acquitted and merged with a number of domestic airlines, becoming one of China’s “Big Three” airlines (alongside Air China and China Eastern Airlines). China Airlines is a member of SkyTeam, and the airline’s logo is a red kapok flower on a blue vertical tail fin.


Sky Pearl Club Program

The Sky Pearl Club program allows its members to earn points in a number of ways, which can be redeemed for a variety of rewards. Some of the different rewards that you can enjoy as an earning member of this program include free award flights, hotel reservations, car rentals, and cabin upgrades when flying with China Southern Airlines or one of their many partners. You will definitely want to take the time to look into this program before deciding whether or not you want to join. In the end you will be glad you did this research.


Earning Sky Pearl Club Points

As a Sky Pearl Club member, there are a number of different ways that you can go about earning points which can be redeemed for various rewards later on. You can earn points when flying with China Southern or one of their many partners. It’s true that you can earn FFP mileage, but that is certainly not the only way. You will also be able to earn points wherever you stay at a hotel, rent a car, use your credit card, dine out, or take advantage of telecommunication services.

If you want to earn points with the flights you take, you will need to provide your Sky Pearl Club membership number upon making your reservation. Make sure that the name on the ticket you purchased is the same as that of your mileage account. There are many different partner airlines that you can earn points by flying with as well, including Aeroflot, AeroMexico, AirFrance, Delta, Korean Air, and many more.

You will also be able to earn points through this program by simply staying at certain hotels, including Shangri-la, Marriot, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. When you stay at one of these hotels, you will need to present your Sky Pearl Club membership card when checking it. Remember to keep the hotel bill until the appropriate mileage is posted to your Sky Pearl Club Account.


Redeeming Mileage Points

When you have accrued enough points in the Sky Pearl Club program, you will be able to redeem them for a number of things. You can use your miles for an award ticket, and to book one you will need to visit the official China Southern Airlines website. You will also be able to use their mobile app or call China Southern Airlines’ hotline. The official website for this airline will provide you with a quick and easy way to book award flights with the miles you have accrued. You can also use this website for cabin upgrades on flights you have booked so you can travel in comfort.


Benefits of China Southern Airlines’ Sky Pearl Club Program

You will quickly discover that there are lots of great things about the Sky Pearl Club program, including the fact that you can take advantage of one-way redemptions. There are low change fees as well, so you won’t have to worry about spending a ton of money if you want to change a flight you have booked. You also get a free hotel stay if your layover exceeds eight hours, even on award flights. The fact that this program makes it so easy to earn points and redeem rewards are also worth considering before deciding whether or not to sign up.


Elite Levels

There are a couple of different Elite membership levels that you can work your way up to once you have accumulated enough points. These levels include:
Silver: Visa application services; 15 percent mileage bonus on flights; confirmed economy reservation 72 hours before departure; check-in at the Silver counter; business class lounge access for member and one companion; extra baggage allowance of 10 kg or one piece; priority standby and upgrade; business class service for flight delays
Gold: 30 percent mileage bonus; confirmed economy reservation 48 hours before departure; check-in at the Gold counter; first class lounge access for member and one companion; extra baggage allowance of 20 kg


Booking Fees/Charges

One of the great things about the Sky Pearl Club rewards program is the fact that the change fees are only $16 to $32.


Redeem on Upgrades

You will be able to use the miles you accumulate in this rewards program for class upgrades to enjoy better service. If you want to book an upgrade, you can call China Southern Airlines hotline or go on their official website. On this airline’s website you will be able to look at charts that will give you detailed information on flight upgrades.


Routing Rules

Those who fly with China Southern Airlines will be glad to know that open-jaws are allowed. Award tickets may be used for one-way, round-way, and open-jaw. The mileage is deducted based on a single segment. Open jaw is not allowed to China Southern Award ticket.


Cobranded Credit Cards

Some members of this rewards program may be able to earn points just by using their credit card. The Pudong Development Bank offers a cobranded credit card in this program. When you use a co-branded credit card, your credit card points will automatically be converted into mileage and posted to your account as flight mileage.