You can now book Qantas reward flights on China Eastern online
Lots of business class seats to Shanghai up for grabs.
Booking a reward flight to Shanghai with Qantas just got a little easier, with the airline adding the ability to search for flights on partner China Eastern to its site.
Previously, to book a China Eastern reward flight, you had to ring Qantas to check seat availability, which was a time-consuming process. Now reward flights on the airline show up when you do a search online through the Qantas site. China Eastern offers business and economy seats (there's no premium economy option).
Here are the points you'll need for a one-way flight between major capital cities and Shanghai, which is China Eastern's main hub for Australia. Note how much the taxes and charges vary between different departure cities, though these are slightly lower than Qantas' charges on its own flights for the same routes.
As well, you could book a Qantas flight to Singapore or Hong Kong and connect to China Eastern services from those cities, or fly to Shanghai and then continue on to Europe or North America. That's potentially less appealing if you don't want a stopover, but might be a valid strategy if you can't get direct flight availability.
That said, availability of China Eastern reward flights seems solid, and higher than Qantas' own services for many dates. As ever, the further in advance you book, the better the likelihood you'll find a reward seat.
THE POINTS FINDER TAKEWith business seats appearing as available on a wide range of dates, China Eastern offers an interesting new option for travel into China using your points.
Qantas has recently been expanding its options for points redemption. Last month it added reward flights to Tahiti on Air Tahiti Nui. Learn how to make the most of your Qantas Points with Points Finder's full frequent flyer guide.
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