Qantas opens lounges to frequent flyers on China Eastern

By Chris Chamberlin , November 1 2016
Qantas opens lounges to frequent flyers on China Eastern

Qantas Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers can now relax in Qantas’ international airport lounges in Australia prior to China Eastern flights to Mainland China.

For Platinum and Platinum One members, this means access to the renowned Qantas First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne before jetting off with China Eastern, whether booked under a China Eastern (MU) or Qantas (QF) flight number.

Similarly, Qantas Gold frequent flyers may now use Qantas international business class lounges in Australia before the same, including in Brisbane from December when China Eastern returns to the Queensland capital with year-round Brisbane-Shanghai flights.

There’s also good news for China Eastern’s own Eastern Miles members, with Eastern Miles Gold and Platinum cardholders enjoying access to Qantas international business class lounges in Australia – but not the Qantas First Lounges – prior to Qantas and China Eastern flights to Mainland China.

When travelling domestically with Qantas, Eastern Miles Platinum-tier members can also unwind in Qantas’ domestic business class lounges, while both Platinum and Gold Eastern Miles cardholders can stop by domestic Qantas Clubs before their domestic Qantas flight.

This latest round of improvements complements similar arrangements for Qantas Frequent Flyer members in China, who can now access China Eastern lounges prior to both China Eastern domestic flights and flights from Mainland China to Australia.

Also opened up: China Eastern’s ‘Sky Priority’ check-in and boarding queues for Qantas Gold frequent flyers and above, saving time at the airport and allowing travellers to make the most of their lounge time.

Also read: Qantas to restart Sydney-Beijing flights, improve China Eastern alliance

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

I'm glad the Qantas First lounge access has been excluded *phew*

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2011

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More pressure on the SYD J lounge. Just what it needed

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Feb 2015

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Qantas Club members also Chris?

No. As always, Qantas Club members need to be travelling on a Qantas or Jetstar flight number to gain access to a lounge, so there's no access when booked on MU flight numbers, which is what's changing here.

(Qantas does codeshare on selected China Eastern routes from Australia, so if Qantas Club members book one of those flights under the QF codeshare, they can enjoy lounge access in Australia before their flight: but that's already the case, not something new.)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Feb 2015

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Thanks for the clarification Chris.

13 Nov 2015

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Yes, with no Australia-based SkyTeam or Star Alliance carrier airlines of these carriers have to make an arrangements with QF or VA for lounges, use contractor or operate their own.  It's going to get more crowed.

I'm honestly curious to know the uptake of MU operated QF coded flights by QFFlyers. And to take one step further and drill down demand by class of travel. 

The lure of Status Credits must be intense enough to take QFFlyers away from Cathay Pacific. 
I'd imagine if you have to travel to China occasionally you'd put up with MU operated flights for the QF Status Credits. But if you fly to China regularly and didn't have to fly domestically within China, you'd want another solution, which might involve moving away from QFF. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Nov 2016

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Not a great move by QF. The problem is out of Sydney China Eastern have both afternoon and night flights so very difficult to avoid these premium departure times.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

17 Feb 2016

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Hi Chris, how about covering what happens at the other end . Especially the Shanghai lounges for QF and MU. A very different experience for all...

Chris P: We did, last month, when similar changes were also made for passengers flying from China.

On a recent visit to Shanghai we also reviewed the lounge Qantas passengers had access to, although Qantas has more recently changed terminals and uses a different lounge. When we're next flying through China, we'd of course look to review the new lounge options too.


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