Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now spend their stash of Qantas Points on reward flights with Taiwan’s China Airlines, covering routes from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Taipei.
A one-way business class flight on any of those routes clocks in at 65,000 Qantas Points one-way (130,000 Qantas Points return), securing your seat at the pointy end of China Airlines’ modern Airbus A350s, or Boeing 777s, as also appear during peak periods with the same business class seat:
You’ll begin your journey either at Sydney’s SkyTeam Lounge, Melbourne’s Marhaba Lounge or Brisbane’s Plaza Premium Lounge, with one of China Airlines’ Taipei lounges awaiting at Taoyuan Airport before your flight home.
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Premium economy flight rewards are also available for 52,500 Qantas Points one-way between Australia and Taipei, with an economy class ticket costing 35,000 Qantas Points. As always, flights are subject to taxes, fees and charges quoted at the time of booking.
However, as China Airlines is a SkyTeam member airline, there's no lounge access for Qantas Gold or Platinum frequent flyers (or Qantas Club members) when booked to fly with China Airlines in premium economy or economy on a CI flight number, including on flights reserved using Qantas Points.
Qantas’ partnership within China Airlines also only covers that Australia-Taiwan corridor, so it’s not possible to use Qantas Points to book China Airlines flights further afield such as from Taiwan to London, or even from Brisbane to Auckland: a route that China Airlines also flies.
China Airlines reward flight bookings are now available via the Qantas website, with plenty of reward seats available across the board on most eligible flights:
Qantas Frequent Flyer members have long been able to earn Qantas Points – as well as those all-important status credits – aboard China Airlines flights between Australia and Taipei when their journey was booked as a Qantas QF codeshare journey, although this is the first time that travellers have been able to spend Qantas Points with China Airlines.
That said, passengers who purchase paid China Airlines fares and book their journey under a ‘CI’ flight number (as opposed to a QF codeshare) cannot earn Qantas Points or Qantas status credits.