China Eastern / Shanghai Airlines – SHA – PEK

Flight Review

For my trip from Shanghai to Beijing, I booked one-way on China Eastern, a Sky Team carrier.  Most domestic flights from Shanghai fly out Hongqiao, but you always need to check and make sure as Pudong also carries some domestic traffic.  As a Sky Team Elite, I was offered expedited check-in, I was able to change to an earlier flight with no charge, and had use of the China Eastern lounge (shared with other carriers) before my flight.

The two hour flight was actually operated by Shanghai Airlines, who was acquired by China Eastern in 2010, on a Boeing 767 aircraft.  Departure and arrival were on-time and we had a lunch service on the flight that was fine.

Final Grade: A

Points and Dollars

My ticket cost $208.  For this, I earned 667 MQM’s.  Flying on this partner airline does not earn bonus miles for my Diamond status.  I don’t believe I will get double miles on my DL Platinum AMEX for this purchase so my total miles comes only to 875.


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