Japan Airlines (JAL) is expanding its marketing accord with China Eastern Airlines to increase the number of eligible flights under the airlines’ mileage partnership agreement, making it easier for customers to earn and redeem mileage points.
From June 1, JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) members can earn mileage on all flights operated by China Eastern Airlines on Japan-China routes, as well as on Chinese domestic routes.
Eligible flights will now include non-codeshare flights that were not previously available for mileage accumulation. Consequently, says Japan Airlines, JMB members can now accrue mileage on 28 additional routes served by 154 China Eastern-operated flights a week.
(However, flights marketed by China Eastern but operated by Shanghai Airlines, or by any other airline except JAL, are ineligible for mileage accumulation by JMB members.)
JAL and China Eastern launched their mileage agreement in February 2008 and have been codeshare partners since 2002. Today, JAL codeshares on China Eastern-operated flights serving 18 routes between China and Japan and on five Chinese domestic routes.
Japan Airlines has sought to offer customers traveling between Japan and China greater convenience and benefits by partnering with fellow oneworld-alliance members Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair, as well as with future SkyTeam Alliance member China Eastern.
Shanghai-based China Eastern is one of China’s three largest airlines, operating a network which includes 44 international destinations and 243 domestic routes.
The JAL Mileage Bank program had 23.66 million members as of the end of March.
JAL’s partners in the program include oneworld-alliance carriers American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Dragonair, Finnair, Iberia, LAN Airlines, Malev Hungarian Airlines, Qantas Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines and S7 Airlines. Other, non-oneworld partners in the JMB program are Air France, Emirates, China Eastern Airlines and Hokkaido Air System.
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