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Upgrade Awards

China Airlines / Mandarin Airlines

China Airlines / Mandarin Airlines

  • You may redeem awards based on the mileage accumulated in your account. You may use the award yourself or transfer it to a relative or friend (Please refer to Award Transfer).
  • Before redeeming awards, please check the Seasonality Chart. If the date of any flight in your itinerary falls on the blackout dates, the corresponding award redemption level for blackout dates will apply, requiring a greater number of mileage. During all other periods, only mileage of non-blackout-date is needed.
  • For inquires about the mileage levels for upgrade awards using self-owned mileage or an on-line transfer award, please click here.

Award Levels

Award Levels

  • For inquires about the mileage levels for upgrade awards redemption using self-owned mileage or an on-line transfer award before 18 March, 2016 , please click here
  • Effective from 19 March, 2016, the new mileage levels for upgrade awards by using self-owned mileage or an on-line transferred award are adjusted as below. All required miles for redemption are on segments applied and a single flight number basis :
Award TypeBooking ClassShort HaulLong Haul
* Between any two points in Asia
(including Guam and Delhi) 
* Cross-strait schedule flights
* Australia - New Zealand
* Between Taipei and Australia or New Zealand
* Between Tokyo and Hawaii
* Between Delhi and Rome 
* Between Taipei and North American(Honolulu)
* Between Taipei and Europe
* Between Bangkok and Amsterdam
* Between Taipei and North American(Los Angeles/San Francisco/New York)
* Between Taipei and Europe(Frankfurt)
* Taipei to Vancouver
All Year RoundAward CodeAll Year RoundAward CodeAll Year RoundAward CodeAll Year RoundAward Code
Upgrade from Economy Class
to Premium Economy Class
Upgrade from Premium Economy Class
to Premium Business Class
Upgrade from Economy Class to Business Class/
Premium Business Class
Note 1:Mileage levels for upgrade to Premium Economy class and Premium Business class are available for flights providing Premium Economy class and Premium Business class service.
Note 2:The miles levels required is based on applicable routes not by the aircraft.
Note 3:The new levels are applied for the award numbers issued on/after 19March, and the old level is only valid for the award numbers issued on/before 18 March, 2016.
On/after 19 March, 2016, the eligible ticket classes for cabin upgrade are adjusted as below:

Award TypeShort HaulLong Haul
Economy / Business class service offeredPremium Economy/ Premium Business service offered
Upgrade from Economy Class to Premium Economy ClassY/B/M/K/V/T/R/Q/H/NNILY/B/M/K/V/T/R/Q/H/N
Upgrade from Premium Economy to Premium Business ClassW/U/ENILW/U
Upgrade from Economy Class to Business/Premium Business ClassY/B/M/K/V/T/R/Q/H/NY/B/M/K/V/T/R/Q/H/NY/B/M
Redemption Procedure

Redemption Procedure

  • Members should make sure that they have sufficient mileage or an applicable award number to redeem an award. To transfer upgrade awards to another person, please complete transfer procedures first (please refer to Award Transfer).
  • Members must apply for a class upgrade through a China Airlines reservation agent and book a confirmed seat in the upgraded class 24 hours before departure. If you are using an upgrade award transferred from another person, please quote the "Award Number" when making the reservation.
  • The following ticket types are not eligible for class upgrade:
    a. Discounted tickets (AD, ID, DG, SC, BP, CG, etc.) barter, infant, labor or free tickets.
    b. Group or individual tickets using G ticket classes.
    c. Promotional tickets(tickets using D ticket class for short haul and C/D ticket class for long haul) or with restrictions, and the booking/ticketing class which is not eligible for Cabin Class Upgrade.
  • A flight using an upgrade award can only be credited into Dynasty Flyer Program account.
  • An infant should pay fare difference for a class upgrade when traveling with an adult member using upgrade award.
  • Members may access to China Airlines website to redeem upgrade awards at Dynasty Member web page.
Important Notes

Important Notes

  • If a requested upgrade seat cannot be confirmed when making a reservation, members must hold one eligible ticket and booking and obtain an stand-by upgrade booking on the same reservation record. As the upgrade booking is confirmed, please advise the valid award number before the deadline informed by CI or the booking may be cancelled. Stand-by upgrade booking is not available via CI website.
  • China Airlines and Mandarin Airlines reserve the right to limit or adjust the number of passenger upgrades subject to the status of booking on each flight. The upgrade seats may not be available on some flights or at some period, even if seats are available for paid tickets.
  • If the ticket presented at the airport check-in counter does not comply with the rules for upgrade, the member must abide by the airport staff's recommendation. Member will be most likely asked to purchase another ticket, pay fare difference between the two classes, or check in according to the ticket class.
  • Upgrade awards can only be used on scheduled international flights on China Airlines and Mandarin Airlines. They are not accepted on code share flights (except block space code share flights) between China Airlines and another carrier where China Airlines is not the operating party as well as connecting flights between Kaohsiung and Taoyuan International airport.
    1. Code-shared flights no. 5000 ~5999 and 7000 ~ 9999 are excluded.
    2. CI/VN code-shared flights for TPE-HAN V.V. and KHH-SGN V.V. can be redeemed as exceptions. 
    3. CI/KE  code-shared flights for  TPE-ICN V.V.can be redeemed as exceptions for travel until on/before 29Oct.2016.
    4. TWN-RGN V.V. may be redeemed by CI branch office only. 
  • The required mileage for an upgrade award is calculated on a single flight number basis. If the itinerary includes a stopover or transfer (change flight number en route), the mileage required for an upgrade on each flight must be added together.
  • Class upgrades are limited to single class upgrades. Passengers should take a seat in accordance with their ticketed class in case they are transferred to other carriers.
  • China Airlines will notify members of amendments to class upgrade regulations or other class upgrade award qualifications made in accordance with adjustments in cabin configuration via other means including DFP Latest News at China Airlines Website or Mileage Summary.
  • Mileage Purchase for Immediate Cabin Upgrade at the airport is suspended on/after March 19,2016, please have your upgrade booking confirmed 24 hours prior to flight departure.
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