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  • Zones on Air China Family carriers
  • The mileage required to purchase an award ticket or class upgrade depends on the flight distance. For domestic travel within Mainland China, there are four different zones based on the distance between the origin and destination released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). For international travel, there are 12 zones. Any changes made to these zones will be updated in our system and in the award search results.

    1. Zones for domestic flights within Mainland China

    Flight distance (km)Example routes
    (A1)0-800Beijing-Baotou, Beijing-Weihai, Hangzhou-Qingdao
    (A2)801-1,200Beijing-Harbin, Beijing-Shanghai, Shanghai-Shenyang
    (A3)1,201-2,000Beijing-Chengdu, Chengdu-Shanghai, Chengdu-Guangzhou
    (A4)Above 2,000Beijing-Haikou, Beijing-Lhasa

    2. Zones for international/regional flights

    Zone Region Countries/regions/cities
    Zone A Mainland China Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Xi'an
    Zone B Hong Kong , Macau and Taiwan Hong Kong SAR , Macau SAR and Chinese Taipei
    Zone C North Asia Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Sendai, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Sapporo, Seoul, Busan, Ulanbator, Pyongyang
    Zone D Southeast Asia Singapore, Bangkok, Rangoon, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City
    Zone E South Asia Delhi
    Zone F Europe Moscow, Paris, London, Frankfurt, Munich, Rome, Milan, Stockholm, Madrid, Athens
    Zone G Oceania Sydney, Melbourne
    Zone H North America San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Houston
    Zone I South America Sao Paulo
    Zone J Central America, Caribbean Havana
    Zone K Hawaii Hawaii
    Zone L Middle East, Africa Karachi, Kuwait, Dubai, Johannesburg, Addis Ababa

    Note: We won't give prior notice if any of the destinations changes. When you request an award, the actual route applies.

  • Award Ticket on Air China Family carriers
  • Redeeming award ticket of Shenzhen Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Beijing Airlines, Dalian Airlines and Air China Inner Mongolia

    Mileage required for award ticket of Shenzhen Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Beijing Airlines, Dalian Airlines and Air China Inner Mongolia is equal to that for award ticket of Air China.

    Mileage-to-Award Ticket on Air China Family carriers Mainland China Routes (in km)

    Distance (km) Economy Class Business Class First class
    One-way Round-trip One-way Round-trip One-way Round-trip
    (A1)0-800 8,000 15,000 15,000 27,000 20,000 30,000
    (A2)801-1,200 12,000 22,000 21,000 35,000 25,000 37,000
    (A3)1,201-2,000 15,000 26,000 26,000 45,000 30,000 48,000
    (A4) >2,000 20,000 36,000 34,000 62,000 40,000 65,000

    Note: Flight destinations are subject to change. Mileage will be deducted for the route chosen when the ticket is redeemed.

    Mileage required to purchase a round-trip international/regional flight with Air China Family carriers (except Air Macau) (in 1000km)

    Origin/
    destination
    Zone A Zone F Zone G Zone H Zone L
    Mainland China Europe Oceania North America Middle East
    Booking class Economy Class Business Class First Class Economy Class Business Class First Class Economy Class Business Class First Class Economy Class Business Class First Class Economy Class Business Class First Class
    Zone B Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan 45 90 120
    Zone C North Asia 45 80 120
    Zone D Southeast Asia 50 110 170
    Zone E South Asia 50 70 100
    Zone F Europe 90 180 260 35 50 60 60 110 150
    Zone G Oceania 100 200 280 26 50 80
    Zone H North America 100 200 280
    Zone I South America 140 190 240 90 130 180
    Zone J Central America, Caribbean 120 180 240 40 72 100
    Zone K Hawaii 100 200 280
    Zone L Middle East, Africa 50 90 130 60 110 150 35 50 60

    Mileage required to purchase a one-way international/regional flight with Air China Family carriers (except Air Macau) (in 1000km)

    Origin/
    destination
    Zone A Zone F Zone G Zone H Zone L
    Mainland China Europe Oceania North America Middle East
    Booking class Economy Class Business Class First Class Economy Class Business Class First Class Economy Class Business Class First Class Economy Class Business Class First Class Economy Class Business Class First Class
    Zone B Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan 25 53 75
    Zone C North Asia 25 47 75
    Zone D Southeast Asia 30 60 98
    Zone E South Asia 30 45 65
    Zone F Europe 50 100 150 18 32 42 35 59 81
    Zone G Oceania 60 110 155 15 32 45
    Zone H North America 60 120 160
    Zone I South America 100 120 160 50 80 120
    Zone J Central America, Caribbean 80 120 160 20 44 60
    Zone K Hawaii 60 120 160
    Zone L Middle East, Africa 30 45 65 35 59 81 20 30 40

    Mileage required to redeem award tickets on routes from Macau (in km)

    Route Economy Class Business Class
    One-way Round-trip One-way Round-trip
    Macau SAR Chinese Mainland 25,000 45,000 53,000 90,000
    Macau SAR Chinese Taipei 25,000 45,000 53,000 90,000
    Macau SAR Southeast Asia 25000 45000 53000 90000
    Macau SAR South Korea/Japan 30,000 50,000 55,000 95,000
  • Award upgrades with Air China Family carriers
  • Note: The above mileages are for one-way fares. To redeem a round-trip fare, twice the mileage is required.

    Redeeming award upgrades of Shenzhen Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Beijing Airlines, Dalian Airlines and Air China Inner Mongolia

    Mileage required for award upgrades of Shenzhen Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Beijing Airlines, Dalian Airlines and Air China Inner Mongolia is equal to that for award upgrade of Air China.

    Mileage required for award upgrades on domestic flights with Air China, Beijing Airlines, Dalian Airlines and Air China Inner Mongolia in Mainland China (in km)

    Flight distance (km) Business Class: J, C, D, Z, R Premium Economy Class: G Premium Economy Class (discount): E Economy Class (Category 1: Y, B, M, U) Economy Class (Category 2: H, Q, V) Economy Class (Category 3: W, S, T) Economy Class (Category 4: L, K, P)
    Upgrade to First Class Upgrade to Business Class
    (A1)0-800 5,000 5,000 6,000 5,000 8,000 10,000 15,000
    (A2)801-1,200 6,000 6,000 7,000 6,000 12,000 15,000 18,000
    (A3)1,201-2,000 8,000 8,000 9,000 8,000 15,000 18,000 22,000
    (A4)>2,000 12,000 12,000 10,000 12,000 20,000 22,000 25,000

    Mileage required for award upgrades on domestic routes with Shenzhen Airlines (in km)

    (Valid from March 31st,2019, the rules below of award upgrades should be based on the flight date)

    Distance (km) Premium Economy Class: G Economy Class (Category 1: Y, B, M, U) Economy Class (Category 2: H, Q, V) Economy Class (Category 3: W, S, E, T, P) Economy Class (Category 4: L, K)
    Upgrade to Business Class
    (A1)0-800 5,000 5,000 8,000 10,000 15,000
    (A2)801-1,200 6,000 7,000 12,000 15,000 18,000
    (A3)1,201-2,000 8,000 9,000 15,000 18,000 22,000
    (A4)>2000 12,000 12,000 20,000 22,000 25,000

    (Invalid until March 30th, 2019)

    Distance (km) Business Class: C, D Premium Economy Class: G Economy Class (Category 1: Y, B, M, U) Economy Class (Category 2: H, Q, V, R) Economy Class (Category 3: W, S, E, T) Economy Class (Category 4: L, K)
    Upgrade to First Class Upgrade to Business Class
    (A1)0-800 5,000 5,000 5,000 8,000 10,000 15,000
    (A2)801-1,200 6,000 6,000 7,000 12,000 15,000 18,000
    (A3)1,201-2,000 8,000 8,000 9,000 15,000 18,000 22,000
    (A4)>2,000 12,000 12,000 12,000 20,000 22,000 25,000

    Mileage required for award upgrades on domestic routes with Shandong Airlines(in km)

    Mileage table is effective from MAR31, 2019(flight date)

    Distance (km) Premium Economy Class: W Premium Economy Class (discount): R Economy Class (Category 1: Y, B, M, H) Economy Class (Category 2: K, L, Q) Economy Class (Category 3: G, V, U, Z) Economy Class (Category 4: T, E, J, S)
    Upgrade to Business class
    (A1)0-800 5,000 6,000 5,000 8,000 10,000 15,000
    (A2)801-1,200 6,000 7,000 6,000 12,000 15,000 18,000
    (A3)1,201-2,000 8,000 9,000 8,000 15,000 18,000 22,000
    (A4)>2000 12,000 10,000 12,000 20,000 22,000 25,000

    Mileage table is effective until MAR30, 2019 (flight date)

    Distance (km) Business Class: C, D Premium Economy Class: W Premium Economy Class (discount): R Economy Class (Category 1: Y, B, M, H) Economy Class (Category 2: K, L, Q, G) Economy Class (Category 3: V, U, Z, J) Economy Class (Category 4: T, S, E)
    Upgrade to First Class Upgrade to Business Class
    (A1)0-800 5,000 5,000 6,000 5,000 8,000 10,000 15,000
    (A2)801-1,200 6,000 6,000 7,000 6,000 12,000 15,000 18,000
    (A3)1,201-2,000 8,000 8,000 9,000 8,000 15,000 18,000 22,000
    (A4)>2,000 12,000 12,000 10,000 12,000 20,000 22,000 25,000

    Mileage required for award upgrades on international/regional flights with Air China, Beijing Airlines, Dalian Airlines and Air China Inner Mongolia (in 1,000km)

    Origin and destination Business Class: J, C, D, Z, R Premium Economy Class: G Premium Economy Class (discount): E Economy Class (Category 1: Y, B) Economy Class (Category 2: M, U, H, Q, V) Economy Class (Category 3: W, S, T) Economy Class (Category 4: L, K, P)
    Originating zone Destination zone Upgrade to First Class Upgrade to Business class
    Zone A (Mainland China) Zone B (Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) 20 10 13 10 20 30 50
    Zone C (North Asia) 20 10 13 10 20 30 50
    Zone D (Southeast Asia) 20 15 18 15 25 40 70
    Zone E (South Asia) 20 15 18 15 25 40 70
    Zone F (Europe) 50 40 50 40 60 90 170
    Zone G (Oceania) 50 40 50 40 60 90 170
    Zone H (North America) 50 40 50 40 60 90 170
    Zone I (South America) 85 55 70 55 85 120 170
    Zone J (Central America, Caribbean) 68 47 60 47 72 100 170
    Zone K (Hawaii) 50 40 50 40 60 90 170
    Zone L (Middle East, Africa) 30 20 25 20 30 50 90
    Zone F (Europe) Zone F (Europe) 25 15 18 15 25 40 70
    Zone I (South America) 50 35 42 35 50 80 160
    Zone L (Middle East, Africa) 25 17 20 17 25 40 80
    Zone G (Oceania) Zone G (Oceania) 15 10 13 10 15 30 50
    Zone H (North America) Zone J (Central America, Caribbean) 50 35 42 35 50 80 160
    Zone L (Middle East, Africa) Zone L (Middle East, Africa) 25 15 18 15 25 40 70

    Mileage required for award upgrades on Shenzhen Airlines international/regional flights (in km)

    (Valid from MAR31, 2019, the rules below of award upgrades should be based on the flight date)

    Origin and destination Premium Economy Class: G Economy Class (Category 1: Y, B) Economy Class (Category 2: M, U, H, Q, V) Economy Class (Category 3: W, S, E, P) Economy Class (Category 4: T, L, K)
    Originating zone Destination zone Upgrade to Business Class
    Zone A (Mainland China) Zone B (Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) 10,000 10,000 20,000 30,000 50,000
    Zone C (North Asia) 10,000 10,000 20,000 30,000 50,000
    Zone D (Southeast Asia) 15,000 15,000 25,000 40,000 70,000
    Zone E (South Asia) 15,000 15,000 25,000 40,000 70,000
    Zone F (Europe) 40,000 40,000 60,000 90,000 170,000
    Zone G (Oceania) 40,000 40,000 60,000 90,000 170,000
    Zone H (North America) 40,000 40,000 60,000 90,000 170,000
    Zone I (South America) 55,000 55,000 85,000 120,000 170,000
    Zone J (Central America, Caribbean) 47,000 47,000 72,000 100,000 170,000
    Zone K (Hawaii) 40,000 40,000 60,000 90,000 170,000
    Zone L (Middle East, Africa) 20,000 20,000 30,000 50,000 90,000
    Zone F (Europe) Zone F (Europe) 15,000 15,000 25,000 40,000 70,000
    Zone I (South America) 35,000 35,000 50,000 80,000 160,000
    Zone L (Middle East, Africa) 17,000 17,000 25,000 40,000 80,000
    Zone G (Oceania) Zone G (Oceania) 17,000 17,000 25,000 40,000 80,000
    Zone H (North America) Zone J (Central America, Caribbean) 35,000 35,000 50,000 80,000 160,000
    Zone L (Middle East, Africa) Zone F (Europe) 17,000 17,000 25,000 40,000 80,000
    Zone L (Middle East, Africa) 15,000 15,000 25,000 40,000 70,000

    (Invalid from MAR30,2019)

    Origin and destination Business Class: C, J, D, Z, R Premium Economy Class: G Economy Class (Category 1: Y, B) Economy Class (Category 2: M, U, H, Q, V) Economy Class (Category 3: W, S, E) Economy Class (Category 4: T, L, K)
    Originating zone Destination zone Upgrade to First Class Upgrade to Business Class
    Zone A (Mainland China) Zone B (Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) 20,000 10,000 10,000 20,000 30,000 50,000
    Zone C (North Asia) 20,000 10,000 10,000 20,000 30,000 50,000
    Zone D (Southeast Asia) 20,000 15,000 15,000 25,000 40,000 70,000
    Zone E (South Asia) 20,000 15,000 15,000 25,000 40,000 70,000
    Zone F (Europe) 50,000 40,000 40,000 60,000 90,000 170,000
    Zone G (Oceania) 50,000 40,000 40,000 60,000 90,000 170,000
    Zone H (North America) 50,000 40,000 40,000 60,000 90,000 170,000
    Zone I (South America) 85,000 55,000 55,000 85,000 120,000 170,000
    Zone J (Central America, Caribbean) 68,000 47,000 47,000 72,000 100,000 170,000
    Zone K (Hawaii) 50,000 40,000 40,000 60,000 90,000 170,000
    Zone L (Middle East, Africa) 30,000 20,000 20,000 30,000 50,000 90,000
    Zone F (Europe) Zone F (Europe) 25,000 15,000 15,000 25,000 40,000 70,000
    Zone I (South America) 50,000 35,000 35,000 50,000 80,000 160,000
    Zone L (Middle East, Africa) 25,000 17,000 17,000 25,000 40,000 80,000
    Zone G (Oceania) Zone G (Oceania) 25,000 17,000 17,000 25,000 40,000 80,000
    Zone H (North America) Zone J (Central America, Caribbean) 50,000 35,000 35,000 50,000 80,000 160,000
    Zone L (Middle East, Africa) Zone F (Europe) 25,000 17,000 17,000 25,000 40,000 80,000
    Zone L (Middle East, Africa) 25,000 15,000 15,000 25,000 40,000 70,000

    Mileage required for award upgrades on Shandong Airlines international/regional flights (in km)

    Mileage table is effective from March31, 2019(flight date)

    Origin and destination Premium Economy Class: W Premium Economy Class (discount): R Economy Class (Category 1: Y, B) Economy Class (Category 2: M, H, K, L, Q) Economy Class (Category 3: G, V, U, Z) Economy Class (Category 4: T, E ,J, S)
    Originating zone Destination zone Upgrade to Business Class
    Zone A (Mainland China) Zone B (Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) 10,000 13,000 10,000 20,000 30,000 50,000
    Zone C (North Asia) 10,000 13,000 10,000 20,000 30,000 50,000
    Zone D (Southeast Asia) 15,000 18,000 15,000 25,000 40,000 70,000
    Zone E (South Asia) 15,000 18,000 15,000 25,000 40,000 70,000

    Mileage table is effective until MAR30, 2019 (flight date)

    Origin and destination Business Class: C, D Premium Economy Class: W Premium Economy Class (discount): R Economy Class (Category 1: Y, B) Economy Class (Category 2: M, H, K, L, Q, G) Economy Class (Category 3: V, U, T) Economy Class (Category 4: S, E)
    Originating zone Destination zone Upgrade to First Class Upgrade to Business Class
    Zone A (Mainland China) Zone B (Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) 20,000 10,000 13,000 10,000 20,000 30,000 50,000
    Zone C (North Asia) 20,000 10,000 13,000 10,000 20,000 30,000 50,000
    Zone D (Southeast Asia) 20,000 15,000 18,000 15,000 25,000 40,000 70,000
    Zone E (South Asia) 20,000 15,000 18,000 15,000 25,000 40,000 70,000

    Mileage required for award upgrades on Air Macau flights (in km)

    Mileage table is effective from JUL1, 2019 (flight date)

    Route Joyful Economy Class O Economy Class (Category 1: Y, B) Economy Class (Category 2: M, U, H, Q, V) Economy Class (Category 3: W, S, T) Economy Class (Category 4: L, G, E)
    Upgrade to Business Class
    Macau SAR-Mainland China 10,000 10,000 20,000 30,000 50,000
    Macau SAR-Chinese Taipei 10,000 10,000 20,000 30,000 50,000
    Macau SAR-Southeast Asia 10,000 10,000 20,000 30,000 50,000
    Macau SAR-Japan/South Korea 20,000 20,000 22,000 33,000 55,000

    Mileage table is effective until JUN30, 2019 (flight date)

    Route Economy Class (Category 1: Y, B) Economy Class (Category 2: M, U, H, Q, V) Economy Class (Category 3: W, S, T) Economy Class (Category 4: L, G, E)
    Upgrade to Business Class
    Macau SAR-Mainland China 10,000 20,000 30,000 50,000
    Macau SAR-Chinese Taipei 10,000 20,000 30,000 50,000
    Macau SAR-Southeast Asia 10,000 20,000 30,000 50,000
    Macau SAR-Japan/South Korea 20,000 22,000 33,000 55,000
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