Trip Report: Earning and Burning Delta SkyMiles on China Eastern

China Eastern 777-300ER

Delta's SkyMiles rates are increasing fast. One thing that isn't, however, are their fixed rates to Asia on China Eastern. In an effort to maximize value, my husband and I booked a trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand and Shanghai, China using SkyMiles in China Eastern's Business Class. Yes, I know I know, it's not the best, but the rate was fantastic.

In this trip report, you'll find:

China Eastern - Business Class - Boeing 777-300ER - New York JFK to Shanghai PVG
China Eastern - Lounge 36 - Shanghai Pudong Airport
China Eastern - Business Class - Airbus A320neo - Shanghai PVG to Chiang Mai CNX
Thai Airways - Royal Orchid Lounge - Chiang Mai Airport
China Eastern - Premium Economy - Airbus A320neo - Chiang Mai CNX to Shanghai PVG
China Eastern - Business Class - Boeing 777-300ER - Shanghai PVG to New York JFK

Our first flight was booked on China Eastern from New York (JFK) to Chiang Mai, Thailand (CNX) with a layover in Shanghai Pudong (PVG). We flew China Eastern's 777-300ER Business Class to Shanghai.

China Eastern Airlines 777-300ER Business Class

And then their new A320neo Business Class from Shanghai to Chiang Mai.

China Eastern Airlines A320neo Business Class

The total cost for this was 85,000 SkyMiles + $121.90.

To get back to Shanghai, we booked a cash ticket on China Eastern in their Premium Economy. This would earn 150% MQMs, as opposed to 25% of the cheapest Economy fare class. We flew, once again, on a brand new A320neo.

China Eastern Airlines A320neo Premium Economy

The cost for this ticket was $339.40.

Lastly, we ended our trip in China Eastern's 777-300ER Business Class again from Shanghai to JFK.

China Eastern Airlines 777-300ER Business Class

The total cost per ticket was 85,000 SkyMiles + ~$300.

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