This is fantastic news for Qantas Points collectors who want to travel to Taiwan—and potentially further afield.
Where does China Airlines fly?
China Airlines flies from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to its hub in Taipei, Taiwan. (Note, the name of this airline is deceiving—it’s Taiwanese, not Mainland Chinese.)
Japan is its biggest market, with onward connections to China also plentiful. The airline also serves about five destinations each in Europe and North America.
Note that Ontario in California is a good airport as an alternative to Los Angeles. The two airports are about a one-hour drive from one other and are equidistant from Disneyland.
Why should I fly China Airlines?
China Airlines offers a very solid product in all cabin classes.
The airline uses a combination of Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for its longest flights, including those from Australia. You are most likely to be on an A350 but that depends on the route and season.
Business Class passengers will have a very comfortable journey onboard a plush seat in a beautiful cabin with great customer service. All flights to/from Australia feature lie-flat seats.
Unfortunately, though, the lounges in Taipei aren’t the best.
Premium Economy passengers enjoy comfortable and wide 2-3-2 seating with lots of legroom, as well as attentive and reliable service.
However, the food in this cabin lacks a ‘wow’ factor compared to travelling in Economy Class.
Why should I visit Taiwan?
I spent a month in the country at the start of 2019 and here are my observations:
- Friendly people
- Spectacular nature
- Very clean
- Delicious food
- Affordable accommodation
- Easy to get around by train
I would recommend avoiding travel during Chinese New Year as most businesses (including restaurants) will be closed.
Also, pedestrians should exercise caution at all times as cars and motorcycles are king here. I was close to getting hit a number of times.
How many Qantas Points do I need to fly China Airlines?
Here is the Qantas Point pricing for a one-way Business Class flight from Australia to Taipei:
|Cabin||Until 17 September 2019||From 18 September 2019|
|Premium Economy Class||52,500||59,000|
Read more about the pricing changes coming into effect on 18 September 2019 here.
It does not appear that Qantas Points can be used on routes other than Australia – Taipei. However, please let us know in the comments if you are able to do otherwise—that would be great news.
China Airlines is generally quite generous with its award availability, including on flights to and from Australia.
Do you need to call to book or can I do it online?
China Airlines redemptions can be booked online through the Qantas website.
When does Qantas’ award calendar availability open up?
Qantas’ award calendar opens at 353 days (almost one year) before departure.
Alternatives to get to Asia, North America and Europe
If you have Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Avianca LifeMiles, United MileagePlus or THAI Royal Orchid Plus miles, then you can fly on China Airlines’ competitor EVA Air.
I’m thrilled that Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now use their points for redemptions on China Airlines. It’s a fantastic airline for flying to Taiwan and further afield.
Have you flown on China Airlines yet? What was your experience?