About China Airlines

China Airlines, based in Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, provides international passenger and cargo air transportation services. China Airlines has two subsidiary airlines: Mandarin Airlines and Tigerair Taiwan. China Airlines, Mandarin Airlines and Tigerair Taiwan each play a different role in providing a variety of options for customers.


Find out more about China Airlines and SkyTeam benefits available to Dynasty members.

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Mutually rewarding benefits


Flying Club members can enjoy various perks when flying with SkyTeam airlines like earning Virgin Points. SkyTeam airlines also offer SkyPriority services to Flying Club Gold members and anyone flying in First Class or Business Class.

Flying with China Airlines contributes to your Flying Club status, so you can progress through the tiers faster, unlocking more benefits along the way. The number of Tier Points earned depends on the cabin, booking class and distance you fly.

Tier Points earned on China Airlines flights

Cabin Flight distance lunder 2,000 miles Flying distance 2,000 miles and over
Business 30 75
Premium Economy 20 50
Economy 10 25

Flying with China Airlines will earn you Virgin Points, which you can spend on Virgin Atlantic or any other SkyTeam member airline. You'll earn a percentage of the miles you have flown depending on the cabin and booking class you are flying in.

Virgin Points earned for flights marketed and operated by China Airlines, with a flight number starting with CI

Cabin Booking class Virgin Points earned
Business J 175%
Business C 150%
Business D 125%
Premium Economy W, U 125%
Premium Economy A 115%
Premium Economy E 100%
Economy Y, B, M 100%
Economy K, V, T 75%
Economy R, Q, H, N 50%

Virgin Point bonus for Silver and Gold members

If you’re a Flying Club Silver or Gold Flying Club member you’ll earn bonus Virgin Points whenever you fly with Virgin Atlantic or any SkyTeam member airline. This tier bonus is in addition to the standard Virgin Points you’ll earn based on the distance and cabin you fly, boosting your balance to bring your closer to your next reward.

Red Silver Gold
Standard Virgin Points 30% bonus 60% bonus

Spend your Virgin Points on China Airlines Reward Flights. The number of points required depends on the cabin you fly and the distance of the route. All you need to pay for are the taxes, fees and carrier-imposed surcharges.


Virgin Points required for a one-way flight

Flight distance (miles) Economy Premium Business
0 - 500 5,500 9,000 14,500
501 – 1,000 7,000 12,500 15,500
1,001 – 1,500 10,000 16,000 21,500
1,501 – 2,250 11,500 22,000 35,000
2,251 – 3,000 15,500 26,500 40,000
3,001 – 4,000 20,500 37,500 60,000
4,001 – 5,000 25,500 47,500 75,000
5,001 – 6,000 31,000 57,500 85,000
6,001 – 7,000 37,000 70,000 100,000
7,001 – 12,000 50,000 95,000 140,000

If you're booking a Reward Flight for an infant under two at the time of travel, who will be travelling on your lap, you'll need the following points (one-way):

Cabin Virgin Points required
Economy 1,000
Premium 2,000
Business 5,000

Flying Club Gold members can enjoy complimentary access to 750+ Lounges Worldwide | SkyTeam lounges when flying internationally in any cabin.


Flying Club Red and Silver members can access Skyteam member airline lounges when flying in Business or First Class with a SkyTeam member airline.


China Airlines have lounges in Bangkok, Narita, San Francisco and Taiwan


Access is on the day of travel when flying on or connecting to or from an international flight operated by a SkyTeam carrier. Simply present your boarding pass at the lounge.


More on China Airlines: VIP Lounge | China Airlines (china-airlines.com)





Destinations we can connect you to

Our partnership with China Airlines allows you to connect to a range of cities within mainland China and Hong Kong, as well as worldwide destinations such as Australia, Japan and Korea, Southeast Asia, North America, and Europe. 

You can connect with Virgin Atlantic via Shanghai, New York, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Atlanta. 

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Earning Virgin Points & Tier Points

To earn Virgin Points and Tier Points on China Airlines flights, add your Flying Club membership number in your booking whether you book via China Airlines or a third party.

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Spending Virgin Points

To spend Virgin Points on China Airlines flights, get in touch with our Flying Club team who will be able to help book your trip. 

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Earning Points:

  • If you are a member of both Flying Club and a partner programme, points can only be accrued to one frequent flyer programme and cannot be transferred between airlines.

  • Points accrual begins from the effective date of partnership between Virgin Atlantic and partner airlines, and any flights taken prior to the effective date are not eligible for accrual.

  • Points may be earned on China Airlines marketed/operated flights (flight number starts with CI) and points will be issued to Flying Club members when travelling in the classes listed.

  • If you fly on a China Airlines operated flight marketed by any other SkyTeam member airline (including Virgin Atlantic), you will earn as per the marketing airlines.

  • Points will not be earned for travel in any other class not listed above

  • No points are earned on Reward Flights with partner airlines.

  • Points accrual rates and Terms and Conditions are subject to change at any time without prior notice according to partner airline’s policy and circumstances.

  • Partner airlines’ codeshare flights may not be eligible for mileage accrual depending on the actual operating airline.  Points are not applicable on a SkyTeam marketed flight operated by an airline not within the SkyTeam alliance

  • Additional points will not be earned for bookings that are subsequently upgraded to a higher class whereby an additional fare difference is paid.

Spending Points:

  • All mileage levels are excluding passenger taxes, duties, fees, charges and surcharges.

  • Blackout dates may apply.

  • Reward seats are subject to availability. 

  • If a journey requires a connecting flight or stopover to reach the destination, points are charged for each sector.

  • Bookings must be made at least 48hrs before departure. Points must be redeemed from one account. 

Full partner terms and conditions

Missing Points:

When claiming points please keep all copies of your original tickets/e-tickets and boarding passes until the correct amount of points appear on your account. If the points do not show on your account within six weeks, please contact us to claim them back.