Korean Hiding Amazing Award Space from Partners

Korean Air releases amazing award space on its flights. Here is a post focusing on how Korean releases more First Class award space than any other airlines, and award space is similar in all cabins.

Despite both being in SkyTeam, Delta miles cannot book Korean First Class, which is one reason to focus on Korean miles. However Delta miles should be able to book all the Business and economy award space on Korean flights, since partners generally release all their Saver award space equally to all partners.

At the moment, this isn't the case.

How to Be Targeted to Get 91,000 Korean SkyPass Miles

Korean SkyPass offers co-branded business and personal credit cards to Americans through US Bank. The standard sign up bonus on the cards is a paltry 15,000 miles.

Because of the small sign up bonus, if you want Korean miles, you're normally better off getting a card that earns Ultimate Rewards or SPG Starpoints and then transferring them to Korean miles.

I Will Attempt to Elucidate Every Foreign Partner of Major Transferable Currencies

Reader Steven emailed to compliment my comprehensive series on redeeming American Airlines miles and to ask me to create a similar series for foreign programs that are transfer partners of:

Chase Ultimate Rewards
American Express Membership Rewards
Citi ThankYou Points
SPG Starpoints

I can't say I'll get through all of the dozens of transfer partners, but I will start with the most important ones and see how far I get.

Sweetpots with Korean Miles #3: Cheap Emirates, Gol, Hawaiian, Alaska Awards

Korean Air has multiple award charts when redeeming its SkyPass miles. There is one award chart to fly Korean, one award chart to fly SkyTeam partners, and award charts to fly Alaska, Hawaiian, Gol, and Emirates (click logos). Each award chart has sweetspots, so I will run through all the sweetspots in three posts. The post on Korean Air sweetspots is here. The post on SkyTeam sweetspots is here. This is the last post, about sweet spots when flying Korean's non-alliance partners.

Korean SkyPass miles should have your attention.

Sweetspots with Korean SkyPass Miles #2: SkyTeam Partner Awards for Way Too Cheap

Korean Air has multiple award charts when redeeming its SkyPass miles. There is one award chart to fly Korean, one award chart to fly SkyTeam partners, and award charts to fly Alaska, Hawaiian, Gol, and Emirates (click logos). Each award chart has sweetspots, so I will run through all the sweetspots in three posts. The post on Korean Air sweetspots is here. You are reading the second post on sweetspots on the SkyTeam chart.This third post on sweetspots when flying Korean's non-alliance partners is here.

Korean SkyPass miles should have your attention.

Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfers to Korean SkyPass Miles Back On Again

As of 8 PM ET on August 27, transfers from Ultimate Rewards to Korean are back.

Transfers from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Korean Air SkyPass miles are "temporarily unavailable" according to Chase's website.

The transfers were also temporarily unavailable from November 2014 until January 2015. In that instance, Chase communicated that the problem was temporary and Korean signaled transfers would return in January, which they eventually did.

I've reached out to Chase to see if we can get a timeline on just how temporary this problem will be.

Sweetspots with Korean SkyPass Miles #1: First Class Korean Air Flights as Cheap as 45,000 Miles

Korean Air has multiple award charts when redeeming its SkyPass miles. There is one award chart to fly Korean, one award chart to fly SkyTeam partners, and award charts to fly Alaska, Hawaiian, Gol, and Emirates (click logos). Each award chart has sweetspots, so I will run through all the sweetspots in three posts. This is the first post on Korean Air sweetspots is here. The second post on SkyTeam sweetspots is here. This third post on sweetspots when flying Korean's non-alliance partners is here.

Korean SkyPass miles should have your attention.

Good Award Space: Flat Beds on Delta Flights to Hawaii for 45,000 Miles Roundtrip

Delta operates a daily flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu and back on a 767 with flat beds in Business Class.

Where to Search Korean First Class and How Available Is It?

Yesterday I wrote about Starwoord Preferred Guest Starpoints being transferable to Korean SkyPass miles.

SPG Starpoints Now Transfer to Korean SkyPass Miles

SPG Starpoints now transfer to 33 airlines with the addition of Korean SkyPass Miles to the list. Korean SkyPass is a 1:1 transfer partner, and, as with all 1:1 transfer partners, for every 20,000 points transferred, you get 5,000 bonus miles.

Examples:

15,000 Starpoints = 15,000 Korean miles
20,000Starpoints = 25,000 Korean miles
25,000 Starpoints = 30,000 Korean miles
60,000 Starpoints = 75,000 Korean miles

You can transfer Starpoints to airline miles here.