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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.

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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. And you do want Korean miles because they are the easiest way to book Korean First Class, the most widely available First Class in the world, for as little as 45,000 Korean miles or super cheap SkyTeam awards like USA to Hawaii in First Class for 45,000 Korean miles roundtrip.

But you may want to conserve your valuable Ultimate Rewards and Starpoints, so it would be nice if the Korean credit cards offered a better sign up bonus. Enter the targeted sign up bonuses that many people are receiving by snail mail:

  • 40,000 Korean miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the personal card
  • 45,000 Korean miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the business card

If you get both and meet the spending requirements on both, that’s 91,000 Korean miles. That’s enough for:

Some people are getting both offers at once. The offer comes in the mail and contains a confirmation code that allows you to apply online, but the code is tied to your name and address. There is a risk as with all US Bank applications that you will be approved for a lesser card with fewer bonus miles. This FlyerTalk thread suggests ways to minimize that risk.

How to Get Targeted

There’s never a sure-fire way to get targeted for an offer. Many folks report having fairly new Korean SkyPass accounts when they were targeted. It probably helps to opt in for marketing, which you can do in your SkyPass account by going to My Profile -> Edit Profile and checking both boxes there about email communication.

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This FlyerTalker reports transferring in 1,000 Ultimate Rewards and opting in for email marketing before being targeted.

Bottom Line

Check your mail. If you have an offer for 40,000+ bonus Korean SkyPass miles, you may want to hop on it for First Class to Asia or domestic awards on Delta flights.

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