How You Can Make the Most of Your Korean Air SkyPass Miles
Continuing our series on using lesser-known mileage programs as your credit card transfer choice, we’re here to discuss Korean Air SkyPass Miles. This program is one to pay attention to – even if you have no intention of visiting South Korea!
Make the Most of Your Korean Air SkyPass Miles
Korean Air is an airline that is, naturally, based in Seoul, South Korea. They serve over 50 countries with their routes, and are a member of the SkyTeam alliance. So, if you’re a loyal Delta flyer, listen up!
Korean Air’s mileage program is called SkyPass, and it’s a transfer partner of Marriott Bonvoy. You’ll transfer Bonvoy points at a 3:1 ratio into the SkyPass program. It used to be a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, but no longer. To earn Korean Air points now, you’ll need one of the Marriott credit cards:
Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card– No annual fee, and 30,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in the first three months you have the card.
Marriott Bonvoy Boundess Credit Card– 75,000 bonus points, annual free night, $95 annual fee.
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card– 75,000 bonus points, Gold Status, $300 annual credit, annual free night. $450 annual fee.
Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card- 75,000 bonus points, annual free night, $125 annual fee.
There are also four co-branded Korean SkyPass credit cards, issued by US Bank. Finally, you can earn SkyPass miles by crediting SkyTeam partner flights to your SkyPass account.
Top Redemptions for Korean SkyPass Miles
1. First Class to South Korea
Korean Air is known for their superb first-class availability to South Korea from the US. If you’re looking to book honeymoon flights for two, this is the program you want to look for. It’s only 80,000 miles one-way in first class from the US, which is a fantastic price compared to other programs. US gateways include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
2. Plan A Stopover
Korean Air allows one free stopover on a one-way award when flying Korean Air, so you can check out Seoul for up to a year on the way to your next destination. If you’re booking on SkyTeam partners, you can also book a stopover, but it’ll need to be a round trip redemption.
3. Fly to Hawaii or the Caribbean
Because of how Korean Air defines geographic regions, you can fly from the Continental US to Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean for only 25,000 miles round trip. That’s up to 10,000 miles less than other programs!
4. Fly to Tahiti
Using Korean Air’s partner Air France, fly from Los Angeles to Tahiti for 60,000 miles round trip in economy, and 90,000 miles round trip in business class.
5. Fly to Southern South America
Most airlines separate South America into two regions, making flights to Brazil and Argentina much more expensive. Not Korean Air! You can fly any of their partners down to the Pampas for 50,000 miles round trip in economy, and 100,000 miles round trip in business class.