You can redeem your hard-earned Korean Air Skypass miles for tickets, hotel bookings, lounge passes and some delicious Korean beef. Here’s a full breakdown of your options.

Korean Air Flights and Upgrades

Your first option is to redeem Skypass miles for Korean Air flights, upgrades and excess baggage fees. Here are the latest redemption charts for each, based on a one-way flight originating in North America:

Korean Air Skypass Rewards Ticket Redemption Table via KoreanAir.com

Korean Air Skypass Rewards Upgrade Redemption Table via KoreanAir.com

Korean Air Skypass Rewards Excess Baggage Redemption Table via KoreanAir.com

You can also redeem points for KAL lounge access in select airports, including New York, Los Angeles and Honolulu. The fee is 2,000 miles for the domestic lounges in Gimpo, Busan and Jeju, and 4,000 miles for international lounges at other airports.

Korean Air also lets you redeem Skypass miles to cover travel with pet fees and unaccompanied minor fees.

Finally, if you like hunting for redemption deals, be sure to visit Korean Air’s Hot Picks webpage, where the airline publishes routes that are eligible for points redemption discounts.

Recent Korean Air Hot Picks

Flights With Partners

You can also redeem Skypass miles for flights and upgrades on Korean Air’s SkyTeam partners and flights only (no upgrades) on non-SkyTeam partners. For a list of each, see the section above or visit Korean Air’s partner page.

Here are the redemption rates for SkyTeam rewards tickets:

SkyTeam Award Redemption Table, via KoreanAir.com

As for redemptions rates with non-SkyTeam members, each airline has its own table in the Skypass Membership Guide, but frequent flyers tend to agree that the rates are pretty generous. For example, a round-trip business-class ticket from the U.S. to Canada on Alaska Airlines costs just 40,000 miles, and a round-trip economy seat to Hawaii and back costs just 30,000 miles.

Hotel Stays

You can also redeem Korean Air Skypass miles for stays with the following hotel partners:

  • KAL Hotel Seogwipo
  • Grand Hyatt Incheon
  • InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
  • Select Marriott Bonvoy properties
  • Waikiki Resort Hotel

Other Awards

Finally, you can also redeem Skypass miles for various Korean Air-branded goods, purchases at South Korean retailers like Emart and Kyobo Books and admission tickets to Jeju Folk Village or Aqua Planet Jeju, the largest aquarium in East Asia.

Perhaps the highlight of the “Other” section is the option to order authentic Jeju Beef for as little as 11,000 miles.

Quirks

Before we wrap up, here are a couple of good-to-knows hidden in the fine print.

Expiration

Any and all Korean Air Skypass miles accrued after January 1st, 2008, will expire after ten years if not redeemed, so don’t wait too long to book that perfect business-class getaway to Seoul.

Transfers

Skypass miles cannot be transferred or sold, but you can always book a ticket for someone else without having to transfer points to their account.

Pending Acquisition With Asiana Airlines

Korean Air is in the process of merging with Asiana Airlines. Regulators with the European Commission have greenlit the deal, while the United States authorities are still reviewing the merger.

Some have speculated that the acquisition might impact Korean Air’s Skypass rewards, considering the airline will inherit millions more annual flyers. That seems unlikely, but it may still be worth keeping an eye on.

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Last Update: June 18, 2024