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You Can Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Korean Air Again

You Can Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Korean Air Again

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I wrote last month that Chase Ultimate Rewards point transfers to Korean Air would return some time in January 2015.

Chase has now confirmed that you’ll be able to transfer points to Korean Air again, starting January 25, 2015.

That’s great news for folks who book award tickets on Korean Air, or like using their miles for travel on partner airlines like Delta.

You Can Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points To Korean Air Again
You’ll Be Able to Transfer Chase Points to Korean Air Again Starting January 25, 2015

What’s the Deal?

Link:   Chase Ultimate Rewards

Link:   Korean Air Award Charts

You’ll be able to transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Korean Air again, starting January 25, 2015.   Points transfer at a 1 : 1 ratio, and there are no fees.

Note:   To transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to partner airlines (like Korean Air) and hotels, you must have 1 of the following cards: Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Plus, or the discontinued Chase Ink Bold.

You Can Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points To Korean Air Again
Chase Confirmed Korean Air’s Return as a Transfer Partner Via Secure Message

You can use miles for award tickets on Korean Air, their SkyTeam partners like Air France and KLM, or other partners like Hawaiian Airlines.

One of the best uses of Korean Air miles is for award tickets on Delta to Hawaii.  As long as you can find available seats!

You Can Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points To Korean Air Again
You Can Use Korean Air Miles to Fly to Hawaii on Delta

Korean Air treats Hawaii as “North America,” so a round-trip coach class award ticket on Delta only costs 25,000 miles.  Business Class is 45,000 miles.  Either way, it’s a fantastic deal.

Bottom Line

Korean Air is returning as a Chase Ultimate Rewards point transfer partner on January 25, 2015.

You can use Korean Air miles for Korean Air flights, or for award tickets on partner airlines like Delta, Air France, KLM, and Hawaiian Airlines.

How have you used Korean Air miles?

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Just wanted to contribute a data point about a couple things related to Chase UR and KAL SkyPass. I discovered a glitch in Chase’s system for enrolling your SkyPass account as an account to transfer UR points into. Their web form solicits “First and Middle Name” in one field and “Last Name” in another, but will error out (“An unknown error has occurred”) if you actually do submit the form with two names (or at least with a space) for 1st & middle. After noticing that their other partner enrollment forms only solicit First & Last Names, I tried it that way, which it accepted. To my immense relief, the points actually posted, and did so once again immediately.

Which brings me to my 2nd data point. I just booked in F from KIX (Osaka, JP) to ICN (Seoul, S. Korea) near the end of this month, and then after a 4-day stopover in Seoul I continue on via KE 085 ICN-JFK in the 1st-Class “Kosmo Suite” on their A380 (and if their seating chart tool is correct, I’m the only passenger in that cabin so far LOL!). So I’ll get to experience F aboard the A380 on both Singapore Airlines (which was AMAZING!) and next Korean Air in early March. The cash cost was $206.20, plus those 80,000 UR points. SO glad that the ability to do this transfer came back just when I needed it!