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Ultimate Guide to Korean Air Miles: Part 4 – The Biggest Downside to Using Korean Air Miles

Ultimate Guide to Korean Air Miles:  Part 4 – The Biggest Downside to Using Korean Air Miles

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While Korean Air miles are terrific for booking cheap award flights on partners like Delta, Air France, and KLM to bucket-list spots like Hawaii and Europe, they’re only useful if you’re traveling by yourself or with family members.

Most airlines let you book award flights for anyone using your own miles.  But Korean Air is a LOT more restrictive on who you can book award tickets for

Unlike most airlines, Korean Air only allows you to book tickets for certain family members, like your spouse, parent, or children.  And you must provide proof of your relationship (like a marriage or birth certificate and register family members BEFORE making an award booking.

This is the biggest disadvantage of using Korean Air miles.  You can NOT use your miles to book flights for a friend, partner, boyfriend, or girlfriend!  🙁  So look to other award programs if you’re traveling with your pals.

Ultimate Guide To Korean Air Miles Part 4 The Biggest Downside To Using Korean Air Miles
You Can Book Travel With Korean Air Miles For The Whole Family!

I’ll show you which family members are eligible and how to register them with Korean Air.

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Korean Air Eligible Family Members

Link:   Korean Air Family Plan

You can use Korean Air miles for award tickets for yourself and these family members:

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Parents-In-Law
  • Sons-In-Law
  • Daughters-In-Law
  • Grandparents
  • Grandchildren

So you can NOT book award tickets for your boyfriend, girlfriend, or buddies with your Korean Air miles.  🙁

Ultimate Guide To Korean Air Miles Part 4 The Biggest Downside To Using Korean Air Miles
You Can Only Book Certain Family Members With Your Korean Air Miles

You must have documents proving your relationship.  Those documents must include the passenger’s date of birth.  If your family member is not one of the listed relationship types, you can NOT add them to your account.

For example, if you are adding your spouse, and your marriage certificate does not include a date of birth, you would provide your marriage certificate AND the passenger’s passport or birth certificate.

Examples of valid supporting documents are:

  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Other legal documents:  Baptismal Certificate, Green Card, etc. 

For more distant relatives, like grandchildren, you may need to send a chain of documents to prove your relationship, like your child’s birth certificate AND your grandchild’s birth certificate.

Even if you don’t have plans to book family members with Korean Air miles now, it might be worth setting this up for future use.  Because it takes time to complete!  So it’s handy to already have your family members listed.

How To Register Family Members

You can add a maximum of 5 family members to your Korean Air account.  You used to fax documents to Korean Air, but you can now complete the process online.

Step 1.   Open Korean Air Miles Account

You can open a Korean Air miles account for free online.  Log-in to your account.

Ultimate Guide To Korean Air Miles Part 4 The Biggest Downside To Using Korean Air Miles
“Login” in the Upper Right Hand Corner

Step 2.   Navigate To Family Registration Form

After logging-in, select “My Dashboard.”

Ultimate Guide To Korean Air Miles Part 4 The Biggest Downside To Using Korean Air Miles
Click On “My Dashboard” to Get Started

At the dashboard, click on “My Family.”

Ultimate Guide To Korean Air Miles Part 4 The Biggest Downside To Using Korean Air Miles
In Your Dashboard, Click “My Family”

Click on “Add a Member.”

Ultimate Guide To Korean Air Miles Part 4 The Biggest Downside To Using Korean Air Miles
Click “Add A Member”

You can add a family member online (easiest), in person at a Korean Air office, or by fax.  Click on “Add a Member” under “Apply Online.”

Ultimate Guide To Korean Air Miles Part 4 The Biggest Downside To Using Korean Air Miles
You Can Now Register A Family Member Online!

Step 3.   Complete Family Member Registration

You’ll need to enter the following information into the family member registration form:

  • Family member first and last name
  • Family member date of birth
  • Your SKYPASS account number
  • Your relationship to the family member
  • Upload proof of relationship documents
  • Your email address
  • Agree to terms
  • Click “Submit
Ultimate Guide To Korean Air Miles Part 4 The Biggest Downside To Using Korean Air Miles
Complete The Family Member Registration Form

You can only upload proof of relationship documents in JPG, GIF, GMP, PDF, TIF, or PNG file formats.  It’s easiest to scan or take a photo of the documents with your cellphone and email them to yourself.

After clicking Submit,” your family member registration form will be automatically sent to Korean Air.  Within 1 to 2 weeks, they will confirm your family member by email.  After your family member registration is confirmed, you can book award tickets for them.

Step 4.   Book Family Member Award Tickets

After Korean Air has confirmed your family member registration, you can book award tickets for them online.  Follow the step-by-step guide to booking award tickets, and select which family members you want to book travel for.

Ultimate Guide To Korean Air Miles Part 4 The Biggest Downside To Using Korean Air Miles
Successfully Registered Family Members Will Appear in The Award Booking Form

You will pay the same number of miles and fees when booking an award ticket for yourself or a registered family member.  The change fee of 30,000 South Korean Won (~$26) per person or refund fee of 3,000 miles per person for an international ticket apply to the account holder and registered family members.

Bottom Line

Unlike most other airlines, Korean Air only allows you to book award tickets for yourself and certain family members.  And you must register your family members online, in person, or by fax before you book them award seats.

You’ll have to provide proof of relationship documents, like a marriage certificate or birth certificate, that include the date of birth of the family member.

Once your family member is approved, you can book Korean Air and partner award tickets for them with your miles, just like you do for yourself. 

In the next post, I’ll show you how to transfer flexible points from my favorite points program to Korean Air!

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