With Korean Air miles, it’s easy to travel around the world! You can book award tickets on Korean Air and on SkyTeam alliance partner airlines. And visit Asia, Europe, or even Hawaii for less than the price of other airlines!
And when you transfer Starwood points in 20,000 point increments, you’ll earn a bonus 5,000 Korean Air miles.
I’ll share step-by-step instructions on how to transfer Starwood points to Korean Air for Big Travel!
Ultimate Guide to Korean Air Miles Series Index
- Part 1 – Introduction to Korean Air Miles
- Part 2 – How to Book Award Flights on Korean Air
- Part 3 – How to Book Award Flights on Partner Airlines
- Part 4 – The Biggest Downside to Using Korean Air Miles
- Part 5 – How to Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Korean Air
- Part 6 – How to Transfer Starwood Points to Korean Air
How to Transfer Starwood Points to Korean Air
Step 1. Know the Rules
You can transfer Starwood points to Korean Air at a 1:1 ratio. For every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer, you’ll get a 5,000 mile bonus. So if you transfer 20,000 Starwood points to Korean Air, you’ll get 25,000 Korean Air miles.
You can transfer a maximum of 79,999 Starwood points within 24 hours. Because you only get a 5,000 mile bonus per 20,000 Starwood points transferred, it’s best to transfer a maximum of 60,000 points within 24 hours.
If you have Starwood Platinum status there’s no minimum point transfer requirement. Starwood Gold members must transfer at least 1,500 Starwood points. And everyone else must transfer a minimum of 2,500 Starwood points.
The best way to earn Starwood points is through spending at Starwood (or Marriott) hotels and with credit cards, including:
- Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
- Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
And because you can transfer Marriott points to Starwood at a 3:1 ratio, you can indirectly earn Starwood points with these Marriott credit cards too:
The name on your Starwood account should match the name on your Korean Air account. If your names do not match, the transfer may fail. So to transfer Starwood points to someone else’s Korean Air account, you’ll have to move Starwood points to their Starwood account first. Then, they can transfer the points to their Korean Air account.
Only transfer the points you need. Once transferred, you can NOT put the points back into your Starwood account.
Step 2. Log-In to Your Starwood Preferred Guest Account
Visit the Starwood air miles transfer page. Enter your Starwood account information. Click “Sign In.”
You may be asked to answer a security question that you made when you created your account.
Step 3. Go to “Transfer Air Miles”
Once logged-in, scroll down to the middle of the page until you see “Transfer Air Miles“:
Click on “Transfer Starpoints to Air Miles“:
A pop-up window will appear to transfer Starwood points. Make sure pop-up blocking software is disabled.
Step 4. Enter Your Korean Air Account Information And Transfer Points
Click on the drop-down menu under “Select A Transfer Partner.” Scroll down and select “Korean Air 1:1.”
Enter your Korean Air account number. Remember that the name on your Starwood account must match the name on the Korean Air account. You can open a FREE Korean Air account online.
Enter the number of Starwood points you want to transfer to Korean Air. If you don’t have status with Starwood, you need to transfer a minimum of 2,500 Starwood points. Click “Go.”
Remember that for every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer, you’ll get a 5,000 mile bonus! So it’s best to transfer in increments of 20,000 points.
Step 5. Confirm Your Transfer
After clicking “Go,” you’ll see a summary of your transfer. Double-check that you’re moving the correct number of points. Once confirmed, click “Complete Transfer” and the transfer will be completed.
Your Starwood points will be deducted instantly. The terms say transfers can take up to 4 weeks. But in my experience it only takes between 7 and 14 days for your points to show up on your Korean Air account.
Unlike most airlines, Korean Air lets you hold award seats even if you have zero miles in your account. Some agents will hold partner seats for a maximum of 14 days, other agents will give you 30 days or sometimes more! If you’re booking Korean Air seats, you can sometimes hold your seats for months!
Because Starwood points can take up to 4 weeks to show up on your Korean Air account, be sure to call Korean Air at 800-438-5000 and hold your seats to avoid losing them waiting for your points to transfer. If the agent will only give you a short hold time, ask for 30 days and explain that you’re waiting for Starwood points to transfer over.
Just remember, once you transfer Starwood points (to any airline!), you will NOT be able to get them back. So be sure to transfer only the points you need.
Starwood points are incredibly valuable because you can transfer them to so many different airlines, including Korean Air. For every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer, you’ll get an additional 5,000 Korean Air miles.
Then, it’s easy to move Starwood points to Korean Air after signing-in to your Starwood account. Although transfers can take up to 4 weeks, they usually post within 7 to 14 days.
In my last post for this series, we’ll hear from an expert with clever tips and tricks for using Korean Air miles.