Signing up for credit cards through partner links earns us a commission. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. Here’s our full Advertising Policy.
This weekend, Chase lost Korean Air as an Ultimate Rewards transfer partner. And that leaves just one transfer partner for the airline.
And while there was talk AMEX would add them to the Membership Rewards program, it’s confirmed that will NOT happen.
Currently, you can only transfer Marriott points to Korean Air.
I’ll remind you how to earn more Korean Air points!
AMEX Will NOT Add Korean Air as a Transfer Partner
There was speculation AMEX would add Korean Air as their newest Membership Rewards transfer partner. But alas, AMEX confirmed that won’t be the case.
Right now, the only flexible points program with Korean Air as a partner is Marriott. You can transfer Marriott points to Korean Air miles at a 3:1 ratio. Plus, when you transfer at least 60,000 Marriott points, they’ll add 15,000 bonus points – which equals 5,000 bonus miles.
So you’ll earn 25,000 Korean Air miles for every 60,000 Marriott points you transfer when you include the bonus.
Korean Air miles have several sweet spots that makes earning them so attractive, like 25,000 Korean Air miles round-trip to Hawaii in coach on Delta. Gaining another transfer partner would’ve made them easier to access.
But now we know this possibility is off the table. So if you want Korean Air miles, stick to earning them directly by flying, or with the SKYPASS Visa® Signature Credit Card from US Bank. Or indirectly with Marriott points by staying at their hotels, or with these 5 cards.
This weekend, Korean Air went down to 1 transfer partner – and that’s Marriott points. There was talk AMEX might add them as a Membership Rewards partners, but they’ve confirmed that won’t happen after all.
Now that we have this information, you can focus on earning Korean Air miles directly or access them through Marriott.
Were you hoping AMEX would bring Korean Air on as a transfer partner?
Hat Tip: View From the Wing