Plan Quickly: Chase Losing a Major Airline Transfer Partner in Less Than 2 Weeks

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Bummer for everyone in our hobby who love transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Korean Air.

As of August 25, 2018, Korean Air will no longer be a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner.  So if you’ve been thinking of planning award flights by transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you have very little time to act.

Korean Air is part of the SkyTeam alliance, which includes Delta.  And transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Korean Air has been an awesome way to book cheap Delta award flights to Hawaii.

Korean Air also had some other sweet spots in their award chart and lot of available award seats, even in First Class.  So this news isn’t great for miles & points enthusiasts.

Say Goodbye to Korean Air as a Chase Ultimate Rewards Airline Transfer Partner

While this stings, it isn’t the end of the world.

Some folks (including me) overlooked Korean Air as a transfer partner because the award booking process can be a pain.  And Chase still has plenty of other fantastic transfer partners.  So you can still get Big Travel from cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Business Preferred, and Chase Sapphire Reserve.

Losing One Transfer Partner Doesn’t Make Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Much Less Valuable! The Remaining List of Partners Still Makes It Easy to Get Big Travel!

For example, if you’re looking for cheap award flights to Hawaii, you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Singapore Airlines.  Then, book an award flight on Alaska Airlines or United Airlines.  We shared how folks in certain West Coast cities can get an awesome deal on Hawaii award flights by booking with Singapore Airlines miles.

Keep in mind, you only have until August 24, 2018 (less than 2 weeks!), to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Korean Air if you’ve been saving up for an award flight.  Also, Korean Air has a generous miles expiration policy.  You have 10 years to redeem them.  Some folks might think about transferring points now and booking an award later if it makes sense for a specific trip.

We’ll have a post coming up soon about strategies for folks who’ve been planning Korean Air redemptions.  But in the meantime, here’s our Ultimate Guide to Korean Air Miles if you want to review all the sweet spots with the program.

And don’t despair if this throws a wrench in the works for you, because there are still plenty of ways to get where you want to go with the best credit cards for travel.  Or check out our Hot Deals page for an easy-to-digest list of the top rewards card offers available right now!

Are you disappointed to see Chase lose Korean Air as a transfer partner?  Let us know in the comments below.

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Marlene Metcalf

I am terribly disappointed to lose Korean Air especially now and so suddenly. Id hoped to plan trips to Hawaii, Thailand and Vietnam using Korean Air miles. Now I will be unable to.


Yes, it’s definitely disappointing to lose a transfer partner. However, there are still options for using your Chase points to get to those destinations. Happy to help if you have any specific questions or travel plans.

I would like to book business class trip from NYC to Hong kong and back from Japan or Korea. Doen’t have to be both way. either way is fine for me.


– 65,000 in chase (was too late to transfer to skypass now)

– 87,000 in aMEX

– 30,000 in Krisflyer

-50,000 in Citi


What’s the alternative to get me to get the business class award flight to Asia ?

Thanks 🙂

It’s good to know you can’t book an award ticket with your account for someone without a direct relation (ie: girlfriend, boyfriend, fiancé, neighbor). I believe you have to prove this with documentation. Maybe this is the pain Keith refers to.


You’re right. You have to send Korean Air proof-of-relationship documents to book family. If you’re interested, we have a complete guide to using Korean Air miles here:

How lazy can you be to say KE’s award bookjng system is a pain? Lol


Lol. Not lazy.