Good Things About Korean Air
Best First Class Award Space– Korean is known for offering the best first class award space. Most airlines only offer 1-2 seats in first class per flight for awards. Korean regularly offers 4+ seats on each flight for awards.
Award Sweet Spots- Korean Airlines has a lot of great award sweet spots that you can take advantage of such as 45,000 points for first class to Hawaii from the U.S. or Canada, 80,000 points for business class to Europe from the U.S., and flights on Alaska Airlines domestically and to Canada.
Reasonable Fees- You can change an award for about $27 and cancel and get the points back for 3,000 points. Many other programs charge over $100 for either of those two things.
Bad Things About Korean Air
Award Booking Restrictions– You can only book awards using Korean points for yourself or immediate family members, with proof of that relationship. Therefore, you cannot book a ticket for your friends or unmarried significant other. You may be able to get around this rule by transferring points to their own Korean Airlines account.
One-Way Prices: One-way partner awards cost the exact same as a roundtrip award, so you should always book round-trip partner awards. If flying on Korean Air, you can book one-way for 50% of points for a round-trip.
North America to Seoul (ICN): Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York (JFK), San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Washington D.C. (IAD), and Vancouver.
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