I hate to say it, but I think this is the biggest improvement to the Delta SkyMiles program in years. Even more frustrating to me than Delta’s devalued mileage currency is how incredibly incompetent their SkyMiles agents are. Up until now there was no way to search Korean Air award availability online, which meant the only way to find out about Korean Air award space was to call SkyMiles. I gave up on that last year after having at least a handful of agents that had never heard of Korean Air. So while Korean Air actually has decent award availability, I’ve found actually booking award tickets on them through Delta to be a royal pain at best and nearly impossible at worst.
Well, it appears as if ExpertFlyer (which is a subscription service that costs $99.99 per year or has monthly subscription options) has just started displaying business class award space on Korean Air.
To look up Korean Air award space, just log into your ExpertFlyer account and click on “Awards & Upgrades.”
From there type in the route you want, then select “Korean Air” in the drop down menu, and then select “Business – Award (O).”
Then the next page will display the award space. The number next to “O” displays how many business class award seats are available.
Award space is actually fairly good on Korean Air, especially now that you can find it without having to talk to a SkyMiles agent.
A few reminders:
- While you can redeem Delta miles for Korean Air business class, you can’t redeem them for Korean Air first class.
- Korean Air serves a ton of destinations in North America, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver.
- Delta does impose blackout dates for Korean Air redemptions, which wouldn’t be reflected on ExpertFlyer. According to this FlyerTalk post, the blackout dates for 2012 are as follows: January 1-8, January 20-25, March 1-4, May 4-6, May 18-July 1, July 14-August 26, September 28-October 3, and December 7-31 (put simply, the whole summer is blocked out)
(Tip of the hat to Gary)