Alaska Airlines website now displaying Korean Air award space

Alaska Airlines has made huge improvements to their Mileage Plan program this year on the award redemption front. At the beginning of the year Emirates was added as a Mileage Plan redemption partner. Then earlier this year Mileage Plan added one-way awards, starting with American and then British Airways.

Then in June they added several more partners on which you could redeem Mileage Plan miles for on one-way redemptions. Quite possibly the biggest news regarding the ability to redeem miles for one-way awards was that Alaska was actually allowing stopovers on one-way awards, which is very rare. That means if you book a roundtrip as two one-ways you could really have two stopovers on an award ticket.

Anyway, the only three partners remaining on which you couldn’t redeem miles through alaskaair.com were Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, and LAN, and as of yesterday Korean Air awards are now bookable online.

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As a reminder, here’s Alaska’s award chart for Mileage Plan redemptions on Korean Air, along with the corresponding blackout dates:

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This isn’t just exciting news for those looking to redeem Alaska Mileage Plan miles, but also for those trying to redeem Delta SkyMiles. While Delta’s website began displaying Korean Air award space late last year, delta.com is quite possibly the least user friendly website for searching award space on the internet. The Korean Air coach and business class award space that Alaska and Delta have access to should generally be the same, so ultimately you’ll be better off searching for Korean Air award space on alaskaair.com.

Kudos to Alaska for all the user friendly changes they’ve made to the Mileage Plan program this year (and here’s to hoping it doesn’t result in a devaluation next year).

(Tip of the hat to Mike)

Comments

  1. The ability to see KE loads on the AS site has actually been available for at least the last 2 months, but it is a good development nonetheless.

  2. @Sahib as per the fine print on the AS website:

    * Korean Air does not offer a one-way award level. One-way Korean Air award bookings are charged the same number of miles as round-trip travel. Korean Air flights, when used one-way in combination with Alaska Airlines or another partner airline to create a round-trip itinerary (routing restrictions apply), will be charged half the applicable Korean Air round-trip miles. If any part of a round-trip itinerary is flown on Korean Air, it becomes ineligible for any refund of the unflown portions.

  3. Can I ask how do I book a one way trip with stopover with Cathay pacific ? Eg . SFO – HKG (stopover) – JNB . Many thanks lucky.

  4. I was about to make the same point as A. S. did. Living in London, there are precious few options available that don’t touch North America–I think CX is the only option and that would only be for flights to Hong Kong but not to anywhere else. I’d love to see Alaska offer more award options that don’t touch North America for those (possibly quite few) of us not living there.

  5. Anything that makes award space easier to see/price is a positive develoment. I realize that award programs are ever-complicated but given that most companies nowadays make us jump through hoops in order to speak to a live person due to cost-cutting & automation, it’s very strange that so many award redemptions require a phone call.

    P.S. On a hotel side — I like SPG site & app but inability to book premium rooms online is puzzling. At least, their customer service is excellent, in my experience.

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