It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s Korean Air award space on delta.com!
My gosh, with this change I don’t know if there’s anything negative I can say about Delta SkyMiles anymore. I mean, other than their ridiculous policy of not allowing changes within 72 hours of departure. And the fact that there’s not a single Air France/KLM transatlantic flight through June 15 of next year with business class award space. And that they don’t have a single saver coach award seat between Los Angeles and Atlanta for all of next July. And that they charge 370,000 miles per passenger on some routes. And that they impose fuel surcharges on all award tickets originating in Europe, and many others as well. And that their award calendar is broken. And… well, you get the point.
That being said, they seem to just have made the most significant positive improvement to partner award availability in quite a while — Korean Air award space is now bookable on delta.com! This is huge. This isn’t just a time saver, but literally a game changer. Previously there was no way to search Korean Air business class award space online (not even Korean Air’s website shows award availability in business class), so this is now the only place to search it.
Back in June I wrote about how Korean Air is the airline with the most transpacific business class award space, and that it was just a pain to book because you had to call Delta and deal with their incompetent SkyMiles agents.
Anyway, while Delta’s award calendar seems to be more or less broken with displaying dates with Korean Air award availability, if you search day-by-day you should be able to see Korean Air award space. If Korean Air isn’t shown as an option it means they’re not available. If you see “KE.O” listed next to the flight that means it’s business class, while “KE.X” is coach class.
As a reminder, Korean Air does have blackout dates, which are as follows for the rest of 2012 and 2013:
December 07, 2012 – January 6, 2013
February 7, 2013 – February 12, 2013
March 1, 2013 – March 3, 2013
May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2013
July 19, 2013 – August 25, 2013
September 14, 2013 – September 23, 2013
October 3, 2013
October 5, 2013 – October 6, 2013
December 7, 2013 – December 31, 2013
Keep in mind that Korean Air has more flights to the US than any other Asian airline, as they serve Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington Dulles.
Kudos to SkyMiles on this one!
This is no doubt a huge improvement, and let’s hope the space is here to stay.