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Flying Seoul to Singapore, have miles, need options

Flying Seoul to Singapore, have miles, need options

  1. MACintheROK

    I am flying with my family (Wife and 2 yr old daughter) from 1-4 JULY from Seoul, Incheon to Singapore. I am an EP on AA and have about 140k miles with them. I have approx. 300k Delta SkyMiles, 188k AMEX reward points and 86k Citi TY points. I found B. Class (I) on Cathay through HKG for about $2700, but Korean Air and Singapore have direct flights in the $4-5k range with better times. Would like to use miles to get on Korean, but can’t figure out how to use my DL miles? Won’t pay $4k but would probably pay the $2700 if better deal. Thoughts?

  2. Gaurav

    [USER=1744]@MACintheROK[/USER] you can search for Korean space on Delta.com but be aware of these partner restrictions:

    [URL]http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2015/10/27/korean-air-greatly-limiting-partner-award-availability/[/URL]

  3. David W

    You might be able to find space on China Southern via CAN, China Eastern via PVG/KMG/WUX (transit via WUX might require a visa whereas CAN/PVG/KMG has visa free transit) or China Airlines via TPE/KHH, if you search segment by segment and call DL to piece it together.

  4. MACintheROK

    [QUOTE=”Gaurav, post: 17643, member: 79″][USER=1744]@MACintheROK[/USER] you can search for Korean space on Delta.com but be aware of these partner restrictions:

    [URL]http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2015/10/27/korean-air-greatly-limiting-partner-award-availability/[/URL][/QUOTE]

    No kidding! I can’t find any options for three seats. Now I see why. I flew a 40k round trip on them to HKG last month but it was only me. Very easy. That’s too bad as I like Korean Air.

  5. David W

    I’d recommend getting your hands on some Chase UR cards if you like KE. Points are easily transferred to KE for awards and they release quite a few seats to their SkyPass program members.

  6. MACintheROK

    [QUOTE=”David W, post: 17656, member: 29″]I’d recommend getting your hands on some Chase UR cards if you like KE. Points are easily transferred to KE for awards and they release quite a few seats to their SkyPass program members.[/QUOTE]

    I hear ya. I have Citi Prestige, AA Exec and AA Plat. Also have nearly every AMEX mortals can have. I’m going to be a maybe on Chase cards for awhile. Guess I should try. Sapphire first? I live in Seoul now so should probably figure out how to build KE miles.

  7. Gaurav

    As long as you meet 5/24 criteria I’d start with the UR earning cards first. Down the line you might also consider the US bank KE card just for the bonus miles. The offer is usually modest but they do bump it from time to time.

  8. MACintheROK

    [QUOTE=”Gaurav, post: 17660, member: 79″]As long as you meet 5/24 criteria I’d start with the UR earning cards first. Down the line you might also consider the US bank KE card just for the bonus miles. The offer is usually modest but they do bump it from time to time.[/QUOTE]

    Well, just discovered that I don’t meet the 5/24 criteria at Chase. Apparently upgrading my AMEX cards (Gold-Platinum, DL Plat to DL Reserve) counts as well. I knew I’d be close. I’m going to look at transferring AMEX Rewards to SQ Krisflyer to purchase the tickets. Should be an $6-700 savings over cash at 1.5 cents a mile.

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