Korean Air enhances Skypass loyalty scheme

20 Aug 2010 by BusinessTraveller

Korean Air has made several changes to its frequent flyer programme, including extending the expiry date for earned miles to ten years, and allowing miles to be redeemed against lounge passes and excess baggage.

Under the new terms mileage earned after July 1, 2008 will be valid for ten years (up from the current five years), and any mileage earned before this date now has lifetime validity.

In addition the carrier has increased the number of seats available for award travel, and a new online system has been introduced allowing Skypass to check the availability of award seats at

The airline says it will also gradually add new ways of redeeming miles, on services including excess baggage allowance, airport lounge access, and KAL limousine transport., and will increase the selection of redemption travel, accommodation and tour  packages available.

Korean Air is also enhancing its Skypass Family Plan, allowing  miles to be shared with wider family members including siblings, parents-in-law, sons-in-law, and daughters-in-law.

Finally the carrier is increasing the validity of award tickets to one year (up from the current six months), and will also allow members to earn miles of additional seats purchased for musical instruments or for convenience reasons.

Korean Air says the changes will gradually become effective as system updates are completed.

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Report by Mark Caswell


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