Chase sent out a notification today announcing that beginning August 25, 2018, Korean Air SKYPASS will no longer be a participating point transfer travel partner of the Ultimate Rewards program.
If you’re planning to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Korean Air SKYPASS, your order must be placed by August 24, 2018. Korean Air SkyPass is a great use of Ultimate Rewards points. You can get good value on First and Business class to Japan, China, South Korea and other Asian countries. With Korean Air SkyPass you would need just 80,000 miles one-way for first class to those countries and 95,000 to Southeast Asia.
You can also book business class round-trips between the US and Europe on SkyTeam airlines for just 80,000 miles. With Skyteam partner Delta, flights within North America, including Hawaii, US Virgin Islands etc. are just 25K miles round-trip in Economy or 45K miles in First class.
Using Korean Air SKYPASS miles on Alaska and Hawaiian would get you roundtrip flights to Hawaii for 30K miles in Economy and 60K in First class.
The Chase Ultimate Rewards program is connected to travel rewards cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Business Preferred, Chase Ink Plus, and Chase Freedom and Freedom Unlimited. Cardholders of one of the premium products like the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred can transfer their points to any of the program’s 12 remaining travel partners. After August 25th, remaining transfer options will be:
- Aer Lingus AerClub
- British Airways Executive Club
- Air France/KLM Flying Blue
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
- United MileagePlus
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Iberia Plus
- World of Hyatt
- Marriott Rewards
- IHG Rewards Club
- The Ritz-Carlton Rewards
This will be a big blow to many people who relied on Korean Air SKYPASS for many great redemptions. If you have any plans to use Korean Air SKYPASS miles you still have time to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards until August 24th. This is a significant loss for the program, but Chase Ultimate Rewards still remains one of the best currencies, thanks to its versatility and even direct use for travel with cards such as Chase Sapphire Reserve.