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Delta Showing Korean Air Award Space Online!

This is huge news! Korean Air is a member of Skyteam and one of Delta’s premier partners in Asia. It’s been really difficult to search for award space on them since Delta didn’t show it online, nor did they show up on most online systems like ExpertFlyer (on the other hand, Air France, KLM, and China Southern show up on ExpertFlyer, while Virgin Australia shows up on Delta.com).

I’m seeing A LOT of business class space online to Asia. Just check out these screenshots!

LAX to Seoul on KE A330 (via Tokyo-Narita).

JFK to Seoul on a mix of Delta and Korean Air (getting the new Delta 747 Business Class + getting the Korean A380)

It even works for destinations beyond South Korea. For example, I want to take my mom to Angkor Wat in Cambodia sometime next year, and it’s well setup for Delta miles with service on Korean, China Southern, China Eastern, and Vietnam Airlines. A simple “LAX-REP” (Siem Reap Airport) search shows me this:

Combine with ExpertFlyer for China Southern availability, and all of a sudden, this is a rather easy award to book with Delta miles!

Delta’s routing rules also allow you to fly Korean to the South Pacific, so long as Korean publishes a fare. Check out Los Angeles to Sydney:

An additional way to book Australia online!

However, you’ll notice that, in typical Delta.dumb fashion, this is an impossible connection, since it arrives Seoul on Nov. 1 at 7:45pm (despite it saying Nov. 2) and departs Seoul on Nov. 1 at 7:15pm … which means you should stick to multi-city searches and plugging in each segment at a time. Unfortunately, the multi-city search doesn’t work as well on Delta’s site …

Korean Air’s destinations in the USA are

  • ATL – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • ORD – O’Hare International Airport
  • DFW – Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
  • HNL – Honolulu International Airport
  • LAS – McCarran International Airport
  • LAX – Los Angeles International Airport
  • JFK – John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • SFO – San Francisco International Airport
  • SEA – Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  • IAD – Washington Dulles International Airport

Korean also has some blackout dates per this FlyerTalk thread:

* 07DEC 12 THROUGH 06JAN 13
* 07FEB 13 THROUGH 12FEB 13
* 01MAR 13 THROUGH 03MAR 13
* 17MAY 13 THROUGH 30JUN 13
* 19JUL 13 THROUGH 25AUG 13
* 14SEP 13 THROUGH 23SEP 13
* ON 03OCT 13
* 05OCT 13 THROUGH 06OCT 13
* 07DEC 13 THROUGH 31DEC 13

I could post screenshots upon screenshots of availability, but I’ve seen availability from all of these cities using Delta’s online search!

If you are searching for economy class space, it will show up as “KE.X” (X is the booking class for economy class awards).

If you are searching for business class space, it will show up as “KE.O” (O is the booking class for business class awards).

First class is not bookable with Delta Skymiles. The A380 serves both LAX (KE flight 17/18) and JFK (KE flight 81/82).

Lastly, don’t forget that Korean Air serves a very interesting fifth-freedom route in LAX-GRU (Sao Paulo, Brazil) on KE 61 (LAX-GRU) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday, and KE 62 (GRU-LAX) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Los Angeles to Brazil direct for 100K miles roundtrip in business! World Cup 2014, anyone?

Keep in mind that the Brazilian government is also very anti-YQ, so no fuel surcharges departing Brazil either. I’m in the process of trying to find some fun open-jaws to include this flight on but the Delta website is pretty glitchy.

Or if you need to get between Vienna and Zurich on Skyteam for some reason (stopover on a Europe award?):

Fifth Freedoms are AWESOME

To me, this really increases the value of Delta miles. It’s an actual enhancement! Okay, let’s forget the no cancellations within 72-hours rule, or the lack of low-level domestic feeder availability for now …

I can’t say that I’ve gone and booked one of these awards, since I still only have Gold Medallion status and need to wait until Platinum Medallion status to make free award changes. But I was able to hold an award through Delta’s website.

  1. hoko
    October 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    So is the DL site smart enough to not show KE flights during blackout dates?

    • Amol
      October 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Can’t say for sure. I haven’t seen availability, but it could be that Korean isn’t releasing it to begin with (since it’s their blackout dates).

      Although Delta locks out Korean systemwide even though it’s meant for only a few routes.

  2. HoKo
    October 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Yeah I remember reading a blog post a while ago (I think it was on TM Travel World). ETA: Indeed here is the post: http://boardingarea.com/blogs/tmtravelworld/2011/02/07/delta-and-korean-airline-china-eastern-and-china-air-blackout-date/ What a bummer, but at least now we can search the space.

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