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Award Redemption Korean Air Skyteam Award

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by Brian U, Dec 6, 2016.

  1. Brian U

    Brian U Reader

    Hello!

    I am looking to book AirFrance business class to Europe. If I book via AirFrance it is 125,000 points and $500 in fuel surcharges. If I book via Korean Air the same flight is 80,000, but what I can't find information on is will I still need to pay the $500. I understand it's a lot of additional legwork for the Korean said booking, but the saving is worth it.

    Thanks in advance

    Brian
     
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  2. Brian Urmanski

    Brian Urmanski New Member

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    I am looking to transfer Chase UR points to Korean Air and book a business class ticket through AirFrance. If I book through AF the award ticket is 125,000 points and $500. If I book through Korean Air it's 80,000 to Europe. My question is will I still have to pay the fuel surcharges that I would pay if I booked directly through AirFrance.
     
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  3. Tiffany

    Tiffany One Mile At A Time

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  5. Tiffany

    Tiffany One Mile At A Time

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    It's typical for KLM to not have availability, but Korean should have access to the same space as Alaska and Delta do. What flights were you looking at?
     
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  6. Brian Urmanski

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    Hi Tiffany,

    I live in Las Vegas so I am open to leaving pretty much anywhere on the west coast. I was looking at SLC because it was a short first flight from LAS and it was on KLM's 787. I was looking to leave the 4-2-17 and returning on 4-30-17. I don't have to leave and return on those exact dates, but I have to leave on the 1st or later.

    Destination is Budapest.
     
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    Gaurav Well-Known Member

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    @Brian Urmanski, what @Tiffany is suggesting is to use the AS or DL website to search for the space and then call KE to book. Good luck!
     
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    @Brian Urmanski -- Ah, yes, so it looks like KLM hasn't released partner space on those dates. From Expert Flyer:

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    When I am reviewing Delta.com for flights, should I be looking for flights under a certain amount of points to be eligible for Korean Air booking?
     
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    It might be easier to look at the Alaska or Flying Blue site. They would have partner award space.
     
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    Flying Blue is where I started and they have not released availability to Korean Air yet for April. I checked Alaska, and the only availability for April is via Bristish Airways. So fuel surcharges are outrageous.
     
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    Ah, my mistake, I didn't re-read from the top and thought you were using Delta miles.

    You're not missing anything. Delta's not showing award space on the SLC-AMS flight on KLM, though they do show availability on their own plane. As you periodically search Delta's site looking for space on the SLC-AMS leg, make sure you sort it by total travel time as that will make the non-stops float to the top.
     
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    I can leave from anywhere on the west coast. I live in Vegas and can fly to a hub to depart.
     
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    Then I think the best option is to look at the AMS and CDG airport pages in Wikipedia and note what routes KLM & AF have non-stop to the west coast or mid-continent (DEN, DFW, IAH, ORD, DTW, etc.). Then use Delta.com to see if you can see award space on those routes. Find availability for the trans-Atlantic legs first and then you can tack on intra-Europe flights as needed.

    As with SLC you may find that FB has not released space to partners yet.

    Good luck!
     
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  15. Tiffany

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    I don't know that it's realistic to get award space on either Air France or KLM from the West Coast to Europe unless you're booking 10+ months in advance, or within a week of departure, sadly. You could look at Houston or Chicago as possibilities, but I think space is going to be really limited.
     
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  16. Brian Urmanski

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    So I found Delta award availability on Air France / KLM website. I just got off the phone with Korean Air and they are unable to see that flight schedule. Any other suggestions, or am I just going to have to book through the AirFrance website?

    According to Korean Air he said he could not see any business class award fares in 2017 for AF/KLM/Delta only economy.
     
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