Alright, it’s now Part Three of my How To Get $11 Flights to Hawaii. The last blog entry focused on using British Airways Avios to book flights to get to Hawaii. But instead of flying British Airways, you will actually fly American Airlines, a partner of British Airways.
Here are the links to Parts One and Two:
- How to Get $11 Flights to Hawaii – Part One (picking the right airline rewards card)
- How to Get $11 Flights to Hawaii – Part Two (using British Airways Avios -> American Airlines)
Let’s shift gears. As mentioned, I am here to share my personal experience in booking my own trips to Hawaii. I’ve booked with Hawaiian Airlines, British Airways (American Airlines), and last summer, I also learned how to book via Korean Airlines.
I am pleased to let you know that booking with Korean Airlines has gone through major changes. Through last year, one had to actually deal with a “live” Korean Airlines customer service rep on the phone in order to inquire. It was a tedious process. You make the phone call, they call you back with potential dates, you fax forms to them, and it took days or weeks to actually seal the deal.
In a nutshell, it’s going to work like this:
- Create a Korean Skypass Account for all members of your party/family
- Lookup flights to Hawaii using the Korean Airlines website
- Transfer points from your Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to your Korean Skypass account
- Sign back in to your Korean Air account and book your tickets to Hawaii
Before I show you how to actually book with Korean Airlines, you must first create a Korean Skypass Account.
Go to their website and you will see this window regarding Family Plan:
This cannot be bypassed. You have to create an account first so you can transfer points to Korean Airlines from your Chase Ultimate Rewards account. Make sure to have your legal documents ready to show proof of relationship (passport, marriage certificate, etc.) and you’ll have to send that over to Korean Air. Once you’ve done so, then you’re ready to proceed with your search and book.
- Go to KoreanAir.com
- Click on Redeem Miles
- Enter your username or skypass account # and password
- Click on SkyTeam Award
- Enter your flight info (airports and dates). For our example, we will go from Los Angeles to Maui. While it is a domestic flight, we need to keep the booking under INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS tab, I’m assuming since LA/Maui is considered International from Korea. Enter the required data and then click FIND FLIGHTS.
Your flight choices will appear. For instance, let’s say you’re coming from Los Angeles to Maui. Choose your flight leaving out of LA, and your return flight from Maui to LA. Then click CALCULATE at the bottom.
Notice that the flight #’s begin with the letters DL (shown below)….guess what? That’s the airline code assigned to Delta Airlines. So yes, Korean Airlines WILL NOT fly you to Hawaii. Instead, they will find you available seats with their partner airline…Delta.
This little window will appear…click CONFIRM.
Bam!!! There it is…..one round trip ticket from LA to Maui for 25,000 miles and the out of pocket cost to you is only $11.20.
Make the necessary adjustments depending on the # of travelers in your party. If there are enough seats for your party, that’s the time I would advise that you transfer your points from you Chase Ultimate Rewards account to your Korean Air Skypass account.
So the next question now is…..how do I transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Korean Air Skypass? That’s the next installment of my blog entry.
Again, these points can easily be earned by signing for one of the Chase credit cards that give you Chase Ultimate Rewards, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred (click here to apply or for more info). By signing up, you get 50,000 bonus points which is equivalent to two round trip tickets to Hawaii or anywhere in the US.
This is all for now. Mahalo!
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Both cards will allow you to earn 50,000 bonus points, the difference lies on the benefits of the cards and the annual fee. For details on the difference, click here…..
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