Update, 8/25: Chase is still allowing transfers to Korean Air, though that may end at any time.
Update, 8/24: Today is the final day to transfer Chase points to Korean Air!
Effective 8/25, you will no longer be able to transfer Chase points into Korean miles.
That hurts as Korean miles have several sweet spots.
They have excellent first class award space for just 80K miles between North America and Asia. I flew Korean first class from Singapore to NYC via Seoul 5 years ago with Chase points on the 777 and A380, though I have long wanted to try out the first class suites on Korean’s 747-8.
Korean also has dirt cheap awards on Skyteam partner Delta, flights within North America (Mexico, United States (including Hawaii), US Virgin Islands, Canada, and Puerto Rico) are just 25K miles round-trip in coach or 45K miles round-trip in first class, though that requires finding saver award space.
Partner awards on airlines like Alaska, Emirates, and Hawaiian also have some great deals. A flights on Hawaiian or Alaska from the US49 to Hawaii is 30K miles round-trip in coach or 60K in first class. An intra-Hawaii flight is 10K miles round-trip. An Alaska Air flight within the US49 is just 20K miles round-trip in coach or 40K miles in first class.
The good news is that Korean miles don’t expire for 10 years, so you can transfer points now and have a whole decade to use them! However after 10 years there is no way to extend them further.
After the Chase partnership ends the only decent way to transfer points to Korean will be from Marriott at a 60K:25K ratio (which is the same ratio as the previous 20K:25K from Starpoints before those points were tripled).
Hopefully another bank’s transferable points will work for Korean in the future and Chase replaces Korean with another valuable partner.
Remaining Chase transfer partner include:
- United (Star Alliance)
- Singapore (Star Alliance)
- Air France/KLM Flying Blue (Skyteam)
- British Airways (OneWorld)
- Aer Lingus (OneWorld)
- Iberia (OneWorld)
- Virgin Atlantic
Will you transfer Chase points to Korean before it’s too late?