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Getting to Hawaii for less just got easier.
Korean SkyPass, which is a 1:1 point transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, recently updated its award regions.
And you can now book flights to Hawaii on its SkyTeam partner Delta Air Lines for just 25,000 miles roundtrip in Economy Class and only 45,000 points in Business Class.
How did this happen?
Korean used to define Hawaii as a separate award region for SkyTeam awards, charging 35,000 points for Economy Class and 75,000 miles for Business Class. That was a better deal than Delta which charges 45,000 points in Economy Class and 80,000 miles for First Class.
But as of September 21st it started offering a new award chart with one, cheap award zone that combines all of North America into one region, meaning Hawaii flights can be booked for just 25,000 miles in Economy Class and 45,000 miles in First Class, which is an incredible deal.
It seems like a mistake, but Korean’s new award region definition is crystal clear that Hawaii is part of this new, combined North America region.
That means big savings are yours if you can find Delta flights with award seats. And you can even include a stopover in your plans.
The catch is you can’t mix and match carriers, so this award is only valid if you can find a trip entirely using Delta flights.
Where can you find awards?
Unfortunately Delta award availability to Hawaii isn’t great, especially in Business Class.
But that doesn’t mean this is useless.
In fact, Delta’s flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu is loaded with award space, as you can see here in green.
Delta also operates the following routes to Hawaii:
And unlike using Avios to Hawaii, which charge you based on the distance you fly, this 25,000 mile award is available at one low price no matter how far you fly.
So for example if you find a New York – Los Angeles – Kona award with Delta flights you’ll pay just 25,000 miles using Korean SkyPass.
Compare that to Avios which will set you back 50,000 points, since the New York – Los Angeles and Los Angeles – Hawaii flights are priced individually.
That makes this the cheapest way to get from the East Coast or Midwest to Hawaii.
You can call Korean on 1-800-438-5000 to check availability. Ask for a SkyTeam award redemption and specify the Delta flights you’re looking for.
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