After breaking off its partnership with Chase Ultimate Rewards, Korean Air is now down to 1 transferable point program: Marriott Bonvoy.
While it can be challenging to earn Marriott points relative to other programs, there are still a number of ways to accumulate these points for your next redemption!
Earning Miles Through Flying
The SKYPASS program determines the amount of miles that you earn for each flight based on the distance and the type of ticket that you book.
For example, a “W” economy ticket for a flight from Washington (IAD) to Seoul (ICN) will earn 6,944 Korean Air miles.
Korean Air provides a Mileage Accrual Chart for all of the routes that it flies. In addition, you can check out the Mileage Accrual Rate Class to see the earnings multiple for the ticket that you book.
SkyTeam partner airlines have a separate earning chart that you’ll find by scrolling down on the Mileage Accrual Chart page.
When you click on each airline partner, Korean Air will provide you with the earning rate based on the ticket class that you book.
In addition to SkyTeam partners, Korean Air also has individual partnerships with non-SkyTeam partners.
The earning rates for airlines in this group can also be found by scrolling down the Mileage Accrual Chart page.
Earn Miles With Credit Cards
US Bank has several personal and 1 business credit card as part of its co-branded partnership with Korean Air.
While Korean Air credit cards may seem the easiest way to accumulate points, you’re better off focusing your spending on Marriott, and also staying at Marriott hotels.
This is because the earning rate on Marriott credit cards is higher, and you’ll receive a 5,000-point bonus for every 60,000 points that you transfer from Marriott to Korean Air.
Earning Bonus Miles in Other Ways
With Korean Air being a major airline, members are provided with additional ways to earn miles that don’t require you to fly.
The first way that you can earn miles in this way is to follow the Korean Air Facebook and Twitter accounts, and also check out the Offers & Promotions Page for potential deals.
Korean Air also offers its members ways to earn miles through hotel stays, car rentals, or hosting an event at Marriott.
The last way to earn Korean Air miles is to use the Cyber SkyShop portal for your duty-free shopping.
Hot Tip: If you add your airline loyalty program to other services, you won’t also earn status points with these franchises — unless it’s a preferred car rental agency that has specifically partnered with the airline; this partnership acts as a sort of alliance between airline and rental agency.