I’m thankful that Korean Air is postponing…perhaps indefinitely…a major devaluation of its SkyPass program and in so doing, giving me my week back.
Korean Air Calls Off SkyPass Devaluation In April 2023…Another Reprieve!
Even as I’ve been traveling over the last week, I’ve been incessantly checking for Korean Air First Class award space from Atlanta and New York to Seoul. Why? Because, at least until yesterday, Korean Air planned to roll out a devaluation to its award chart beginning on April 1, 2023 and I wanted to secure first class award seats before that devaluation occurred.
Right now, off-peak first class seats between the USA and North Asia run only 80,000 miles one-way…a comparatively superb value. But come April 1st, that price was set to rise to 120,000 miles. That’s a 50% increase and I have no desire to pay it…if I can avoid it.
So over the last few weeks, I’ve been checking night and day trying to get a single first class seat on the 747-8 on a date that works for me.
But while space occasionally pops up a day before travel, space has not opened on a date that works for me. There also were a couple days in 2024 that had space, but I find that very speculative at this point: what if Korean pulls the 747-8 (with Kosmo Suites 2.0) and puts in a 777-300?
Prior to the pandemic, first class awards on Korean Air were easy to book. You could book days, weeks, or months in advance and some flight offered up to four award seats. These days, I never see more than one seat a time.
During this process, I’ve also tried the Korean Air waitlist feature for award seats, but have never cleared the waitlist.
So when Korean Air announced that it would not devalue SkyPass as planned, it came as a huge relief.
I’d still recommend you use your SkyPass miles sooner rather than later, but the urgency has been lifted. I’ll stick check once or twice a day for the dates I want, but I will no longer be an hourly check…
And on a broader note, kudos to Korean Air. I bet many people were in my boat, having saved years for a dream trip. Even with immense prior warning (I do give Korean Air credit for that), the lack of availability has made it difficult of late to use these miles in any meaningful way.
How many Korean Air miles are you sitting on? What are your travel plans?
(images: Korean Air // H/T: One Mile At A Time)