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Korean Air Secrets – 60,000 First Class To French Polynesia From Hawaii

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I recently flew Korean Air in Business Class and was quite impressed. As a result of the flying experience, I wanted to learn more about their program. What I found was interesting. I shared how you can fly on Air France to French Polynesia in Business Class by using only 90,000 Korean Air SkyPass Miles. But there is more to this program than that. In this post we’ll share how you can get to French Polynesia in First Class from Hawaii using Korean Air SkyPass miles for only 60,000 miles per person.

We demonstrated how you can redeem 90,000 Korean Air SkyPass miles for a Business Class award ticket to French Polynesia. That award proved hard to price out due to the difficulty I had getting the Korean Air agent to find the Air France availability even though the award space existed. We also illustrated how you can redeem 150,000 Delta SkyMiles for a Business Class award ticket to French Polynesia on Air France.

Using Korean Air SkyPass Miles

With the method I’ll demonstrate in this post, you can book a First Class award on Hawaiian Airlines from Honolulu to Tahiti (Largest Island In French Polynesia) for only 60,000 Korean Air SkyPass miles.

So as you can see, Korean Air has some good deals within their award chart. They are a transfer partner of the Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR) program where you can quickly get UR points by signing up for credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Ink Bold. The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card credit card is currently offering a 40,000 UR point signup bonus (Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card), the Chase Ink Bold credit card (Ink Bold Application Link) is currently offering a 50,000 sign up bonus, and the Chase Ink Plus Business card is offering 50,000 signup bonus once a spending threshold is met (Ink Plus Business Card Application Link.)

Award partners including Hawaiian Airlines has an attractive chart. Get to

Step 1: Find Availability On Hawaiian Airlines

The easiest way to search for Hawaiian Airlines availability between Honolulu and Papeete, French Polynesia is to use Expert Flyer. Keep in mind that Hawaiian Airlines operates this flight 1x weekly with an outbound Saturday flight and a return Sunday flight. The flight is operated by a Hawaiian Airlines 767 aircraft.

Step 2: Call Korean Air To Confirm Availability

You can call Korean Air to confirm availability by calling their SkyPass service center at 1-800-438-5000.

Step 3: Transfer Miles From Chase To Korean Air

You can transfer your Ultimate Rewards points to SKYPASS miles at a 1:1 ratio. The miles will be deposited within 3-5 business days after the request for redemption is made.

Step 4: Call Korean To Reserve Award Ticket

Confirm your miles have transferred into your Korean SkyPass account then call Korean Air to book your award ticket to Tahiti in First Class on Hawaiian Air for only 60,000 miles.

You must book SkyTeam awards by calling the SkyPass service center at 1-800-438-5000 from Monday through Friday 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM PST. The award can be issued only at Korean Air ticketing office and is not available at the airport. Ticketing is permitted when all segments hold confirmed seats.

Bottom Line

Korean Air has a great product and has great award availability compared to other SkyTeam partners. They also have some great options in their award chart if you look close enough.

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  • worldtraveler2018 July 29, 2012, 5:00 pm

    Hello Points, Miles & Martinis, thanks for the tip, very helpful. I have two questions:
    1. How are the Business Class seats on Hawaiian Airlines 767 aircraft? I flew on one of those in the past. They were the same as all US domestic First Class seats, not like the better international Business Class seats with a 60-inch pitch and recline nicely.
    2. I also read your article about “Book a Business Class Award To French Polynesia Using Flying Blue Miles.” Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to see 60,000 mile one-way or 120,000 mile round-trip tickets (low mileage) on Flying Blue website recently. The award seats now all seem to require 120,000 mile one-way or 240,000 mile round-trip tickets. Is this correct? Thank you.

  • The Weekly Flyer July 29, 2012, 7:55 pm

    Hi Worldtraveler2018 –
    1) They are the old style cradle recline seats. They fly two class 767 on this route.
    2) Thanks for reading that article! The flights are certainly available for the low mileage amounts of 60k one-way and 120 round-trip in business class. You are likely seeing the 75k one-way award for economy at the higher level. The AF Business Class award is one of the most difficult awards to find at the low level.

    Let us know if you need award booking help. We started our award booking service for just that reason.

  • The Weekly Flyer July 29, 2012, 8:00 pm

    Hi Worldtraveler2018 – I just did a quick search and found a one-way business class award on PPT>LAX flight at the low level on my first try.

  • ron July 29, 2012, 8:15 pm

    Not a good deal. Hawaiian first class isn’t even as good as business on some other airlines and is only 42″ pitch and 18.5″ wide..just coach with more legroom and not worth the double points. The flight is also less than 6hrs long with no time difference, kind of a waste of first class.

  • The Weekly Flyer July 29, 2012, 8:19 pm

    Hi Ron – Good suggestion. So go in coach for only 30k miles round-trip!

  • ron July 29, 2012, 8:23 pm

    I will! haha, actually I won’t, to me Hawaii is as good as French Polynesia so I’d never go to a tiny pacific island on vacation anyway. I’d probably go straight for New Zealand or Australia.

  • worldtraveler2018 July 29, 2012, 8:29 pm

    Hi The Weekly Flyer, thanks for your ideas! I will keep your offer in mind if/when I decide to go to French Polynesia. What is your email address and phone number so that I can contact you for award booking service?

  • David July 29, 2012, 9:29 pm

    How is the Hawaiian Air mid-haul F product? Is it basically domestic F?

  • Kris November 11, 2013, 10:33 pm

    Is the 60K in F from HNL-PPT still valid? I thought I saw on Korean’s site it was 90K RT. And that one way awards are not available.

    If so what is a good one-way option for HNL-PPT?

    Thanks

  • Mark June 9, 2014, 8:41 am

    The last poster is right, thought I had found a gem on this article but Korean closed the hole on this one. Now 60K RT Y and 90K RT F, not 30/60 as stated. http://www.koreanair.com/local/na/gd/eng/sp/rm/eng_sp_rm_pa03.jsp

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