Korean Air is expanding A380 service to Los Angeles and New York and that is good news for those of you seeking to fly on an award in Korean Air’s Business Class. I flew Korean Air last year in Business Class and really enjoyed the service, but I haven’t yet had the opportunity to fly on their A380 yet, so this is welcome news.
The expanded service starts on September 1, 2013 for flights to and from New York and on October 30, 2013 for flights to and from Los Angeles. The flights go from 3x a week to daily flights.
The award availability from Los Angeles (LAX) to Seoul (ICN) shows low Business Class award availability on Korean Air 18 using Delta SkyMiles. I wasn’t able to find availability on Korean Air 17 using Detla’s award search feature.
I wasn’t able to find availability on Korean Air 81 or 82 from New York to Seoul using Detla’s award search feature. But there is plenty of low level award availability on Delta operated flights through Tokyo.
You can search for Korean Air’s award availability on Delta’s website, Expert Flyer, or by signing up for a Korean Air SKYPASS account.
It’s important to note when booking your Korean Air trip that they have the following blackout dates for 2013.
- Feb 7, 2013 through Feb 12, 2013
- Mar 1, 2013 through Mar 3, 2013
- May 17, 2013 through Jun 30, 2013
- Jul 19, 2013 through Aug 25, 2013
- Sep 14, 2013 through Sep 23, 2013
- Oct 3, 2013
- Oct 5, 2013 through Oct 6, 2013
- Dec 7, 2013 through Dec 31, 2013
If you wanted to fly Korean Air’s A380 on a Business Class award ticket, these new routes will certainly help.
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