ResearchMed wrote:guitarguy wrote:ResearchMed wrote:guitarguy wrote:ResearchMed wrote:We've found that many of the rewards travel cannot be booked online.
(And those that can be booked on line, seem to be the ones we don't want, or at least don't want to use these days.)
The only annoyance we've found is getting through to the right "desk" or department.
Once we get the right person, they seem to work pretty hard to check various flights and dates to get two of the class we want.
But yes, it would probably be easier if I could do it myself.
Thus far, it's definitely worth it.
The real time consuming part was - and continues to be - learning the tricks. But the initial, important learning curve was quick.
The one crappy thing I see is that you have too book round trip fares. Wife and I were hoping to fly into HNL, stay a few days for friends wedding, then when they go off to wherever for their honeymoon, we jet over to Maui for 3-4 more days, and then fly home from there. That doesn't seem to be possible using Korean Air to book Delta, unless we get an intermediate flight back again to HNL.
I can't speak to the specific itinerary and airline you are working on, but one of the good things that many people like is that one does *not* need to book round trip. And there's no extra charge for doing a one-way, which is something the cruise folks often like (e.g., for one way transatlantic cruise travel).
Are you sure about the requirement to book round trip?
Also double check about stopovers. Some awards travel allow stopovers (not just long connections) with no extra points.
Speaking to using Korean Air miles on partner flights, this is echoed on several sources from a google search...so it appears...yes I'm sure. But not happy about it.
http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/ ... ass-miles/
I guess I didn't realize you were wanting to use Korean Air Skypass Miles.
It seemed at first like you were accumulating Alaska Miles or Amex Miles?
Sorry if I missed that you already had Korean Air miles.
And yes, I did scroll down on that link, and for that one combo, using Korean miles, and there it was: round trip is required.
(There may be other situations that require roundtrip; we just never encountered them... yet.)
But... if you are starting with Amex points, then why do you need to use only Korean awards, on other airlines?
Sorry if I'm missing something.
IF you want to PM me a more specific list of awards you have and what exact itinerary is your preference, then I could try to take a more informed look.
(Sorry - I feel like I'm losing track here now )
No worries...we do have (and will have) a lot of skymiles that we were planning to use for our Hawaii trip. More than likely plenty to get us there and back on Delta.
But...we also have 150k UR points...and the thought of using just 50k of those for our trip by transferring to Skypass and booking Delta would be pretty cool...so just doing some investigating...