(06 Jan 2021)
Korean Air has delayed the renewal of its
SkyPass frequent flyer program for 2 years.
The airline will also lower the entry barrier for elite
membership and extend the expiration date of mileage by one more
In December 2019,
Korean Air announced plans to
renew its SkyPass program to include the “cash and miles” payment
option; implement a more rational and segmented mileage accrual
and redemption system; and lower elite membership entry barriers.
The airline had planned to apply the new mileage accrual and
redemption rates from April 2021.
However, with the delay of the SkyPass program’s
renewal, new mileage accrual and redemption rates will come into
effect on 1 April 2023. The new elite membership system, which
was scheduled to launch from February 2022, will begin in February
2024, and the deadline to qualify for permanent elite membership
status will be postponed from February 2022 to the end of 2024.
In addition, mileage accrued on SkyTeam member
flights can also be used toward annual mileage required to attain
elite membership status.
Korean Air will also extend the expiration date of
mileage expiring at the end of 2021 by one year. Mileage that has
already been extended at the end of 2020 can also be used until
the end of 2022.
Meanwhile, Korean Air will introduce the option to
use a combination of miles and cash/credit card to purchase
tickets for a test-run period from 7 January 2021 to 31 December
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