SPG Adds Korean Air SkyPass as Transfer Partner

Aug 17, 2015

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One of our favorite transferrable points currencies is getting just a bit stronger: Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) is partnering up with Korean Air SkyPass, adding another SkyTeam transfer partner to the mix. With this new inclusion, SPG now has a total of 34 transfer partners.

Along with this new partnership, SPG and Korean Air are debuting a new promotion to help travelers take advantage of their new options. On the SPG side, new members who sign up for SPG and stay at a SPG hotel or resort in Asia Pacific will earn 1,000 bonus points per stay for up to two stays between August 12 – November 12, 2015.

New SPG members can earn up to 2,000 bonus Starpoints for staying at a SPG hotel in Asia Pacific.
New SPG members can earn up to 2,000 bonus Starpoints for staying at a SPG hotel in Asia Pacific.

Korean Air SkyPass members can get discounts at select SPG restaurants by showing their membership card, even when not a guest of the particular Starwood property. Current promotional hotels and restaurants include W Seoul Walkerhill, Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel, Sheraton Incheon Hotel and Aloft Seoul Gangnam.

Starpoints will transfer to Korean Air SkyPass miles at a 1:1 ratio. As with all SPG transfers, members can transfer up to 79,999 Starpoints into SkyPass miles, and for every 20,000 Starpoints members transfer, they’ll a earn 5,000 bonus.

There is no minimum point transfer requirement for Platinum members, but Gold members have a minimum transfer of 1,500 Starpoints and regular members have a minimum point transfer of 2,500.

Existing SkyTeam transfer partners include Delta SkyMiles, Aeromexico Club Premier, Alitalia MilleMiglia, China Eastern and China Southern. Notably, while Delta SkyMiles doesn’t allow first-class award tickets — even on partner airlines — SkyPass does, adding to the value proposition of this new partnership.

If you don’t have any Starpoints, you can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points into Korean Air SkyPass at a 1:1 ratio. You can also earn 30,000 Starpoints after spending $3,000 within the first three months with the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card, and 30,000 Starpoints after spending $5,000 within the first three months with the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card.

H/T: TPG Reader Harry

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