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Searching for SkyTeam Award space can be problematic, especially since the demise of NWA.com. Currently, searching for award space is very limited and restrictive even with the biggest partners in the alliance; KLM and Air France.
Often with these airlines, there is phantom award space, and multi-city searches are complex. Even Delta, which does have some advanced features and offers some partner searches, is limited with blackout dates imposed on some partner airline searches, and the lack of being able to search for first class space on Air France and KLM.
Well, all this is about to change with Korean Air SkyPass booking system which finally allows you to search SkyTeam partner award availability.
Korean Air SKYPASS system
Before getting carried away, it is worth noting a few key points about the new system from Korean SKYPASS has some limitations.
- You need to book on this booking gate, as opposed to the usual homepage search.
- While the system seems solid and produces accurate results, it can be a little slow and has limited flexibility in that only date specific searches are permitted.
- The site supports both multi-city searches and open-jaw tickets.
- There is some limited functionality with airport selection. You cannot search for flights from any airport in New York, but you need to perform separate searches for JFK/LGA/EWR individually.
- Although the search facility is comprehensive in terms of SkyTeam partners, non-SkyTeam partners such as Emirates or Alaska are not represented on the new site.
To get an idea about the cost of bookings, you can reference the full SkyTeam Award chart. Below are the costs for departures from North America.
The site is useful for searching award availability across SkyTeam partners — if you're looking to cash in miles you've earned with Korean SKYPASS, check out our Sweet Spots with Korean SKYPASS
Source: Rapid Travel Chai/Stefan
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