Posted by William Charles on April 1, 2019
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Published on April 1st, 2019 | by William Charles

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Korean Air SKYPASS Program To End Free Stopovers

Korean Air’s SKYPASS program has announced that effective July 1st 2020 free stopovers on award tickets will no longer be permitted. The July 1st, 2020 is the flight date, rather than the booking by date which is sometimes the case. Currently you’re allowed one stop over in each direction. It looks like you’ll still be able to do stop overs with other SkyTeam members, but those flights are subject to a separate award chart and must be round trip.

Hat tip to Traveling For Miles



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WR2
WR2

Doesn’t sting as much since they are no longer a UR partner, but to me this is a really strange move. I would think as the flag carrier at a major transit hub, they would want to encourage tourism in Korea. I took advantage of the free stopover previously to stay a night in Seoul, when otherwise I would have just continued on. What exactly is the downside for them? It’s not like allowing a stopover costs them anything.

TATC
TATC

It doesn’t cost them anything. But it may be valuable to some people. And if it’s worth something to some people, they want to extract money for that.

Sevillada
Sevillada

It might make logistics more difficult for them though, and that would translate to money. It may be easier if you have the same number of passengers in and then out, but it’s just a speculation.
I gotta give them credit that they gave plenty of warning

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