Alaska Airlines now shows Korean Air award space online. Earlier this year Alaska Airlines added online award search for Emirates, Air France-KLM, Qantas, Aeromexico, Air Pacific, Era Alaska, and PenAir, and before that it added online award search for American Airlines, British Airways and Delta, including Alaska Mileage Plan one way and mixed partner awards.
Note that for Cathay Pacific and LAN award availability, you'll still need to call in; Cathay Pacific and LAN award tickets are *not* yet available online. So a phone call will be required to book one of the best deals for Alaska MileagePlan miles, 140K miles for Cathay Pacific First Class from the U.S. to South Africa via Hong Kong.
It's generally good news to add online search for partners, although I must say that I haven't been too impressed by Korean business class award availability, at least between the U.S. and Seoul Incheon (ICN). In fact, it seems downright awful, based on a few spot checks between JFK-ICN, LAX-ICN, SFO-ICN and ORD-ICN. Here's one of the few dates I found Korean Air business class award availability on for JFK-ICN:
Also keep in mind that Korean has quite a few blackout dates. Here's the Korean Air Award Chart, including the blackout dates for 2013 and 2014:
Can Korean Air First Class Be Booked with Alaska Mileage Plan Miles?
No–only Korean coach and business class awards can be booked with Alaska miles.
Which Alaska Airlines Partners May Now Be Booked Online?
All Alaska Airlines partners may now be booked online except for Cathay Pacific and LAN.
Which Alaska Airlines Partners Can be Booked One Way?
All Alaska Airlines partners except Delta, Korean and LAN, which require roundtrip awards.
Can I Book a Roundtrip Award with Korean Air One Direction, and Another Alaska Airlines Partner in the Other Direction?
Yes; but note that in this case you will NOT be able to get a refund of any unflown portions of the award, since Korean may only be used as part of a roundtrip award.
Can I Mix Alaska Airlines Partners on a One Way Award?
No–on a one way, only one partner plus Alaska Airlines may be used. On a roundtrip award, a different partner may be used.
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