Upgrade Award

Korean Air Upgrade Award

An upgrade award can be issued through our website or one of our local branch offices.

Conditions of Upgrade Award

Tickets purchased in the following booking classes may be available for award upgrade.

Conditions of Upgrade Award
Korean Domestic International
Y, MReference 1  J, C, Y, B, M
  • MReference 1  class can be applied only to the transit exclusive domestic flight.
  • Upgrade award is not applicable to 50% or more discounted tickets and certain special fare tickets.
  • Upgrade award is only available for the next grade cabin class.
    (e.g. Upgrade available from Economy to Prestige class, not available from Economy to First class) 
Upgrade Award Information

Service User Guide

  • One-way award requires 50% of round-trip redemption mileage.
  • Child award requires the same redemption mileage as an adult.
  • Infant award requires 10% of adult redemption mileage.
  • Ticket Award and Upgrade Award are not applicable to the segment between Americas and Guam via Korea.
  • In case of a travel itinerary that includes both international and Korea domestic flights, mileage is deducted for both the international and domestic flights according to the mileage redemption chart.
  • As different tax rules are applied in some countries for different boarding classes, there can be a difference in the tax rate when you upgrade your seat.
    E.g., Air Passenger Duty in the U.K., Solidarity Tax in France, etc.

Peak season Details

  • Peak season travel requires the redemption of more accrued miles than other seasons.
  • If seasonality is different for each one-way direction, seasonality will be applied separately.
  • For travel to and from Korea, seasonality is determined by each one-way flight segment based on date of boarding.
  • For travel via Korea, the first boarding date of the journey per each sector will determine the season.

Validity of an Upgrade award

  • An upgrade award is valid for as long as the ticket is valid.

Change and Refund

  • If a part of an upgrade award is not used, miles for the unused portion can be reinstated after the used miles and refund fees are deducted.

    Charge for Refund
    Charge for Refund Details


    Korea Domestic


    Within the Ticket Validity

    500 Miles

    3,000 Miles

    Out of the Ticket Validity

    3,000 Miles

    10,000 Miles

  • The refund fees for upgrade awards will be charged separately from purchased tickets.

SkyTeam Upgrade

Upgrade your ticket to Business Class with your miles on selected SkyTeam Airlines.

SkyTeam Upgrades are also available with the following SkyTeam Alliance carriers:

  • Aeroflot
  • Aeromexico
  • Air France
  • China Airlines
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Czech Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Saudia Airlines
SkyTeam Upgrade Chart (Departure Region)

SkyTeam Upgrade Check Countries Of Traveling Region

SkyTeam Upgrade Terms and conditions

Please check Terms and Conditions before using SkyTeam Upgrade.

SkyTeam Upgrade Terms and Conditions View Details

Note : Airline Partners awards are subject to the change of schedule and miles required for flights according to their regulations. Please contact Korean Air service center for the detailed information.