Korean Air SKYPASS Visa Signature Review

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US Bank may be a bank that you normally not think of as a travel credit card issuer, but, in fact, they do!  One such credit card is the Korean Air Skypass Visa Signature card.  There is a business version of this card as well, with a smaller bonus of 10,000 miles.  The sign-up bonus for the card is currently 15,000 miles after your first purchase.  Let’s dig into the details of the Korean Air Skypass Visa and see if it is worth applying for, shall we?

 

 

Sign-Up Bonus

As mentioned above, the sign-up bonus for this card is 15,000 miles.  Unlike many other cards, which require a certain spend requirement of you to receive these points, the Korean Air Skypass Visa offers you 15,000 miles after your first purchase!  These miles are very useful for a number of reasons.  For one, Korean Air is a member of SkyTeam, which means you may use these miles on a number of partners, including Delta, Air France, and KLM, and Korean Air-specific partners like Alaska Airlines.

Another great thing about the Korean Air program is that it is a Chase Sapphire transfer partner, so if you have some Ultimate Reward points hanging around, you may transfer directly into this program, free of charge.

 

Annual Fee

The annual fee for this card is a steep $80, which is steep for the sign-up bonus offered.  And, worse, it isn’t waived for the first year, so that is something to definitely think about before applying for this card.

 

Regular Spending

For spend on Korean Air, you’ll receive two miles for every dollar spent.  For every other dollar spent on the card, you’ll receive one mile per dollar.

 

Other Benefits/Things of Note

These days, it is almost expected to have no foreign transaction fees when you travel with your credit card.  Thankfully, this card does not have any of those fees, either!  You’ll also receive two Korean Air VIP Lounge passes per year, so make sure that you live or will be traveling through an airport with one of these before you jump at that benefit.  A good feature of this card as well is the chip-and-signature technology, which makes paying for things possible in places like Europe that almost exclusively utilize this technology (I should know, I’m writing from there now!).

Another novel feature is the fact that 20,000 miles of this card can be used toward elite status!  This used to be a feature on some cards, but has largely gone the way of the dinosaurs as of late.  Since this is a Visa Signature card as well, you’ll receive purchase protection, travel insurance, Visa Sginature Luxury Hotels, and special events and promotions.

And lastly, an added perk worth noting is that cardmembers enrolled in online banking can receive their monthly Experian credit score for free. It’s nice to have free access to your score on a regular basis!

 

Conclusion

What a great card!  Though the steep annual fee of $80 isn’t great, the sign up bonus is hefty and nearly instant, and the fact that 20,000 miles can be used toward elite status certainly helps!  But, what do you think?  Is the Korean Air Skypass Visa card worth the price of admission?  Let us know below in the comments if you’ve applied, and how you plan to use those points!